Five Doors North offers an uptown spin on the shabby-quirky restaurant aesthetic, with vintage pendant lamps, bulk-size tomato cans doubling as ice buckets and magazine clippings laminated on the tables. The food and service are solid and pretense-free, and the hand-written menu brings huge, shareable portions, many of which come off grill—a good thing, since the grill cook has a way with fire. The daily pizzette (a smaller pizza) is smokily singed, crispy and loaded with bacon, tomato and green olives. Dense, hand-cut potato gnocchi are smothered in cream and melted Gorgonzola, providing a rich contrast to the bitter grilled rapini and earthy, bacon-laced brussels sprouts on the side. A salty, transcendently soft rib-eye arrives in a flavourful jus and a roasted half-chicken with audibly crispy skin and tender flesh (it’s cooked à la minute, so don’t order it if you’re in a rush). Beware the rosemary-sprinkled house-made foccaccia—you’re liable to fill up before the appetizers even arrive. The short, mostly-Italian wine list features a few tantalizing surprises.
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Fun place great food by Marshall from Pickering on 2012-12-30
If you are an uptight personality this is not the place for you. It is more like an italian resto/pub. A casual place but with great food prepared on site. Menu is always changing, and if a place has been open for 15 years in this industry with North Toronto regulars then there is nothing else to say except try it.
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