Cheers

Set in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district at Mercer St, Buonanotte is an Italian dining destination that combines a lively nightlife experience with great Italian dishes, perfect for sharing. I was among a few in an intimate setting who tried the new menu items at Buonanotte by Executive Chef Davide Ianacci and enjoyed some cocktails and fine wine.

New menu items included a rich gnocchi di spinachi, crudo e mascarpone pizza and costine di manzo. And we also tried some of the favourites on the menu.

Guests that evening devoured the pizza by Pizza Chef Enrico Dal Sasso and it’s obvious why: that fresh, wood-fired crust was too good to pass up.

Wood fired pizza

Wood fired pizza

COSTINE DI MANZO

COSTINE DI MANZO 24-hour Sous Vide Beef Short Rib with Truffled Polenta and Red Onion Jam

COSTINE DI MANZO 24-hour Sous Vide Beef Short Rib with Truffled Polenta and Red Onion Jam

This beef short rib dish was simply delectable, and sliced into tender portions of juicy goodness. It undergoes 24 hours in a sous vide for a perfectly cooked short rib through and through. This is how you entertain with Italian comfort food. Perfect for sharing with family and good friends.

A classic on the menu that appealed to me was the “BRANZINO AL LIMONE E CAPPERI” dish with seared branzino paired with delicious sautéed kale chips in a zesty lemon caper sauce.

BRANZINO AL LIMONE E CAPPERI 30 Seared Branzino with Roasted Sunchoke, Sautéed Kale, Garlic Chips and Lemon Caper Sauce

BRANZINO AL LIMONE E CAPPERI 30
Seared Branzino with Roasted Sunchoke, Sautéed Kale, Garlic Chips and Lemon Caper Sauce

The night ended with a gorgeous crowd-pleasing dessert platter.

Dessert platter

Dessert platter

So if you’re in Toronto for this holiday season, this is a centrally-located lively place to be with a charming Italian touch.

Here’s a few of my photos from the Buonanotte 1 year anniversary bash last February. Click here for more.

Buonanotte Toronto is located at 19 Mercer St in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District. For more info visit www.buonanottetoronto.com. And if you’re in Montreal you can visit the original Buonanotte location, more info at www.buonanotte.com

Photos by Nick Lee

Group photo with Chef Davide Ianacci

Group photo with Chef Davide Ianacci

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