Diverso by Ferraro

Diverso by Ferrarro
http://www.diversobyferraro.com/ 

Food: *
Service: *
Ambiance: **
Times visited: 1
Recommended: No
Price for 2: $30 (2 entrees)
Other: Patio, possibly free parking?

From the outside, Diverso by Ferraro didn’t look like anything too special, especially because of the glaring red sign that looked almost fast-foody in its bright hue. However, once we climbed down the stairs to the basement of the restaurant, I was quite charmed by the decor (stacked wine bottles, cute lights, wooden tables, etc.) and the friendly, neighbourhood vibe.

Unfortunately, I was not quite as charmed by the food (which is apparently the same as is available at Ferraro 502). Our meal began with 4 slices of baguette-sized bread that looked like it came from yesterday’s A&P buns. One the plus side, there was oil and vinegar to dip it in. On the minus side, both were bland and watery, especially the oil.

We ordered a $10 Caprese Salad and a $10 Pizza Paradiso ($13 at dinner), which had mozzarella cheese, pineapple, smoked bacon, and green olives. The caprese salad was a pile of mixed greens, some roughly sliced tomatoes, and a heap of bocconcini balls (pretty flavourless and rubbery), all drizzled with what was probably the same oil and vinegar that was on the table. The pizza was 6 largish slices, enough to split between us. The cheese was super drippy and didn’t have the bubbly pop that I like, and the toppings could have been picked up at the corner store. In general, the food was very homestyle– highly edible, but nothing special.

Overall, I had a pretty good experience. The servers were really nice and efficient (it would have been hard not to be, we went at 4pm in the afternoon and there was no one there).  And I liked the atmosphere. I guess if I wanted some homestyle Italian cooking at a reasonable price, Ferraro would be a decent pick. But personally I won’t be returning any time soon…I’d much prefer Pizzeria Libretto!

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