What’s on the menu at Il Covo, a new Italian restaurant and wine bar from an ex–Buca Yorkville chef
Name: Il Covo
Contact: 585 College St., 416-530-7585, ilcovo.ca, @ilcovo.to
Neighbourhood: Little Italy
Owners: Ryan Campbell and Giuseppe Marchesini (Buca Yorkville)
Chef: Ryan Campbell (Buca, Buca Yorkville)
Il Covo specializes in cicchetti, small dishes (think half-portion sizes) made for snacking and sharing. There’s also house-made pasta, including unique kinds like scrigno, toasted little bundles filled with gorgonzola and raddichio. Aged Italian cheeses, single-origin dark chocolates, raw honey and specialty olive oil all have their own menus.
Organic and biodynamic Italian wines, many of which were acquired directly from the winemakers. The by-the-glass selection is currently about 30 bottles long, and detailed descriptions of each are found in leather-bound albums that took Marchesini six months to put together. There are also Italian beers, spirits, classic cocktails with contemporary spins and a bunch of non-boozy options, including Italian soft drinks.
The 50-seat room’s warm and dark decor features vintage wrought iron details and Venetian marble–plastered walls. Ambient lighting is courtesy of candles, custom-made chandeliers and wall sconces.