I was very optimistic going into tonight's dinner at Il Posto. I had seen reasonably good reviews on this and other sites. Sadly, it wasn't to be. A group of 12 from my office attended for our annual Christmas dinner.
The Good - Service was actually quite good. Upon entering the restaurant, the maitre'd held the door, helped with our outer garments, drinks were quickly ordered and received and we were seated at our table. Timing was reasonably good as plates were cleared appropriately before next courses arrived.
The Bad - I guess a restaurant review shouldn't start with comments about the service. We're there for the food after all. Well, not again. I started with the prosciutto with buffala mozzarella appetizer. There was nothing inherently wrong with it, but at $18 I expected to be dazzled. I received a few thin slices of prosciutto on top of a couple of globs of mozzarella. Garnish was a piece of frisee... no style, no substance, no grace. For the main, I ordered the duck with raisin sweet/sour sauce. This had to be the wost duck I've ever had. It was over cooked, tough as shoe leather and served cold. Even the sides, such as they were... 1 small potato, limp spinach, 2 asparagus spears, and a slice of parsnip completely lacked flavour and were also served cold. I should have sent the plate back but did not want to make a scene in front of colleagues. Shame on me... I really should have.
Needless to say, I will not be gracing this restaurant again.
Oh, and to respond to your question Charles... yes, the veal liver was still on the menu. One of my colleagues ordered it and said it good, but not great. Also a bit on the cool side. How can a restaurant (that was not overly crowded) manage to serve cold food to a majority of the twelve of us?
thank you so much! I had to write a review: My cousin and I had a fantastic experience at Il Posto- I had the crab fettucine with rapini and my cousin had the seafood fettucine - both were wonderful. To start we shared a plate of the Octopus salad and the server was nice enough to serve it to us individually in small plates as he knew we would be sharing ( a very nice touch)... we also shared a lovely chocolate mousse tart with a shortbread crust....all in all this has probably been one of my most pleasant dining exepriences in Yorkville!!! the helpings were generous, the service excellent!!!! I will definately return here!
148 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R1C2, CA
I was there a few months ago. It was fine, nothing special, but not bad. I had a fish main (branzino, I think). Well cooked, but a bit too heavy on the olive oil. No recollection of what the starter was. My dining companion had a pasta dish, she seemed satisfied. Not bad; not remarkable.
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The food is very good, nicely executed with good presentations. Very competent with fish and seafood, very nicely made house stuffed pastas, and some of the desserts are still made by the original owner herself. They are also generally very accomodating if you want to sub ingredients or sauces, or have a particular request. On the higher end of the scale for Italian, but not so much when you think it's Yorkvllle. Good, well chosen wine list, and waiters who have been there for years and provide classical efficient service.