Review: Il Fornello at Queens Quay, Toronto

It was officially the first day of summer, a beautiful evening to enjoy an Italian feast after a rather arduous work day. I hopped on the Spadina Streetcar at King Street bound for Union Station and hopped off at Queens Quay. Many residents in Toronto aren’t aware of the fantastic lakeside dinning opportunities available in the city so I am every so happy to showcase a fantastic meal I recenty enjoyed just a few feet from the waters edge with beautiful views of the Islands and the many sail boats fluttering about in the distance.

Il Fornello Italian Restaurant has several fantastic locations across the GTA. I was invited to visit their Queens Quay location to check out its stunning waterfront patio. We sat at our table just a few feet from Lake Ontario with a steady flow of pedestrians wandering the boardwalk.

We were treated to exemplary service by the restaurants attentive staff. The restaurants Executive Chef Ryan Kowalyk personally brought each of our dishes to the table and even crafted a fantastic off-the-menu-dessert for us. Our favorites were the Antipasto for its fresh presentation, Ravioli Funghi for its harmonious umami and the sweet Fichi pizza. If you find yourself hot and bothered this summer, run down to Il Fornello at Queens Quay and enjoy a few cocktails and a bite to eat at this beautiful waterfront restaurant.

We enjoyed:

Blood Orange Mimosa

Jug of White Sangria

Sour Apple Martini

vodka, sour apple liqueur and lime juice

il Fornello Martini

vodka, limoncello, campari, lime juice


capocollo, casalingo salami, smoked mozzarella, brillio di Treviso cheese, olives

Insalata Roma

mixed greens, goat cheese, roasted red peppers, roasted walnuts, balsamic vinaigrette

Chicken Parmigiana

breaded chicken scallopine, tomato sauce, mozzarella and parmigiano, linguini pomodoro

Pappardelle con Salsiccia

pappardelle, spicy Italian sausage, baby arugula, red chilis, vine ripened tomatoes, aglio e olio, pecorino romano

Ravioli Funghi

porcini, truffle ravioli in brown butter sage sauce with wilted spinach and portobello mushrooms

Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken

white wine, cream and butter sauce, fresh parmesan

Pizza Diavolo

tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, spicy salami, basil, chilis, black olives

Pizza Fichi

mascarpone, prosciutto, figs, shaved grana padano, honey, arugula

Pizza Gorgonzola

gorgonzola, pears, caramelized onions, walnuts, arugula

Blood Orange Sorbet

orange mint and olive oil salad, chocolate glaze, almond cake croutons

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

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