When Carmen and Pina Simone emigrated from Italy, their knack for cooking traditional Italian cuisine made it through customs unscathed. The Past House founders' authentic tortellini, ravioli, and gnocchi are crafted from durum semolina flour and real whole eggs, and blended with meats such as Ontario certified corn-fed beef. Their meat lasagna is made without preservatives or artificial flavours, giving diners a hearty meal and Garfield a reason to continue on in spite of his inexorable battle against Mondays.
Though he's continued to refine his culinary skills for more than 20 years, Chef Enzo's mastery of Italian food was cemented at age 26, when he opened his first restaurant, Tutto Ristorante. Today, using locally sourced ingredients, he pushes his innovation of Italian cuisine even further at Enzo's Trattoria. Instead of supplying signature pastas, he gives diners a choice of 11 noodles—gnocchi, gluten-free penne, and whole-wheat spaghetti among them––and 14 sauces, including vodka sauce and housemade meat sauce.
More housemade elements grace Chef Enzo's grilled paninis, which he fills with housemade sausage and meatballs. His other meaty mains include veal scallopini topped with white-wine tomato pesto sauce and prosciutto and chicken breast sautéed in wild-mushroom blush sauce, named for how embarrassed chefs get seeing mushrooms go wild. Available by the glass and bottle, wines from Australia, Italy, and Canada complement meals, which unfold in a lantern-lit dining area where guests feast beneath brick archways and among painting-lined walls.
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A trip to a nearby movie station lets Zip.ca kiosk users choose from up to 1,000 new, recently released, and classic titles, as well as Blu-ray copies of popular films, all available for rental with an easy selection process and the swipe of a credit card. Those who refuse to leave their house until the earth is in HD may enroll in Zip.ca's streaming plan, whose ever-growing selection of titles may be streamed to one's computer, television, or gaming system.
Photographer Amy Britton suavely aims her lens toward infant, portrait, and glamour shoots within a well-lit, 2,200-square-foot studio. Preserve memories for children, grandchildren, and their wind-powered robo-children with a 30-minute photo shoot, during which children, families, and pets are welcome and get help expressing themselves through playing with Britton. After the session, clients flock back to the studio on a separate occasion to review every dimple-capturing image with Britton, selecting which one will be transferred onto a 12"x12" canvas print. After clients clear their walls of lingering shadow puppets in preparation for the print's arrival, they may pick up the finished product from the studio.
Sooters’ multitalented team takes a photojournalistic approach to each shoot to fully capture essential stills, with services ranging from graduation portraits to wedding photography. With more than two decades of business experience, photogs evoke a befitting in-studio atmosphere for subjects with a choice of backdrops including mottled colours, holiday motifs, and strangers’ family portraits. Post-shoot, clients select a favourite image to be immortalized in-house as an 11”x14” print or burnished onto the face of a flattened wooden nickel.
Oishii Sushi is an award-winning sushi sanctuary that took home top honours at the 2010 Big Brothers Big Sisters Windsor/Essex Battle of the Hors d’Oeuvres. Rolled revelations fill the menus like the signature honour roll of broiled salmon, scallions, and jalapenos ($7) or vegetarian staples like the tempura zucchini roll ($5) are served up in a relaxed, rock ‘n' roll themed atmosphere with an entourage of energetic servers and giggling groupies. In addition to sushi, Oishii Sushi serves traditional dishes with a twist, from pad Thai in a sweet tamarind sauce ($12) to the inventive tuna tartare ceviche ($13), that will surprise even taste buds left jaded by their first ill-fated romance with a freezing flagpole.
The Magic Closet owner Sandra Riccio-Muglia is no stranger to the stress of planning a birthday party, since she has two kids of her own. That parenting experience, combined with 14 years of hosting VIP events for adults, equipped Sandra to plan themed parties for children to teenagers in a 2,400-square-foot location. Although they're welcome to stick around, parents can take a load off and sip coffee as the staff take the reins for parties centred around Barbies, Harry Potter, Rockstar Diva, Lego, create-a-bear, or other kid-friendly themes.