F'Amelia with the Neighbourhood
Cabbagetown Restaurant Serves Great Italian Food.
I’m almost embarrassed to admit I’ve lived in Cabbagetown a year now and just experienced a local restaurant (despite the neighbours raving on about the fabulous food). F’Amelia, named after the street it sits on, has won several awards for food and service. So my fiancé and I checked it out on the weekend and here’s my take on it.
It’s a cozy Italian restaurant that serves up fresh comfort food with a focus on local ingredients. The service is joyful and attentive. Our server was so excited to tell us about the daily specials it was as if he made them himself.
F’amelia’s patio is a highlight and totally underrated. So of course, we sat there despite it being a little bit chilly. However, the next time I go back I will sit in the main dining area because it looks like an extension of my family room.
We started with the grilled calamari and local heirloom vegetable salad with organic greens from Prince Edward County, heirloom beets, carrots and green beans with a lemon vinaigrette ($14). I also tried a side of fresh burrata that’s flown in every two weeks from Puglia, Italy. It was very fresh and creamy. The grilled calamari had heirloom cherry tomatoes, with spicy Italian arugula, green olives, capers and chili oil ($16). Both appetizers were flavourful and light.
Our mains were baked lasagna ($18) and fresh Pink Lady apple and celery risotto with seared BC diver scallops, tarragon and parsley ($17). The lasagna was served in a piping hot dish straight out of the wood oven. It was my kind of comfort food because the portion size was just enough. The risotto was pretty lean, lacking any butter or cheese, but it left me with room for dessert.
The dessert menu was plentiful with a variety of locally inspired desserts for $9.
Even if this restaurant wasn’t just around the corner, I would still go back! It’s worth a walk, bike ride or drive just to try it.
Location: 12 Amelia St. Toronto ON (416-323-0666)
Joy McCarthy, is a Holistic Nutritionist, food lover and owner of www.joyoushealth.ca