Co-owners Rob D’Amico and Chef Dave Lamers have lifted Abruzzi into the top echelon of London restaurants, serving Italian-inspired modern and traditional regional specialties. As host and chef, respectively, each brings a polished professionalism to their Downtown epicurean hotspot.
Abruzzi is well-groomed but casual, with an elegant white marble bar just inside the front entrance. There is an elevated communal table in the centre of the dining room that seats eight. The chairs and banquettes are comfortable enough for a three-hour sitting. The simple, striking decor with bare brick walls and lots of mirrors, the innovative lighting, and the friendly ambience are all central to the Abruzzi experience. The service is attentive, polished and knowledgeable.
Chef Dave Lamers takes the earthy Italian culinary vocabulary and imbues it with both his idiosyncratic style and a culinary dialect that is responsive to the seasons. Lamers stresses simplicity and freshness as foundations of the Abruzzi kitchen philosophy. The menu offerings capture the essence of Italian cooking. They are intuitive, often iconic, prepared with locally-sourced and quality ethnic ingredients, executed with skill and an eye to detail. The kitchen has a long-standing commitment to procuring local and sustainable ingredients. Signature dishes include:
• Grilled Loco Fields Peach Salad with toasted hazelnuts, arugula, ricotta salata and Niagara Chardonnay & honey vinaigrette;
• Crispy Pork Belly & Bay Scallops with charred Loco Fields carrots, carrot purée, kale and spiced jus;
• Ricotta Gnudi with Brussels sprouts, leeks, shallots, house lamb pancetta, honey mushrooms and sage brown butter;
• Grilled Beef Tenderloin with crispy gnocchi, mushrooms, spinach, green beans,red wine and veal stock reduction;
• Sous Vide Cauliflower “Steak,” beluga lentils, roasted fennel, charred red onion Brussels sprouts, fennel hot sauce, onion, thyme and white bean purée;
• S’Mores, dark chocolate brownie, torched marshmallow crème, fudge sauce, vanilla gelato and graham crumble.
119 King Street (at Talbot)
MON–SAT 11:30 am – LATE
LUNCH: $8– $16
DINNER: $15 – $33
A superior wine list includes interesting consignments
A long-standing commitment to local sustainable ingredients
House-cured Pancetta & Assorted Charcuterie
Menus change seasonally
Authentic Italian regional specialties
Attentive, knowledgeable service
Steps to Budweiser Gardens