Lifestyle & Parenting

Italian Job

October 9, 2009

Its not just French women who dont get fat. Italian women gorge on
garganelli and guzzle Chianti and still stay svelte. The secret? They
keep everything piccolo (Italiano for small).

The guys behind the Local
Kitchen and Wine Bar
have portion size just right. Little white
dishes come laden with butter-soft gnocchi coated in taleggio and
rapini. The breaded olives stuffed with rabbit are scrummy and the
Ontario buffalo mozzarella is to die for.

All ingredients are sourced from local farmers using sustainable
methods. Arctic char is fresh from Georgian Bay and the mozzarella is
from Thunder Bay.

The atmosphere is decidedly local too. Vintage community newspaper
covers one wall, a wild boars head hangs above the door, and old milk
crates substitute as wine shelving.

If I owned a restaurant, it would be exactly like this, says the diner
to our left.

What better compliment?

Local Kitchen and Wine Bar, 1710 Queen St. W., Toronto, 416-534-6700,


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