Craig Harding

Soon-to-open Ufficio wants to reel in Toronto fish fans

A new Italian restaurant is coming to Dundas St. West, but unlike its neighbours Campagnolo and Enoteca Sociale, there will be no bone marrow, pancetta or even poultry on the menu. Ufficio is to be an exclusively pescaterian restaurant devoted to vegetarian dishes and seafare.

I got a sneak peak at the first draft of the opening menu from consulting Chef Craig Harding (Campagnolo) and already I'm salivating in anticipation of starters like carciofi fritti (fried artichokes with parsley and lemon mayonnaise) and sardina affumicato (smoked sardines with crispy potatoes and agrodolce).

Look forward to whole fish grilled over charcoal and promising pasta mains like celeriac agnolotti with chestnuts and taleggio fonduta.

Expect the drinks menu to feature "Euro-modern" cocktails designed by the Martini Club and a wine list featuring plenty of organic and sustainable selections from Le Sommelier and Stem.

The restaurant aims to open in July where The Grove (1214 Dundas St. West) used to be and is currently being designed by Commute and branded by Biography.

Photo of Craig Harding.


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