Osteria Dei Ganzi
New Italian place is opening up in January 2013 in the Gooderham Mansion formerly occupied by Honey's Beestro Grand Hive.
Dug around a bit through social media and it looks like owners or management are connected to Roosavelt Room.
This is about a block away from us and a cool space so looking forward to it. Almost anything is better than Honey's Beestro so remaining optimistic for this otherwise cursed location, but beautiful space.
Went for dinner this past Saturday night. Wasn't impressed.
Sat down at 8:00 pm and they were reasonably busy - at least where we were sitting. Our waitress didn't show up until 8:40 pm, by which point we decided to just order drinks with dinner.
Appetizers included the Misto Wood Board, Caprese Salad, and Caponatina Crostini. The salads and crostini were bland at best, thought the Wood Board was decent.
Main courses were two pizzas (Margherita and Piccante), Spigola, Mucca Pezzata (steak) and the Pollo Scaloppine. Everything was OK - not bad, not great, and the Piccante pizza had no flavour except for the spice of the chilis. The size of Spigola was possibly the tiniest piece of fish I've ever seen.
Also had a couple of rounds of cocktails and Heineken. Had hoped for draft beer, but they don't have a list of beers and rely on the wait staff to provide the information. However, our waitress had such a thick accent, that we honestly couldn't understand what she was saying.
All of the cocktails, including martinis, were served in coupe glasses. The drinks were at maximum 2 oz, and priced between $10 and $16, we all thought that they were small for the price.
Only reason to return would be to have a beer and maybe an appetizer on the patio when the weather heats up. Definitely feels like they're trying to cater more to the Rosedale crowd than anything else.
Certainly not worth the $80 per person, without dessert.
We stopped in here during Pride last weekend. Similar results. Our server was really great and rec'd a fantastic wine. We just split a salad and a prosciutto pizza. Everything was pretty good but not great.
We each had a classic martini which was good but expensive at $14. Can't remember the name of the wine we had now and kicking myself for it, but it was awesome and the highlight of the meal.
It's just a couple of blocks from us and really, really enjoy the space. We definitely go back to try something else but not really in a rush.