I wouldn’t normally write a post about visiting a particular restaurant while on holiday but this place is such a find if you happen to be visiting Toronto, so I wanted to share. The reason we ate here is because Hubby went about 18 years ago when he was visiting family. I must just add, my photos really don’t do this place justice.
The restaurant itself is located in downtown Toronto not far from The Rogers Centre which is the home of the Blue Jays baseball team. We unwittingly found our selves heading toward the restaurant as they stadium emptied and without a reservation we did wonder if we would be able to get a table. However we need not have worried as they have whopping 600 covers as it is set in an old warehouse. Normally I would stay away from large eateries as service undoubtedly suffers, but the service was very good so you didn’t feel lost amongst the masses at all.
When we first arrived we entered a lobby and we were given a buzzer because there was a 20 minute wait for a table. There is a bar contained within the restaurant which we headed to, no sooner had we found a table and visited the conveniences the buzzer went off. We didn’t even have time to buy a drink! We were shown to a table around the back of the restaurant. It did mean that we were not in the thick of things but this suited us.
The thing I love so much about this restaurant is the decor. As soon as you enter you are struck by all the tiffany style light fixings. Not only that as you enter there is a life size tram car (with tables in it!) right in front of you. It also homes a 100 year old dismantled carousel which hangs in the middle of the restaurant with the painted horses all around. There are some fantastic stained glass panels that have come from Europe, hanging on the walls and from the ceiling. We didn’t see it but there is also a glass elevator aka Charlie and the Chocolate Factory style and a kingsize bed which you can apparently eat on… It gives a really fun atmosphere and very different to anything we have been to in the UK.
The menu is as expected spaghetti! Although there are other pasta options and some meat options. We of course opted for the house speciality! Included in the meal price is also a salad or minestrone soup starter, bread (with the most amazing garlic butter) and an ice cream dessert, all for around 15$. The kids menu is equally well valued. I would recommend trying out the vanilla, chocolate and pistachio blended ice cream – known as Spumoni – yum!
The service was extremely good, trying to eat in an Italian restaurant when one of the party is allergic to bell peppers and garlic is always going to be problematic. However the lady servicing us was really helpful coming back and going through the menu explaining what contains what and where alterations could be made. This made the eating experience much less stressful than other places we had tried and ensured everyone had a great time.
I would highly recommend checking out The Spaghetti House if you are looking for somewhere to eat in Toronto (with or without kids), no wonder the locals keep it to themselves! You can find out more information on their website here.
We paid for our own meal and all opinions and views are my own.