To earn the title of teacher's pet in Italian class, children leave meatballs on the principal's desk and build leaning towers of meatballs during recess. Become a valedictorian of Italian cuisine with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of gourmet Italian cuisine at Vinsanto Ristorante.
Diners flock to this upscale Italian eatery to relish a menu of first-generation recipes crafted by a team of pasta artisans in Vinsanto's stone-facing open concept kitchen. To inaugurate hearty appetites, customers can summon the earthy flavours of the funghi di bosco, a baked oyster mushroom appetizer sprinkled with flakes of nutty parmigiano ($13) or tackle the antipasto ($15) medley of cured meats and marinated olives with a running start. From the perch of a wood deacon bench, voyeuristic patrons can admire the culinary prowess of the Vinsanto assembly team play hot vesuvio potato while searing scallops and salmon primed to invigorate the misto de pesce platter ($32). A handful of earnest pasta dishes anchors the rustic style menu with treasures such as the gnocchi gorgonzola ($20), a sampling of homemade potato dumplings canoodling with an ambrosial fig and walnut duet. Vinsanto also compliments its authentic Florentine design with a selection of traditional red and white pizzas, an extensive wine list (starting at $8 per glass), and a gallery of olive oil paintings.
Vinsanto Ristorante's bill of fare blends recipes from first-generation Italian immigrants with the passion and innovation of their children to create delicate, yet rustic dishes that bridge decades without the risks of driving at 88 mph. Sides of sautéed forest mushrooms and colourful seasonal veggies accompany entrees such as slow-roasted veal brisket, herbed rack of lamb, and Nova Scotia lobster. Antique chandeliers cast a warm light over granite bar tops, a wall of wood deacon benches, and sleek leather chairs to cultivate an elegant atmosphere inspired by Florentine designs. Live bands send strains of smooth jazz into the air as diners sip Italian wines—kept in perfect condition inside the wine fridge—or watch the chefs hard at work in the open kitchen.
28 Roytec Rd.
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