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Citta

Citta is the newest venture from restaurant moguls Hanif Harji and Charles Khabouth (who together have also launched Patria , Weslodge , NAO ), plus Adam Brown ( Fox and Fiddle ). It's an rustic Italian restaurant located at the base of a Cityplace condo tower.

Come warmer weather, the new restaurant will boast a patio equally as massive to its neighbour Hunters Landing , but for now, the 85-seat restaurant hosts guests in a cozy, chandelier-lit dining room, floored with honeycomb tiles and furnished with warm wood tables set with mismatched tableware.

Citta Toronto

The hearty, rustic menu from acclaimed chef Ben Heaton (formerly of The Grove ) lists starters, salads, pizzas and pastas along with daily features.

Citta Toronto

To start, there's half a dozen salumi selections ($6 each) and nearly as many formaggi ($7 each) to snack on. Otherwise, opt for crostini topped with things like brussel sprouts, poached eggs and speck ($8), or piled with imported Italian burrata with caramelized onions and plump, wood-roasted vine tomatoes concasse loaded onto sweet and tangy agro dolce-spread toast.

Citta Toronto

Light, crispy battered squash fritters ($8) are doused in fiery pepperonicini chili emulsion and served over a base of cooling yogurt.

Citta Toronto

Blistering wood-fired pizzas boast thin, crusts in Roman style and can be had with red sauce like the signature Napoli ($16) topped fior di latte and white anchovies, or white varieties like the Isabella ($16) with creme fraiche, fontina, speck and onions. Customizing is encouraged so adding premium toppings, like, say, ricotta di buffala ($4), to a margherita base ($15) is an easy way upgrade per preference.

Citta Toronto

Pastas are made in-house from incredible eggs that yield deep yellow noodles. Expect traditional preparations like spaghetti carbonara ($17), linguine vongole ($19) and tonight's special, a gooey buffala mozzarella stuffed agnolotti ($18) in vibrant arrabbiata sauce dusted with parmesan. Of all the dishes I try tonight, it is the simplest, but also the most delicious - the one I'd come back for again and again (actually, I'd eat the burrata crostini anytime too).

Citta Toronto

Also among tonight's features are meaty mains and complementary sides like a braised short rib ($26) topped with rich sugo, briny capers, olives and lemon zest, accompanied by chicken-fat roasted fingerling potatoes ($8) dressed in sherry vinegar with sweet, deeply caramelized onions and toasted bread crumbs.

Citta Toronto

Cocktails developed by mixologist Clayton Cooper ( Byblos ) include the effervescent Veloce! Veloce! ($11) with gin, aperol, white vermouth and ginger beer. The wine list by sommelier Will Predhomme opens with 15 by the glass selections ($9-$15) and then organizes bottles ($40-$150) by region listing vino from northern, central and southern Italy.

Citta Toronto

Reservations are welcome, which is no surprise for this level of restaurant, but more unique is that online ordering and a delivery service are soon to launch.

Citta Toronto

CityPlace residents even have a new indulgent weekend brunch destination in this place. The Italian-inspired offerings include a display of pastries like salted Nutella brioche, olive oil cakes, cannoli, and curd-filled bomboloni, as well as savoury breakfast and lunch dishes like duck egg bennies or porchetta and eggs.

Citta Toronto

Photos by Jesse Milns


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