Ali drops by Grano for some antipasti – the proper way to begin any Italian meal. The spread includes an assortment of grilled vegetables and a tray of cured meats like prosciutto and bresaolo as well as panzanella bread salad. Perfect foods for sharing with family and friends!
Joy goes to La Paloma for the ultimate Italian dolce - gelato! The classic flavours like limone, pistachio, and nocciola or hazelnut are all on hand.
Prefer a little wine and cheese? Ali tastes Amarone, a bittersweet red wine, with a variety of classic Italian formaggi: mozzarella di bufala, parmigiano reggiano, grana padano, taleggio, and pecorino pepato.
The hosts learn from Gio Rana that the secret of a good tomato sauce is a base called the passata. They sample their handiwork poured over polenta with a side of meatballs. The stuffed duo polishes off a pick-me-up dessert of tiramisu and the perfect cup of espresso. Magnifico!
Grano, 2035 Yonge Street, Toronto, 416-440-1986
La Paloma, 1357 St Clair Avenue West, Toronto, 416-656-2340
Gio Rana’s Really Really Nice Restaurant, 1220 Queen St. East, Toronto, 416-469-5225
Special Thanks to:
Mercury Espresso Bar, 915 Queen St E, Toronto, 647-435-4779
Espresso Planet, 2555 Dixie Road, Unit 11, Mississauga, 1-877-465-2883