|Cuisine Type |||Italian|
|Ambiance |||Patio Dining|
|Amenities |||Prix Fixe Menus|
|Pricing |||$21 - $30|
|Payment |||MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Neighbourhood |||The Beaches|
|Getting There |||Queen streetcar|
|Cross Street |||Queen and Victoria Park|
Profile Last Updated: January 16, 2009
Evoking the flavours of the Adriatic, the fruits de mer is a staple on the menu at Spiaggia—which is the Italian word for “beach.” While starters include lightly fried calamari and steamed mussels, entrees feature a variety of seafood upon beds of linguini, fettucini, and fusilli. Moreover, a catch du jour is offered daily. Other dishes include pan-seared provimi veal, grilled chicken, and a mix of vegetarian plates—but beware of becoming atttached to the menu at Spiaggia, since it is in a constant state of flux.
In addition to the fluid bill of fare, a prix-fixe menu offers the crème de la crème of Mediterranean cuisine. Starters may include a traditional caesar salad or snails in a garlic butter, veal meatballs or Atlantic salmon as mains, and finished with a creamy bowl of gelato. Other decadent treats worth mention are Spiaggia’s tiramisu, Belgian chocolate mousse, and chocolate-chip banana cake.
A Mellow Scene
In keeping with the Mediterranean theme are the red tile floors, wrought-iron chairs, and crisp black and white linens. Natural light pours in through a façade of windows that in warmer months open for al fresco dining. The ambience is relaxed, with a hint of sophistication, and an open kitchen provides a presentation to feast your eyes on. The sound of the likes of Sinatra and Dean Martin blend with an eclectic crowd. The patrons are made up of both regulars and first-timers; what they share in common is their willingness to journey into the east end for what will be a culinary delight.