Tee Jay's Local Eatery and Refuge Brampton is part of the Tortoise restaurant group. They have a great "urban, casual" dining experience with an assortment of many of my favorite dishes. I am always received promptly and the food and service there has been top notch! For the sports fanatics you will appreciate the big screen TV's and the meal specials that take place during your favorite sporting events! They have daily specials such as my personal favorite "half price" wings on Mondays or the "Hump with Friends" on Wednesdays; where they offer great appetizer and cocktail specials. TeeJays has also become a great meeting spot for me and my business partners, as they offer a pretty fast connection with their WiFi and I get to work privately with an always attentive and courteous server to bring me whatever I need.
Bravi has become my new favourite restaurant. Whether you want a place to go for a business meeting, drinks and a bite to eat with friends, or a romantic dinner with your special someone, you can be sure you’ll be greeted with a smile. When I walked in, I was welcomed by a team who is passionate about what they do. There was no awkward moments, just a place and a staff who are eager to show you what they have to offer. There’s character in the decor, with private little spaces for intimate dinners, a private room for special occassions, and a menu with things like butternut squash ravioli, that keeps guests coming back for more.
Anyone who has gone to Sotto Sotto will know Spuntini’s as they are located in the same building. For 17 years, Spuntini has been a very welcoming, friendly restaurant that feels like home. My experience here was pleasant, I felt like I was part of the family. When you walk into Spuntini you’re treated like a star, greeted with a warm smile and given the best service. Along the front of the restaurant, are photos of Hollywood stars and sports figures who have made Spuntini their favrouite stop when in Toronto. They know here they can have a delicious meal - authentic Italian cuisine with a Portuguese twist - and an extraordinary experience. Spuntini has become a staple in its neighbourhood.
It’s difficult today to walk into a restaurant and see a full house. Bardi’s Steak House, open since 1966 and located in the heart of the financial and theatre district, packs up on a dailiy basis. The service is second to none with each customer being treated with the utmost care and respect. I was well-received during my visit, given the grand tour and enjoyed the cozy, intimate atmosphere. Everyone was smiling and happy, and enjoying their meals, which smelled so appetizing. They offer mouth-watering steaks that are only “Certified Angus Beef” and an extensive wine list. Their wine cellar is impressive. Definitely worth checking out.
Oh Luci! What an esthetically beautiful restaurant you just can’t get enough of. First impressions are everything, and this place gets five stars across the board. Luci is set with a romantic ambiance with dimmed lighting with candles flickering at each table, as well as, around the bar too. Luci just opened up, and already they are booked with parties. I met up with one of the owners, and it was like talking to an old friend. The atmosphere is friendly, the staff are happy and the Italian/Mediterranean menu is quite appetizing with everything being made fresh and in-house. There’s a little something for everyone.
For 19 years, La Risata has been the place for authentic Italian cuisine with an Argentinian flare. When I walked into La Risata, I was overcome with aromas of what the chef was cooking in the kitchen. The restaurant just finished undergoing new renovations, with modern decor enhancing one’s experience when they come to eat. It was a pleasure chatting with the owner, who has been in the restaurant business for 29 years and is very passionate about what he does. He prides himself in his restaurant’s excellent service and professionalism shown by his staff to all who come in. La Risata will definitely wow you with great service and satisfy your appetite.
My experience at Villaggio was a great one, once I finally got there. It was a little difficult to find, but once I arrived, I was greeted with friendly faces and smiles. I was offered something warm to drink, and we sat down to chat. Villaggio is a friendly, family and fine dining restaurant with a casual flow and not intimidating like some restaurants. This family shares over 30 years of experience in the restaurant business, and it shows well. They’re very personable, take the time to greet customers and care about how they are enjoying their visit. Their menu is authentic Italian with a twist here and there, and now includes delicious pizza.
Mezza Notte has been around since 1996, offering its customers a rustic style Italian cuisine. The atmosphere is casual and a great place to go for a real hearty home-cooked meal. I met with both owners, brothers who run the restaurant together, and they were both very friendly and eager to tell me about their place. I quite enjoyed talking to them both. The atmosphere there is very family oriented, the food is made fresh on order, and they also do catering and home delivery. Mezza Notte is about pleasing their customers with flavourful meals, top notch customer service and an experience you’ll want to tell all your friends about.
Terrazza has been a regular hot-spot for delicious food in the Annex for the past three years and with reason. At Terrazza, they’re about simplicity and good food. When I initially pulled up in front of Terrazza, I wasn’t sure what to expect as the exterior of the restaurant was quite unassuming. But when you get to the door and walk in, you’re sure to be blown away just as I was. The decor is stunning, the ambiance is incredible, and my overall experience was a fabulous one. The owner was friendly and welcomed me in as if we’ve known each other for years. This is a place you can go with your friends or your family and be sure you'll have good and enjoyable moments that will last a lifetime.
Splendido Bar & Grill has been around for over 21 years, and has been under new ownership for the past two years. When you walk into Splendido you’re immediately taken aback by the stunning decor, it’s not fancy but it definitely has it’s wow factors. From the style of the bar, the layout of the tables, the mirrors and artwork on the walls and the greenery placed around the restaurant all work together giving Splendido a splendid appearance. Their menu is seasonal and constantly changing, though the overall cooking methods stay the same and are borrowed from Italian and French techniques.