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)
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.
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).
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.