Buca is a trendy Italian place on King West with high ceilings and a cacophony of noise during peak hours. However, they have some really good food with apps and nibbles leading the way. Here are a couple of dishes I wanted to highlight (despite the poor lighting).

Orecchio Di Maiale is a pile of crisp pig’s ears with wild fennel salt. Crispy and a little chewy, this makes for a lovely start. I’ve had this dish before and thought it good, but it was absolutely stellar the last time I went.

With the creamy Ontario buffalo mozzarella, preserved meyer lemon, and aged balsamic, this roasted beet salad made for a suitable dessert substitute. Really lovely melding of flavours and worth every penny (most of it goes toward those dots of balsamic!). I salivate just thinking of this.

While chit-chatting with our server, he mentioned that there will be a bar-only menu coming up in the side-room where their enomatic lives. Given that there is much love for the appetizers and small bites over entrées on Buca’s menu, I’m looking forward to checking that out!

  • Buca, 604 King Street West, Toronto

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