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The Month That Was: the Toronto restaurants and bars that opened and closed in June

The Hogtown Pub and Oysters (Image: Karolyne Ellacott)

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  • Origin Liberty Village—The latest outpost in Claudio Aprile’s burgeoning empire has a dining room inspired by the Bren Gun factory that used to occupy the restaurant’s building. Read our Introducing post »
  • Farmhouse Tavern—Darcy MacDonell (formerly of La Société) serves up a host of Ontario-grown food and wine, the perfect complement to the Agrarian-inspired decor. Read our Introducing post »
  • Lil’ Baci Taverna—Not your nonna’s spaghetti and meatballs: Mark Bacci heads midtown to offer a creative take on classic Italian dishes. Read our Introducing post »
  • The Hogtown Pub and Oysters—Formerly The Auld Spot Pub, this College Street bar is under new management and offering revitalized pub fare (think: chipotle beef heart tacos and dried cherry and brie quesadillas). Read our Introducing post »
  • La Carnita—Last year’s pop-up taco stand upgrades to a permanent bricks-and-mortar residence at College and Bathurst. Read our Introducing post »

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Introducing: Lil’ Baci Taverna, the midtown outpost of the Leslieville Italian spot

Lil’ Baci Taverna owner Mark Bacci (Image: Karolyne Ellacott)

After years of feeding Leslievillers at Lil’ Baci, restaurateur (and filmmaker) Mark Bacci has headed north, opening up midtown’s Lil’ Baci Taverna. Planted on a corner lot on Yonge between Eglinton and Davisville, the Italian restaurant’s younger sibling has cut down on pizza and beefed up pretty much everything else. Inspired by the flavours and ingredients of southern Italy’s cuisine, Taverna aims to be a neighbourhood eatery straight out of a heart-warming Italian flick.

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