I went to Levetto on College Street for dinner, and now I just want to find excuses to return over and over again. This small restaurant is a casual spot for a date, or a group of friends. It’s also a great place for families.
A far cry from the Neapolitan style pizzas that plague (okay, a delicious plague.) this city, the pizza here is Roman style. So what’s the difference? These pizzas are made square with a dough that is 85% water, resulting in a light, crisp crust. The pizza does look similar to the slices I spotted on the streets of Rome!
Levetto serves up their pizzas in 3 sizes, small, medium and large. The pizzas shown here are medium.
Our Funghi pizza ($14) arrived hot and fresh, topped with Portobello, oyster & cremini mushrooms with mascarpone, roasted garlic crema.. The pizza was light, flavorful and perfectly balanced. The roasted garlic crema complimented the mushrooms perfectly.
Next was my favourite pizza, Soppressata ($13). I chose spicy soppressata (you can choose mild if you want!) with crushed tomato sauce, Fior di Latte and fresh basil. I loved how lean and spicy the soppressata was, and I preferred the red sauce over the white sauce. Yum.
We had the chance to try their unique Smoked Prosciutto pizza ($15). This pie has speck, fresh arugula, Fior di Latte, and toasted almonds. What makes it unique its sweet medjool date sauce, that is the base. It definitely added a sweeter taste to the pizza that you either love or hate.
I made the (incorrect) assumption that the pasta portions would be small, because they were fairly affordable. I was wrong. The pasta portions are huge! Even better, their pasta is made fresh in house daily. They also have gluten free options. You can easily share these pastas with another person.
The Cavatelli ($11) pasta was amazing. I dream of it sometimes. Homemade noodles are covered in pea pesto, roasted red peppers, baby spinach, truffle oil and a dollop of ricotta. This pasta is perfection, and you won’t miss the meat.
If you do miss the meat however…
The Bucatini ($10.50) pasta is made with hollow noodles, spicy tomato sauce, chili flakes and speck. It has just the right amount of kick to it, and the bacon was tasty.
There’s always room for dessert and coffee!
The Tiramisu ($6) is a loosely constructed bowl of espresso soaked lady fingers, mascarpone cream, coulis and shaved chocolate.
They are serious when they say soaked. If you’re an espresso lover, this is your dessert.
Another option is the Warm Brown Butter & Coconut Semolina Cake drizzled with Coconut icing, and dusted with toasted pistachios. This was one very delicious cake.
Levetto, 940 College Street, M6H 1A5