Bar Italia is a very nice restaurant in the heart of Little Italy and has a great, large space upstairs for our Christmas Party. They are known for having very good pastas, and they certainly have some interesting pasta dishes on the menu. In addition, they have several great desserts, all made in-house. Bar Italia has actually been around since 1987, but it was transformed into its more modern and decorative space in 1996. This restaurant has been a mainstay of the Little Italy area for quite a while and has held countless dinners and special events. We had our Christmas Party at this restaurant last year and it was great.
The address of the restaurant is:
582 College Street
Toronto, ON M6G 1B3
Please pay with cash only at this event. There will not be individual bills for this event because of the size of the group. Billing will be in groups of 4-5.
Subway to Bathurst. Then take 511 Bathurst Streetcar south to College Street. Walk west on College Street to the restaurant.
Subway to Ossington. Then take the 63 Ossington bus south to College Street. Walk east on College Street to the restaurant. The restaurant is a little closer to Bathurst though than Ossington.
Take subway to Queen’s Park. Then take 506 Streetcar west on College Street to the restaurant.
Gift exchange (gift draw):
Everyone should please bring a wrapped gift valued under $10. All gifts will be put in one pile. Once you bring your gift, you will pick a number out of a hat. When we exchange gifts, people will go to the gift table in the order of the number they draw and pick a gift from the table. Gift “stealing” will not be part of the gift exchange.
What is I don’t want to participate in the gift exchange?
You will not be given a number to draw a gift from the gift table if you don’t bring a gift for the gift exchange. So in other words, if you don’t want to participate in the gift exchange, you do not have to. But you will miss all the fun if you don’t participate.
Everyone will be provided name tags for this event.
There is a $2 per person Meetup fee for this event.
An 18% gratuity will automatically be added to the bill.
Orders will be taken for a table at a time.
We will have a limited a la carte menu instead of the full menu listed on the restaurant’s web site. The menu we will have is below.
STARTERS & SALADS
ZUPPA DEL GIORNO 6
Homemade soup prepared fresh daily.
Pan seared calamari served on a bed of mixed greens with a lemon vinaigrette.
INSALATA VERDE 7
House greens tossed in a white balsamic vinaigrette.
Fresh Bufala mozzarella on ripe tomatoes, served with pesto, basil leaves and a balsamic reduction.
CAESAR SALAD 9
Romaine hearts tossed with our house made Caesar dressing and served with baked parmigiano and crispy pancetta.
Chopped hot house tomatoes, fresh garlic, basil, black olives and extra virgin olive oil, served on grilled sourdough bread.
SPAGHETTI AGLIO E OLIO CON GAMBERI 14
Chopped tomatoes, black olives, anchovies, crushed chili and grilled shrimp tossed in garlic & extra virgin olive oil.
SPAGHETTI BAR ITALIA 12
Locally made Italian hot sausage in a spicy tomato and basil sauce.
LINGUINE CON POLLO 15
Roasted chicken breast, sundried tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, spinach, parsley and basil in a cream sauce.
WHOLE WHEAT SPAGHETTI 14
Mixed vegetables, roasted garlic, black olives, oregano and fresh tomatoes tossed in fresh garlic and extra virgin olive oil.
GNOCCHI GORGONZOLA 15
Prosciutto, portobello and oyster mushrooms, thyme and gorgonzola cheese in a truffle veal reduction.
ROASTED BREAST OF CHICKEN 19
Roasted breast of chicken served with roasted vegetables and garlic potato mash with a green peppercorn jus.
PESCE DEL GIORNO
Our daily market fish prepared with Chef’s choice of risotto and seasonal vegetables
MIXED GRILL 26
Grilled beef tenderloin and jumbo black tiger shrimp, served with seasonal risotto and wilted spinach in a veal reduction and butter sauce.
All of our desserts and gelati are made upstairs daily in our 3rd floor pantry, using only quality ingredient s & dedicated care.
One of the best in the city; this traditional Italian dessert has sweet biscuits saturated in Marsala wine & fresh espresso coffee, layered with chocolate & rich mascarpone cheese .
LEMON SAFFRON PANNA COTTA 6.75
A staple in a true Italian restaurant, our panna cotta is made with real cream, lemon zest and saffron, served with candied lemon peel .
CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE CAKE 6.75
A Belgian flourless semi-sweet chocolate cake that is so creamy & rich, it literally melts in your mouth.
LEMON TART 6.75
This crowd pleaser is always a hit. A bright & tangy lemon custard with a sugar crisp crust; this dish will leave the palate refreshed.
ESPRESSO AFFOGATO 5.75
A shot of hot espresso poured over your choice of gelato .
Please ask your server for our available flavours of the day.
If you RSVP “yes” and change your mind about attending, please update your RSVP.
Those who RSVP “yes” are expected to show up.
You are expected to be at the event on time. In situations where you are late and the restaurant is full, your seat will be given away and not held, so please be on-time.
Attendance will be taken at all events and “no shows” will be tracked.
A person may be removed from the group for repeatedly being a “no show”.
A person who changes their RSVP to “no” with less than 3 hours before the start of an event without a good reason will be considered a “no show”.
A person who just briefly shows up at the event but does not stay at the restaurant for the meal will still be considered a “no show”.