This week I joined a group of fellow Toronto food writers for a first taste of the menu at Lil’ Baci Taverna that will open tonight. With this uptown location the owners of Leslieville’s popular Lil’ Baci Restaurant hope to repeat their success creating a neighbourhood Italian joint.
Like the Queen East original this kitchen (led by Chef Larry Santos) will be focused on casual Italian fare. Salads, veg, and full meat dishes sit in the middle of the menu but I’ll bet most diners will be looking to the edges at the charcuterie and small plates to start and seven pasta and eight pizza options to complete their meal. The housemade pasta we tried was quite good and the pizza leans strongly to the very thin, almost cracker-like style.
Those who don’t venture north of Bloor without a Zipcar and an Ikea shopping list might be surprised how much foot traffic there is on the stretch of Yonge between Davisville and York Mills. During our meal, more than a few local residents who were out walking their dogs pressed their noses against the windows to try and get a look at the menu. I’ll bet the Taverna has no problem attracting walk-up business.
The Davisville location will be open from 11 AM to 2 AM everyday. They’ll serve a limited menu after 11 PM. For more from our meal at Lil’ Baci Taverna this week see the photos below.