Enoteca Sociale or Campagnolo ?
Help me decide - both vibes seem similar, both on Dundas, been wanting to try both since they've opened. Dining with one vegetarian (so that may make us lean more towards Enoteca), we don't mind volume. :)
Any votes? Thanks!
1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA
832 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON , CA
The menu at Campagnolo changes frequently, and tonight, there were several vegetarian dishes available.
Enjoyed my entirely vegetarian meal of burrata with roasted grapes, escarole/treviso/nectarine salad, roasted broccoli/cauliflower with ramp pesto, and spaghetti alla Norma.
832 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON , CA
Got most of the "buzzed about" items last night - grilled octopus, bucatini amatriciana, oxtail w polenta, and dove into a bit of the cheese cave. :) A very solid meal overall, one of the better meals I've had in this city.
Grilled octopus was excellent although they could sub the new potato with something more interesting/seasoned. All pastas were excellent - cacio e pepe, carbonara, amatriciana, papardelle w sausage/olive. Pastas well cooked, delicious, lots of pepper everywhere. Happy. Both the guanciale and pancetta were amazing in the pastas.
First time having oxtail, exactly how I pictured it, very well prepared. If you get anything, make sure you try their polenta. Simply the best you'll have - simple, fatty as hell, pure comfort.
Excellent service, great wine knowledge.
$60pp for a full meal w a bottle of wine and a flight of 3 cheeses.
We made our first visit to Enoteca last night. The meal was thoroughly enjoyable save one hiccup, and we look forward to returning.
We arrived without a reservation and were offered a seat at the communal table or the bar. We opted for the bar since we often prefer to bar to table anyhow. Our server was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and personable and offered excellent hospitality all night... especially in his wine recommendations (we worked our way through about three different varieties of by-the-glass pours).
Mr. Rabbit opted for the $45 tasting menu (5 courses plus your choice of contorni) and I ordered three dishes of my own (anticipating some picking from his plates). We started with two kinds of bread, a rosemary loaf and some country bread and Mr. Rab's antipasti came out - a grilled cheese sandwich avec sardine, some olives, eggplant, and a little arugula salad. It was a pretty plate with a nice melange of flavours and textures and a very respectable portion size.
Mr. Rab's pasta was a sweet potato ravioli with brown butter and sage. It was delicious, but perhaps too dessert-like for some. He swapped halfway through for my papardelle with sausage and olives. The pasta on both plates was relatively delicate and light even while the sauces had suitable grativas. I would order either of these dishes again.
My main was oxtail with polenta. The meat was rich and delectable, although I am often frustrated by some of the pick and pecking involved with getting all the meat from oxtail (this is a personal comment, no slight on the preparation). Mr. Rab had a braised pork shoulder in a tomato sauce with white beans along with a salad of beets, greens, and some stracciatella with balsamic - a tasty salad, and again good portion sizes all around.
We supplemented Mr. Rab's cheese course with a Quebecois blue. The cheese board came with toasts, honey, pecans and a house made jam. And finally we had an olive oil cake with poached pears and fresh whipped cream - a light but satisfying finish.
The cheque came to $160 with tax before tip and felt well worth it.
There was really no sour note in the whole meal... except for a bit of weirdness instigated by another patron. The house was pretty full and at a nearby table of six one chair seemed to be occupied by an apple laptop. This computer sat open and running on the table for pretty much the entire meal. One of the party would check it periodically. At one point there was an exasperated hunt and pecking for an outlet. I found this extremely annoying. Somehow having this intrusive bit of technology in my face slowly turned my stomach sour and by the end of the evening I was downright annoyed. I have (mostly) learned to deal with the rude reality of pathological texters at restaurants, but having a computer parked on a table was just too much. It definitely changed the energy in the room for me, and much for the worse. Perhaps it's because I'm parked in front of a computer for most of the day, but having one glaring at me at dinner was icky. It felt like someone smoking a cigar just across the way.
I still look forward to going back to Enoteca, but this incident did make me wish that management had stepped up to protect the loveliness of their establishment and to shelter us from people who Don't Know Better.