Since its humble beginnings in Edmonton, Alberta in 1964, Boston Pizza has grown into Canada-wide franchise that serves more than 20 gourmet pizzas. The menu boasts more than 100 items, ranging from crispy chicken wings dressed in spicy to sweet sauces and rubs to succulent burgers and sandwiches. Big-screen TVs broadcast hockey or prime ministers' wrestling matches as guests dig into hearty pastas or dive into desserts such as the Chocolate Doughcano.
Comino’s concocts hand-tossed pizzas that can be accessorized with pre-designed topping trios or customized combinations. The meat lover's pie carefully replicates Lascaux cave drawings of pepperoni, bacon, and ground beef, and the veggie lover's model sounds a sturdy retort in the form of green peppers, onions, and tomatoes. Though pizza as transportation is a poor second to the magic carpet, world travel is feasible through Comino’s Hawaiian and Greek creations, and, for the return trip, a toothsome passport stamp of pepperoni, bacon, and mushrooms returns slice-sailors to Canada.
Since 2003, John's Italian Caffe has captivated its clientele with its rich and colourful authentic Italian dishes, warm atmosphere, and excellent service. Following a long-successful tradition, the cafe not only serves its signature pesto sauce over fresh pasta, but also on pizzas, sandwiches, and bruschettas. The pesto?s classic green hue is even splashed throughout the eatery, on the outdoor awning and across the patio?s chairs and tables. However, the pesto isn?t the only thing with a long history at John?s Italian Caffe. The eatery?s building dates back 105 years, and still has some markings that honor its history, including a carving of the Ten Commandments on the door frame.
Though Spigolo Ristorante specializes in housemade entrees—an authentic approach known as casareccia—its daily specials suggest that "home" might be a thriving woodland. The chef prepares wild game such as boar, bison, and pheasant to supplement the menu’s meat and pasta mainstays. Tender bites of braised rabbit or fresh cod might balance out helpings of housemade gnocchi, which mingles with mushrooms in a cream sauce. Other dishes exhibit a calculated mix of sweet and savoury flavours—seared italian sausage arrives dressed in a wine-and-olive-oil drizzle, and an appetizer of prosciutto derives a honeyed touch from poached pears. Every meal begins with a focaccia pizza for the table to share or use for discus practice amid the burnt-orange walls and rustic stonework of the dining room.
The chefs at Euro Panini stack a choice of chicken, sausage, meatballs, or veal atop breads to form Italian-inspired panini sandwiches, which are flanked with heaping helpings of fries. Patrons can customize their meat-and-bread sculptures by whittling them into busts of da Vinci or adding their choice of toppings such as hot and sweet peppers, onions, and mushrooms. The restaurant's staff keeps the doors open late on Friday nights, creating a beckoning lighthouse for hungry pub-crawlers or off-duty werewolves.
By combining the rustic simplicity of Italian cooking with the unmistakable flavours of Canadian ingredients, PAESE serves as a bridge between the Old and New World. The restaurant currently boasts two locations in the Toronto area, and they both honour Canadian heritage and Italian tradition by cooking with ingredients harvested from an urban garden. Created by owner Tony Loschiavo and executive chef Christopher Palik, this quarter-acre plot produces everything from tomatoes and chili peppers for the chefs to mint and lavender for the bartenders and any visiting potpourri artists.
These ingredients lend a distinctive twist to traditional Italian recipes without straying too far from those roots. In addition to meatballs made from house-ground beef short rib, sirloin, and brisket, the menu features pizzas with inventive topping combinations?buffalo mozzarella, sprouts, and squash for example?and a variety of pasta dishes, such as orecchiette with wild boar sausage and foraged mushrooms. Both restaurants stock cellars with hundreds of wines from across the world, earning a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence for the King Street location as well as the Bathurst Street location.