I recently had dinner at Alimento in the heart of Toronto’s King West hood. This past winter I enjoyed a quick lunch with coworkers and was impressed with the harmony they had created with their dining room and attached grocer. Everything was fresh and fantastic. So when I was invited to return for dinner to check out more of their menu I was delighted to bring my friend Thomas along for the ride.
We arrived just after work on a Tuesday evening. I wanted to focus on sampling items off their menu that I had not yet tasted. As a food writer who regularly eats way too much I was thoroughly entertained by Thom’s bewilderment at the number of dishes we were sampling. Little did he know, I actually held myself back from ordering more than usual. I didn’t want to shock him. The staff were friendly and their cheese centric menu obviously made me smile. Alimento is a great spot to grab a coffee and biscotti while doing your weekly grocery shop for the finest imported Italian ingredients. Their dining experience is worthwhile, with beautiful floor to ceiling windows which allow for perfect people watching in Toronto’s hippest hood.
We sampled: (* notes my favorites):
gin, limoncello, prosecco
amaretto, brandy, burnt lemon syrup, rosemary, sparkling water
Tagliere di Fromaggi *
fior di latte, fresca, frivlano, caciocavallo, gooseberry, honey roasted almonds, pickled zucchini, pickled plums, apple butter
tomatoes, fior di latte, spinach pesto, balsamic
Fresca Fritta *
battered fresh cheese, cream of arugula, lemon, prosciutto
Spaghetti alla Carbonara
guanciale, egg yolk, parsley, pecorino cheese, green peas, sundried tomatoes
Braised Pork Belly *
smoky peach puree, grilled peaches, zucchini flowers
fior di latte, gorgonzola, portobello and cremini mushrooms
Sweet Treats Sampler *
salui di chocolate, chocolate pistachio tart, coconut macaroon, flourless chocolate cake, honey and pine nut tart, mascarpone cannoli
#359 restaurant reviewed in Ontario since moving to Toronto in 2010.