Trattoria Nervosa (Toronto)

Trattoria Nervosa Yorkville

Trattoria Nervosa is a Yorkville institution that has been in business before the turn of the century. There never seems to be a shortage of diners visiting the restaurant, especially during the warmer weather where their two-floored outdoor dining space is in demand.

The carpaccio di manzo ($14.99) is a tantalizing dish of thinly sliced beef tenderloin topped with meaty cannellini beans and generous shavings of pecorino (a hard salty cheese). It’s full of flavour thanks to the truffle oil and dots of garlic aioli scattered throughout. The appetizer was a fantastic start and could even work as a lighter meal when paired with a salad and bread.

Not really thinking about our overall order, we also opted for a meat centric pizza. The Contadina ($17.49) is tomato-sauce based and loaded with charcuterie – capicollo (dry cured ham), soppressata (salami) and prosciutto (cured ham). If that weren’t enough, ground Berkshire sausage is also sprinkled throughout the sauce.

Overall, it’s a decent thin crust pizza with a crisp base and chewy crust. Sadly, ours lacked the basil listed on the menu, which may have helped with the presentation and to brighten up the otherwise salty and heavy pizza.

For their glitzy location on Yorkville Avenue, Nervosa’s menu has surprisingly affordable prices. Of course, they make up for this by servicing a lot of people (tables are rather close together) in quick succession. I’ve never had a disappointing meal at the place, so it’s apparent why this Yorkville gem has such great staying power.

Overall mark - 7 out of 10

How To Find Them
 Location: Toronto, Canada
 Address: 75 Yorkville Avenue

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