Leslieville is mostly known as a brunch neighbourhood of the east end. Dinner is not really a forte of Leslieville, but for my last weekend at home, I chose to have dinner at Ascari Enoteca, an Italian restaurant named after 1950s Formula 1 racer, Alberto Ascari, whom the owners are big fans of, and fittingly, as the racer apparently has a penchant for wine and food.
Ascari Enoteca only services dinner as they open in the evening. We went on a Saturday evening and was seated at the bar as all the tables have been reserved.
We began with a small Salumi board ($11) with chef’s choice of three types of cured meats and pickled vegetables. It was also accompanied with really grainy mustard, which surprisingly wasn’t too intense in flavour.
Our server, whom was also manning the bar told us that all their pastas are made in-house.
Stracci con Salsiccia ($19) with housemade sausage, pepperonata, tomato and fennel. The sausage was spicy, and the whole dish was on the spicy side, but overall, it was really good. Pasta was al dente and large size pasta easily soak and mop up the sauce and chili oil.
For a nice dinner, Ascari Enoteca is a good choice if you are in the neighbourhood. The staff really know the regulars that come to dine, but you will still get a friendly service.
1111 Queen St. E.