Terroni, with all due respect

Most Torontonians adore Terroni. With 3 locations in the big TO, you are bound to have already tried their lovely cuisine or have at least heard of the place. With so many visits to this great Italian restaurant, I have now looked beyond the food and ambiance to wonder what the restaurant’s name really means. Have you ever wondered?

According to my Wikipedia research, Terroni is the “common” name used by Northern Italians to refer to Southern Italians; and apparently, the name is often used in despicable terms. So in case you did not know, here is some food for thought for you, literally!

A friend of mine introduced me to this place almost 6 years ago. Since then, most of our dinner rendez-vous take place at Terroni. I highly recommend the Queen/Bathurst location, after all this is where it all started and the location never disappoints.

Our meal started off with our favourite appetizer, the Funghi Assoluti.


Terroni Restaurant | Toronto

Funghi Assoluti

I am not sure if its the combination of balsamic with parmigiano, or the baby arugula; but this oyster mushroom salad dish has been a fixation of ours for 6 years. There has not been a time when we don’t order this to kick-start our meals. Well, I take that back, red wine always takes precedence. This time I had a great Negroamaro, which is a very well known grape from the region of Salento.

For our Primi we decided to try a different kind of pizza. We usually get the Puzza, but we discovered not so long ago the lovely C’t Mang and once again we fell in love with Terroni. 

Terroni Restaurant | Toronto

C’t Mang Pizza

C’t Mang is a prosciutto with pears pizza; which combined, offset the strong taste of the meat. The pears along with the mozzarella also serve as an opening ingredient to the Gorgonzola (Italian blue cheese). And right before you can say “still too strong”, the honey drizzled on top of the pizza just makes all of the lovely strong, sweet and salty flavours come together. Buon Appetito!

To finish off the night, and make it a traditional visit to Terroni, we order dessert – Torta Calda al Cioccolato.

Terroni Restaurant | Toronto

Torta Calda al Cioccolato

This is a warm flourless chocolate cake drizzled with white chocolate ganache. As you can see form the picture, the cake is soft and moist. Once your spoon digs in, there is not stopping from than moment on.

Buen Provecho,
Foodies Inked.

Dining Experience: Dinner
Venue: Terroni
Specialty: Southern Italian Cuisine
Location: 720 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
Menu items: Funghi Assoluti + Pizza C’t Mang + Torta Calda al Cioccolato
Drink Pairing:  Red Negroamaro

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