Restaurant Spotlight: Buonanotte John Sullivan November 18, 2014 Bars & Pubs, FOOD & DRINK, Night Life, Restaurants, Review “All in one” is a term used to describe something that has everything you need in one simple place. At Buonanotte Toronto, “all in one” is more apt than ever. Located a block away from the Toronto International Film Festival’s famous Bell Lightbox theatre, Buonanotte combines delectable Italian cuisine and delicious cocktails to offer patrons a unique and exciting nightlife entertainment experience like no other. The restaurant shifts from warmly lit and deliciously catered dining affair into an upbeat and popular nightlife spot as the evening goes on. Buonanotte hosts two separate menus: lunch and dinner. Both feature a wide variety of pizza, pasta and a wealth of appetizers and entrées. They also offer a Chef’s Selection, where you are prepared a three-course meal consisting of the chef’s recommended choice of appetizer, entrée—usually pizza or pasta—and a meat. The unique experience is accompanied by a vivid explanation of each dish. To start, a fresh Spinacinia — baby spinach with avocado, hardboiled egg, and savoury pancetta, all drizzled finely with a caramelized onion dressing. Accompanying the greens were thick Polpettine—meatballs rolled in-house, consisting of a combination of fine veal and beef. Next, the famous Buonanotte pizza was served. Porcini mushrooms, 24 month aged prosciutto di parma, basil and truffle oil slickly rest upon a fine bed of bufala mozzarella, soft dough and crispy crust. The taste is magnificently bourgeois, truly an upper echelon amongst the accolades of pizza. When the plate is clear, yet another succulent entrée is delivered: Bistecca Di Manzo. The grilled strip loin is thick, yet extremely tender and juicy. The cut rests upon a bed of heirloom carrots and roasted leek, with forked potatoes sitting by its side. After the extensive dinner, the dessert menu gently beckoned for a sweet treat. The creamy vanilla Panna Cotta is an incredibly soft yet flavourful scoop of thick honeyed flavour. To counteract the vanilla touch, the lengthily titled Cannoli al Cioccolato con Gianduja was a chocolaty counterbalance. The chocolate cannoli was wrapped firmly tight, served with a gianduja mousse and lightly specked with toasted hazelnut. To drink, a list of signature Buonanotte cocktails are available, alongside an incredibly comprehensive list of fine wines and Italian imports. Buona Sola contains peach Ciroc, Amaretto Disaronno (an Italian liqueur), homemade iced tea, seasoned with mint and soda. Its peach and ice tea flavour give it a lovely beach vibe. Amarena Limonata is Grey Goose Cherry Noire, Chambord Royale, homemade lemonade, garnished with raspberry and black cherry. Clearly high quality cocktails, the talented mixologists behind the bar have the ability to concoct any off the menu custom cocktail that your heart may desire. As the final dinner seating time reaches an end at 11p.m., the Buonanotte dining room is slowly transitioned into a club space like no other. Keeping its luxurious fashion with upholstered seating and glamorous decor, floor space is cleared up and morphed into a dance area for partiers ready to tear up the floor to their favourite jams blasting through the DJ’s speakers; VIP bottle service booth and couch dancing seem to be highly encouraged here. The bar becomes a vibrant conversation area to mingle, while colourful dance lights create an intimate, yet fun club-like atmosphere. The transformation is truly breathtaking and you would have never known that the dance floor you’re jumping on was set up as an elegant dining space just mere hours ago. Buonanotte has always been the preferred destination for socialites, jetsetters, trendsetters, and tastemakers of the city and one visit there will clearly show you why. For more info and reservations call: 416.599.7246 To keep up to date on news and events you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.