Restaurant Buzz: Buca Osteria & Bar


The uptown cousin to Buca on King Street W. offers rustic Italian flavours from the sea and beyond with pizzas, pastas, charcuterie and whole fish served in a contemporary 90-seat dining room designed by Toronto’s Guido Costantino Design Office Inc. King Street Food Company’s Rob Gentile, executive chef, Ryan Campbell, chef de cuisine, and the rest of the team keep busy offering coffee and pastries in the morning, followed by lunch and dinner (including tasting menus). Customers get in on the action, too. Buca’s chef’s counter overlooks a brigade of cooks, preparing everything from Polpo E Vongole ($38), braised octopus and B.C. clams served with bone marrow, alongside Tartufo Bianco pizza ($80) glimmering with duck egg yolk, white truffles and taleggio cheese and served with a pair of scissors for cutting.

53 Scollard St.

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