Monday, October 21, 2013

osteria dei GANZI #getsocialbecentral [EVENT]

Last week I was invited to Get Social and Be Central at Osteria dei Ganzi (@GanziToronto) for their new menu launch. Located on Javis, a bit apart from the rest of the other restaurants on Church in a historic mansion of over a 100 years old.

We could only make it for the 2nd seating of the menu tasting launch and as we arrived a tad early, we wear quickly rush to the bar area where we were greeted with a cold glass of Prosecco each. 
And as soon as we were done with that, we were quickly ask if we want second or cocktail.

We had a four course dinner designed and executed by Chef Staropoli and Italian Cocktails designed by their mixologist JoaoMachado. Cocktail like Chamomile Sazerac, Aperol Spritzer and Negori Spagoliato.

~ salmon, magherita, bosco and bianca

 Misto Board
~ parmigiano regiano, gorgonzola, scamorza, salami, mortadella, prosciutto, arancini & fried olives
served w/ piccante sauce & basil marmalade
~ paired w/ Aperol Spritzer
This was just for the 2 of us and that was enough to fill me up for the night but although we still have 3 more course to go, we couldn't help to finish the whole board. Love everything here especially the fried olives, I think I could have finish bowlful of it. Oh and don't forget the basil marmalade, give me bread and that sauce and I could be a happy girl (^_^)

Polenta with Spuntature
~ ragout of beef, lamb, spicy wild boar sausage & back ribs + parmigiana melanzane
~ paired w/ Negroni Spagliato
Love the tender ragu but also the denser consistency and grainier texture of the polenta while the eggplant parmesan was crispy and yummy.

Ganzi Woodboard
~ beef tenderloin medallion, lamb chop, shrimps & scallops w/ caponatina romana (red pepper, zucchini, eggplant & potatoes) and saffron risotto
~ paired w/ Merlot or Pinot Grigio
Love the lamb chop but found the beef way too overcooked and our board was missing the scallop.

Trio Dessert
~ French Vanilla ice cream w/caramelized friut, tiramisu and orange cheesecake 
w/limoncello biscotti
I personally though everything was way too sweet for me but I am sure it's just me since everyone around me def clean their plate.

Thought the light at the front was kind of scary by the front door changing from green to red color, especially for an old mansion like this one.

Love the space at Ganzi and it felt like a more traditional restaurant where you ca take you time and enjoy the meal instead of the eat-and-go-2-hour-limit like most places these days.
 Prices are rather affordable with the most expensive dish being $28 with large portion.

*** This meal was complimentary. Opinions are my own***
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