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L'Unita

Anyone been? Any recs? I'll be going on Saturday with some friends to celebrate a b-day and would love to get some recs, hits, and misses.

www.lunita.ca

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  1. The artichoke salad is excellent, so is the lamb shank. The meat was fall off the bone tender. My hubby had the cornish hen which he really enjoyed. Our friend had the mushroom ravioli and raved about it. The complimentary breadstricks are excellent too!
    When we went the menu was limited because of christmas, apparently they temporarily took some things off because of unavailability - which I thought was strange but whatever!
    I was disappointed because I've heard their osso bucco raviolis are to die. Honestly, I think whatever you order you won't be disappointed. Have fun!

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    1. re: millygirl

      The ceasar style salad and the organic pork are both excellent dishes.

    2. As fas as I can tell there are no misses on the menu. My advice to you is listen to the sommelier's suggestions and then relax.

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      1. re: Googs

        I didn't know they had a sommelier on board....is it one of the two owners?

        1. re: millygirl

          David Minicucci is listed as Wine Director on chefdb. He popped over to our table to decode our tastes and dishes. Can't remember what we had. Just that it was perfect.

          1. re: Googs

            Oh interesting. I think it was Sam that came by our table. He introduced himself and his business partner which I thought was a really nice touch.

            1. re: millygirl

              Yeah, Sam Kalogiros sat down with us for a bit too. I noticed they were all very friendly people there which felt genuine rather than just 'honeymoon phase' friendly. How unlike Yorkville. That should bury Snotto Snotto soon enough.

      2. There menu isn't on their website right now. What is the price range for two people? Was the wine properly priced?

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        1. re: camp1980

          Yes it's very reasonably priced. Love the fact that they strictly carry Italian and Canadian wines.
          http://www.lunita.ca/menu/lunita_wine...

        2. Went for dinner last night. The service was very friendly and attentive. Food was great, with very ample portions (almost too ample -- I was stuffed when I left!!).

          We shared the fritto misto (fried shrimp and calamari with veg) and the salumi platter to start. Fritto misto was a bit light on the seafood (only one shrimp and 8 small pieces of calamari) and heavy on the veg, but was very nicely prepared -- a very light batter and nice, tangy dipping sauce. The salumi platter was very good (especially the air dried beef tenderloin and the musk ox) but I think I'd opt for something a bit more interesting next time (plus, it was a LOT of meat). My strozzapreti with lamb bolognese was to die for. Pasta was perfectly cooked, and the sauce was delectable. My SO's striploin was also great, though not as good as the pasta.

          Will definitely go back. I'm dying to try the pizza (the one with Thunder Oak gouda, squash, walnuts and sage looks especially good).

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          1. re: torontofoodiegirl

            I found the service to be friendly and attentive as well. I love the fact that my water was filled without me having to ask. I found the atmosphere to be lively and unpretentious (it felt like i was on queen west or college), but not so loud that you can't have a conversation. While i was not a fan of the pizza (crust was too crispy, and my preference is for pizzas like the ones at Terroni's and Libretto), i really enjoyed the appetizers; sardine crostini was great, and the mushroom crudo also had the fennel salad that balanced both dishes. My favourite was definitely the rabbit aracine. They have a great wine list as well. It is a place i'm definitely returning to.

            i recommend making reservations, even if it's after 9:30pm.

          2. Any updated opinions on L'Unita? I'm going for my birthday dinner this weekend! I love the more exotic dishes but some of my friends are more conservative in their tastes.

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            1. re: Food Tourist

              Well Happy Birthday to you! Last we were at L'Unita, we had what I would say would be somewhat 'exotic' dishes...pan-fried sweetbreads, sardines, veal carpaccio with tuna sauce, the house selected salumi board and the excellent berkshire pork chop! Your best bet is to go with a large group and get a chance to sample most of the dishes on the menu. I also noticed many guests taking their own wine...might be something of interest for your group. Also, be aware that the room does get quite noisy later in the evening. Have a great time!

              1. re: The Macallan 18

                Thanks! We will be a group of at least 10 people, so hopefully my companions will be in a sharing mood. We are going at 6 pm, so maybe that is a good thing for hearing one another. Do you know their corkage fee? I have champagne that might be worth bringing.

                I seem to recall you enjoyed Bar Mercurio...how do these two places compare?

                1. re: Food Tourist

                  So how was dinner? Did you bring that bottle of champagne? Oddly enough, I will be dining at Bar Mercurio this Wednesday. I will report back then.

                  1. re: The Macallan 18

                    Food Tourist & The Macallan 18: do you guys have the reviews for L'unite / Bar Mercurio?

                    I'm actually planning a dinner this friday near the Yorkville area.. having some troubles in finding a place. JK and C5 both has events going on plus way over our $30-35 per person budget... Let me know!

                    1. re: pinkbunni

                      Sorry pinkbunni, I just read this now! I need to stay on top of my old posts. Where did you go in the end? I enjoyed L'Unita and would certainly return sometime (it's a little out of my way). We didn't bring our own wine or champagne. We did share quite a bit of stuff but kept it tame. I enjoyed the lamb daily grill appetizer and the salumi board but nothing stands out in my memory at this late stage.

            2. Finally tried L'Unita last night. Found it underwhelming and a little salty.

              Have to say, the breadsticks might be the best breadsticks I have eaten. The focaccia was quite good, too, although I prefer rosemary focaccia to the plainer, sea salt version that was served last night.

              Started with the mixed greens with rhubarb (raw). Basic mixed greens, very little rhubarb, but I liked the tart note the rhubarb added, when I found it.

              It's a novel idea to serve the carbonara with a raw egg yolk on top of freshly cooked pasta, waiting to be tossed by the patron right before it is to be eaten, but I think the chef, sous-chef, maitre d' or waiter should toss the raw egg yolk into my pasta if I'm paying $23 for pasta ;-) The dish included more pancetta than I expected, and the pasta was properly cooked, if a little overdressed. Better than most carbonaras in the city, and flavourwise, it was pretty close to authentic, even if the presentation or raw egg on top is more contemporary than traditional. If I return to L'Unita in the future, I'll probably order something else.

              The service was great, especially considering how close this place is to Yorkville. I did find the food to be higher quality than the food at most of the Italian restaurants I've tried in Yorkville.