photo by Tonya Papanikolov
Finally, with the opening of Bugigattolo Kitchen, a cozy and intimate ‘hole in the wall’ spot graces the busy streets of Liberty Village. Bugigattolo literally means ‘hole in the wall’, which perfectly suits this authentic Italian kitchen nestled away on 54 Fraser Ave. From the outside, I could barely tell that I was walking towards a restaurant until I saw the sign painted upon the layered bricks. The inside is quite small and it definitely reminded me of one of the many cicchetti bars I wandered into while visiting Venice this past summer. The inside sits 18 people, but there is also a 25 seat back-patio that is heated and covered for the colder months.
photo by Tonya Papanikolov
Bugigattolo aims to change the food game in Liberty Village by providing the community with eclectic Southern Italian fare, a certain contrast to the very pub-grub ridden locale that currently exists. Executive chef, Quin Josey, has put together a detailed menu full of pizzas, pastas, paninis, soups, salads, pastries and much more.
I went to the media launch of Bugigattolo so I had the chance to try many different food items from the menu. Italian food is one of my favourites, so I was really excited to see what they had to offer.
Spritzers to start the night off
Butternut Squash Soup - Butternut Squash, Panna - $6.95
Insalata di Radicchio - Radicchio, Parm Reggiano, Pepperonio, Onion - $8.95
Proscuitto Pizza - Tomato Sauce, Fior di Latte, Arugula, Proscuitto, Reggiano, Olive Oil - $14.95
Uova Affogato - Poached Egg, Ricotta, Nduja, Toasted Ciabatta - $8.95
Pasta alla Birra - Rigatoni, Beer-Infused Cheese Sauce, Parm Reggiano (not on the menu at the moment)
Lasagna alla Bolognese - Homemade Pasta, Besciamel, Veal Ragout, Mozzarella, Reggiano - $14.95
My favourite dishes were the Pasta alla Birra and the Butternut Squash Soup. The Pasta alla Birra was rich, creamy and absolutely delicious. I loved the gracious amount of parm and black pepper sprinkled on top to really enhance this dish. The butternut squash soup was one of the best I've ever tasted. I have no idea how they perfected this soup, but they did and it's something I would come back here for, time and time again, especially on a chilly day.
Each dish I tried was quite tasty and thankfully nothing disappointed. I did wish that we had a chance to sample some of the desserts, but I will make sure to try a cannoli or two on my next visit.
If you're looking for a different taste in Liberty Village, I highly recommend popping by Bugigattolo for authentic eats, unpretentious clientele, and a warm and welcoming ambiance.
Bugigattolo is currently open for full day breakfast and lunch (8 am to 6 pm) and will be open for dinner starting January 2016