Introducing: Bugigattolo, a teeny Italian kitchen in Liberty Village

Introducing: Bugigattolo, a teeny Italian kitchen in Liberty Village

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Name: Bugigattolo
Neighbourhood: Liberty Village
Contact: 54 Fraser Ave., 416-583-3895, bugigattolokitchen.com
Chefs:  Quin Josey (Bar Buca)

The food

The menu is anchored by all-day Italian breakfast (frittatas, and eggs served with cured meats like prosciutto and mortadella), but for lunch and dinner, Josey sends out salads, hearty soups, panini, pasta and Roman-style pizzas from his small kitchen.

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This salumi board features spicy soppressata, imported Italian prosciutto, locally made cappicola, as well as crotonese (an aged sheep’s milk cheese), cambozola, Parmigiano-Reggiano, cured eggplant and onion jam. $15.95.

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For this salad, kale massaged with lemon is tossed with crotonese cheese, sunflower seeds and dried cranberries. $9.

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For his spin on the classic BLT, Josey swaps out bacon for crispy prosciutto, throws in some provolone, then stacks it between ciabatta. $9. Add an egg for an extra $1.25.

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Butternut squash soup subtly flavoured with curry. $7.

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Lasagna Bolognese made with a veal-pork ragu and béchamel. $15.

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Cannoli. $2.50 each.

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Chef Quin Josey.

The drinks

A list of wine and prosecco, and classic cocktails made with Italian ingredients, like the Aperol Spritz.

The space

The wee brick box of a building (“bugigattolo” is Italian for “closet”) will double its 18-seat capacity when the front and back patios are winterized.

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