Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Florentia Ristorante: Tuscan Cuisine on Mt Pleasant

Tucked away on Mt Pleasant in uptown Toronto, Florentia is an authentic Italian trattoria featuring classic Tuscan cuisine. Recently awarded the Ospitalità Italiana, a world-wide designation for Italian Restaurants outside of Italy, Florentia prides itself on serving 'real food' based on classic Tuscan cuisine, the healthiest cuisine in Italy, known for its simplicity of execution and the choicest fresh ingredients, a true expression of the Mediterranean diet. Elaborate sauces are not needed because Tuscans use pure, natural flavours and fresh ingredients. The great dishes are in fact very basic: homemade pasta, game or free-range domestic animal meats grilled over wood coals, and beans simmered in earthenware pots. Florentia uses fresh Ontario produce, local seasonal vegetables, meat and poultry as well as fresh Sea Bass from the azure waters of the Mediterranean. The menu features a selection of simple Italian dishes such as Insalata Caprese con Bufala; Spaghetti alla Carbonara, an authentic Roman pasta prepared with house cured guanciale, egg, black pepper and fresh grated parmigiano; Zuppa Di Pesce made with shrimp, calamari, mussels, clams, and salmon cooked in tomato wine; and of course a selection of homemade pizzas and gelato — è delizioso!

The cozy interior of Florentia

Florentia's dinner menu

Florentia style bruschetta with fresh tomato, garlic, basil and arugula on homemade focaccia

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Fresh baguette with olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Insalata Arugula with baby arugula, caramelized walnuts and gorgonzola cheese with honey vinaigrette

Insalata Caprese con Bufala with tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil

Zuppa dil Giorno - Stracciatella

Manicotti stuffed with spinach, ricotta and parmigiano in a tomato cream sauce 
Zuppa Di Pesce with shrimp, calamari, mussels, clams and salmon cooked in a spicy tomato wine sauce served with crostini

Pollo al funghi - grilled chicken breast in a mushroom sauce with market vegetables and roast potatoes

Pasta del Giorno - Spaghetti with salmon and scallops in a tomato cream sauce


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