Words by Tara Pepper
I found another one. Another what, you ask? Another place that you just gotta stop at when you’re out and about and needing something to snack on. Bobby and I were doing just that and decided to give DiSavino’s Panini Bar at Winston Churchill and Dundas a try.
The atmosphere was great from the minute we walked in. Our server was very friendly and fun right from the get-go, and greeted us warmly. The restaurant is nicely decorated in both DiSavino family photos and the spirit of Halloween.
We decided to start with an antipasto sampler platter to share. It was delicious with grilled eggplant, roasted red peppers, saut?ed onions and mushrooms, prosciutto, salami, capicollo, goat cheese and bocconcini as well as spicy olives and fresh bread. But my favourite was a slice of prosciutto with goat cheese and saut?ed onions—a savoury explosion to die for. Everything had its own distinct flavour and there are tons of combinations you can. A beer for Bobby and a cool glass of Trebbiano white wine for me, and we were set.
We could have stopped there, but did we? Of course not!
Our second course was Italian Wedding Soup— chicken soup with pasta and meatballs—and hot panini. A panino is an Italian sandwich and DiSavino’s offers them either hot or grilled. Bobby had the oven-roasted porchetta sandwich: slow-roasted pork stuffed with hot Italian sausage and baked for eight hours; imagine that! He added a slice of breaded eggplant and cheese and was very happy with the outcome.
I decided to try the veal sandwich to which I also added breaded eggplant and cheese. Very, very tasty too! Including the soup, it was way too much food for either of us to finish and we ended up bringing half of it home, which means we get a do-over of deliciousness for lunch tomorrow; how fabulous is that?
I can’t wait to go back and try some of the other things on the menu. I’ll bet the pastas and steaks are great, but I think I hear an eggplant parmesan calling my name. Stay tuned, I’ll let you know how good it is… that is, unless you beat me there first!
’Til next time,
DiSavino’s Panini Bar
3087 Winston Churchill Blvd.