L’unita Restaurant Review in Yorkville, Toronto, Canada
In the spur of Summerlicious 2011, we decided to visit L’unita after reviewing the favourable reviews on Urbanspoon. It is a little boutique Italian restaurant located in Yorkville on Avenue Road. Because of all the positive reviews and squeezing in a reservation on Saturday at 6pm (anything later was all booked out), I was convinced we would be walking into a crowded restaurant but we were proven wrong. There were hardly anyone else there, and there wasn’t that many until almost 7:30pm. It was fine for us, because it meant faster service but it did some a little eerie and also they stuck us in the front of the house, which was probably the worst table available. Initially, we accepted it but then realized even when we were eating dessert there was still hardly anyone else there. I admit, was a little annoyed.
Nevertheless, the place was cute and I think with a bit more atmosphere it could be a lovely intimate and romantic restaurant. As for the food – well it was presented beautifully. The olive oil provided with the bread was fresh. The cucumber and arugula salad was full of flavour and crisp. The salt cod on the other hand, was not so much. The ontario fish was made beautifully, though I may be biased as I love lemon flavoured fish. However, the pasta was bland and stale. I found it hard to believe I wouldn’t like a seafood pasta. The pasta tasted like it either had not been cooked properly or it had been sitting out to dry for too long. There was hardly any clam taste either.
The desserts were probably the best course – though they weren’t that good either. The panna cotta had a lovely smooth consistency, while the orange mascarpone was a perfect combination to go with the espresso flavour. The strawberry conserva was packed full of sugar, which made it full of flavour and the lemon merengue was delish. Mmm. I’m glad I was able to leave the restaurant with the sweet strawberry goodness still on my tastebuds.
In all, I won’t go back to L’unita. We enjoyed the experience to dine in Yorkville and it wasn’t a bad downtown restaurant but we weren’t too delighted with everything. We walked away a little disappointed.
L’unita Restaurant Photos
L’unita Restaurant Interior Set Up
L’unita Bread and Olive Oil
Cucumber & Arugula Salad with Shaved Bottarga & Lemon Olive Oil
Baccala Montecato (Salt Cod over Fried Polenta & Spinach)
Ontario White Fish ‘In Saor’ with preserved lemon, swiss chard, farro & capers
Tagliatelle Pasta Con Vongole with clams, saffron, fennel & peperoncino
Espresso Panna Cotta with Dark Chocolate Crisps & Orange Mascarpone
Niagara Strawberry Conserva with floating lemon meringue & basil oil