CLOSED: L'Unita (Toronto)

L'Unita Toronto

Located in the northern portion of Yorkville, L’Unita offers the similar polished charm without the hectic crowds. As the grainy quality of my photos indicate, it’s a dimly lit atmosphere. It’s warm and cozy from the closely placed tables and there’s an entire wall of exposed brick.

The pompelmo spritz ($13) is fruity from the pink grapefruit juice, yet the sugar level is controlled with vodka and Aperol. The prosecco helps add the sparkle that makes the cocktail a great sipping drink.

L’Unita’s appetizers are delicious and with enough could easily make for a satisfying meal. The sweet pea arancini ($12 for 3) has the creamy risotto and gooey cheese filling that makes you swoon. The hot fried ball is served sitting on a garlicky cream sauce to give it a chance to cool down.

The meatballs ($17) were decent: large, plump and tender but incorporated a tad too much binder for me. The marinara they were smothered in was delicious and the polenta served crispy, incorporating a terrific textural contrast to the dish.

It was the tomato chitarra and calamari ($25) that faltered. The dish wasn’t all bad: tasty flavours and the calamari cooked nicely. But, the pasta itself was much too soft; surprisingly not al dante for an Italian restaurant. Only to be further ruined by sprinkling way too much largely chopped parsley over top – good luck trying to get a bite without the overpowering taste of the herb.

Indeed, I was already disappointed when the pasta arrived red and not a murky black as you’d expect when there’s ‘squid ink’ used in the description. Yet it’s my own fault as the description was followed by ‘pangrattato’, which means bread crumbs, and this is the sole ingredient that gets the squid ink kiss.

A better choice would be their zucca bianca pizza ($19) whose base is fantastic – crispy, aromatically blistered and thinly pressed.  The varied toppings worked well together: soft butternut squash, salty bacon, smoky roasted brussel sprouts, and the sweetness from honey… just watch out for the hit of spice from the chili peppers.

L’Unita’s staff were wonderful, not only providing attentive service but also proved to be knowledgeable with the menu. If only the pasta was given less time in the pot and garnishes weren’t so liberally spread, the meal would have been bellissimo.  

Overall mark - 7 out of 10

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 Location: Toronto, Canada
 Address: 134 Avenue Road

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