Toronto offers the opportunity to dine in a vast range of restaurants featuring all types of cuisines. There are French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Indian, Chinese, Chilean, Japanese, Greek, Thai, and Ethiopian restaurants, not to mention quick service restaurants that abound all over the city.
More of the better restaurants feature Italian cuisine and Joey Bravo’s is one that stands out both in concept and food. Service is attentive and quick by all accounts.
There are two distinct operations under one roof. Upon entry, you can choose Italian cuisine and enter the dining room or go to the “island” bar and order a drink to contemplate what you will do in the near future, or play a game of snooker, or choose something to eat from a short menu.
The “island” bar is large, rhomboid, offers 10 carefully selected draught beers and all the drinks you can imagine. The service is fast and attentive.
If you decide to eat Italian food, the well-lit dining room offers comfortable seats and large tables.
The menu is typical Italian with pizzas, pastas, and most of the popular Italian specialties that Torontonians know and appreciate.
The service is quick, and attentive provided by servers who know all the ingredients dishes contain (in case you are allergic to any food), and the wines.
I ordered the clam chowder that was tasty, hot, an well presented, that came with a basket of sliced baguette and a portion of butter.
Next came liguine pescatore (seafood linguine) it was delicious with an adequate number of shrimps, and other shellfish. The pasta was al dente, as it should be, the food hot, and the dish appealing in presentation.
I had asked the server to hold back the garlic and the dish was cooked as requested (a rarity these days in many cookie-cutter restaurants). The Pinot Grigio served was refreshing, fruity, and just right for the linguine.
The restaurant offers also banquet facilities for small gatherings.
Joey Bravo’s was established in 1972 and has been serving locals Italian food since.
Once or twice a year the management offers gastronomic dinners consisting of six or seven courses, each of which is matched with an appropriate wine.
The beverage list is mercifully short, but well chosen, and most importantly, reasonably priced.
The restaurant opens at 11 a.m (seven days a week), serves brunch,and offers ample parking space, a rare convenience in Toronto.
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