The Walton is Little Italy’s new morning-to-night spot

The Walton is Little Italy’s new morning-to-night spot

Skagenröra: a Swedish open-faced sandwich topped with East Coast–shrimp salad and salmon roe. Photo by Caroline Aksich.

Since Bar Isabel opened in 2013, College has amassed some pretty impressive dining cred thanks to restaurants like DaiLo and Bar Raval. The strip’s newest member, The Walton, is a grown-up café and cocktail bar. “This isn’t going to be a loud Ossington bar where you need to scream across the table,” says co-owner Alison MacKenna (think a soundtrack dominated by Frank Sinatra, not Frank Zappa). The cozy 30-seat spot will serve coffee with pastries from The Tempered Room in the morning, and then switch over to craft beer, classic cocktails and wine. Bar snacks (served from noon onwards) include charcuterie, plates of local cheese, Pie Commission pies and daily Scandinavian fish dishes like dill-pickled herring and salmon gravlax.

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Little Italy locals no longer have to trek to Parkdale for The Tempered Room’s exquisite pastries.

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Spicy tomato and pickled herring served with Woodlot bread. $8.

(Image: Caroline Aksich) (Image: Caroline Aksich)
 Photo by Caroline Aksich.

Skagenröra: a Swedish open-faced sandwich topped with East Coast–shrimp salad and salmon roe. $8.

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Coster’s Lost Wallet: Lot 40 whiskey, Dolin sweet vermouth, green chartreuse, Coster’s burnt-citrus bitters and orange zest. This is one of only two house cocktails; the rest are classics. $14.

(Image: Caroline Aksich) (Image: Caroline Aksich)
 
(Image: Caroline Aksich) (Image: Caroline Aksich)
 

The backyard patio is leaf-strewn now, but just wait until next summer.

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The Walton has moved in where Wild Indigo used to be.

607 College St., 647-352-5520, thewalton607.com, @TheWalton_TO