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"New" Little Anthony's at Richmond & York

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jilly bean May 9, 2012 08:50 AM

Has anyone tried the restaurant since it reopened? Is the food better, worse, the same?

I can only find a reveiw of the opening night online & their website doesn't have the menus available yet.

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  1. prima RE: jilly bean May 10, 2012 02:30 PM

    I haven't dined at LA since the renovation.

    Little Anthony's has been posting some photos & daily dishes via Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/little_anthonys

    Here is a recent online review:
    http://www.lawandstyle.ca/index.php?o...

    some other information:
    http://notable.ca/toronto/restaurants...

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      Snarf RE: prima May 11, 2012 08:30 AM

      Laughed at the comment in the second link, a lawyers blog, that a negative was a 'golden years' crowd. Nothing worse than an angry hipster.

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        prima RE: Snarf May 11, 2012 08:31 AM

        Ha ha. I thought the review was funny. Which is worse- an angry hipster or a picky lawyer?

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          Snarf RE: prima May 11, 2012 08:33 AM

          Although I resemble that remark, I agree.

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            prima RE: Snarf May 11, 2012 08:36 AM

            I had a hunch.

    2. prima RE: jilly bean Jan 21, 2013 10:26 PM

      Has anyone dined at Little Anthony's recently?

      The menu has changed considerably since its makeover.

      http://www.littleanthonys.ca/sites/de...

      $34 3 course pre-theatre prix fixe
      http://www.littleanthonys.ca/sites/de...

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        justxpete RE: prima Jan 21, 2013 10:58 PM

        We were there about a month - two months ago. Food was quite good. Nothing exceptional, but quite good. The bolognese was apparently authentically made (also, "with love"), and was the highlight of our meal. Buffalo Milk Ricotta was solid (not literally), while Spaghetti Pomodoro was a bit too tart for my liking. Service was friendly... if I had one complaint, it would be the decor. Despite it's recent renovation, it didn't really appeal to me - something about the grey marble bar and table tops - but I'm no decor expert, and it's just my humble opinion. :)

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          prima RE: justxpete Jan 21, 2013 11:08 PM

          Thanks justxpete. Glad it was pretty good. I've seen the decor from the outside, and agree it wouldn't be to everyone's taste. Looks like it's probably a good pre-opera/pre-ballet option, especially in the winter, but I've got to admit, I miss seeing the old school veal dishes they used to have on the old Little Anthony's menu.

          I am happy to find a Veal Marsala on the Vagobondo $35 Winter Fixe prix fixe http://www.vagabondo.ca/wp- content/uploads/2013/01/winter_fixe.pdf , Veal al limone at Paese http://www.dine.to/profile_features.p... and both Veal al Limone and Veal Saltimbocca at Carisma http://www.carismarestaurant.com/menu...

          PS Just add a little sugar next time your Pomodoro is too tart. ;-)

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            estufarian RE: prima Jan 22, 2013 04:43 AM

            I found LA's to be solid Middle-of-the-road. Not really inspired but a safe option in the area. Sort of place a lawyer might be happy in !

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              prima RE: estufarian Jan 22, 2013 07:13 AM

              Thanks, estufarian. I'm going to give LA's a try next week. I'll probably order the strozzapreti with duck confit or the soft polenta.

      2. ingloriouseater RE: jilly bean Jan 22, 2013 01:50 PM

        i find it kind of meh....i had high hopes given the reins were turned over to Andreas to do the magic of the transformation of mediterra to volos....

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          prima RE: ingloriouseater Jan 24, 2013 05:34 PM

          I had two amazing experiences at Volos, and then an underwhelming experience, which took place on a night when I didn't see Andreas in the restaurant, around the time LA's was relaunched. It's possible he was across the street at LA's. I haven't been back to Volos recently, but it seemed the front-of-house and the kitchen at Volos were making more of an effort when Andreas was in the house.

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            ingloriouseater RE: prima Jan 25, 2013 11:07 AM

            i agree that he seems to orchestrate the room when he is there...i mostly lunch there as it is in my work hood...

        2. justxpete RE: jilly bean Mar 28, 2013 08:49 AM

          Just an FYI - Garth Legree, formerly of County General, is now the head chef at LA's. Not sure if this was posted somewhere else, but thought I'd update the thread.

          Focusing on fresh-made pasta, I'm excited to see what comes of it. Planning to visit in a month or two once he's settled.

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            kwass RE: justxpete Mar 28, 2013 11:35 AM

            Has the new menu been posted yet?

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              justxpete RE: kwass Mar 28, 2013 11:56 AM

              Did you check the website?

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                kwass RE: justxpete Mar 28, 2013 11:57 AM

                I just did, and it looks like it's still the old menu that they have up.

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              Breadcrumbs RE: justxpete Mar 29, 2013 05:24 PM

              Wow, that just seems like an odd move for Garth. I'll be staying tuned to see how this plays out.

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                estufarian RE: Breadcrumbs Mar 30, 2013 07:25 AM

                Not so odd.
                Matt Roulston (ex Splendido) is the Manager at LA's.

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                  Breadcrumbs RE: estufarian Mar 30, 2013 07:28 AM

                  Ah, interesting estufarian. I wasn't aware of that.

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                    justxpete RE: estufarian Mar 30, 2013 09:01 AM

                    Just one small correction - Matt is actually the GM at LA's.

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                    justxpete RE: Breadcrumbs Mar 30, 2013 08:52 AM

                    I don't see it as odd either. He gets to run his own show at LA's.

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                      Breadcrumbs RE: justxpete Mar 30, 2013 09:20 AM

                      Agreed but, within the context of an Italian restaurant/menu.

                      TCG/menu provides more room for creative licence IMHO.

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                        justxpete RE: Breadcrumbs Mar 30, 2013 09:28 AM

                        Fair enough, but at TCG, the menu has/had significant input from Victor. Here, although limited to Italian fare, he'll have much more control.

                        I'm excited to see what he does with it. I hear they'll be making all the pastas fresh, for a start.

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                          Breadcrumbs RE: justxpete Mar 30, 2013 11:23 AM

                          Agreed, I'll definitely check it out.

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                    Matt416 RE: justxpete Mar 30, 2013 02:27 PM

                    Just to clarify: Garth has only been here for last few weeks of March. We have adjusted the menu somewhat with more changes coming over the course of the next few weeks. Posting new menus online shortly but they are changing almost every day at this point. I would anticipate the menu to be 100% reflective of Garth's cooking by middle to late April.

                    Matt Roulston

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