In the heart of one of the most youthful, vibrant neighborhoods in Toronto, Citta stands out as a bright new star in City Place. A rustic Italian menu, wood burning oven, fabulous Sunday brunch and destination patio makes this spot a new addiction to the area residence.
The interior is very “Chicagoish” – think The Purple Pig. Service is at a European pace (slow), however it’s kind of refreshing. Doesn’t service at times make one feel rushed? Well, it does to me. Points for the slower pace, enabling one to focus on the food and company.
Still there are a few issues: using Walkers Mix instead of Clamato is simply ridiculous. Nothing will ever compare or compete with our great Canadian cocktail mix. Leave perfection alone! If one is craving a Bloody Mary, its the perfect tomato juice substitute. In the mood for bubbles? Try semi-sweet-semi-sparkling Giorgio and Gianni Lambrusco Dell’emila. Love red wine? My suggestion is Ippolito Liber Pater Ciro Classsico 13 Superiore Calabria 2012. The avocado, chili and sea salt crostini is a little chewy – pick either crisp or soft. Burrata crostini topped with juicy cherry tomatoes is a winner; each element works on its own or together.
Duck eggs benedict is delicate and so sexy – love it. Wood fired frittata is complex in a good way: heavy with earthy mushrooms, filling like meat and potatoes.
Palate alla Carbonara pizza is tasty, especially the softly cooked eggs. Housemade Barese Sausage is another herb enriched standout. Surprisingly a side order of the roasted Porchetta is soggy and a total let down (sorry).
Desserts on the other hand are deeply satisfying especially the salted caramel bomboloni. Dude, its worth the calories.