Allora Cucina is a modern day lady with the sass to match. Named after no one in particular the McKinnon-based Allora is serving up delectable Italian fare. Think: Gnocco, croccheta, polpette, lasagna, rissotto and of course paste. Brought to you by the Pastuso/San Telmo team, the restaurant has undergone a complete revamp from head to toe. It’s a change in pace from the team who are known for the city’s two most famous South American houses.
A gorgeous fresco upon entering leaves you in no doubt who Allora is or what she represents. She even has her own blog, did I say that this is a restaurant with personality? No? Well, it absolutely is. The decor is well distinct and each area feels like it’s own quaint entity.
We were seated upstairs in a light airy room at a beautiful marble topped dining table. The team brought out several dishes on the day each of which had a special place in the chef’s heart. Allora is Italian to the core, which stays true to the restaurant’s origins and makes sure loyal customers are able to keep enjoying their favourites.
If you have the chance to visit, don’t go past the paste del giorno. It’s the fresh handmade pasta of the day so can vary however the quality of pasta will always be top notch. On our visit, the pasta was bathed in a deep rich sauce. I’d also highly recommend the risotto del giorno, which again can vary from day-to-day. Ours was imbued with succulent slices of octopus that left us well satisfied.
The restaurant caters well to groups and families in a nod to the community they’re in. On Friday $30 will see you fed like your at an Italian’s house.
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