Antolini Restaurant, Yonge & Finch
- Martin Johnston
Back at the start of May I asked about decent Italian restaurants; Taryn recommended Antolini's as somewhere that used to be good.
Having finally got around to dining there, I can confirm it's still very good indeed.
Pretty small menu - about 4 choices for each of appetizer/pasta/entree/dessert, a couple of salads and a daily special pasta.
The place is small, seems to be run by the same guys since it opened many years ago (there was a letter on the wall from Mel Lastman congratulating them on their tenth anniversary, think it was dated 1992!) and very friendly, old-world service.
Interior reminded me of just about every small Italian place I've ever been - fake Mona Lisa, statues, plain white plastered walls.
Food was great - four of us ate different dishes each, all equally good. Veal Francesca (brandy/cream sauce), Calamari (just a very light almost tempura style batter, flash-fried), Manicotti with spinach & ricotta and a Salmon & vodka fusilli. Melon & prosciutto to start - very well aged, strongly flavoured meat on almost over-ripe melon slices.
Unsolicited and not charged for came a platter of DAMN fine bruschetta (garlic-tastic too) to nibble on while we made up our minds what to have and a big bowl of warm potato salad with more of the prosciutto mixed in arrived with the entrees.
Desserts were Creme Caramel (had a touch of espresso added, very pleasant) for those of us with room left.
One warning - if anyone in the party is expecting to have pizza, don't go as it's not on the menu.
Contact details for the resto:
Antolini Restaurant, 5313 Yonge St, (416) 225-8303