October’s not over yet, and pumpkin is still very much in season. Pumpkin flavour extends far beyond the classic pumpkin spice latte. Thanks to its rich, sweet sweet flavour and abundance of health benefits (pumpkin is super high in fibre but low in calories), it makes a great ingredient in some of your favourite pasta dishes. Here are our top picks for pumpkin pasta in Toronto.
Located on busy Dundas West, Stelvio brings a taste of Milan to Toronto with its homemade pastas and authentic Italian flavours. The owners value tradition and the sense of community that is common within Italian culture. Try your dose of harvest cuisine with the Tortelli di Zucca Alla Mantovana ($19.95), a homemade ravioli stuffed with squash, amaretti and mustard, and served in a butter and sage sauce topped with pumpkin seeds.
One of Toronto’s most well-known chains for Italian eats, Scaddabush has the feel of a rustic sportswear, but serves up all the Italian comfort classics, including shareable like bruschetta and pizza to start, followed by mains like chicken parmigiana and gnocchi. Try the Zucca Ravioli ($23.41) and indulge in the luscious taste of roasted butternut squash, pears, brown butter Alfredo, toasted hazelnut, poor man’s parmesan, and fried sage.
This stunning establishment focuses on the minimalist aspect of dining, encouraging you to stay present with your food and company. Servers even encourage diners to place their phones in a spill-proof cabbie to enhance their experience. The painting-like modern aesthetic approach to your meal will be sure to keep your attention. Sara also goes in for autumn themes, and presently serves a pristine looking dish of Parisienne Gnocchi ($16), containing delightful butternut squash, chanterelle, manchego, and rosemary.
Queen’s Pasta Cafe
This restaurant has been running for over 30 years, and for a good reason! Known for its vast array of pasta choices (a carb lover’s heaven!) the ambience has been described as cozy and contemporary, inviting customers of all ages and experiences. You are sure to be easily appeased by a pasta dish and expertly mixed cocktail of your choice. Taste fall by choosing their striped butternut squash agnolotti, served with a generous side of grilled vegetables.