Cafe Florentin is a dimly lit, almost romantic cafe sprinkled with cozy dining room chairs and soft loveseats. Located in the Beaches, the cafe looks onto a serene park, is WiFi enabled and owner Erez Hadad has been running the place for over 2 years.
Cafe Florentin's business card states they offer the "Beaches Best Espresso" so I had to test their claim. I ordered a single espresso macchiato ($2.40) from the organic espresso bar. The coffee beans are from Bristot and they are rainforest certified organic. Stefania ordered a hazelnut latte ($4.10) with soy milk. There is an extra charge of ($.50) for soy or lactose-free milk. Both our coffees came with a little piece of Swiss chocolate on the side. I dunked mine in my espresso, and watched it melt slowly and sweeten my already delicious espresso.
Every single item on the menu is made in-house. We both tried a blueberry muffin ($1.50) and a Portuguese custard tart ($1.45) to go with our coffees. The muffin was oozing with ripe blueberries and sweetness, while the tart was flaky with a dense cream inside. Their homemade pies are extremely popular and can be ordered whole ($18.90) or by the slice ($4.50). With flavours like pecan and strawberry rhubarb, the options are endless. They also cater to the Pie Shack, also located in the Beaches.
There are also many savory options like the panini di giorno (sandwich of the day) with choices like the prosciutto and gruyere ($6.85) served with mixed greens. Cafe Florentin also serves full breakfast, probiotic smoothies ($4.50) and even beer and wine.
Hadad studied at Le Cordon Bleu and has more than 10 year of baking experience. Living in Canada for 3 years, Hadad and his wife Karen Hadad who is also the pastry chef, both decided that Toronto was the best place for them to be right now. With another strictly take-out location in Leslieville, Cafe Florentin has culture, cuisine, coffee and custom pies covered.
Cafe Florentin is open from 8 a.m to 8 p.m, 7 days a week.
Photos by Stefania Sgambelluri