With a retail space covering over 2,500 ft of real estate in the corner of King and Brant street, one can’t help but stop to take a peek at the immensity, luminosity and variety that Alimento, an Italian inspired retail and dining place, offers.
Alimento retail store
I was pleasantly surprised to see that Alimento caters to the on-the-go, dining and coffee drinker crowds. During lunch and dinner time, it offers a breadth of options from pizza, pasta, salads and sandwiches, all with an Italian hint to it, mostly coming from the fact that the majority of ingredients used are directly imported from Italy.
As I ventured into the store with colleagues, one of them grabbed a pre-made pasta to take home and noted it was pretty good considering it was not freshly made.
I, on the other hand, decided to take advantage of my unique opportunity to try as many cheeses and charcuterie as possible (they were offering all kinds of samples on opening day); and admittedly so, my favourite spot from this emporium was the cheese counter.
And the random Cheese displays…
As a Foodie, I can’t just visit a place and not take something home with me. So my Alimento goodie bag (and tonight’s dinner), included a succulent – out of this world – Burrata Cheese accompanied with Rosemary Italian Flat Bread.
As I take a sip from a glass of Italian wine, eat my Italian Rosemary Flat Bread spread with the Burrata Cheese (all 200 gr of it); I can not help but wonder how my waistline will manifest itself in a weeks’ time. Foreseeing what it might do, is the least of my worries; having the pleasure of indulging in such Italian delicacies is what makes me happy, so I will stick with the latter. After all, what is eating but a creative exercise!
Rosemary Flat Bread & Burrata Cheese
Alimento’s cheese kinds are quite unique and rare, in the sense that they have a ton of variety and flavours I have yet to see in other stores. I guess its because their specialty is Italian. Alimento does seem to want to cater to the high-end crowds, so price wise it will be interesting to see how the market reacts to this emporium and whether it embraces it or dismantles it. I honestly think this place will succeed given its location. It might just need to make an even larger presence in the foodie scene and offer some free samples (hint hint) to ensure its the talk of the town!
Until next time Foodies!
Dining Experience: Opening Day Store Visit
– RESTAURANT HAS CLOSED AS OF FALL 2013.
Specialty:Retail and Dinning establishment
Location: 522 King Street West, Toronto, ON
Menu items: Burrata Cheese and Rosemary Italian Flat Bread
Alimento, a recently opened Toronto spot in the King West area, is an enchanting gastronomic emporium – a retail and dining establishment where style meets food.