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What’s on the menu at Garrison Creek, Little Italy’s newest Italian restaurant

By Renée Suen| Photography by Renée Suen
What's on the menu at Garrison Creek, Little Italy's newest Italian restaurant

Name: Garrison Creek Contact: 760A College St., 647-748-8500, garrisoncreekto.com
Neighbourhood: Little Italy Owner: Marianna Peluso Andreacchi Head chef: Dino Cordileone (Piccola Italia in Montreal)

The food

Italian fare that’s traditional in execution but contemporary Canadian in approach: made-from-scratch pastas and sauces, daily market fish, grilled octopus, slow-braised lamb spring rolls and a Caprese salad that’s actually deep-fried mozzarella stuffed with confit tomatoes. There’s a rotating menu of homemade ravioli that includes fillings such as osso bucco, Atlantic lobster, mascarpone and sweet corn in lobster bisque, or Nordic shrimp and mango in a whipped avocado sauce. A kids’ menu has grilled cheese panini and cotton candy-topped gelato for the little ones.

What's on the menu at Garrison Creek, Little Italy's newest Italian restaurant
These olives are marinated in rosemary and garlic and served with parmesan crostini. $7.

 

What's on the menu at Garrison Creek, Little Italy's newest Italian restaurant
This salumi board serves four and includes a selection of Italian cured meats, cheeses, olives, bread, fruit and daily preserves. $51.

 

What's on the menu at Garrison Creek, Little Italy's newest Italian restaurant
Gnocchi poutine features long, piped gnocchi that’s been cooked then fried, topped with chunks of buffalo mozzarella and a vino cotto gravy. $16.

 

What's on the menu at Garrison Creek, Little Italy's newest Italian restaurant
The porchetta ravioli comes in a rosemary, white wine and parmesan cream sauce, finished with maple pancetta. $32.

 

What's on the menu at Garrison Creek, Little Italy's newest Italian restaurant
The Gnocchi GC is sweet potato gnocchi tossed in a lamb ragu, garnished with rosemary and a 24-month-aged parmesan tuille. $28.

 

The drinks

An evolving wine list, bottled and draught beers, non-alcoholic beverages like a frozen lemonade and house cocktails made by mixologist Mana Moghadam (Bar Reyna, Blowfish).

What's on the menu at Garrison Creek, Little Italy's newest Italian restaurant
The Mi Amante is a smooth and fruity cocktail made with strawberry-infused reposado tequila, Amaro Montenegro and Aperol, garnished with a strawberry chip. $17.

 

What's on the menu at Garrison Creek, Little Italy's newest Italian restaurant
The Pepe is an earthy low-proof cocktail made with Cynar, a toasted black pepper-balsamic reduction and grapefruit. $16.

 

What's on the menu at Garrison Creek, Little Italy's newest Italian restaurant
The Negroni Bianco combines gin, Bitter Bianco and dry vermouth, with a rosemary garnish. $15.

 

The space

Located above what was once Garrison Creek, the restaurant is divided into multiple dining areas, including a lounge, a front dining room and a rear dining room with full view of the open kitchen. Peluso Andreacchi, who had grown up in the entertainment and hospitality scene, was responsible for the space’s overhaul, creating a sleek, modern interior shrouded in white and black marble finishes, black velvet accents and dark stained flooring. The walls are mostly outfitted with Peluso Andreacchi’s photography and artwork.

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What's on the menu at Garrison Creek, Little Italy's newest Italian restaurant
A black-velvet-lined alcove serves as the restaurant’s private booth, with seating for up to eight.

 

What's on the menu at Garrison Creek, Little Italy's newest Italian restaurant
Owner Marianna Peluso Andreacchi and head chef Dino Cordileone.

 

What's on the menu at Garrison Creek, Little Italy's newest Italian restaurant

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