I haven't seen much about Porzia lately and wanted to draw more attention to this Parkdale gem. I had what was probably the best valued meal I've had in a long time. They were celebrating their 2nd anniversary last night and were offering 3 dishes for $25 and $10 cocktails. This was way better than a 'licious meal, as you got to pick a dish from each of the savoury sections of the menu (i.e., dessert wasn't a part of the selection) -- essentially an appetizer, a primi and a secondi. Given that a couple of the secondi are $25 on their own, this was an amazing deal.
They are having this same deal again tonight (Saturday, January 24), so if you're looking for a dinner spot, this would be a good option.
They have a similar deal on Monday nights, except it's $30 for 3 courses and half-priced bottles of wine. Note that they do not reduce the size of any of the dishes. I can't think of a better dinner deal anywhere else in TO.
Because we were a party of 7, we were able to order every dish on the menu (though we skipped the olives and almonds). Everything was good to great, with the standouts for me being the polenta tots (I'm a sucker for fried things), the tripe, sausage, and fried egg primi, the gnocchi with eggplant, and the polenta with meatballs and capicola. The bone marrow with snails was loved by the table, as was the octopus. I found the spaghetti a tad on the salty side.
This is not delicate fine dining -- it's rustic, Italian comfort food prepared with care and attention to detail. It was a perfect meal on a chilly January night.
Oh, and even though it's not part of the deal, I highly recommend the zeppoli with two chocolate budino, olive oil budino and a white chocolate and eggplant mousse. They are so light and fluffy and the budinos (budini?) and mousse are gorgeously creamy and not too sweet.
Pictures of most of the dishes below. The gnocchi normally has ricotta salata, but we left it off for a lactose intolerance. I missed grabbing a shot of the octopus dish.