Toronto is a city mired in constant transition; we’re constantly fighting to keep beautiful relics of the past amidst stark obelisks of the future. More often than not, the future wins out…
But there are certain totems of tradition that remain in this city: Union Station, Old City Hall, the University of Toronto, the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre, the Distillery District. And, we also have the historic Gooderham House, perched just north of Wellesley on Jarvis.
Built in 1891 by George Horace Gooderham, this mansion stands as a testament to the architecture of times gone by. Reflecting a Romanesque Revival style, it has withstood the development barrage in Toronto and stands as impressive today as it did over a century ago, when G. H. Gooderham and family resided within for 15 years.
Its tenants have changed hands many a time, with the past years seeing restaurants Angelini’s Cuisine and The Grand Hive taking over the space. And now, we have Osteria dei Ganzi.
This new restaurant-meets-aperitivo bar opened this past weekend. Serving a mix of Italian appetizers and mains, Osteria dei Ganzi is poised to do well this summer thanks to the sizeable wraparound patio that will make for perfect summer cocktail sipping.
The main floor of the storied building serves as the restaurant/bar, while the second floor is dedicated to private events. And in the not-too-distant future, we may see a li’l speakeasy vibe thanks to the hidden third floor George Horace Gooderham apparently had built as his personal hideaway. Co-owner Dan Gunam (formerly of the Roosevelt Room) tells us we can expect some molecular mixology to be poured into vessels in this upstairs space.
The menu is a mix of Italian classics and contemporary concoctions. With boards of cold cuts and cheeses, antipasti, and crostini readily available, the after-work aperitivo hours are sure to be a favourite amongst patio patrons.
Osteria dei Ganzi | 504 Jarvis Street