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I love Shops at Don Mills, because it’s where I go when I want to be around great restaurants and do some shopping..but without going downtown.

Fabbrica is one of the oldest restaurants in the Shops. I’ve watched new restaurants come and go (I’m talking to you, P.F Chang) but Fabbrica hasn’t faltered.

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Fabbrica is an Italian restaurant from Chef Mark McEwan, and I couldn’t wait to have dinner there. The restaurant has a wood burning pizza oven from Naples, and uses flour hand-milled in Italy for their pasta and pizza. The kitchen is helmed by Executive Chef¬†Andrew Ellerby and Chef de Cuisine Missy Hui.

Burrata with walnut pesto, pork stewed figs, roasted grapes
Burrata with walnut pesto, pork stewed figs, roasted grapes

I had a really hard time with the menu because I wanted almost everything on it. Everything sounded really good! We started with the Burrata ($16). The cheese was creamy and went perfectly with the walnut pesto. An excellent start!

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Ricotta Gnocchi with fresh tomato, basil and burrata

One of my friends swears by Fabbrica’s gnocci, so I knew I had to try it. I was so glad that I did! The handmade ricotta gnocci ($22) was light and fluffy, and the fresh tomato sauce with basil was delicious.

Shrimp with grilled scallion, chili, butter, parm
Shrimp with grilled scallion, chili, butter, parm

Next up was a spicy shrimp dish ($29) with amazing sauce. The shrimp was perfectly grilled with just enough of a charred flavour, and then tossed in a chili butter sauce. Mmmm. This was my favourite dish!

Pappardelle with braised shortrib, tomato and basil
Pappardelle with braised shortrib, tomato and basil

My dining partner had the braised shortrib pappardelle ($26). The pappadelle noodles are made fresh in house, and you can taste the difference in the dish. The braised beef melted in your mouth. This is a hearty pasta dish for a true pasta lover!

We were stuffed, but couldn’t resist indulging in some dessert.

(PS: The lounge has marble tables perfect for that Insta shot. You're welcome.)
(PS: The lounge has marble tables perfect for that Insta shot. You’re welcome.)
Cannoli with chocolate and pistachio
Cannoli with chocolate and pistachio

The cannoli ($4) stole my heart. It’s filled with vanilla bean cream, topped with chopped pistachios and then drizzled with warm chocolate. A definite winner.

The dessert menu also has house made gelato, and they serve one of my favourite tea brands, Sloane.

Shoutout to the fun bathroom mirror!
Shoutout to the fun bathroom mirror!

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I would definitely return to Fabbrica. Next time, I plan on trying the pizza. Why not visit for a perfect date night?

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Fabbrica, 49 Karl Fraser Rd. Toronto, ON M3C 0E5

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