TOCA is the destination restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Toronto.
One of the primary functions of the restaurant is to serve hotel guests, so it's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The restaurant recently introduced a new, authentic Italian Trattoria style lunch and dinner menus, created by partner Chef Oliver Glowig from Rome who holds a Micheline Star.
Try new pastas finished in large parmesan wheels, prosciutto sliced in the dining room, market-fish and Italian-inspired digestifs.
The restaurant features a cheese cave, wine cellar and two private dining rooms.
The wine list has its fair share blockbusters (the vertical of Opus One in the wine cellar would fit this description), but is actually targeted very much toward the by-the-glass drinker, with approximately 50 options to choose from.
Diners can explore the in-house cheese cave before selecting what they want. Even if the room is on the small side, it's fun to get in there and poke around (so to speak).
Once you've got a few in mind, the servers are happy to help you find an appropriate wine pairing.
From the Mediterranean-inspired menu to the ample by-the-glass wine offerings, it's a great place to head for a power lunch or to hit up when you want an elevated meal in an environment that's upscale but comfortable.
If you're looking to wow a few friends, however, try out the chef's table in the kitchen. Located mere steps away from the action, it's spectacle dining at its best.