LA BELLA VITA
FOOD AND LIFESTYLE BLOG
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I grew up in Vaughan and for as long as I can remember I always recalled seeing a small, unassuming restaurant at Islington and Hwy 7. For years I had told myself that I needed to go eat there. I figured that they must be doing something right to stay open for over 25 years. About a year ago, I was invited for lunch at this long-standing Woodbridge establishment and needless to say, it is now one of my favorite restaurants to frequent in Vaughan.
I consider myself a foodie. I am not stuck on a particular type of food or cuisine, however, I have been very picky over the years on freshness, quality, creativity and the service I receive during a visit to a restaurant. It is for these reasons that Cavallino Wine Bar has become of my favorite restaurants.
That being said, this was not always the case with this restaurant. It had become known as old school and uninspiring and with all the new and inventive restaurants popping up in the Vaughan area, Cavallino was slowly forgotten. This is not the case anymore. About 5 years ago, Cavallino gained new owners, a new chef and a new outlook on life. Today this small, rustic Italian restaurant is serving up a fresh and creative menu of authentic Italian cuisine.
Executive Chef Emiliano, is from Priverno, Lazio and comes with a wealth of culinary knowledge from his formal culinary training and his travels throughout Europe. He created a new classic menu, accompanied by a rotating seasonal menu; all inspired by his travels, experiences and of course his Nonna. For Chef Emiliano, his food is a canvas and he is the artist assembling them into a masterpiece of flavours and textures to tickle any palette. Chef Emiliano and his team pride themselves on making everything from scratch, including fresh pasta, bread, various spreads and desserts. Taste the difference of what it means to eat food that is fresh and homemade.
The food is not the only reason to visit Cavallino; let’s not forget that this is a wine bar. New manager and wine lover, Marco, is exactly what you need to complete your visit at Cavallino. Let Marco transport you to Italy, with his knowledge on wine, cocktails and food and his passion for hospitality. He has hand picked the extensive wine menu to suit all tastes and budgets. Whether you are a first-time diner or a regular patron, Marco has the the ability to make you feel like family. In a society where it is too easy to feel like just another number, Cavallino make you feel like you belong
To visit Cavallino is more than just a night out. It is an experience not to be forgotten.