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Review: Lil Baci Taverna, Toronto


So here is a funny story. The last restaurant I visited in Toronto before I flew off to Europe was Lil Baci in Leslieville for a quick and easy lunch. The day I return home I get an email cordially inviting me to the new Lil Baci Taverna in Davisville. This would be my first Toronto restaurant review since settling back in El Toro. I don’t know how that worked out but it certainly seems a bit magical.

Having been out of the Toronto food scene loop for over a month it was really nice to connect with my favorite food writers. We all sat down at a large table and were served the restaurants girth of a menu in one seating, family style. I had the great pleasure of sitting across from Christine Cushing and Nicki from View the Vibe. I’ve never experienced such hilarious conversation at a media dinner. I think I just had one of those ramble at the mouth evenings where I excitedly updated people on several of my fond foodie moments at the 60 plus restaurants I had just experienced in Europe. Christine did a great job at infusing the conversation with Greek cheer whilst passionately discussing her love for feta and the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I also brought up one of my favorite topics, “What words make you cringe?” I have always loathed the word gourmet because it has been so abused by the industry (gourmet chicken fingers for dinner tonight? What IS that?) I was so intrigued by Christine’s response, that she hates the world “meal.” The things you learn while feasting!

Lil Baci Taverna is a great new watering hole and offers a relaxed dining experience for those living north of Bloor. The restaurant features ceiling to floor glass windows that provide ample people watching (read: hot boys jogging) during your meal. The group of us were wined and dined for what seemed like eons. I was ever so pleased to be introduced back into Toronto’s ever growing culinary landscape at Lil Baci Taverna. Italian food has made Toronto so famous. Or is it the other way around?

I enjoyed (*notes my favorites):

lemon sparkle*

limoncello, lemon juice, wedge of lemon, prosseco, sparkling soda, mint

pear gin fiz

cynar, gin, pear nectar, lemon, soda

crostino

zucchine and pecorino, duck liver

charcuterie board *

duck bresoala, duck and pork pate, mortadella, testa with pistachio gremolata

taverna salad with anchovy dressing

fennel, carrot, radish, dandelion, olives and egg

fried duck egg and asparagus

pan roasted prawns with fried bread and aioli

mortadella gnudi with misto of mushrooms and mascarpone *

duck and bread sausage on slow cooked white beans and dandelion *

bowl of beets with burrata *

funghi pizza with tallegio and truffle

pappardelle with duck ragu and chantrelles *

ricotta cavatelli with fava and roast tomatoes

pan roasted mennonite chicken with olives, tomato and jus

flat iron steak with charred onion, bagna verde and rosso

charred cauliflower with vinegar

braised cavalo nero with bread crumbs

crispy fried potatoes and herbs

fava and greens with garlic

upside down chocolate tart with mascarpone

upside down lemon tart with mascarpone

vanilla panna cotta with cherries cooked in port, pistachio and dark chocolate

#329 restaurant reviewed in Ontario since moving to Toronto in 2010. 


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One Response to “Review: Lil Baci Taverna, Toronto”

  1. Moe Nwala
    August 5, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    very appetizing!

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