The Caffe Life

There’s nothing I love more than friends recommending great new places to relax in the sunshine and eat, that’s what Saturday should be all about.  Caffe di Portici is exactly the place to do that.  Located on between the busy Yonge/Davenport Scollard  intersection,  Caffe di Portici is a beautiful oasis where one can find respite from the  construction in the area.

Yorkville in downtown Toronto has seen some revitalization with the new ultra luxury condos, high-end food purveyors like Pusateri’s and WholeFoods.   Fresh new cafes and restaurants are opening replacing some old standards.  Opened in 2010, Caffee di Portici offers a modest menu with daily specials listed on their Facebook page.

I woke up late on Saturday, lost track of time and didn’t have breakfast.  My friend recommended the frittata and so I opted for the Chorizo frittata with bell peppers, mushrooms, potatoes and mozzarella.  The frittata was a good size but wasn’t overwhelmed by the ingredients or overzealous amounts of cheese – as most places tend to do.  Just enough dressing on the greens and a light California Chardonnay was a good start to my day at 1:00 p.m.

My lunch date was very excited to try their signature dish, the Beets Pasta.  A wonderfully colourful vegetarian option on their list, the Beets Pasta is roasted beets, balsamic reduction on rigatoni.  A mild but flavourful dish accented by the acidity of the balsamic reduction

Daily dessert offerings include cheesecake, but as well some wonderful homemade desserts made by Chef Remi, like very delicate Madeleines and the lemon coffee cake which is what I chose.  A lovely buttery texture and slightly warm, fresh from the oven with a cup of Lavazza cappuccino.

A good selection of wines for a small restaurant with a few but adequate choices by the glass, however their choice of speciality Italian coffees that is one of the best that I have recently seen with great cold coffee choices to sip slowly during this really hot summer.

A very friendly staff, manager and chef.  A new-found gem on my list of favourite places.  With the opening of the new Four Seasons scheduled for October 5 of this year and only a few short steps away, it’s bound to get popular and busy. If you want to spend some time relaxing and enjoying the summer days without being rushed, better get to Caffe Di Portici soon.  I know I will be going back shortly.  Happy eating!

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