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Serving up delicious house-made pastas with an incredible selection of wine, Cafe Bar Pasta (@CAFEBARPASTA) recently celebrated its one-year anniversary.

The dining room

The dining room

Located on Dundas, just west of Dufferin, this 81-seat restaurant features five different dining areas: the Café table, the main dining room, private dining room downstairs, the Chef’s Table and Dine-on-the-line.

The spaces are beautifully designed by co-owner Christine Vieira herself, who is a trained interior designer and fashion stylist. I loved the warmth and coziness in each different area. There’s no doubt that she has amazing taste!

The private dining room in the basement

The private dining room in the basement

Cafe Bar Pasta is brought to us by the husband-and-wife team Christine Vieira and Tom Bielecki. With Executive Chef Jay Scaife  (@chefjayscaife) working the kitchen and Master Sommelier John Szabo pouring the wine (he’s only one of two Master Sommeliers in Canada), they have a winning equation. Speaking of winning, Chef Scaife just won the title of Best Chef in the 2014 edition of NOW Magazine’s Best of Toronto Reader’s Choice issue.

They recently launched a new 16-dish fall menu which is inspired by Chef Scaife’s formal training in French, Italian and Japanese cuisines. You’ll find dishes such as lobster & corn lollipops, chicken liver-stuffed bone marrow, and of course a mouth-watering selection of pastas. Each day Chef Scaife spins a selection of homemade pasta from a state-of-the-art pasta machine, the Italia Mini.

To complement the food, Master Sommelier John Szabo has curated a 40+ bottle wine list along with five wines on tap, served in 3oz, 5oz, 8oz, ½ litre and 1 litre pours. The wines on tap are a great affordable option – they really pride themselves on offering locally-sourced premium estate wines at an affordable price.

The menu for Cafe Bar Pasta's one year anniversary celebration

The menu for Cafe Bar Pasta’s one year anniversary celebration

I recently attended Cafe Bar Pasta’s first year anniversary celebration and had the opportunity to try some of their new menu items:

Buffalo Mozzarella – arugula aioli, heirloom tomato, black garlic vinaigrette

Buffalo Mozzarella

Sweetbread Saltimbocca – roast plum, mustard salad

Sweetbread Saltimbocca

Agnolotti “Pillows” – bufala-rosemary ricotta, roast chanterelle, white truffle oil

Agnolotti “Pillows”

Ravioli – grilled beef cheek, butter roasted lobster, parsnip puree, red wine reduction


Chiffon Cake – pumpkin chai, chocolate

Chiffon Cake

Their buffalo mozzarella is a fantastic way to start off any meal – a great piece of cheese with a delicious black garlic vinaigrette and arugula aioli. Such a great combination! On a previous visit to Cafe Bar Pasta, I fell in love with their pasta. The love is still burning strong! The agnolotti pillows encased a light, fluffy ricotta filling topped with earthy chanterelles – perfect little bites. As for the beef cheek ravioli, the decadent lobster topping made this a wonderful take on surf-and-turf.

This little taste of their new menu has already got me wanting more. With great food, a cozy space and excellent wine selection, make Cafe Bar Pasta your next date night destination!

*This was a complimentary meal. The opinions in the post, as always, are my own.*

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