Monte Bianco

Monte Bianco just opened and people are raving about it

Just west of Bloor and Dufferin is a new Italian spot, serving up fun and fresh eats that celebrate the ingredients, flavours and spirit of traditional Italian cuisine, fueled by its mission to prioritize quality over everything. “That’s why we source our fresh ingredients from local farmers’ markets. No matter what time of year, you can be sure you’re eating the best of the season,” says a Monte Bianco representative.

Monte Bianco opened up at the beginning of April, backed by Aaron Julien, a chef with over 30 years of international experience cooking everywhere from Dominican Republic, England, Trinidad, Grenada, Canada and Italy. His experience is in fine dining, whipping up meals everywhere from the kitchens of five-star restaurants to private yachts. The restaurant is a tribute to his mom, who suffers from dementia.

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Monte Bianco’s website

Patrons can swing by for weekly specials, like the bestselling orecchiette, an ear-shaped pasta typical of Southern Italy’s Apulia region complete with sausage, rapini, nduja (a spicy, spreadable pork sausage from the region of Calabria in Southern Italy) and roasted garlic. The menu is expansive and includes tons of starters and mains – whether you’re looking to go light and have steamed mussels and a garden salad or you’re looking for something heartier like the risotto made extra rich with mushrooms, asparagus and lamb – there is something to please everyone.

Monte Bianco
Monte Bianco’s website

Once Monte Bianco scores its liquor license and dinner service begins, the vibe will be fine dining with a casual late-night bar atmosphere after the dinner rush subsides. For now, swing by the 1202 Bloor Street spot for brunch from 9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.Patrons can feast on Sweet Crespelle Pancakes, paper-thin pancakes stuffed with creamy ricotta and Nutella syrup and fresh fruit smoothies, like the bestselling melon.

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