Bar Noce Toronto

Bar Noce

Bar Noce is a cocktail lounge space at the back of Italian restaurant Noce serving a selection of negronis and affordable late night snacks.

Noce itself has been open for over 24 years, and Bar Noce was created as a way to have guests in more casually and frequently for relaxed visits and happy hour specials rather than full-on dinners.

Bar Noce Toronto

The entire restaurant underwent an extensive renovation in 2017 which resulted in the invention of the sleek back space, now dominated by an eccentric art piece apparently done by a former upstairs tenant. 

Bar Noce Toronto

A tonno crudo is $14 for a relatively small pile of diced raw tuna, crispy polenta, Asian pear, basil and n'duja dressed with a spicy Italian chermoula, but the contrast of crunchy, soft, sweet, spicy and fragrant is very pleasing.

Bar Noce Toronto

Paccheri fritti ($8) is a kind of fried pasta roll stuffed with velvety, starchy potato and parmigiano, served with a side of carbonara aioli that doesn't remind me much of the bacon-and-egg dish, but is quite creamy and complementary to the crispy rolls.

Bar Noce Toronto

Tigela con mortadella ($8) is a sandwich of sturdy, crunchy pistachio skillet bread with thickly-layered mortadella. 

It's somewhat confusingly topped with more crushed pistachio, which just kind of falls off when the sandwich is picked up, but could lend a nice crunch, and maybe would be better off inside the sandwich where it could stick to a little mayo of some kind. 

Bar Noce Toronto

A fagioli bianchi plate ($9) comes from a "vegano" section of the menu, essentially a cannellini bean hummus topped with rosemary, crispy potato bits and a tomato powder that's also on the cracker-like "Sardinian bread" provided for dipping.

Bar Noce Toronto

A pizza al vapore ($10) translates to a steamed pizza, a mini pie topped with tomato sauce, fior de latte and basil on dough similar to that of Chinese buns. 

Bar Noce Toronto

An Honolulu ($15) combines Crystal Head vodka, amaretto, lemon juice, orange bitters, and a very bright and tasty Briottet mango liqueur.

Bar Noce Toronto

A Spirit of Italy Negroni is the most Italian of four listed $15 negronis, made using all-Italian ingredients for a powerhouse version of the classic: Malfi gin, Campari, Strega, Lucano and Cocchi Torino vermouth.

Bar Noce Toronto

The Smoking Joke ($15) has been on the cocktail menu since day one, a boozy combination of Woodford Reserve bourbon, Beefeater gin, amaro, Dubonnet and Meletti hickory-smoked in a skull-shaped Crystal Head bottle.

Bar Noce Toronto

Bar Noce has its own separate side street entrance and a sidelong patio. Check the chalkboard for frequently changing specials. You can order from Noce's restaurant menu in here, but the Bar Noce snack menu is exclusive to this space.

Bar Noce Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


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