Jamie Oliver tweeted it as his “favourite meal of the year”. The bread, salumi, and pastas are house made and there is an expert approach to the craft. The care, detail and effort that went into each component made even the simplest dishes taste extravagant. This is a must try.
It’s considered one of “Toronto’s Best Restaurants” and as much as I criticize “best” lists, I can fully understand why this one makes it on many. All their salumi is made in house so some of the meats you’re eating could be cured and aged months or even a year ago.
Dare I say it? I don’t know because it’s a bold statement, but it deserves it. It was for sure in my top 3 favourite restaurants I tried in Follow Me Foodie to Toronto (and I tried a lot of fantastic restaurants), I’m going to go even further and say it’s one of my favourite Italian restaurants in Canada so far.
The area consists of long time businesses and the market is full of iconic institutions selling meats, cheese, seafood, spices and produce. It would be a shame to visit Toronto and miss out on this since the city prides itself on diversity. Here is my self guided foodie tour of Kensington Market.
It says it write on the menu and I wouldn’t ignore it: “Not from Naples”. The Neapolitan pizza scene in Vancouver has exploded over the last couple years, and even though The Parlour’s main feature is pizza, they do not specialize in Neapolitan pizza. This is West Coast style pizza. Come for the fun atmosphere and affordability.
Unless you have a close connection in Italy I’m not sure how you’ll find this experience anywhere else. Sure there are other food related food tours and the entire Italy is a gastronomical experience, but this is an intense 7-10 days of culinary extravagance. Eat with the locals, cook with the locals and most importantly learn.