This past week we paid a visit to La Fenice, which over the 35 years since it opened has become a staple on King West in Toronto and now, we understand why.
Luigi Orgera and his wife Sandra opened La Fenice’s doors for the first time in 1984. Since then, their daughter Rita and her husband, executive chef Rocco Fosco, have maintained their legacy of hospitality in serving delicious Italian recipes.
From a super comfortable atmosphere to great service, tasty wine to truly top-notch dishes, we really enjoyed what the team at La Fenice is serving up, and right from the first moment, could see that they are one of the few still keeping up with great tradition passed down through their family.
As you wander down king west and see the resto, you’ll notice it has a curbside patio and a building side patio, and as you wander up the stairs into the main dining room, the casual warmth guides you right into your seat, which for us, meant sitting by the fireplace.
As we took our seats our friendly server greeted us, got our drink orders and made some super suggestions of what we might have, and shared some fan faves. Next, we started sipping our perceptive wines, Italian of course, the night swirled into what would become quite the epic meal, to say the least.
We kicked off the feast with beef carpaccio (thinly Sliced Raw Beef, Lemon, Capers, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Extra Virgin Olive Oil). It was fresh and quite delicious while remaining super simple. It was quickly followed by a huge serving of mussels, which were perfectly cooked and flavoured.
For our mains, we ordered Pork Back Rib Ragù (Pappardelle, Braised Pork Ribs, Porcini Mushrooms, Parmigiano-Reggiano) and the Petite Filet Mignon with tiger shrimp. Both dishes were well balanced, well-executed and quite honestly, absolutely delicious.
All the meats, seafood and pasta right through the meal were perfectly prepared, which comes as no surprise after 35 years, since there has to be a reason they’ve withstood the test of time.
It’s been an interesting – and according to some, difficult – time for business on King West since the pilot pedestrian program was started and made permanent, but with wonderful food and prime location we have a feeling that September and TIFF are going to bring record numbers for this jewel of King Street West.