Oretta, the trendiest Italian restaurant on King St West

August 8, 2017 by  
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The Oretta is the perfect place for the Italian food lover who also enjoys art-deco styling. The sophisticated decor isn’t in line with their differents dishes, the food in this place is authentic, just like the food that you eat in a traditional Italian family.

The Italian restaurant offers a private room for a variety of personal and corporate events.

The Soggiorno (the living room) and the L’attico (the penthouse) hold a maximum of 50 guests for a sit-down meal and 70 guests for a standing reception.

If the rooms are divided into smaller rooms, the Soggiorno, can accommodate up to 20 guests sit down.

L’attico, with the demonstration kitchen, holds up to 30 guests for a sit-down meal.

Cantina, the Semi-Private Dining Room, can accommodate up to 20 guests sit down.

Oretta

633 King St W

416.944.1932

For more information and make a reservation: http://oretta.to/

CityEvent’s Last Schmooze of the Summer at Mercer Rooftop Terrace

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CityEvents will be hosting Schmooze, on Friday, August 25, Toronto’s best after-work rooftop patio party for one last time before summer comes to an end.

 

The party will be on the Mercer Rooftop Terrace from 5-9 p.m. Stoli is sponsoring the event where you can get $4 drink specials and a complimentary BBQ “Pop-Up” by The Dime, while the food lasts!

 

DJ Spence Diamonds will be playing the top hits for enjoy every last moment of the summer with us.

 

Schmooze is Toronto’s favourite after-work patio for both young and established professionals in the downtown core. Schmooze is the best way to celebrate a summer weekend!

 

When: Friday, August 25th, 2017 from 5-9 p.m.

Where: Mercer Rooftop Terrace, 15 Mercer Street, Toronto M5V 3C6

Website: www.maisonmercer.com

Link for event: https://www.facebook.com/events/690308327842015/

 

Pictures from past Schmooze events: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cityeventstoronto/albums/with/72157669926043316

 

Hosted by CityEvents and ShannyintheCity

www.torontocityevents.com

Twitter: @cityevents

www.shannyinthecity.com

Twitter: @ShannyintheCity

Open the Yellow Doors of La Banane!

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La Banane Restaurant Photo by  Jesse Milns

La Banane Restaurant
Photo by
Jesse Milns

 

La Banane, a French restaurant on Ossington that took over the space that was formerly The Saint, is a partnership between chef Brandon Olsen (CXBO, Bar Isabel, The Black Hoof) and King Street Food Company (Buca, Jacobs & Co. and Jamie’s Italian)

La Banane inspired by Brandon Olsen and Sarah Keenlyside is known as an excellent French restaurant on Ossington. 

Venue Details:

This space offers three distinct areas: a front space which is referred to as the garden room with marble tables and booth seating. It has a fun green and yellow theme which matches Olsen’s outfit on most day. 

The middle marble-topped bar area with fun half moon banquettes along one side art decor and incredible open kitchen.

In the back there is a smaller intimate dining room, all set up to enjoy delicious French chic meals! What a spot to enjoy an evening of sharing excellent French food, wines with friends.

 

Venue: 227 Ossington Avenue Toronto

Capacity: 90  

Dinner Service: Monday-Sunday 6:00pm – 12:00am

 

www.labanane.ca

The sounds, sights and Taste of Little Italy

August 1, 2017 by  
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The Mastro and San Daniele Taste of Little Italy food festival took place last month, June 16 – 18. My eyes were busy, my ears were buzzing and my stomach was full of delicious Italian food.

 

The sights of the Taste of Little Italy were plentiful. From the vendors up and down the streets to the authentic Italian restaurants, I really was immersed in the Italian culture. I was able to see some of the renowned restaurants serving the community, despite the rain. I enjoyed the sights of many restaurants extending their patios. Trattoria Taverniti embraced their Italian heritage by simply decorating their extended patio with the classic red and white checkered table clothes. This, coupled with the old brick exterior and the beautiful Italian entry door, provided the perfect visual for the festival.

 

If the sights weren’t enough, there was a combination of musical performers adding to the culture. Italian performers from the community lined the streets on almost every corner, while acclaimed electric violinist, Dr. Draw, played a memorable show right outside the CHIN building. The variety of music and the sound of Torontonians enjoying the festival made the trip in the rain all worthwhile.

 

And of course, the reason everyone goes to street festivals – the FOOD!

 

The night started off at Hogtown Pub and Oysters with prosecco – a delicious Italian white wine, paired with oysters. The two complemented each other well and made for a nice light treat to converse over. The owner shared with us his commitment to not only the Taste of Little Italy, but the community as well. He would be spending the night at his restaurant all weekend shucking oysters to ensure everything was ready each day to serve their guests – if that’s not commitment, I don’t know what is!

 

Once the rain let up we enjoyed some traditional Italian food, cosy enough for the wet evening. There was arancini, ravaioli, spiducci, and we can’t forget about gelato; the sweet, delectable gelato from Sicilian Café.

 

Café Diplomatico did not disappoint with their savoury snacks and rich history. As the first licensed patio in Toronto, Café Diplomatico continues to satisfy their customers. All of the dishes complimented each other well. The sauce on the arancini and raviolis was to die for. Nonna’s tomato sauce recipe drizzled over the freshly made arancini and raviolis made it feel like I was really in Italy.  For years guests have flocked to Café Dip for their infamous barbecued spiducci skewers during the festival. Since the very beginning of this traditional event, the Dip has sold nearly 250,000 spiducci and are looking to reach that record milestone this year.

 

The stories shared by the owners of Café Diplomatico added to the evening and brought some old-time Italian culture to light. When Café Diplomatico first opened, there was no kitchen and only hot plates. The owners at the time would make the food at home and bring it down to Café Dip to serve. In the end, Café Dip has held true to their Italian roots and continues to serve the community – which includes some high profile names like Sophia Loren and Nelly Furtado!

 

We finished off on a high note with a massive gelato dessert from Sicilian Café. It consisted of four flavours of gelato, strawberries and freshly made waffles. Sicilian Café, the oldest gelato shop in Toronto, was the first to develop tartufo and has many gelato flavours to choose from, which made it so difficult to decide which dessert to have. I will definitely be going back to try some more! As Maria Galipo says – “a lot can happen over a bowl of ice cream.”

 

There really was a little bit of everything from the sights, to the sounds, to the tastes. This was a festival to remember!

 

For some of our photos visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cityeventstoronto/albums/72157682259269674