TORONTO — INK Entertainment’s newest venture, Sofia Restaurant & Bar, will open its doors in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbouthood on May 7.
Helmed by executive chef Christine Mast, Sofia offers a fresh perspective and honest approach to Italian cuisine. Committed to sourcing quality ingredients to pay homage to true Italian tastes, Mast’s Italian heritage serves as a resource for authentic and inspired plates.
“What I love most about Italian cuisine is the depth of flavour that can be experienced in even the simplest dishes,” says Mast. “When guests come to Sofia, they will experience something different. That key differentiator is the use of the freshest ingredients prepared to enhance the foods’ natural flavours.”
Ingredients including olive-oil varietals, Bagòss cheese and Calabrian chilis have been directly sourced from Italy and handpicked by Mast. A wide selection of pasta will be made in-house with house-baked breads, meat and fish prepared daily in a charcoal, wood-burning fire for a signature, smoky flavour.
“Sofia marks our return to Yorkville in the best way possible,” says Charles Khabouth, CEO, INK Entertainment. “We have worked with the best in the business to create an experience of terrific food, art, entertainment and design that excites the senses and instills curiosity. Sofia is much more than a place to enjoy dinner, but to stay, savour and explore with those around.”
The menu starts with a selection of antipasti, including a citrus salad and grilled octopus, and a plentiful selection of crudo. Mains feature fresh pasta, pesci and locally sourced carne, with a traditional, Italian heritage Chianina florentine steak.
The cocktail program is a medley of signature drinks with an Italian twist. Expertly crafted by mixologist Nishan Nepulangoda, cocktails are enhanced by regional herbs and fresh in-house cordials and named in tribute to the country’s vast geography and pop culture history. The wine list features many vintages and an extensive selection of true Italian wines rare to the local dining scene.