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.
We had not been back since shortly after they opened. Friends raved about the food recently and we decided to give it another try. Really enjoyed our meal here last night.
The cocktails to start were excellent. SO had a beet, I had a cucumber, can't remember the names. They'd recently overhauled the cocktail list and they were excellent.
We split the arugula salad. The salad was gigantic, glad we decided to split, and it was excellent. Had drunken raisins in it which were a nice touch.
I had the Orecchiette with spicy sausage, SO had the Pappardelle with prochetta ragu. Both were excellent. The sausage in mine was particularly awesome. Gigantic portions, we're both big eaters and could barely finish. Didn't have the pizza but what came out of the kitchen looked really great.
Definitely going to head back and try more of the menu. This was much, much better than when we visited a couple of years back.
Thanks for this review, abigllama--it's timely, because we've been trying to choose a neighbourhood walk-to venue to celebrate an anniversary. We've looked at Ganzi so often and said "we really should try this place," but for one reason or another we haven't been there yet. So your review is just the nudge we needed!
Will report back after the event.