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Ardo: Toronto, Ontario

Ardo: Toronto, Ontario

Name: Ardo
Address: 243 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1J9
Website: Website
Instagram: @ardorestaurant
Wifi: No
Tender: Debit,  Credit, Cash
Neighbourhood: King East, Toronto
Type: Italian

Ardo is located in Toronto’s King East neighbourhood at the corner of King Street East and Sherbourne Street. From the same owner as Toronto favourite Nodo, Ardo brings Sicilian Italian cuisine to Toronto’s east end.

The space is long an narrow and with seating for around 30-40. Clean white walls keep the space feeling open and airy especially if seated in the front where natural light floods the space. In the back more intimate seating is available alongside a bright blue Mediterranean-esque bar.

Ardo Toronto: Interior
Ardo Toronto: Interior

To start we try the Acciughe ($9 CDN + tax). Sicilian white anchovies, roasted pepper burro alle erbe are served on housemade crositni. It’s good and fresh and not to fear the anchovies are not overpowering.

Ardo Toronto: Acciughe
Ardo Toronto: Acciughe

One thing I can never resist ordering when I see it on a menu is Burrata ($19 CDN + tax) and this visit is no exception. The burrata at Ardo is served with cherry tomatoes, a common pairing with burrata, but also wine-preserve peaches – a not so common pairing. The burrata is creamy and exactly what I have come to love about this Italian cheese and the wine-preserved peaches, while not a typical accompaniment, lends a nice summer freshness and sophistication to the dish.

Ardo Toronto: Burrata
Ardo Toronto: Burrata

After a recommendation from my friend Sabrina I try out the Salsiccia ($17 CDN + tax) which consists of orecchiette, housemade Sicilian spicy sausage, Sicilian provolone, rapini, heirloom cherry tomatoes. I’m glad I listened to her because this dish just explodes with flavor with every bite. The pasta is perfectly cooked and the Sicilian sausage adds just the right amount of heat without overpowering the other flavors.

In addition to the Salsiccia we try out the Funghi ($19 CDN + tax). $19
Handmade gnocchi is served with local mushrooms, stracchino cheese, heirloom carrots, and shaved black truffle. The flavors here are much more subtle in comparison to the Salsiccia although it’s still a asolid dish on it’s own. It’s creamy with nice notes of the truffle and the mushrooms and carrots are fresh and flavourful.

Ardo Toronto: Salsiccia + Funghi
Ardo Toronto: Salsiccia (top) + Funghi (bottom)

For dessert we finish off with the Cannoli ($8 CDN + tax). Two crisp cannoli shells are piped full with sweet ricotta and then garnished with candied orange zest and roasted chopped pistachios. The ricotta is not overly sweet and allows the flavors of the candied orange zest and roasted pistachio to really shine.

Ardo Toronto: Cannoli
Ardo Toronto: Cannoli

For the most part everything at Ardo is executed well and in a manner that I would come to have expected from the same experts of Nodo. Service is friendly although it would be nice to have specials listed on board or on a separate page to spare the server from having to give a mini speech on the long list of specials which are hard for patrons to keep track of or recall after one quick go-through.

 

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored, nor was anything gifted to me. Yup, paid full price for it all. All opinions expressed are my own. All menu offerings and prices are accurate as of time of posting. Please refer to restaurant/shop for most up to date information.

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