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Small plates of seasonal Italian fare including fresh pasta, plus wines, in an intimate setting.
585 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B2, Canada

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Reviews — 8

BuriBuriBear
at 2023 Jul 26
BuriBuriBear
at 2023 Jul 26
It was group dinner, party of 11, we got our little private section in the restaurant, super nice and comfortable yet still have the Italian restaurant vibe!
Service was wonderful, I had to send back a dish as my steak wasn't cooked to my liking. They were super nice about it and brought me back a perfectly cooked steak after!
The pasta was super fresh, and so tasty! Everything else was impeccable, enjoyable experience!
Samantha C
at 2023 Jul 24
Samantha C
at 2023 Jul 24
Extremely disappointing Summerlicious experience. The Spaghetti Alle Vongale was undercooked and only came with ONE clam that had the tiniest piece of meat in it. It was also very bland. They had a distributor problem that night so instead of their Piovra Bruciata, they replaced it with a Rainbow Trout dish which was probably the best part of the night though still a subpar dish. The dessert we got was supposed to have a white chocolate namelaka but it tasted like straight up licorice and it was just unpleasant.

Service was mediocore. Wait time between courses was very slow and one server kept stepping on my foot every time he reached in to grab dishes from the far end of the table.

And for some reason 2 out of 3 of the unisex washroom stalls had doors that didn’t fit in the hinge so you couldn’t even close the door.
Steph
at 2023 Jul 16
Steph
at 2023 Jul 16
First time here on a Saturday night for Summerlicious and we were really happy they take reservations. We were able to sit immediately but took about 15 minutes to come take our order due to lack of staff that day. Our waitress was very kind and got everything accurately.

The mussels appetizers were very flavourful but the meat of the mussels themselves were very small. Majority of our table got the octopus for the main and we all felt that it taste burnt and was too chewy. The 6oz steak was also too chewy unfortunately. Also the portion sizes were small over all for the Summerlicious so keep that in mind. The desserts were okay, definitely do not recommend the strawberry one. But the lemon & chocolate one were good. It was a nice experience in a cool restaurant but the food wasn’t the best.
WF W-T
at 2023 Jul 15
WF W-T
at 2023 Jul 15
Summerlicious 2023 didn't disappoint. Food is delicious and inventive with complimentary flavours and colours. Worth a try for uniqueness. My Spaghetti Alla Vongole was fresh and tasty. #delicious #foodies #summerlicious2023 #yummy
Gastro W.
at 2023 Feb 28
Gastro W.
at 2023 Feb 28
Their three-course menu ($55) started with a plate of hot focaccia buns, which had a lovely crispy exterior and soft fluffy centre. Salty and slightly oily, if you’re a lover of Jack Astor’s pan bread, Il Covo’s elevated version is delicious even without all the garlic and parmesan.

In true Italian fashion, our first course was a rigatoni con ragu where fat tubular pasta was swimming in a meaty Bolognese made with pork, beef, and chicken. The pasta was al dente, the sauce hearty and not overly acidic, and the light shreds of cow’s milk cheese adding a touch of creaminess. It’s a pasta that would make any nonna happy.

My body was craving iron that evening so I continued with the tagliata di manzo. Our server didn’t even bother asking how we’d like the steak prepared, instead the seared flat iron steak arrives a perfect medium rare. Thankfully, the plain dinner knife they provided was sharp enough to cut through the tender beef.

Given the main contained no starch, I did find the greens – a mix of pickled leeks, watercress, and mushrooms – too salty as a side. Especially when the brown butter jus was already fairly seasoned as well. It’s a shame there wasn’t even a couple of wedges of roasted potatoes, it would really help balance out all the strong flavours.

Not wanting to risk a sleepless night, I opted out of the afragato for dessert and went with the aranciata sorbetti instead. Sorbet isn’t overly exciting, but I liked that Il Covo’s version wasn’t too tart, and the addition of mint and Prosecco gave the orange sorbet a bit of interest.
Sunny Lamba
at 2023 Feb 24
Sunny Lamba
at 2023 Feb 24
We visited Il Covo for Valentine's dinner and they were busy.

They had a set menu for Valentine's, and everything on the menu was delicious.

My husband has recently switched to being a vegetarian, so it is sometimes hard for him. But all their vegetarian dishes were also really good.

The server was very sweet and made sure she addressed our 9-year old son if he was liking the food after every course.

I ordered a drink that I didn't like (did you personal taste preference) and the server got the bartender to come chat with me. Bartender whipped up a drink which was delicious. Thanks for the great experience.
Christina Shmordok
at 2023 Jan 15
Christina Shmordok
at 2023 Jan 15
My mom and I came here for dinner on a Saturday night. The reservation was for 6:15pm, the restaurant was pretty quiet at that time. Only one table of two and a couple seated at the bar. The host was very welcoming and directed us to our table. The interior of the restaurant is very nice, love the ambiance and colour scheme. The server was attentive and went over the tasting menu as well as the specials for the evening. We had decided to go order off the current menu. To start we got the antipasto for two which came with three different types of meat, burrata cheese, olives and pickled veggies (zucchini, carrot, pepper and onions). The bread is made fresh in house and tasted delicious, very fresh and soft. For drinks, I opted for the Gentle Rain and the Espresso Martini. For the mains, we got the Risotto Al Funghi and the Polipo Alla Griglia. All three dishes were exceptional and we had a really great evening here. We will definitely be coming back soon.

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