3 Reasons to Dine at Oretta Toronto

5:30 PM


I have been meaning to visit Oretta ever since it opened late last year in 2016. This spot on King West was "inspired by the Italian way of life, and designed for any time of day. Oretta presents authentic Italian fare with modern day classics."

I'm very easy to please, but give me the combination of the below three & I will be in heaven. Keep reading to see why you need to bump Oretta up on your list of restaurants to visit next.

1. The Interior

Can we just talk about how Instagram-able this place is?! If you haven't seen the wall decor, the plush booths outlining the restaurant, or the pretty designed tiled on the floor on Instagram... You aren't following the right people.

With the floor to ceiling windows in the dining area, it is a blogger's dream. I've heard that bloggers actually wait for Oretta to open so that they can have their own mini photoshoot in the empty venue haha. Do it for the 'gram, amirite?


2. The Food

Think of a classic Italian meal - comprising of pizza, pasta, cheese, and espresso. You can bet Oretta has it, and you can bet that's what Istiana & I ordered. We started off with mozzarella di bufala, which came on a bed of heirloom carrot agrodolce and pickled peppers, and topped with pistachios. I loved how all the textures blended well together, especially the lil crunch from the pistachios.

For the mains, we went with the capricciosa pizza, which had a tomato base and came with procscuitto cotto, white mushrooms, artichokes, fior di latte, and basil. I actually saw pictures of this one pasta on Instagram & thought it looked super cute (lol, only I would call pasta cute). The tortelloni with a heirloom carrot and ricotta filling were the little cuties that we decided to order. It came in a brown butter sauce with hazelnuts and sage. My oh my, were these little pockets of goodness absolutely delicious! I'd highly recommend ordering the tortelloni - even our waiter said it was her favourite dish!


3. The Café

With all the hearty dishes above, you're bound to be feeling a little tired from such a good meal. I would suggest heading over to the café at the back of the restaurant. Oretta Café also has a door from an alleyway off of King West, but we walked through the dining area and by the kitchen to get there. They have two small tables, and two long tables for you to sit at. It was a lovely Sunday afternoon, and I'd say it was quite packed with people working away on their lappys or just a group of friends meeting up to chat.

They have a variety of pastries to choose from (as if you needed more food after your meal, but why not?) and the cutest saucers for their coffee cups. Should you want to take your coffee to go, their to-go cups are also a thing of beauty.


And if those three reasons don't make you want to visit Oretta still... Girl, BAI.

xo

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