Dining in Toronto: Creative and Intimate

Italian dining with a creative and intimate twist at a popular Italian restaurant in Toronto

For businesswomen looking to enjoy modern and creative Italian dining in Toronto this season, an interesting menu has been introduced at a popular restaurant in the city.

Clientele at Ovest at 788 King West can continue to dine on unique Italian dishes which are creatively rendered using local, seasonal ingredients, but they can also now try many more shareable dishes and small bites.

Several items have been introduced to the existing menu which include a selection of cured meats and Italian cheeses, as well as sides such as the Puttanesca-style swiss chard and a lightly-fried bread with fresh ricotta and Ontario honey.

Cheese and Antipasti at Ovest Restaurant in Toronto

The App + Primi menu at Ovest continues to offer the fresh, smoked swordfish Carpaccio with fennel and orange, and for the artistically- inspired diner, the Tartar Di Manzo (Quail Eggs on a bed of beef tartar) continues to be a popular and flavorful choice.

These signature favorites sit alongside cleverly thought out Antipasto choices such as the Morrocan Octopus and the Whipped Bufala Mozzarella, which has a tangy Salsa Verde at its base. The popular Branzino E Ceci dish also remains on the Secondi menu as before.

Fish at Ovest Cucina e Vineria in Toronto

Under Chef¬†Danylo Mielnik, many of Ovest’s authentic and traditional Italian Pasta dishes have creative and new twists to them.

The Tagliolini al Nero con Sugo di Aragosta (black squid ink tagliolini, Nova Scotia lobster, preserved tomato, and lobster bisque), and Gnocchi con Pesto di Pistacchi (hand rolled potato gnocchi, pistachio pesto and crispy pancetta) are welcome new menu additions.

Tagliolini dish at Ovest Cucina e Vineria in Toronto

The Pizza menu is also now divided into Rossa (tomato sauce) and Bianca (white pizza) and features additions such as the Salsiccia e Rapini (artisan pork sausage, rapini, fior di latte, oven roasted chilli, garlic, pecorino Romano and sea salt). A tempting four course tasting menu is still available and comes with wine.

Whilst Pizza and Pasta form an integral part of the menu at Ovest, every dish is neither overly filling, nor heavy. As delicate as they are creative, there’s always room for desert.

The general manager here is Marco Celio, who used to be the general manager at Buca. He’s known to pride himself on creating an atmosphere of hospitality at his restaurants where clientele feel like they’ve been welcomed into their home.

At Ovest they can also relax and enjoy watching Danylo Mielnik and his team hard at work in the open kitchen.

And whilst the industrialist-style decor comprises of concrete floors and exposed ceilings work well alongside the restaurants modern menu, the warm and welcoming style of lighting only helps bolster an intimate dining experience.

Wine barrels act as room dividers and a wood open fire harks back to the warmth of Italy where the love of good, local food finds its true roots.

A gorgeous and inviting marble bar and Salumeria often becomes home to many Torontonian’s who come here to enjoy intimate and cozy drinks after work during the weekday evenings.

Wines and spirits at the top restaurant in Toronto, Ovest

The wine assortment here is impressive and with over 150 imported varieties, each wine is available by the glass.

For private functions and parties, the friendly team at Ovest are available to organize and provide four course dinners, drinks and canapes.

The private dining area at Ovest restaurant in Toronto

Ovest is located at 788 King St. West, between Niagara St. and Tecumseth St and is open 7 days a week.

It serves food until 10:30pm Sunday to Wednesday, and 11pm Thursday to Saturday and offers a late night snack bar from Thursday to Saturday from 10:30pm to 12:30am.

As one of the best Italian restaurants in Toronto, Ovest is the perfect place for an escape-worthy business lunch as well from Monday to Friday, 11:30am to 4:00pm

A wine barrel filled with wine bottles at Ovest restaurant in Toronto

Photography courtesy of Ovest Cucina e Vineria