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Christmas Party at Bar Italia

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:
Bar Italia
582 College Street
Toronto, ON M6G 1B3
PH: (416)[masked]
http://www.bar-italia.ca/


Billing:
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.

TTC Directions:
Subway to Bathurst. Then take 511 Bathurst Streetcar south to College Street. Walk west on College Street to the restaurant.
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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.
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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.

Name tags:
Everyone will be provided name tags for this event.

Meetup fee:
There is a $2 per person Meetup fee for this event.

Gratuity:
An 18% gratuity will automatically be added to the bill.
Ordering:
Orders will be taken for a table at a time.


Menu:
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.

CALAMARI 10
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.

CAPRESE 11
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.

BRUSCHETTA 6
Chopped hot house tomatoes, fresh garlic, basil, black olives and extra virgin olive oil, served on grilled sourdough bread.

PASTA

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.

MAIN COURSE

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
Priced Daily

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.

DESSERT
All of our desserts and gelati are made upstairs daily in our 3rd floor pantry, using only quality ingredient s & dedicated care.

TIRAMISU 6.75
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 .

GELATI 5.75
Limone
Vaniglia
Pistacchio
Fragola
Torrone
Cioccolato
Banane
Nocciola
Gianduia
Please ask your server for our available flavours of the day.

Meetup Etiquette:
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”.

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  • Anna

    Merry Christmas to all and thankyou for a fun, festive evening!

    December 25, 2012

  • Pat

    Thanks Greg for organizing a lovely event. Lots of laughter and cheer in a holiday-appropriate setting!

    December 24, 2012

  • Barbara

    Thanks Greg or organizing. It was fun

    December 24, 2012

  • Laura

    Good food and very nice company!

    December 24, 2012

  • LP

    Nice evening.

    December 24, 2012

  • Angela

    The food was very tasty but some of the dishes were over priced for the little amount of food that was provided in them!

    December 24, 2012

  • sue

    Had a great time! Some mingling at the beginning before dinner, then lots of great conversation and lots of laughs.

    1 · December 24, 2012

  • Neel

    Hi Ann, Done. I was just thinking.But after seeing your comment i felt like coming today. Thank you very much.

    December 23, 2012

    • Neel

      i did reply..i didn't made it at last moment...will surly meet next time.

      1 · December 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved the food, wine and the company! Thanks, Greg, for organizing this gathering!

    December 24, 2012

  • David

    Great restaurant, great company. Merry Christmas to all.

    December 24, 2012

  • Vicky

    Nice venue and good company.

    December 23, 2012

  • Richard T.

    I had a good time, it was nice to see old and new friends. All the best for the New Year everyone..

    December 23, 2012

  • Deborah

    Lots of fun! Great company, great conversation!

    December 23, 2012

  • Neel

    i just joined this group. can i still join tomorrows event?

    December 22, 2012

    • Neel

      hi Ann, have an urgency...will not be able to come today .See you in next meetup.

      1 · December 23, 2012

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