| frankie’s italian pt II |

I said we’d be back again soon & last night we enjoyed another weeknight dinner at Frankie’s Italian.  This time my dinner date was my mini me, & the hubs joined us mid appetizer.  Another delicious meal of fresh bread, greens & pastas.  I love that they always have three pasta specials that change daily.  Italian food can be so simple, yet satisfying, especially when the star ingredients are fresh and in season.  Mini me loved her personal sized margherita pizza, as well as the “po” which is delectable bread with roasted garlic, butter & pecorino.  Frankie’s Italian – 892 Queen St. East, Leslieville 

Kale & treviso ceasar saladTube pasta with rapini, chick peas & sausageOrrechiette with lamb bolognese, ricotta

| Gare de l’est |

Gare de l’est opened up last year in my lovely neighborhood.  We finally went last week for an impromptu dinner with friends.  As I’ve mentioned before, french food tops the list as my favorite food group (wink) so I was totally excited to try this brasserie which serves up traditional french fare.  All in all, everything was delicious & fresh with perfect portions.  I left feeling extremely satisfied with my meal.  The service was bar none as well.  Definitely be back again soon, next time to try their brunch!  Ps – pics are of what my friends & I ate, I did not order all although I had a bite of everything as I always do!  Gare de l’est – 1190 Dundas East, Leslieville

Cured salmon gravlax, capers, fennel, cucumberBeet salad, watercress, greens, cashewsSalad special of the evening, tomatoes, greens, goat cheeseConfit de canard (duck confit) roasted onion, charred rapini, pomme pureeSpecial of the evening, roasted lamb, cauliflower puree, friseeTarte au citronRemeaux au chocolat

| frankie’s italian |

We finally went to Frankie’s Italian, a new neighborhood spot that opened up in Leslieville last April.  The concept is Italian home cooking, served tapas style on small plates.  Great for sharing.  The hubs and I had the burrata with olive oil, arugula and roasted tomatoes, amazing fresh baked bread, zucchini with fennel, lemon & parmesan, & two of the nightly special pastas; bucatini with olives, capers & baby octopus, and rotini served bolognese style.  Ok, this is my new go to fave italian resto!  Everything was delicious and made with fresh ingredients.  The service was very good as well.  I will definitely be back again, maybe even this weekend! Frankie’s Italian – 892 Queen Street East