In Toronto, we have so many Italian restaurants that I could review one a week and never have to do one twice.
We are also fortunate enough to have our very own Little Italy, located on College Street from Euclid Avenue to Shaw Street. This area of the city that became a hub for Italians back in the 50′s, used to house many of the city’s best and most authentic restaurants, which has now become more gentrified, and as a result, offers almost every cuisine you can think of.
But each year, the Taste of Little Italy (happening June 18-20 2010) festival celebrates foods that Italians make like no one else.
This year, you’ll be able to eat with abandon from one end of the village to the other, with tomato sauce dripping veal sandwiches, prosciutto and arugula-wrapped bread sticks, sausage and peppers on a bun, arancini (rice balls) stuffed with veal and peas, stuffed eggplant paninis, and because it will mostly likely be incredibly hot out, you’ll want to finish it all off an espresso granita.
That is, if you can find the room.
And while there will be plenty of pasta on hand to indulge, there is much more to Italian cuisine than spaghetti and ravioli.
Next time you’re out for an Italian dinner, try:
Grilled Boneless Sardines, Seared Veal Shank, Beet Risotto, Mediterranean Sea Bass, Buratta Mozerlla, Assorted Salumi Tray andRapini with Garlic and Pepperoncino, instead of your usual bowl of ziti.