Di Manno Ristorante, Thornhill - Food worth the skyhigh pricing?!
- Charles Yu Jun 7, 2009 05:04 PM
Whilst trying out Fulton's burger in Thornhill this evening ( Burger good, better than Heroes, but nothing spectacular ), I noticed a brand new Italian restaurant directly across the street from it. Out of curiosity I went in to take a look at the menu. I was stunned to see appertizers in the $18+ range whilst entrees were way up in the $40+ range. The lambchops were priced at $48! Thats, Canoe, N44, Splendido pricing!! Have any fellow chowhounders happened to have given it a try? Does the food worth the price?
Di Manno Ristorante,
11 Disera Drive #100,
Executive chef - Vincenzo Delfo. Heard of him?
Tried out Di Manno's on Saturday night for a family birthday dinner. Food and service were great. Portions are hearty - so definitely worth the price. We ordered the Calamari appetizer - light and crispy with no oily residue - accompanied by a lovely spicy aioli. My brother and father shared the Fiorentina which was the special that night - it's a 28oz Porterhouse steak done on the grill. It was cooked perfectly. Mom had the Orada - lovely light white fish and I had the gnocchi - they were cooked properly and the sauce did not overpower. Desserts are to die for. We will be going back!
I've been meaning to try, it's really busy at night when I pass by between 10pm-midnight on the weekends with Ferraris and Lambos parked at the front, but with those prices, I'll pass until I get more good reviews.
Di Manno's is definitely sky high pricing, but the food and service lives up to the price. I was fortunate enough to attend a $3000.00 dinner there last night which was comprised of 12 patrons. Essentially we tried everything on the menu, sans beef and pork, and drinks were bountiful.
We had so much antipasti only a few guests actually finished their mains. Platters of calamari whit chipotle aioli. Pac smoked salmon marinated in olive oil topped with capers, red onions and lemon juice. Shrimp, lobster, squid. Organic greens topped with balsamic and goat cheese. Tomatoes and bufalo mozzarella with balsamic and olive oil.
It was really quite overwhelming. Di Manno's also bakes bread fresh and served it at the table with sundried tomatoes, olives, and a mixture of olive oil and balsamic.
Mains consisted of perfectly cooked (medium rare) racks of lamb. More seafood, beautiful pastas and supreme chicken (stuffed w/ goat cheese, sun dried tomatoes, oyster mushrooms and arugula in a cream-brandy sauce)
I ordered the agnelloti which was stuffed with procini mushrooms in a cream truffle sauce, I would highly recommend this dish.
Deserts came by the platter as well and bottles of wine were everywhere. Towards the end of the meal we had cognac, chocolate grappa and limoncello. CIgars appeared out of nowhere as well.
Overall we had a great night, our waiter Cameron was nothing shy of spectaular. Cost wise this resto is very expensive, but if you are seeking a fine dining experience in the area this is a nice spot.
Rumours about the fancy cars outside and older italian men rampant in the establishment are true.
I have not tried the new restaurant and I doubt that I will at those prices, however, I have to say that DiManno's in Vaughan (on Edgeley and Applewood.) is one of the better lunch places that are available in the area. As I no longer work across the street from them, I haven't been in a few months, but the food was always very good, fresh, different options every day (it is a hot and cold table type place). Having heard about the menu choices that are available at the new restaurant, there doesn't seem to be anything creative or exciting that would warrant those prices, except for maybe the Fiorentina.
The bread that DiManna makes is also very very good.