Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

December 16, 2017
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Where to eat when in... Toronto

Dr Philip Baer and his wife have a romantic Italian meal — that doesn’t come from a can!

With our children on school break, we wanted to get 2007 off to a good start with a family dinner out. We suggested Italian, which is usually a safe choice. Our teenage twins declined saying they already had a favourite Italian chef: Chef Boyardee!

My wife and I ended up on our own for a romantic Italian meal at Ristorante Paese on Bathurst Street in Toronto. Our waiter welcomed us warmly, adding that it was the slowest week of the year even though the restaurant seemed busy to us.

Service was smooth and swift, starting with warm Italian rolls, followed by a recital of the daily specials. I chose seared sesame-crusted tuna with radicchio and mango slaw to start, while my wife picked grilled calamari with sautéed spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and olives. Both were perfectly executed and tasty. We were served a complimentary glass of sauvignon blanc.

We continued with the specials of the day. My wife chose risotto with shrimp, scallops and lobster. It was incredibly rich and filling, the arborio rice simmered to just the right consistency. I picked pappardelle with beef tenderloin tips and mushrooms in a red-wine sauce. The homemade pasta and tender beef were a symphony of tastes.

Without a designated driver, we restricted ourselves to a glass of Australian Shiraz each. Their desserts were tempting, but we couldn’t comfortably eat anything else. We exited to a fairly balmy January evening, gastronomically satisfied for under $100 and vowing to return soon.

RISTORANTE PAESE

3827 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON
Tel: (416) 631-6585
www.paeseristorante.com

Dinner for two, about $90

Dr Philip Baer is a rheumatologist from Scarborough, ON.

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