Toronto, ON M4M 1K7
Named after Italian racecar legend Alberto Ascari, Ascari Enoteca 26 is a bit of a throwback to the ’50s. Aiming to provide an experience similar to a classic Italian enoteca, the restaurant creates a space and ambiance that speaks to the enthusiasm that Ascari had for food and wine. Opened by the team that brought us the east-end favourite Table 17 (a short 10 minute walk away), Erik Joyal and John Sinopoli keep it simple with a menu that's focused on classic flavours and courses. The menu starts with an in compagnia section with dishes for sharing, then continues with insalate — including a killer bowl of Brussels sprouts ($10) — and then, of course, the restaurant's signature house-made pasta dishes that highlight fresh flavours and seasonal ingredients.