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Local Kitchen & Wine Bar
Cuisine: European, Italian
2009 was a memorable year for restaurant openings in Toronto, and Local Kitchen and Wine Bar was among the notable debuts. Childhood friends Fabio Bondi and Michael Sangregorio teamed up to open the... Read More
2009 was a memorable year for restaurant openings in Toronto, and Local Kitchen and Wine Bar was among the notable debuts. Childhood friends Fabio Bondi and Michael Sangregorio teamed up to open the space. It's tiny and decorated in an unpretentious style, resembling a hole-in-the-wall you might find while wandering around Florence. But don't judge a book by its cover, because chef Bondi's food packs this place on a nightly basis. The small menu of locally sourced ingredients features a selection of cheeses and meats, including the fresh house-made mozzarella, served warm with tomatoes and basil. Three or four pastas and two protein-based mains are served each day. The former might be smoked potato gnocchi with rapini and taleggio cheese, while locally sourced fish and beef are paired with vegetables in season.
- Farm to Table: "Try the 4-course prix fix menu on Monday nights for a delightful selection of the Local Kitchen's creativity. Pair it with a bottle of wine that you bring from home and have it uncorked for free (Monday nights only)."
- Best for Farm to Table Because: House-made cheese on house-made pasta? These people aren't fooling around...the farm may be as close as the kitchen.