Aldo Lanzillotta

Eastern Promises: hearty, meaty, carb-heavy Eastern European food is Toronto’s... Eastern Promises: hearty, meaty, carb-heavy Eastern European food is Toronto’s next big comfort cuisine

By Claire Hastings | Photography by Emma McIntyre In the ’60s, Toronto had a bustling Eastern European food scene. Polish, Hungarian and German immigrants opened up humble cafés and grocery stores along Schnitzel Row (the stretch of Bloor between Spadina and Bathurst), in Kensington Market and on Roncesvalles Avenue, servicing mostly the expat community, and… Read more »

New Reviews: Wvrst and Mavrik New Reviews: Wvrst and Mavrik

A modern beer-and-sausage hall on King and a quintessential wine bar on Queen WVRST 609 King St. W., 416-703-7775 Chef Aldo Lanzillotta’s modern “sausage and beer hall and other wonders,” as he’s called it, is exactly what it sounds like: long plywood communal tables and bench seating run the length of the stripped-down space that… Read more »

Introducing: WVRST, King West’s new sausage and beer hall Introducing: WVRST, King West’s new sausage and beer hall

More and more, it seems as though Clubland is outgrowing its old epicentre at the Richmond and John area and oozing west along King Street into what was once a much more sedate dining destination led by Susur, Lee, Marc Thuet’s nom-de-jour resto, Brassaii and Rodney’s. As we reported back in April, it’s into this… Read more »

Wvrst, a new King West beer hall, to feature menu from “Southern Italy by way ... Wvrst, a new King West beer hall, to feature menu from “Southern Italy by way of Munich”

A couple weeks back, news broke that the space that once held Marc Thuet’s Conviction (which closed last fall and was previously Bite Me! and Bistro and Bakery Thuet) was turning into a loosely interpreted Munich-style beer hall called Wvrst. Recently, we caught up with chef and owner Aldo Lanzillotta to ask him about joining… Read more »