Sunlight shines through stained-glass windows inside the Winchester-Larkin house, casting a kaleidoscopic glow on elegant woodwork and imported fireplaces. The house, a two-storey Victorian-style red-brick building, dates back to 1845; in its latest incarnation, it serves as the elegant backdrop to Dom’s Pasta & Grill.
A dozen housemade pastas headline the eatery’s menu of traditional Italian cuisine. Chefs fill up the crepe-like manicotti with creamy ricotta cheese and eggs, and the hand-rolled lasagna pasta, like Emeril Lagasse’s childhood scrapbook, is layered with meat and cheese. They also roll out pizza dough made from three flours and then decorate the disc with any of more than a dozen gourmet toppings, including artichokes.
With a focus on traditional Tuscan cuisine, La Scala Ristorante concocts a menu of house-crafted pasta, made-from-scratch sauces, and fresh seafood to whisk diners away on a culinary adventure through Northern Italy. Start your meal with an insalata di funghi ($9), wild mushrooms nestled in a bed of baby spinach alongside caramelised onions and goat cheese, or whet your antipasti appetite with the prosciutto di parma ($10)—grilled melon wrapped in veritable pashmina of prosciutto ham and anointed with a fig and wine reduction. Apennine aficionados can sink teeth into the vegetarian-friendly ravioli alla pomodoro ($17), twist a fork around the capallini alla pescatere ($21), a dish of sea scallops, shrimp, and spring vegetables in a creamy citrus sauce, or revel in La Scala's signature dish, the scallopini di vitello marsala ($26)—melting circlets of veal in a mushroom and wine cream sauce, traditionally served to patrons ordering by aria. A private wine list, along with VQA wines, adds flair to the already authenticated meal.
Mahtay Café & Lounge draws inspiration for its menu and community-focused philosophies from the ancient, healthy yerba mate customs of South America's Guarani clan. Following centuries-old customs, baristas brew the tribe's traditional tea-like beverage inside a gourd, pouring the concoction alongside modern coffee drinks. Local farmers proffer fresh produce for the café's soups and salads, which highlight a smattering of vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes. Smoked salmon and apple jam fill sandwiches, and Upper Canada Niagara Gold cheese and local prosciutto crown flatbreads and pizzas.
Mahtay Café & Lounge fosters a haven for the local creative community, peppering its walls with an extensive stash of locally produced artwork. To further bolster the eclectic ambiance, the eatery regularly hosts events that focus on literature, art, and Vincent van Gogh's good ear.:
Spicy Thai crafts authentic, freshly prepared Thai dishes and conscientiously accommodates diners of differing dietary preferences, allergies, and spice-tolerance levels. Patrons can prime their digestive tracts with selections from Spicy Thai's list of starters, which includes vegetable spring rolls, an order of four crispy pastries filled with cabbage, carrots, onions, and hand-blown glass noodles ($4.50), and thai dumplings, six pastry shells stuffed with chicken, crab meat, and water chestnuts garnished with a sweet chili sauce ($6.25). Generously proportioned main courses include noodle dishes such as pad thai with chicken or shrimp ($9.99), and such entrees as deep-fried lemon chicken drizzled with a creamy sauce ($10.99), Spicy Thai's signature fried rice ($9.99), and basil chicken and chilies, a classic tongue scorcher festooned with bird chilies and hot sauce ($10.99).
Mama's Pita Wraps entices eaters with a menu filled with souvlaki, gyros, and shawarma. The chicken sovlaki pita, gyro pita, and beef shawarma pita ($5.49 each) offer itinerant taste buds a tour of Mediterranean flavours, and buffalo chicken pita and the philly steak pita ($5.49 each) re-imagine familiar darlings of North American cuisine. Falafel, shawarma, and gyros sing edible arias on platter stages ($6.99–$8.49), each of which is enhanced by a chorus of rice, salad, and homemade hummus. For dessert, Mama's baklava ($1.79) hypnotizes patrons with its savoury, sweet flakiness and slow-swinging pocket watch.