Most Canadian foodies will recognize the name Mark McEwan. Non-foodies may have also heard of and/or seen him on "The Heat" on Food Network Canada. For those not familiar with this name, he's a Canadian celebrity chef calling Toronto home with several restaurants under his name including North 44 and ONE Restaurant. When Shops at Don Mills opened in 2009, Chef McEwan decided to open his first and namesake grocery store. Across Karl Fraser Rd. at the corner with Lawrence Ave. E. is his newest restaurant, Fabbrica (Italian for, amongst other things, factory or work). Though having a contemporary decor, its intended presentation of Italian cuisine is meant to be more rustic in nature.
|Selezione di Salume - a selection of four Italian cold cuts.|
|Vitello - Veal chop with mushrooms, capers and marsala.|
|A peak at the mushrooms beneath the veal chop.|
|Side order of Tagliatelle - braised rabbit, squash and sage.|
|Crema di Ricotta - a layered dessert with ricotta and yogurt crema, brown sugar sponge, spiced crumble, quince puree and topped with a white chocolate vanilla biscotti.|
The dining scene at the still fairly new Shops at Don Mills is made better with the presence of an establishment like Fabbrica. I would also dare say that, with the planner in me coming into play, and noting that a lot of the places I've tried and blogged have been in downtown area, its presence in Don Mills is also possibly testament that even suburbanites would like to enjoy good food when dining out, and that Fabbrica is attempting to bring satisfaction to the suburbanites closer to their homes.
Address: 49 Karl Fraser Rd., Toronto, ON
Price Range: $15-$60