Levetto Italian Restaurant on College Menu Tasting
Toronto’s second location of Levetto Italian restaurant opened at the corner of College St. and Dovercourt at the edge of Little Italy on February 27, 2015.
Because I attended the opening of their Italian restaurant on Sudbury St. just a couple of months ago, I knew this was an event I didn’t want to miss! The menu is short but impressive as are the portion sizes. For less than the price of a meal in a fast food chain, one can dine on pasta made by hand daily, and fresh Romana style pizza with intriguing toppings, each made fresh to order.
The texture of true Italian pasta is celebrated in the traditional pasta Carbonara: smoked bacon, cracked black pepper, egg, scallion and Grana Padano as well as the more modern pasta Cavatelli: white truffle oil, pea pesto, roasted red pepper, baby spinach, and ricotta.
Levetto’s pizzas are made with authentic and seasonal ingredients. Both the Soppressata (with crushed tomato sauce, fior de latte, fresh basil) and Salsiccia (with Italian sausage, shaved fennel, roasted red pepper, chilli flake, black olives, fior de latte and fennel fronds) are full of flavour. But my favourite is the Smoked Prosciutto with speck, sweet Medjool date sauce, fresh arugula, fior de late and toasted almonds.
Owner and chef Shahir Massoud, who graduated from New York’s French Culinary Institute as well as York University’s Schulich School of Business, was, as always, a gracious host this opening night.
Five salads such as Panzanella, Arugula and Romaine are available for those wanting a lighter option. Not me, I’ll be finishing my meal with Levetto’s delicious desserts!
Should I choose the Warm Brown Butter and Coconut Semolina Cake topped with coconut icing and toasted pistachios, or the Panna Cotta served with berry compote, crumbled amaretti cookie and cinnamon? Or both???