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Little Anthony’s New Menu

Little Anthony's New Menu

Every neighbourhood in Toronto deserves its very own “casual Italian fare” spot.  Paisano’s at Willowdale and Sheppard, was our go-to in my part of North York and we recently discovered that Marcello’s rises above the St. Clair West crowd to claim a devoted following on Corso Italia. The suits and skirt-suits who work around Queen and University — no one’s allowed to live that close to the centre of the universe, right? — can get their fix for gourmet, straight-ahead Italian at Little Anthony’s Restaurant and Bar.

The downtown osteria held a media dinner to showcase their new menu last month. The jointly-responsible occasions for this event were: the 1-year anniversary of Andreas Antoniou taking charge of the restaurant his family owns (he also runs Estiatorias VOLOS), and hiring Chef Garth Legree (County General) to take over from Aaron Foster.
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Lil’ Baci Taverna Opens

Staff at the uptown Lil' Baci Taverna

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.

Funghi pizza heavily-laden with mushrooms.

Funghi pizza heavily-laden with mushrooms.

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. (more…)