(Actually, I'm not really sneaky and manipulative. I mean, maybe just a little bit, but who isn't? Is that a bad thing? I'm mostly very nice! But I digress).
Anyway, my point is, I pouted a little and acted put out, and that combined with the fact that Serra is just 5 minutes from my apartment, helped me convince the boy to give the place a try.
Result: he's a convert!
There's a lot of bad Italian on offer in Toronto, but this isn't some of it. Serra is decent, if not decadent . Solid, if not sensational. It's a charming little place with a dark atmosphere, pretty blue fairy-light fixtures hanging from the ceiling, and modern oils on the walls (for sale). They also have very polite, knowledgeable staff.
We had grilled calamari (which was great and the best thing we ordered by far), a beef pasta and a pork loin. The pork was a little dry and and I wasn't crazy about it. The pasta was unusual, but nice. I tend to expect tomato or garlic flavours when I have pasta and the beef made this option into a whole different thing, but it was yummy. Add two glasses of the house red and we ended up with a bill of approximately $80 (including tax and tip). Not bad for a fancyish night out.
The standout was definitely the calamari, which is what convinced my man that Italian isn't as boring as he thought. At the very least, I'd say it's worth it to go for wine and the calamari appetizer alone. Share the plate between you. Be romantic. Veer away from sneakery.
378 Bloor Street W
Toronto, ON M5S 1X2
*Photo by Travis Walker from Stock Xchng.