Looking for Grade A Risotto
I've had risottos in town. But I'm not sure I've ever had the true version of the dish, as the places I had them at were "gastropubs". So I'm looking for the gold standard in Toronto, so I can understand what the real deal should look and taste like.
I would prefer the most basic version around, because too many additions make it, well, risotto and whatever. I think the pure dish is just a bit of butter and parmesan mixed in at the end? That would be my ideal taste test.
It should look almost like a well made rice pudding (think wet, not like other rice dishes) and have the tender toothsome quality of same. It shouldn't taste like any one component, but rather the harmony of carnaroli, butter, onion, garlic, chicken stock, parmesan, and parsley. It's more a feeling than a taste I find. I also find adding just the right amount of parsley to be key to elevating the flavours of all ingredients.
Where when out? I leave that to others.
Best risotto I've had in TO was the meyer lemon risotto served as part of Lobsterlicious at Scaramouche 2 years ago.
The beet risotto at Mistura is also supposed to be amazing, and is on my wishlist.
For a plainer, top quality risotto, I'd head to a place such as Il Posto Nuovo. Risotto Milanese is the classic, fairly plain but still delicious risotto, made with butter, broth, saffron and parmigiano, iirc.
265 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J9, CA
1 Benvenuto Place, Toronto, ON M4V 2L1, CA
148 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R1C2, CA
Via Allegro wild mushroom risotto is the best by far. Not as al dente as in Italty, but no place in Toronto serves it as crunchy as the Italians like it.
1750 The Queensway, Toronto, ON M9C5H5, CA