On a recent cold morning, we found respite in Little Italy at the welcoming Cafe Diplomatico. The sun-drenched windows in this corner-situated restaurant let in lots of light to add warmth. The restaurant was bustling with regulars and newbies enjoying lunch in the new year. If you’ve yet to visit, Cafe Diplomatico has been an anchor of Toronto’s Little Italy neighbourhood. The family-friendly restaurant has been serving traditional Italian cuisine for over 55 years at this location!
Our lovely server greeted us and gave us all the details about the Winter Blues menu and brought us an aroma-filled basket of fresh bread. The bread was heavenly: crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. We decided to start with the Cafe Dip Antipasto. This delicious starter includes sundried tomatoes, artichokes, spicy string eggplant, mushrooms and olives, all of which are marinated in olive oil. I particularly loved the chewy and flavourful sundried tomatoes while the preparation of the eggplant gave robust flavour (and a softer texture) to what is normally a bland-tasting veggie. Five stars!
My dining partner ordered the Veal Scallopini that normally comes with penne pomodoro, but she was able to substitute it for a Greek salad. Her veal was very tender, but it was the satiny sauce that elevated this dish into something sublime. The salad, which was extremely large for a side salad, consisted of crunchy fresh lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, olives and wonderfully tangy feta.
I ordered the Chicken Parmigiana and substituted the accompanying penne for fries <- you live only once, right? 😉 The chicken was good, although it could have been a bit more moist. It tasted delicious in the parmesan-breaded coating and the rich tomato sauce. The fries were hot when they arrived and just lightly salted, which is just the way I like them!
Be warned: the portions are generous, which meant we were both too full to try their desserts.
Cafe Diplomatico is the perfect spot to warm up this winter and enjoy hearty Italian food! Thank you for the exceptional service and for inviting me.
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Cafe Diplomatico, 594 College Street, 416-534-4637
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