Toronto’nians love a visit to Stratford. A cute little town west of Hamilton near London with an internationally acclaimed theater festival, variety of restaurants and shopping. Everything in this cutesy arts village reminds us of Shakespeare and the UK. The River Avon runs along the downtown and several pubs and shops take pride in selling theater and Shakespeare related treats. There are also several Scottish Kilt and Tartan shops as well as ones specializing in bagpipes and harps! What fun!
My family headed to Stratford in September to watch the musical Evita. My favorite musical of all time! I was first captivated by the film (ahem Madonna) and then quickly memorized all of the lyrics after receiving the concert soundtrack. I saw the show for the first time on stage in the West End in London UK. I even ventured to the Eva Peron Museum in Buenos Aires Argentina to learn more about this rather influential woman. The show was very well put together and a true joy to watch.
We ate at an Italian spot called Pazzo along Stratford’s main strip. The street level restaurant offers Italian inspired cuisine in a comfortable, modern setting. Many of the students from the acclaimed Stratford Chef School have worked at this restaurant. The basement pizzeria serves fresh, Italian inspired food specializing in thin crust pies, pasta salads and panini’s.
I ordered a glass of Cave Spring dolomite riesling and nibbled on the following:
Roasted Beet Salad
walnut mascarpone, watercress and sherry vinaigrette
Pappardelle with Smoked Chicken
slow roasted onions and rosemary cream
Italian Stallion Pizza
prosciutto, italian sausage, italian bacon, spicy calabrese, bocconcini, roasted garlic and fresh herbs
#307 restaurant reviewed in Ontario since moving to Toronto in 2010.