It was so very meh. There was really nothing especially wrong with the food, but still, I'm not in love with the place by any means.
Space: This is a tiny place. There are literally only 11 tables for 2 in the entire restaurant. One long banquette runs along one wall, and most patrons sit here, annoyingly close together if you ask me.
Staff: My waiter was beyond bizarre, with an affected manner and tone that was so over the top, I had to suppress laughter every time he spoke to me. He was also a little pushy about drinks and dessert even though I told him I was in a hurry and wasn't interested.
Billing: They overcharged me. I ordered the "spaghetti, with sausage, spinach, olive oil and garlic" which (and I've now double checked this through their website http://www.focacciares...) is listed at $15. They charged me $18. Not a lot, I know, but I was and am irritated about it.
Being in a hurry and not wanting to make a fuss, I accepted in the moment that the billing mistake might have been mine (maybe I read the menu wrong?), and tipped anyway, meaning my lunch of one bowl of spaghetti and a glass of tap water came to $23.50 including tax. Having come home and double checked the prices online... I'm annoyed. I wish I'd said something. At the same time, there are only 11 tables in the place! They shouldn't be making this kind of error. I wonder if they did it on purpose because I looked like a rube?
(Do I look like a rube?)
Anyway, to be absolutely fair, the food was fine. The pasta was light, the spinach was not overdone, and the sausage was pretty tasty, though it was of the light pink variety - a bit fatty - and I like a dryer sausage better.
I was also served a little bread and they gave me my own little shakers of parm and hot pepper flakes, but the holes were undersized and I barely got any out of either. Annoying.
I would give this place another chance, but at the moment, I'm not very impressed.
17 Hayden Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 2P2
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