Tutti Matti, delicious Tuscan cuisine in [Toronto, downtown]

Although it has been around for years, we first tried Tutti Matti during the pandemic, back when they had a patio. Although some dishes were more impressive than others, we thought it was worthy of a repeat visit when we had another evening in the Entertainment District.

At 5:30, the place was near empty on a Friday night, though it filled steadily over our dinner. The chef was very friendly and came over to chat about the dishes and also to recommend the wine: Fattoria di Magliano Heba, 2019, DOCG, sangiovese and syrah - cherries, chocolate, and quite light, not too tanniny.

We started off with the Finti, our favourite dish from the previous visit - eggplant ricotta meatballs with slices of melted smoked mozzarella over and a bright and tangy tomato sauce. It previously came with pizza dough, but now you order this separately and it comes with an onion crema and fried rosemary. It is still a wonderful pieces of sourdough chewiness, with a smokey crust:

The contadino soup featured rich pork neck stock, sweet cabbage, and perfectly al dente long pasta:

We also ordered again the braised brisket pappardelle - huge ribbons of pasta topped with slow-cooked and likely wine-infused beef:

A new pasta (to us) was the pizzoccheri: cabbage strips, broken up potatoes, fontina fonduta, and nutty buckwheat pasta - straightforward and excellent, unlike other pastas we’ve previously had.

Although there are more interesting options on offer, our friend wanted to go with the classic Margherita pizza - tomato, basil, fior di latte - the same great dough and the same great tomato sauce.

For dessert, the torta della nonna had a very tangy lemon curd, with pine nuts:

This went nicely with the simple yoghurt sorbet special:


We’ve patronized Alida Solomon’s place since it first opened and have always found her food top notch. Friends have taken us to the Italian restaurants with more buzz but we always find ourselves back here when we feel like Italian. She and Mark Picone are our fav chefs for that cuisine in Ontario.

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