Volume 94, Issue 69

Thursday, January 25, 2001


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Great Italian cuisine

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Great Italian cuisine

Bree Rohal/Gazette

LaFiamma Ristorante
775 Adelaide North

By Nina Chiarelli
Gazette Staff

Hoping to get away to Italy this slack week for a taste of the Mediterranean, but don't have the cash? Look no further than LaFiamma Ristorante.

Located at the corner of Oxford and Adelaide Streets, the ristorante is a succulent taste of Italy, garnished with great service and a friendly atmostphere.

Upon entering the bright restaurant, it becomes immediately obvious that LaFiamma wants nothing more than to take you and your tastebuds away. Great for either lunch or dinner, LaFiamma's decor offers its patrons a Mediterranean ambiance, coupled with a casual West Coast feel.

The menu is full of selection, offering appetizers, salads, a soup of the day and larger entree items, like Chicken Marsala, steak, pastas, sandwiches, pizzas and calzones.

One recommendation is the Roasted Tomato Salad, which arrived as a full plate of spinach and radicchio leaves covered in thinly sliced red onions, feta cheese, a savory viniagarette dressing and the most succulent oven roasted tomatoes ever tasted. While the presentation was beautiful, it was the heartiness and flavour of the salad that made it a value.

Much like its smaller choices, LaFiamma is very careful to maintain a culinary integrity when preparing its specialties – calzones, pastas and pizzas. With nine types of personal pizzas offered, there is something on the menu for everyone. And yet, LaFiamma is accomodating to even the pickiest of eaters, as the menu also provides a make-it-yourself personal pizza section.

Divided into three catergories of toppings, the ristorante offers every regular pizza favourite, like olives, pepperoni and mushrooms, but it also offers many unusual and gourmet toppings like artichokes, spinach, roasted garlic and seven types of cheese.

The pizzas are a very unique offering, because although they are considered 'personal,' they are prepared large enough to satisfy even the hungriest of eaters, and come complete with full-topping coverage, something that is often lacking at most restaurants.

If you're only happy eating pasta at an Italian-inspired eatery, then look no further than the Alfredo LaFiamma. Dressed in a creamy pesto sauce that zaps your tongue with yummy cajun spices, linguine noodles are tossed with chicken, mushrooms, green onions and diced tomatoes, to create a wonderfully thick, but not too rich, dish. Much like the pizzas, patrons of LaFiamma should be prepared to eat a full meal, as the pastas are an excellent size.

Lastly, everything on LaFiamma's menu can be made to order. Therefore, if a vegetarian would like to order any pizza, pasta or calzone, they can do so without hassle, making this taste of Italy something worth remembering.

Quality of Cuisine - 4 stars

Bang for your Buck - 3.5 stars

Ambiance & Locale - 4 stars

Overall Rating - 4 stars

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