Any feedback on Enoteca Sociale?
We went last night. It was busy and the patio was open but closes at 11pm.
The space is very open and the we really liked the art on the walls. Service was friendly and pleasant.
We had the bucatini (tomato and guanciale), the oxtail on polenta and the rapini.
The pasta was nicely al dente and the sauce was tasty and satisfying with the guanciale adding salty/crunchy bites of texture.
The oxtail was rich and melting over soft polenta.
The rapini was simply prepared.
As mentioned, the portions are on the small side but the dishes are well done.
For those dishes and 2 glasses of wine, tax and tip, we paid $80. If we were ordering for a full meal (or our regular appetites!) we'd add at least one other pasta or meat dish and a dessert.
Two friends went recently. Both were quite impressed.
One said the portions were small for what you pay but nevertheless very tasty.
The other friend (who's a server at Terroni) said the atmosphere is very much Librettoesque (casual, friendly, loud, not terribly pretentious). He also quite enjoyed the pastas.
I'm hoping to swing by soon and provide a more comprehensive review.
We went for an early and quick bite last Saturday -- got there around 5 and there was a small handful of people, even when we left at 6:30.
Liked it a lot.
Super friendly, knowledgeable servers.
Two starters: grilled octopus was delicious, and buffala mozzarella with briney sardines (only okay).
Two pastas: ravioli with chicken liver was delicious, with butter and sage. The pasta was fresh, light and delicious. And pappardelle with rabbit -- quite light and simple (nothing like the robust and rich pappardelle with rabbit at Nota Bene).
I really liked the place and would definitely go again. They were just waiting for a license, but there is going to be a sweet patio (covered by a bit maple tree) any day now (if not already).
180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA
re: Sarah Cat
That review was actually written by Chris Johns who is filling in for JK this summer.
If Joanne Kates had written that piece she would have spent the first three columns whining about how she wasn't actually cool enough to be at a restaurant on Dundas West. Then we might have gotten to hear about the food.
re: Sarah Cat
I will echo the same comment - "the portions were small for what you pay but nevertheless very tasty."
They fail to tell you that the main menu is also tasting portion sizes. When you order a pasta dish you expect a pasta dish not 10 noodles.
Quite the gimmick and disappointing.