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Black Skirt

Has anyone been? Thoughts? I am taking a friend there tomorrow night for dinner.


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  1. I went there for lunch on Friday and ordered their veal sandwich. The sandwich was 1/2 the size as a veal sandwich at the St. Lawrence Market and it only came with one carrot stick and four little olives. You don't get much for the cost.

    Also, the sandwich had moldy cheese - my parmegian had blue fuzzy spots on it. I didn't discover this until after I had eaten almost half of the sandwich. The staff were very apologetic and offered me a substitute, but I just couldn't eat anything after that discover.

    It was a very disappointing experience.

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    1. re: jac73

      Small Review from last night:

      Quaint atmosphere, decent service - the waiter seemed very knowledgable about the various pastas and specials. My dining partner and I both had the pasta special after much ho-hum on my part not wanting to order the same item. Penne with chicken and asparagus in a white wine cream sauce. Was done ok - nothing spectacular - but comforting. Started with bruschetta - the goat cheese crumble on top is always a bonus for me! All in all good experience.

    2. I had dinner here with my SO shorta after the Wish to Black Skirt transition about a month ago and we really enjoyed it. Reasonable prices and solid food. Everything was very solid, pasta tasted fresh and not too heavy.

      Can't remember what it was called but the bread was served with a bowl of olive oil with spices and fresh garlic in it. There was a pestal to grind up the garlic and made for a really addicting accompaniment for the bread, and just had a really fresh flavour that was nice. Another highlight was the tiramisu at the end, it was lighter and refreshing. Overall the meal was very good, but nothing that was quite a 'wow' factor. But at a reasonable price point I look forward to trying other things on the menu.

      Black Skirt is about two blocks away and a solid 'hood stanby for us. I'm not sure I'd encourage a trip in from the burbs for it, but we're glad to have it here.

      1. It is my favorite place for drinks in the city. The decor and attention put into design really shows. I have only eaten at wish not since they rebranded themselves as Black Skirt. The owner dropped the prices and added more value to the menu. She has made a more upscale dinner more accessible in tough times. I am looking forward to checking it out.

        1. Was there the other night by accident. The waitress was very kind and attentive. We told her we were in a hurry so she made a special point of making things snappy. I wasn't that hungry, but the wine was good. (I asked for organic wine, they didn't have any.) The soup was splendid, and the salad was spectacular. Also, very affordable. Best of all was the coziness of the place. It was very cool (i.e., hip) yet very warm and welcoming and not one of those stuck-up places where they make you feel like they're doing you a favour by letting you in there.

          1. Anyone been to the new incarnation of this place over on College West? Menu looks the same as it was a couple of years back in the Charles St. location. We were going to be in the area and thinking about checking it out this weekend.


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            1. re: abigllama

              Tried it a few months ago, pretty good but not great neighbourhood spot. I loved the apps, but the pasta mains that all the critics raved about fell flat. Did not care for their pomodoro sauce at all, too much of that heavy stewed tomato flavour, I like lighter sauces.

              1. re: themiguel

                Thanks for the heads up. It's actually a bit further from The Royal, where we're seeing a movie later, than expected. We're going to try out the old Negroni place Carpano instead.

            2. Just wondering if anyone has been here recently, and what you would recommend.

              1. Had dinner here on Saturday night. Shared Mushroom crostini and beet and spinach salad to start. Both were very good.

                For a main, I had their special pistachio pasta. The sauce was delicious but the noodles (spaghetti) took away from the dish as they were straight from a box. There were a few chunks of warm tomato which I felt should have been more plentiful and cut smaller.

                My husband had the osso bucco which I tasted and it was excellent. I recommend the starters and the osso bucco, but unless they do something to improve the pasta, I do no recommend it, which is a shame considering the sauce really was delectable!

                I had their cocktail which had amaretto and pear juice in it (I forget the name). It was good enough that I had a second!

                Our server, Joe, was excellent and the atmosphere was nice, but perhaps a bit dark for trying to read the menu.

                I would return, but next time I would avoid the pasta.

                1. Any recent updates? My sister wants to go here for her birthday, and she is looking for yummy pasta. Which concerns me, given TeacherFoodie's "out of the box" comment.

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                  1. re: Full tummy

                    Hi Full tummy,

                    I just had great Italian last night at Lil Baci at Yonge/Davisville. I would highly recommend it. Our server was great and the food was delicious. The only thing that wasn't great was timing of bringing the plates out - there were six of us, and my food arrived 5-10 minutes after all the other food. It was amazing though - duck and risotto - it was a special, but maybe you could write ahead and request it. All of their pasta is handmade. The rest of our party enjoyed pizzas and one of the pasta specials.

                    I can't wait to go back!

                    1. re: TeacherFoodie

                      Thanks, TeacherFoodie, we have a LIl Baci close to us in Leslieville, though I must admit I haven't been in a while, owing to the addition of a baby (now toddler) to our family. It's hard to get out! I hear their brunch is also good.

                      1. re: Full tummy

                        I have never been to the Leslieville location. I did notice that the menus seem to differ. I'm sure there are other good choices as well, but Lil Baci at Yonge/Davisville was really great. Other places I would recommend for Italian are Buca and Campagnolo (I have not been to Enoteca Sociale but it gets a lot of love on the board). The advantage of Lil Baci is that they take reservations.