Motorino Citta toronto

Motorino Citta

Motorino Citta is part of the Motorino family of Italian restaurants, which has locations in Woodbridge, King City and on Avenue Road. Motorino translated to moped, and citta translates to city. 

The restaurant infuses lots of Italian classics with healthy ingredients like avocado, bamboo charcoal and chia seed.

Motorino Citta Toronto

Start off with Italian Spring Rolls ($18) for an unconventional beginning to your meal. Light, crunchy wrappers encase prosciutto, fresh basil and lots of rich fior di latte, plated with a roasted garlic basil crema that keeps me coming back for more.

Seems a tad odd on paper, but in the end kind of reminds me of delicious Middle Eastern cigar rolls stuffed with cheese.

Motorino Citta Toronto

Frittura di Pesce ($18) is more traditional, calamari topped with shrimp in a heavy deep-fried coating. Lemon and an avocado aioli help lighten things up a little bit.

Motorino Citta Toronto

Grilled Octopus ($22) is poached in three different wines and given a hard char, plated with an earthy legume ragu and grilled lemon.

Motorino Citta Toronto

A range of toppings combinations can be put on either round Wood Burning Style pizzas or rectangular Southern Italian style pizzas, but charcoal, avocado, chia seed or gluten-free dough can only be subbed in for Wood Burning Style pies.

Motorino Citta Toronto

The Cecci ($18) has chickpeas, tomatoes, roasted onions, creamy stracciatella, sweet potato and kale, and to get even healthier, we go for the avocado dough for an extra $3.

The result actually doesn't feel overly veggie-heavy, the sweet potato and stracciatella providing comforting counterpoints to bitter kale and starchy chickpeas. 

motorino citta torontoThe avocado dough doesn't taste like avocado at all and has just a slight green hue, but it does taste buttery and light, and manages to hide health benefits in pizza.

Motorino Citta Toronto

Bumblebee Fettuccine ($25) is made by infusing two doughs with saffron and black squid ink for double-sided noodles. A very garlicky, onion-y cherry tomato ragu and tiger shrimp accompany.

Motorino Citta Toronto

Tiramisu is addictively chocolatey and airy, lovingly presented with avocado pizza dough biscotti.

Motorino Citta Toronto

They also do Nutella pizza for dessert, presented folded up in a more crepe-like style.

Motorino Citta Toronto

The Vecchio Stile ($14) is essentially an Italian Old Fashioned, made with bourbon, amaro, raw simple syrup and Angostura bitters, garnished with a singed orange rind.

Motorino Citta Toronto

A Gin Basil Smash ($13) is more of a crowd pleaser, a refreshing combination of gin, lemon juice, raw simple syrup and basil.

Motorino Citta TorontoAn open concept design provides equal sightlines to a bar area, a wine rack, the pass and two different types of pizza ovens in the corner.

Motorino Citta Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


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