Sunday, 5 May 2013



75 Yorkville Ave
Toronto, On
(416)961 4642

Ambiance: 2 . 5 / 4
Service: 3 / 4
Food 2 . 75 / 4
Price: $$

NERVOSA TRATTORIA is located in a old mansion that sits on the corner of Yorkville and Bellair.  They provide basic casual Italian dining at a reasonable price, considering the area. In the summer they have a nice little patio on the upper level, which attracts a lot of teens grabbing dinner before going to a neighbourhood club. On this visit I was meeting up with a few friends for drinks and some snacks after work. When we arrived,  it wasn't too busy, but it got quite full by the time we left. I would definitely recommend making reservations on a weekend.

The TAGLIERE MISTO arrived first.  A selection of three Artisanal Italian cured meats and aged cheeses.  It was nice to have the meat and cheese come together without having to order two different dishes. The garnish of fresh jam and tapenade was a  nice addition to the standard charcuterie platter.

The INSALATA DI POLIPO was a nice bed of  argula, red onions, olive tepenade, and a lemon vinaigrette toped with fresh and tender octopus. Even though the octopus was tender, the dish lacked flavour and seasoning.

As table full of meat lovers, we decided to also get the CARPACCIO DI MANZO:  beef tenderloin, truffled cannellini beans, percorino and arugula all topped with the nervosa organic extra virgin olive oil. The meat was cut thin and went excellently with the cannellini beans.

I was most excited for the CAPESANTE. The Pan-seared scallops piccata, were served with a medially of farro (grains), zucchini, butternut squash and fresh corn. The flavours were all great and the scallops were well cooked, but the grain was undercooked and quite chewy.

Lastly, we shared the FETTUCCINE ALLA BOLOGNESE.  A large bowl of veal and beef ragout, fresh pasta and shaved parmigiano- reggiano cheese. I always love fresh pasta and this one was no exception. The sauce was tasty and had bold rich flavours.

Would we go back?  maybe 

Fettuccine alla bolognese

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