RIP, Silver Spoon: the Roncey restaurant shutters after a decade of service

RIP, Silver Spoon: the Roncey restaurant shutters after a decade of service

Rocco Agostino closes Silver Spoon, opens Enoteca Sociale (Photo courtesy of Stratford Chefs School) 

The Roncesvalles institution Silver Spoon is closing in the next two weeks, but chef and owner Rocco Agostino says the never-ending construction on the neighbourhood’s main drag isn’t the reason why he’s packing up. “It’s bittersweet. I’m not going to lie that I didn’t get emotional,” says Agostino, who also heads the kitchen at Pizzeria Libretto. “But it’s not necessarily horrible. Ten years is a good run. I want to go back to my roots, which are in Italian food.”

Even though he says the construction has led to a decline in business, he says he’s been thinking about other ventures for a while now. Aside from Libretto, he’s focusing on his next restaurant, Enoteca Sociale, which will feature house-made pastas and cheese. He says it’ll be on Dundas, about four blocks west of Ossington, and hopes to be open by spring.

But despite the dug-up roads and roadblocks that have hit Roncesvalles businesses hard in recent weeks, Agostino still loves the neighbourhood he calls home and has considered opening a small café on the strip someday. “I can now spend more time with my son,” he adds. “I consider this a move forward, and I have no regrets.”

Silver Spoon’s last service will be in 10 days, on January 22.