Review: Ferro

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Magic Mushrooms: portobello & oyster wild mushrooms, crostini and roasted garlic reduced cream

With plenty of Italian restaurants to choose from in Toronto, Ferro stands out by providing large portions of high quality pastas, pizzas and seafood at reasonable prices.

While certainly a pleasant place to eat, it is a dark restaurant with plenty of noise created by the loud music and close proximity of patrons to one another, which turns conversation into a bit of a task.

Service was quick and pleasant, staff never missed an opportunity to refill a drink or clear off empty plates. Beyond that, they were very knowledgeable about the menu which was a big help considering its size and diversity.

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Burratina: whole baby burrata cheese, San Daniele prosciutto, charred asparagus and romesco

There are lots of appetizers, salads, pastas, pizzas and more to choose from. Everything was well portioned; even with sharing, there was always more than enough to go around.

Appetizers cost around $15 and mains around $20.

Magic Mushrooms– a Ferro ‘signature’ dish- which didn’t sound overly interesting on the menu turned out to be fantastic. At first glance they are simply mushrooms with creamy garlic sauce on bread, but once you put it in your mouth all doubts go away.

The creamy sauce blends perfectly with the mushrooms to create a sweet and savoury flavour, which the crostini prevents from becoming overwhelming. Each bite melts in your mouth and leaves you wanting more.

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Speck: smoked prosciutto, bosc pear, gorgonzola & mascarpone, arugula and honey drizzle

Speck, a sweet pizza heavy on the arugula and smoked prosciutto was very much a combination of pizza and salad. The arugula could have easily been an appetizer in of itself.

While many dishes elsewhere often skimp out and disappoint by providing limited prosciutto, this pizza had an abundance. (I was unable to finish more than half of the very filling pizza and ended up taking the rest home).

Piatto Di Pesce: A platter of seasonal fresh seafood including jumbo tiger prawns, wild caught scallops, mussels, clams & filets of fish in a light tomato broth
Piatto Di Pesce (for two): A platter of seasonal fresh seafood including jumbo tiger prawns, wild caught scallops, mussels, clams & filets of fish in a light tomato broth

I had the chance to try a bit of the Piatto Di Pesce, a massive seafood dish that was offered for one or two. It was surprisingly abundant for a seafood dish with large pieces of salmon, jumbo tiger prawns, mussels and more – all in a light tomato broth.

With little other than a slight noise complaint about this restaurant it comes as an easy recommendation to those looking to try high quality Italian food in Toronto without having to dish out tons of cash to get an abundance.

Rating: 4.5/5

http://ferrobarcafe.ca/
769 St. Clair Avenue W.

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