Il Corsaro transports the flavours of Northern Italy onto sun-tinged menus for both lunch and dinner. The mixed antipasto for two ($13.95 for lunch, $17.95 for dinner) samples sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, prosciutto and salami, bocconcini cheese, and olives for a motley medley paralleled only by the original cast of Degrassi. Lunch crams gustatory explosions into midday fare such as the meatball panini ($7.95) and the vegetariano frittata ($9.95). Dinner entrees highlight veal variations, including the house specialty veal saltimbocca, layering veal with prosciutto and mozzarella, sautéed in liquefied Mediterranean sunbeams and a garlic-white-wine sauce ($16.95 for lunch, $19.95 for dinner). The wine list surveys Italian selections ($5.95+/glass, $21.95+/bottle), as well as classic martinis ($7.25).
Using authentic Italian and regional recipes, East Side Mario's chefs craft extensive menus at the Aurora, Markham, and Stouffville locations filled with pastas, meat dishes, and kid-friendly fare. Pizza kneaders hand-press and cattle-brand Sicilian-style thin-crust pizzas ($8.99+ for a small) piled with toppings such as pepperoni, pineapple, and capicollo before loading them in stone ovens to brown and crisp. Oven-baked penne bolognese ($14.99) emerges from the fire in a bath of alfredo sauce, and red- and green-striped ravioli stuffed with four cheeses ($16.99) greets mouths with festive flavours and a seasonal wardrobe. The eatery also carries kid-friendly options in its Mini Mario's Meals, such as a kid-size chicken parmigiana ($7.99) and chicken strips with seasoned fries ($6.99).
The chefs at Browns Socialhouse cheerfully wrestle palates with an array of dishes fusing international influences with traditional comfort fare. After perusing the menu, diners can choose to dig to the Boursin cheese center of parmesan-crusted stuffed chicken, first spooning through a layer of red-pepper sauce ($17.95). Utensils harpoon rice-wrapped segments of the spicy tempura tuna roll ($9.95), and hands divide slices of margherita pizza topped with bocconcini and fire-roasted tomatoes ($9–$11.65) to share or barter for the salt and pepper shakers. Chefs blend, hand-press, and grill beef patties before graduating them to the hickory burger, which they top with a crown of smoked bacon, cheddar, and barbecue sauce ($13.65).
Within The Fireside Coffee's cozy shop, which is warmed by the flames of its namesake fireplace, baristas steam signature lattes, pour drip coffees, and plate a variety of pastries. In addition to lattes infused with about 25 different flavours, the café slings steamy soups and paninis as pressed as a steamroller's tux. The staff also inspires celebration with seasonal drinks and treats, which guests relish while soaking up sun on the patio or cozying up in plush armchairs indoors.