Maialino Enoteca… I have been long awaiting a chance to taste Chef Roberto Marotta’s (aka Chef Robbie) delicious simple Sicilian fare. Last Tuesday my patience paid off. I was privy to a 5-course meal paired with lovely wines at Maialino and now I can’t wait to go back. The evening was charming beginning with a glass of Prosecco while mingling amongst Toronto food writers and bloggers. Stella of www.FoodJunkieChronicles.com and I scouted the best seats at the family style table and patiently waited for the first course to arrive – I actually starved myself for 24hrs so I was ready…!
To our delight, they brought out a pre-first course of lovely Italian charcuterie and cheese. One thing to be noted: the meats (other than a couple cured in-house) and cheeses are so obviously not local but rather straight from Italy – the freshness and flavour makes this obvious and a nice change from the many restaurants doing local charcuterie boards. After indulging in the boards, the meal commenced… and what a meal! From a pastaLESS eggplant lasagna to the best short ribs I’ve ever tasted, we managed to finish all five courses and roll home – not without a lovely goodie bag that included homemade biscotti (perfect for breakfast).
Watch some of Toronto’s favourite foodies satisfy their Sicilian craving and hear Chef Robbie’s inspiration behind the Maialino menu!
Maialino Enoteca | 1488 Queen Street West | www.MaialinoTO.com | T: @MaialinoTO