Doppio Zero - Eglinton and Avenue
- elasticwaistband Sep 1, 2012 04:25 AM
New place just opened on Eglinton west of Avenue Road in the old Xaphire location. Anyone been yet?
Went there last night around 7:00. Line-up formed at 7:30 which is impressive considering the restaurant opened only last Monday and this is a long weekend with many people away. The decor is very nice yet casual. ...plenty of attentive wait staff...good selection of wine and beer, both draught and in bottles. There is a wood burning stove in the kitchen. The owner has a fair amount of experience in the neighborhood, as former operator of Pazza and Sette Metzo.
Dishes ordered included: Caprese salad, zuppa (chickpeas, celery and mushrooms in clear broth) Tonno pizza, Margherita pizza, Boscaiola pizza and ravioli stuffed with mushrooms and truffles.
Everything was terrific. All ingredients were distinctively fresh, particularly in the soup. As any pizza expert will tell you, the crust is 90% of the dining experience and Doppio's crust was bang on...thin, slightly burnt on the bottom with a wonderful chewy taste. Toppings were fresh and delicious. The mushrooms and truffles were extremely noticeable in the pasta. Often you can bearly taste the stuffing in most raviolis. The pasta sauce was extremely rich...maybe a little too heavy. While portions were what you might expect in most upscale restaurants, the soup serving was enormous....I was able to eat only half of my pizza as I stuffed from the soup and the excellent German pilsner I ordered on tap. Our bill for 3, with a generous tip, was about $100.
We often go to Marcello's on St. Clair but all of us agreed that DZ will be our new go-to Italian. They don't take reservations and it is only going to get crazier to get a table so go early.
Was there for lunch on a Saturday. They have a lunch menu which is significantly more limited than the dinner menu. Great service. I had a sausage frittata which was tasty. Others at my table had the salmon and declared it to be delicious, the chicken cicco sandwich, which was huge and a pizza, which was the best of all.
I have passed by during the dinner hour and it was packed every time, even on Monday evening! They are doing something right.
Another friend that went for dinner told me that the octopus dish on the dinner menu was outstanding.
OK. Was there about a month ago. It was a Wednesday night. The place was busy but we were greeted right away and seated at a large table with another party at the other end of the table. No problem there. I had a pizza which was advertised as having mushrooms. Where were they? There were a few sprinked on the pizza but certainly not enough when mushrooms were the main topping. Since that was the only dish I had I can't really comment on any of the other food. So, if you go, and especially if you have the mushroom pizza, ask them to put a few mushrooms on it.