At the end of June, I received this postcard from my eating pal C.Wong who was ecstatic about her meal at the newly opened Enoteca Sociale (1288 Dundas Street West). I hold her food opinions in high regard and the simple, post-marked rave review indicated that a visit of my own was in order.
To truly experience Buca(602 King St. W.), you need to set aside a large chunk of time. About the same amount you’d spend traveling to and from the movie theatre and seeing James Cameron’s latest 162-minute epic with those blue people. Located 25 steps down an alley in Toronto, Buca is Italian dining that embraces slow-cooking. For me, this meant eating 10 dishes over the course of three-and-a-half hours.
Living in New York pretty much demands I write about pizza, and often. I’m constantly exploring new pie joints and the old classics. Joe’s Pizza, located in the West Village, is the New York pizzeria known for serving up the ultimate plain slice in all of Manhattan for the past 50 years. Even actor Ben Affleck says: “There are tons of pizza places all over New York. It definitely has the best pizza in the world. But Joe’s is the best of the best.” Who are we to argue with Ben? So I had to give Joe’s a go and see for myself.
Our favorite restaurant was at it again. Earlier this year Terroni opened a new Italian fixed-price restaurant called Osteria Ciceri E Tria. Yes it’s a mouthful to say and remember, but the unique dining concept is catching on quick. Located in the former Terroni Victoria Street location, Osteria Ciceri E Tria is holding it down and serving it up with bite-sized portions. The Double P’s, along with our friend Edgar, ventured to Osteria for dinner last week and left with mixed feelings.
I love music. I love food. So one of the best things in the world is meeting a musician who loves food. We’ve already had culinary chats with Drake and The Clipse, but chilling with Ivana Santilli — who’s as talented in the kitchen as she is onstage as a singer, songwriter and musician — is a treat in itself.
At a recent dinner party in Toronto, Ivana staged a kitchen takeover and made homemade bruschetta, guacamole and her pièce de résistence, Pappardelle with Sugo Crudo.