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Hanif Harji and Charles Khabouth have been extremely busy in recent years with a rapidly growing restaurant empire which includes foodie favourites like Patria and Byblos. Instead of opening another restaurant in King West, their most recent addition Città (@CittaToronto) is located in the CityPlace community.

The interior

This rustic urban Italian eatery is located south of Front between Spadina and Bathurst at the bottom of one of the CityPlace towers. The space is a beauty and we’d expect nothing less from a Harji/Khabouth restaurant. I particularly loved the floor to ceiling windows which drew in the light during our brunch service – it felt like we were eating on a patio in the dead of winter. Very warm and inviting!

The interior

The space is undoubtedly beautiful but there’s definitely substance underneath it all. With Executive Chef Ben Heaton (formerly of The Grove) and David Mattachiono (former Pizza Master at Terroni) in the kitchen, you can rest assured you’ll be in good hands.

The interior

Last week, we were invited to Città’s brunch media preview and we were impressed with what they had to offer. Here’s a look at some of their delicious offerings:

Zucchini and Banana Olive Oil Muffins

Zucchini & Banana Olive Oil Muffins

Fomaggio Speck Scones

Fomaggio Speck Scones

Burrata Crostini – wood roasted tomatoes + onion agro dolce 

Burrata Crostini

Baked Eggs Braciole – tomato + pancetta +  gremolata +  shortrib

Baked Eggs Braciole

Duck Eggs Benedict – tomato + focaccia + peperonata + hollandaise

Duck Eggs Benedict

House Cured Thick Cut Pancetta Rashers 

House Cured Thick Cut Pancetta Rashers

Buffalo Mozzarella Agnolotti 

Buffalo Mozzarella Agnolotti

Patate Alla Carbonara Pizza – béchamel + potato + pecorino + egg + guanciale + black pepper

Patate Alla Carbonara Pizza

Bomboloni – passionfruit, Nutella and pistachio

Bomboloni

Cannoli & Bomboloni

Cannoli

Assorted Italian Treats

Assorted Italian Treats

From the wonderfully moist olive oil muffins to the decadent bomboloni’s at the end of the meal, I can honestly say that there wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy. But if I had to choose a few favourites, it would have to be the Burrata Crostini, Duck Eggs Benedict, the Pistachio Bomboloni and Cannoli’s.

The burrata crostini was such a delightful way to start off the meal. The creamy burrata paired with the acidic tomatoes and sweetness from the onions were a match made in heaven. A must-order for burrata fans!

The duck eggs benny with an Italian twist was another highlight. The duck egg was perfectly poached and I loved the bright orange colour of the yolk which spilled onto the plate after being cut into. The benny was loaded full of red peppers, tomatoes and topped with a flavourful hollandaise which tied it all together.

We tried an assortment of bomboloni including passionfruit, Nutella and pistachio. While I don’t normally go for the pistachio desserts, it was surprisingly my favourite of the bunch. The doughnut was light and fluffy with a filling which had just the right amount of sweetness. Delish!

The other dessert that won my heart was their cannoli which was filled with a creamy ricotta filling. Each end of the cannoli was dipped in chocolate and was dusted with crushed pistachios. Despite how full I was, I couldn’t help but indulge in one of these delicious treats.

After this killer brunch experience, we’re already looking forward to coming back for dinner. CityPlace dwellers are certainly in for a treat!

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



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