By Annabelle Goodman –OO Doppio Zero 530 Eglinton Ave W 416 488 0088
I am so excited about this perfect little gem. I had been trying to find the restaurant after someone highly recommended it to me. I couldn’t locate it through the web because the 00 is only part of the name. Doppio Zero are the Italian words for the numerals 00.In Italy flour is classified either as 1, 0, or 00 and refers to how finely ground the flour is and how much of the bran and germ have been removed. Doppio zero is the most highly refined and is talcum powder soft. Cheers for this restaurant that dares to offer whole wheat and gluten free pizza (plus many more gourmet delights). They are my heroes.
I am not used to heading north for a restaurant. My radar is now headed in this direction for very good reasons. What makes a restaurant perfect? This barely 3 month old establishment does everything to perfection. The ambiance is elegant and in good design. I love the series of art paintings on the walls. The electric lighting is elegant high tech and also functional.
Katie was our server. I was not surprised to hear she is training to be a psychotherapist. Her intuition and warmth were amazing. My dining companion and I appreciated her expertise as a server as well as a conversationalist. I may go back just to see Katie.
The menu is extensive offering many options in all fields. The gluten free pastas and pizzas will surely bring me back. It has been a long time since I have had trouble selecting an item from a menu because there were so many choices. After deliberating for a long while I was told that Grilled Tuna($26.00) was the specialty for the evening. Oh Yes! The large portion was exquisitely prepared and served with a wasabi mayonnaise. I could have licked the plate. Numerous vegetables graced the plate. Each was crisp and fresh and perfectly cooked. It was an outstanding entrée.
We shared the Inslata Di Rucola ($13.00) Imagine getting excited about a salad. The arugula was peppery fresh and crisp. Shaved parmigiano and pear added so much flavor. The citrus vinaigrette enhanced the salad without overpowering it. My dining companion and I shared the salad and uttered overwhelming superlatives with each bite. There are many Antipasti and Insalates to choose from. We saw several beautifully plated salads presented to the next table
I had decided to have the Salmone Alla Griglia ($20.00) before hearing about my favorite tuna. The salmon is grilled in a white wine lemon caper sauce. We also considered the Halibut Al Pomodoro.($24.00) The halibut is cooked in a light tomato sauce with capers and black olives. Linguine Allo Scoglio ($18.00) may be my choice on my next visit. Shrimps, clams, mussels, and calamari are served in a lightly spiced tomato sauce. The Triangoli con Porcini are triangle shaped ravioli stuffed with porcini mushrooms and white truffles and served with a wild mushroom sauce.($17.00) Carne lovers are not forgotten. Braciole di Manzo al Sugo offers thinly sliced beef, rolled with prosciutto and parmigiano and slow cooked in tomato sauce and served with vegetables.($21.00)
No wonder the place was fully booked. The crowds kept coming. We were able to converse without a problem. My friend and I have enjoyed many gourmet meals in this town. This was one of our favorites.