By Cathryn Gagnon:
A recent visit to see Cityline in Toronto brought the girls and I to Yorkville. We discovered that a favorite restaurant named Ciao, at 133 Yorkville Avenue, has been renamed Cibo Wine Bar. It did not disappoint. I was pleased to hear that there now is a Cibo Wine Bar on King Street as well.The place is huge, among the other posh eating establishments in Yorkville. Cibo is trendy and loud, but the whole atmosphere is vibrant.
- CARPACCIO – thinly sliced raw beef, arugula, shavings of parmigiano.
- FUSILLI – chicken, porcini mushrooms, light cream sauce.
- ARUGULA – Prosciutto di Parma, shaved parmigiano reggiano, red wine vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil.
- TONNO SCOTTATO + CAPONATA Seared Ahi tuna*, black olive salsa, green beans.
We chose to eat a lighter fare, but every mouthful was amazing. I highly recommend Cibo Wine Bar, rating it 9 out of 10.
A trip to Yorkville would not be complete without a visit to a place that is perched high above the city, offering one of the most beautiful panoramas of Toronto’s skyline. The view from the rooftop lounge at the Park Hyatt will leave you in awe.
Colored lights from the city light up the sky like a giant kaleidoscope. Cocktails and conversation can even be enjoyed on a chilly evening; cozy blankets and overhead gas heaters keep things toasty, eighteen floors above Yorkville. I have never eaten there, but have enjoyed their tasty complimentary offerings of warm almonds, zesty olives and crunchy chips.I rate the Park Hyatt Rooftop Lounge 10 out of 10.
King Street West
King Street in Toronto has so much to offer and does not disappoint. I have so many recommendations, I will simply list them:
- Fred’s Not Here – 321 King St West
- Wood-grilled steaks, seafood & pasta with fixed-price menu options in a relaxed, red-brick setting.
- The Red Tomato & Pasta Bar – 297 King St West
- Huge starter menu, great for sharing, plus delicious pasta dishes.
- Joe Mammas – 317 King St West
- R&B & Motown-inspired acts perform nightly at this hot spot, specializing in steaks, seafood & ribs.
- Kit Kat Italian Bar & Grill – 297 King St W, Toronto
- Kit Kat has been serving Toronto for the past 27 years. With it’s focus on fresh ingredients and authentic Italian food.
- Hey Lucy – 295 King Street West
- Thin-crust pizzas, casual Italian fare & martinis in stylish zebra-print booths, or on the rooftop.
- Earl’s – 150 King Street West
- Sleek, upscale atmosphere serving gourmet burgers, Caesar salad, cocktails, wines & beers.