Restaurant Buzz: IL Bazzali


What do you get when a classically trained French toque partners with a Tuscan-born chef who’s also a trained tenor? Perfect harmony. Diners at Il Bazzali can listen to Davide Bazzali, co-chef and co-owner, belt out arias while enjoying the fusion of traditional northern Italian cuisine and classic French fare. The menu, delivered by Bazzali, and co-chef/co-owner Benoit Leclere, features fresh homemade pastas such as agnolotti stuffed with roasted vegetables and goat’s cheese served with a thick tomato-basil sauce and sprinkled with Parmigiano ($12 or $17 with a table d’hôte); and French-Italian inspired mains such as the veal chop served with an aromatic jus, ricotta ravioli, sautéed mushrooms and lardons ($30). The owners, along with independent designer Jayme Spinks, curated objects and second-hand finds to bring a laid-back vibe to the 25-seat eatery, which was brought to life for $20,000.

285 Beaubien St. E.

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