https://www.santaguidafinefoods.com/ 416.535.3500 $$ open mon to fri 9-4pm
It’s what’s on the inside that counts – taken from my mind sitting on Rapido’s lush homestyled, backyard garden. From a distance one would almost miss this midtown lunch spot, until one gets close, very close and peers inside to see a magic, European styled café that exudes cuteness. Inside, snapshots of family, hanging plants, loosely stacked plates, pots and pans decorate the homey “country-style” kitchen; similarly the backyard patio is coloured by bright flowers, various herbs and berries. “There is no menu here”, says owner/caterer Marco Sanguine (also of Sanguine foods down the street), who is inspired by what is fresh and local to create his sandwiches and salads. Unfortunately, looking beautiful is one thing, tasting beautiful is another.
Rapido is licensed to serve but I would advise against alcohol beverages – my Chardonnay is tasted rather moldy and my mother ordered the last beer they had in the fridge. The staff seems a little arrogant and out of sorts, staring at me as I ordered – like I had headlights on them or something. Creamy coleslaw and a country potato salad – washed down with a creamsicle pop – tasted quite wonderful, even rustic – under the warm rays of the afternoon sun. The pulled pork burrito, though rightly seasoned, lacked moisture and proper “burrito structure”, however the lentil salad was a delight.