Hidden amidst the shops of the newly updated Sherway gardens is a gem of an Italian restaurant wine bar. Heartfully created by a husband and wife duo Alec Chalvardjian and Sandra Davies. Why here I ask Alec? At first it took months to find a spot that really worked with the vision. Maybe Union Station, but it’s still in the works… They finally settled on Sherway Gardens which also was in need of a wine bar – a match made! Situated in the food court, Freddo serves wine and beer. It’s kind of unprecedented to find a wine bar in a food court. Wouldn’t you say? Almost everything here is made from scratch: “a theatre of food”, says Alec, “create a destination within a upscale mall.” After an afternoon of shopping, just stroll up the escalator for hand tossed pizzas, it’s warm and cozy up here. Service is friendly.
The Caesar salad is amazing, because of its key elements: crisp and fresh, with a sweet acidity. I’ve never tasted such a unique dressing. It’s outstanding. A pleasant hit of very light tasting garlic. Crispy thin Naan Bread sticks dipped in a rich house made tomato sauce is almost like a play on Little Ceasar’s cheesy bread; except Freddo’s version is the Cinderella to Little Ceasar’s ugly stepsister…
Oh, and just so you know, a Nona comes by to inspect the kitchen to make sure it’s up to Nona standards. That’s why the sauce tastes so good, because you can taste the love. The mixed bean salad tastes like it was made to order; tossed in a light balsamic glaze dressing, slightly enhancing each element without over powering the dish. Margarita pizza is simply herbed with basil and garlic. My mouth is watering editing this review!
Soppresata pizza is super thin crust, perfectly baked, not too crisp or light. The ratio of fresh tomato sauce to cheese it’s flawless. People never realize how a good a freshly made tomato sauce can enhance a pizza. Caramelized veggies on the Giardino pizza is perfection: taste how each ingredient on its own, works together to make it whole.
Napoletana pizza has a balsamic sweet taste with a heat that doesn’t last; salty anchovies, capers, and onions reminds of Italy by the salty ocean – authentic.
Meatballs could use a touch of salt otherwise very lean, well ground to a silky softness. Lasagna is outstanding. Delicate pasta with an al dente garlic bite – meat sauce makes me dream of Italy. There is serious authentic magic happening in this kitchen. Come out and visit.