Price for 2: $75 (2 panini, 2 desserts, 2 glasses of wine)
This was an adorable, chic-yet-affordable pasta/panini/risotto joint at College and Bathurst. Our server was very professional and when we wanted a sandwich that wasn’t on the menu, she made it specially for us.
I had the Sidecar Steak Sandwich, which was soft slices of steak, black garlic mayo, and aged cheddar, warmly pressed between crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside bread. The flavours and textures were pretty fantastic, minus some slightly fatty sections of steak. I also had half of a caprese panino- mozza, delicious roasted tomatoes and basily pesto. This was served with a tasty little side salad of arugula, dressing on the side. For dessert, we had generous portions of yummy homemade peanut butter ice cream and flourless chocolate cake (casually but artfully presented with overlapping slices, a dollop of fresh whipped cream and dots of berry coulis). In addition to the great food, we also had a $20 bottle of Farnese Sangiovese- for a cheap wine, it went down pretty smooth!
The twinkling candles, wooden booths, and cheerful bar stacked with boxes of pasta, rice, etc. completed the overall effect. This one’s a keeper for a budget-friendly romantic night out or a fun night with friends.