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The top 10 new restaurant openings in Toronto for November

As 2014 starts to wind down, restaurant openings in Toronto are still pushing forward full throttle. November turned out to be a banner month, with new Mexican, Italian and vegetarian eateries opening citywide.

Here are my picks for the top new restaurant openings in Toronto for November 2014.

Pizzeria Libretto (University)
The third location of of this popular pizzeria landed in the Financial District this month. Fans of the other locations will be pleased to find their tried-and-true menu of signature VPN-approved pies

Ovest Cucina
Inventive seasonal fare and an all-Italian list of vino 120 labels strong are at the heart of this sprawling Italian restaurant on King West. Expect to find a lineup of pizzas and pastas, plus signature dishes like smoked swordfish carpaccio or tuna tartare over whipped buffalo mozzarella.

The laid-back one-room bistro on West Queen West is offering a concise but interesting array of dishes, including a peppery bavette steak with caramelized shallots, and an earthy vegetarian dish with crunchy granola, mixed mushrooms and egg.

K&K Food Stand
The second outpost from Kupfert & Kim debuted this month in the PATH under the Standard Life tower. Instead of replicating the already-established meatless, wheatless menu, the newly minted take-away counter is dishing up gluten-free waffles, vegan burgers and taco trios.

Wilbur Mexicana
King West gained a new fast casual eatery this fall with the opening of this new taqueria, where classics like chicken tinga and carne asada mix on the menu with baja fish and bulgogi. Highlights include an astounding array of hot sauces and a salsa bar - and, best of all, it's licensed.

Bar Fancy
Chef Jonathan Poon of Chantecler has opened this second effort on Queen West, where the menu focuses on snack foods like szechuan-spiced wings, nacho supreme platters and ultra-crispy fried chicken.

Queen Margherita Pizza
The long-awaited third location of this popular Leslieville-born pizza parlour launched this month on Dundas West at Bathurst. Just a stone's throw from the original Libretto, it looks like the turf war in pizzadom is just heating up.

Zane Caplansky has taken up residence at the Monarch Tavern again. The same kitchen that first incubated what is now a deli empire is the new home of a Southern smokehouse menu featuring brisket, pulled pork, hot links and ribs.

This new smoothie bar and vegetarian takeout counter at Dundas and Ossington is serving up hearty meat-free meals. Look forward to a revolving lineup of soups and daily specials like lobster mushroom carbonara.

Loaded Pierogi
This irreverent dumpling house in the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood is where pockets of mashed potato and onion get piled with delicious goodies like wild mushrooms and truffles, lobster and hollandaise, or butter chicken.

Photo of Queen Margherita Pizza (Dundas West) by Jesse Milns.

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