Last summer we were looking for a restaurant on Bloor St in Toronto to have a dessert and coffee with British author and raconteur exceptionel, Adrian Plass. The first restaurant we stumbled into haughtily told us they were closed and shooed us out the door. (It was before 10pm on a Friday night.) The restaurant next door gladly seated us and we were treated to wonderful desserts, fabulous coffee and great conversation – from both Adrian and Pasquale, the owner of Via Oliveto.
Tonight we had to leave our island paradise and return to the city for a family engagement. It was just off of Bloor St. We left the engagement around 9:15pm and were hungry – Liam, Imbi and I hadn’t eaten since the morning. I suggested our usual favourite on The Danforth (Bloor St becomes Danforth east of the Don Valley) and Imbi suggested Via Oliveto. Oddly enough, I was supposed to have had lunch there with two friends early in the day, but the family engagement caused me to change my plans.
Imbi’s suggestion was marvelous. The pesto and roasted vegetable soup was to die for – and my main course of Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli in a Pesto Cream sauce was just as good. Imbi loved the soup as well and her salad was wonderful. Liam thoroughly enjoyed his Veal Parmigiana. The service was excellent and the bill very reasonable. We all recommend Via Oliveto highly.