Porzia is an Italian restaurant located in Toronto’s West Queen West neighbourhood of Parkdale. Led by chef/owner Basilio Pesce, our staff believes in building memories around food and eating.
I had the opportunity to check out Porzia a couple weeks ago when they held their Spring Menu Media Launch, and last week I went back for a sit-down, hosted dinner. This gave me the opportunity to enjoy many, many dishes off of the menu and learn a little more about Porzia.
Growing up, I didn’t have a very big family. However, one thing was always certain – when you went to Grandma and Grandpa’s house – you were going to be fed. And fed a lot. As soon as you walked in, after saying your hellos – it was straight to: “Are you hungry?” “Want some pasta?” “You should eat something!”
That sense of family is prevalent at Porzia. Head chef and owner, Basilio Pesce named the restaurant after his mother and his love of family is evident throughout the space. There are family pictures on the walls, and even the dinnerware are those that remind you of your grandparents.
But most importantly, the food. Porzia serves up classic Italian cuisine, with a twist – making the menu both traditional and modern.
Pasta is my go-to dish. Nothing says comfort food like a nice, big dish of pasta, right? So, when I saw the tortellini with prosciutto, pesce brodo and spring peas on the menu – I knew we had to try it.
The pasta used to make the tortellini is made fresh, in-house and you can taste that. It was cooked al dente and filled with prosciutto. I enjoyed the dish and the fact that the pasta had a little bite to it and it wasn’t too heavy in the pesce brodo.
Yup, more pasta. LOL There is something about a bowl of spaghetti (especially fresh made in-house spaghetti) that brings you so much comfort!
The spaghetti cacio e pepe, black pepper, pecorino and yolk dish was one of both my, and my guests, favourites of the night. Creamy pasta is always good in my books, and we could have ordered another serving of this dish…and then some!
Just when we thought we couldn’t possibly eat anything else, we got to talking with our lovely server and she insisted we try one of the most popular dishes at Porzia.
When your server tells you she can’t pick a favourite between the two dessert specials of the night – you order one of each.
It only makes sense.
So I opted for the ricotta rhubarb cheesecake. Delicious, light, homemade ricotta with the pistachio crumble. It was the perfect end to my meal.
We also ordered the chocolate ganache, because – why not?
This was a rich chocoalte pie and the whipped cream may or may not have had alcohol in it. Ok, spoiler – it did and it was freaking fantastic!
Like I said, Porzia gives you that familiar family setting feeling. On Sunday – Porzia hosts a Fam Jam night, and on Monday night you can order 3 dishes for $33 and Wednesday night offers the chance to order small plates for $10. Perfect for family style dining!