This College Street mainstay is known for its excellent service and one of the prettiest patios in Little Italy. The mid-size menu offers a mix of pub, bistro and trattoria standards, with lots of Ontario ingredients and the occasional comfort flourish. On one visit, poutine topped with duck confit is a decadent dish, with rosemary-tinged gravy balancing the richness of the meat. Mains need work. Pappardelle, though well made, comes in an under-seasoned wild boar ragù. Duck breast is roasted beautifully, but the accompanying cranberry stuffing sweetens the plate into dessert territory. Cocktails are cheeky and creative: the vieux carré amps up an already bombastic manhattan with powerful hits of cognac and benedictine. A $25 prix fixe is available from Sunday through Wednesday.
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