Review: Cafe Diplomatico, Toronto

In the heart of Toronto’s Little Italy at 594 College Street sits the cities most famous low key Restaurant and Pizzeria. Cafe Diplomatico was first opened in 1968 by two brothers who envisioned having a typical Italian bar where Italian nationals could gather in the morning over a coffee. At a time in Toronto when outdoor dining was almost unheard of, the sunny patio quickly caught on and now almost four decades later what started out as an innovation in the neighbourhood has now set the standard.

Summer 2009I popped by the Dip with friend Jonathan. We ate up plates full of buttered noodles and did not hesitate to eat several Italian rolls slathered in butter. Whose counting carbs?

What is MORE fun is that the restaurant has recently been made famous as it was featured in several scenes in Atom Egoyan’s film Chloe. I saw this fantastic film at its gala premier at the Toronto International Film Festival this past fall. The film plot takes place entirely in Toronto and uses local landmarks to celebrate the beauty of Canada’s largest city (The Royal Ontario Museum, Allan Gardens, Cafe Dip, The Art Gallery of Ontario and many spots in Yorkville). The film stars Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried. I have included a picture of Amanda Seyfried’s character sitting at the Cafe Dip. Now every time I eat at the Dip I always insist on sitting in the exact seat Julianne Moore sat in!

Jonathan and I recently returned to the Dip’ on our one year friendship anniversary. We continued to gleefully consume carbs unabated! Jonathan enjoyed the lemon pepper sole fillet with garden salad while I munched on their classic Caesar with penne chicken alfredo. When I was given a small parmesan shaker I untwisted the cap and just dumped the fromage across my bowl. Those little holes can seriously ruin a good party! Cap removal and have yourself a uninhibited cheese adventure!

#27 restaurant reviewed in Ontario since moving to Toronto in 2010. 

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