Friday, March 27, 2015

La Forchetta: Regional Italian Cuisine in Little Italy

Nestled in the very heart of the Little Italy district of Toronto, La Forchetta Ristorante offers a variety of classic northern and southern Italian dishes such as risottos, fine meat, game, fish, seafood and pasta such as Orecchiette con Salsiccia e Fagioli, Butternut Squash Agnolotti Torinese and Homemade Sweet Potato Gnocchi with baby spinach, gorgonzola dolce cream and toasted pecans. Conveniently located across from The Royal Cinema on College, an historic Art Moderne movie house that operates as an indie-art house cinema as well as a digitally-equipped screening and live event venue, caters to screenings, film festivals, and corporate events, and was the venue for the Canadian Film Festival this year, for which we had tickets before going for dinner at La Forchetta.

The cozy modern interior of la Forchetta 

The dinner menu with antipasti, pasta, second and dolce

An attractive bottle of Galvanina sparkling water 

A complimentary platter of Rosemary Garlic focaccia

Our server presenting our bottle of 2009 Crociani Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

With a good balance of red fruit and acidity with woodsy tones, the Vino Nobile was rich and delicious 

Carrot and celery soup of the day

Fior' di Latte Caprese Salad with vine ripened tomatoes, house made basil oil and aged balsamic

Cedar Plank Roasted Atlantic Salmon with du puy lentils mixed with baby spinach, whole cherry tomatoes and honey-Pommery mustard glaze

La Forchetta Spaghetti

Zuppe di Pesce with jumbo prawns, clams, mussels, scallops and fresh fish in brodetto

Linguine di Mare

The Cocksure Lads, a musical comedy featuring my stepson Edward Hiller in his first onscreen role!

Scene from The Cocksure Lads with Ed as 'Blakey' (2nd from left)

The Cocksure Lads was the opening film for the 2015 Canadian Film Festival, a very funny feature-length musical comedy about an English band on the cusp of stardom who arrive in Toronto for their first-ever North American tour. Ten minutes after arriving, they get into a fight over royalties and break up. The lads scatter across the city and spend the day drinking, fighting, meeting girls, falling in love, and searching for a claw-foot bathtub. Through it all, they learn what it means to be a band – but can they patch things up before their big show that night? That was the question as we attended the Toronto premier of the film at The Canadian Film Festival, featuring my stepson Edward Hillier as one the 'cocky' lads! What a night.