Nicki and I have, at times, been referred to as “wine killers,” as in we kill a bottle of wine without even noticing the dissipating level of vino. So when we heard it was the one year anniversary of Wine Killas at Ascari Enoteca… well… we felt we had a duty to attend.
Ascari Enoteca, in case you’re unaware, is one of the top restaurants in the city to find rustic, hand-made pastas and other Italian delights whose flavours are near-unparalleled. Sitting pretty in Leslieville, it’s a bit of a hidden gem to be sure, but once found will quickly be bookmarked in your phone’s GPS. Monday nights are all about good food, good wine, and good tunes as they invite their roster of DJs in to convert the small resto into more of a supper club atmosphere. Very smart, very cool, very la dolce vita…
This past Monday they celebrated the one year of this industry night, dubbed Wine Killas, with a special bang. Along with their Up Close and Personal wine series, this is just another one of the exceptional celebrations of the grape libation that Ascari puts on. Sadly, we were gearing up for the launch of the new VTV site, which meant we had to haul out before festivities reached fever pitch.
That being said, from the moment we walked in the vibe was, appropriately, killer. Why we didn’t decide to order a bottle of wine this particular evening is beyond me. (Monday nights sees vessels of vino served at half price.) However, we did still indulge in some sips of happy alongside bites of bliss.
Among the nosh – all hand-crafted and house-made under the watchful eye of Chef John Sinopoli – we gorged on ultra luxe chicken liver atop crostini, olive oil poached tuna loin that was moist as can be, a brussels sprouts salad that could change the mind of any finicky child, and perfectly battered broccolini married with unbelievably delicious Pecorino. And a trip to Ascari just wouldn’t be complete without some spectacularly inventive pastas; lemon-tinged angel hair pasta with fresh Italian ricotta (the hard stuff) and trofie pasta with house-made sausage and roasted squash. Divine.
In a city where Monday nights are typically equated with the doldrums of mediocrity, Wine Killas at Ascari Enoteca is anything but. Think of it as ‘Friday Redux’…
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