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Think it’s impossible to capture that dolce-vita vibe here in Toronto? Think again. Head to Ossington Avenue, and you’ll find Sprezzatura Spaghetti Disco, a new spot infusing the west end with a carefree approach to fresh pasta and a thoroughly Italian approach to dining out.
Opened in early August at 216 Ossington Ave., Sprezzatura Spaghetti Disco is, first and foremost, a classic pasta bar serving up organic, made-to-order bowls of fresh, handmade pasta and Pasta di Gragnano, a dry pasta with Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status. Currently, there are six choices on offer, ranging from vegan fusilli with pesto and tomatoes to hearty fettuccine with brisket sugo.
A selection of antipasti and salads includes several vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, including marinated, grilled summer vegetables with Calabrian-chili-infused olive oil and burrata cheese atop house-made pesto, fresh and semi-dried tomatoes. Contorni, secondi, or slow-cooked meats, and dolci, round out the menu.
Owned and operated by chef Brook Kavanagh and partner Lara Roberts, of Ossington’s Season Six, the concept is an ode to a honeymoon spent soaking up Italy’s easygoing approach to exquisite food along with its disco culture.
The name “sprezzatura” means doing something well with seemingly little effort. "I think Italian food should be made with a healthy dose of sprezzatura," said Kavanagh in an interview with BlogTO. "It should be delicious, and it isn't easy to do, but it should never feel fussed over, or contrived."
Inspired by Italo Disco, or Italian disco music from the 1980s, the small spot is as bright, glitzy and energetic as you’d expect. Dine-in at the small Florentine-style lunch counter to bask in the disco verve. Or order for takeout and delivery. Larger groups can also book the spot’s Spaghetti Disco, with events in the private room that can be customized to include a DJ, dancing, drinks and karaoke along with your menu of choice.
Sprezzatura Spaghetti Disco is open Tuesday to Saturday from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.