fabbrica

[…] No, l'amore fisico è assai più d'un mezzo per continuare la specie. E’ un mezzo per parlare, comunicare, farsi compagnia E’ un discorso fatto con la pelle anziché con le parole. E, finché dura, niente strappa alla solitudine quanto la sua materialità. Niente riempe e arricchisce quanto la sua tangibilità. Però è anche la più potente droga che esista, la più grossa fabbrica di illusioni e di equivoci che la natura ci abbia mai fornito. La droga, appunto, dell'oblio. L'illusione che l'oblio duri per sempre. L'equivoco di venir amati da chi ci ama esclusivamente col corpo, da chi per egoismo o paura rifiuta l'assolutezze dell'amore, preferisce il falso succedaneo dell'amicizia.
—  Oriana Fallaci, insciallah 
Review: Fabbrica Restaurant, 49 Karl Fraser Rd., Toronto.

My Rating: 3 Stars.

I often stop by Fabbrica for lunch as I’m a fan of their pizzas. I mentioned their pizza in an earlier blog post here on May 18th. A nice place for a quick and casual lunch with the advantage that the McEwan grocery store is directly across the street for grocery shopping. If you read my blog from yesterday (June 12) you’ll remember I picked up some great steaks for dinner at that grocery store before heading home.

In the nice weather Fabbrica has outdoor patio tables to enjoy a drink on.

Moving inside from the patio after having a drink, I ordered a beef carpaccio appetizer and my usual Prosciutto e arugula pizza for the main.

Here is the beef carpaccio as it arrived with cheese, greens and dressing.

I really like the way they do this appetizer here and find the combination of beef with cheese and dressing to be just right.

Here is a photo I took of the pizza chef standing in the area with the wood burning pizza oven. You can see the fire in the oven, and the logs of wood stacked up in the lower right of the image. The pizza preparation area is separate from the main kitchen. They make their pizza with a special flour they import from Italy to keep the texture of the dough in line with Neapolitan tradition.

Here we are - the Prosciutto e arugula pizza fresh from the wood burning pizza oven (I watched it being made and cooked from my table so I could comment on that, which is why I moved my table inside for my meal from the patio after having a glass of wine outside in the sun). The crust is chewy, not crisp in texture. I like both styles of crust (chewy and crisp) so where to go for pizza depends on my mood. I felt like chewy crust today.

There is some debate of who makes the best individual portion size pizzas in Toronto  I will explore this later in another blog where I do side by side comparisons of pizza with a judging of which is the best and why.

The service at Fabbrica is very good with friendly servers and hostesses who always make me feel welcome. A very good casual lunch spot I can certainly recommend.

I 100 libri che dovresti aver letto secondo la BBC:
1-Orgoglio e Pregiudizio – Jane Austen
2-Il Signore degli Anelli – J.R.R. Tolkien
3-Il Profeta – Kahlil Gibran
4-Harry Potter – JK Rowling
5-Se questo è un uomo – Primo Levi
6-La Bibbia
7-Cime Tempestose – Emily Bronte
8- 1984 – George Orwell
9-I Promessi Sposi – Alessandro Manzoni
10-La Divina Commedia – Dante Alighieri
11-Piccole Donne – Louisa M Alcott
12-Lessico Familiare – Natalia Ginzburg
13- Comma 22 – Joseph Heller
14-L’opera completa di Shakespeare
15-Il Giardino dei Finzi Contini – Giorgio Bassani
16-Lo Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17-Il Nome della Rosa – Umberto Eco
18-Il Gattopardo – Tommasi di Lampedusa
19-Il Processo – Franz Kafka
20-Le Affinità Elettive – Goethe
21-Via col Vento – Margaret Mitchell
22-Il Grande Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
23-Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24-Guerra e Pace – Leo Tolstoy
25-Guida Galattica per Autostoppisti – Douglas Adams
26-Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27-Delitto e Castigo – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28-Odissea – Omero
29-Alice nel Paese delle Meraviglie – Lewis Carroll
30-L’insostenibile leggerezza dell’essere – Milan Kundera
31-Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoj
32-David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33-Le Cronache di Narnia – CS Lewis
34-Emma – Jane Austen
35-Cuore – Edmondo de Amicis
36-La Coscienza di Zeno – Italo Svevo
37-Il Cacciatore di Aquiloni – Khaled Hosseini
38-Il Mandolino del Capitano Corelli – Louis De Berniere
39-Memorie di una Geisha – Arthur Golden
40-Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41-La Fattoria degli Animali – George Orwell
42-Il Codice da Vinci – Dan Brown
43-Cento Anni di Solitudine – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44-Il Barone Rampante – Italo Calvino
45-Gli Indifferenti – Alberto Moravia
46-Memorie di Adriano – Marguerite Yourcenar
47-I Malavoglia – Giovanni Verga
48-Il Fu Mattia Pascal – Luigi Pirandello
49-Il Signore delle Mosche – William Golding
59-Cristo si è fermato ad Eboli – Carlo Levi
51-Vita di Pi – Yann Martel
52-Il Vecchio e il Mare – Ernest Hemingway
53-Don Chisciotte della Mancia – Cervantes
54-I Dolori del Giovane Werther – J. W. Goethe
55-Le Avventure di Pinocchio – Collodi
56-L’ombra del vento – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57-Siddharta – Hermann Hesse
58-Il mondo nuovo – Aldous Huxley
59-Lo strano caso del cane ucciso a mezzanotte – Mark Haddon
60-L’Amore ai Tempi del Colera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61-Uomini e topi – John Steinbeck
62-Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63-Il Commissario Maigret – George Simenon
64-Amabili resti – Alice Sebold
65-Il Conte di Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66-Sulla Strada – Jack Kerouac
67-La luna e i Falò – Cesare Pavese
68-Il Diario di Bridget Jones – Helen Fielding
69-I figli della mezzanotte – Salman Rushdie
70-Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71-Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72-Dracula – Bram Stoker
73-Tre Uomini in Barca – Jerome K. Jerome
74-Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75-Ulisse – James Joyce
76-I Buddenbroock – Thomas Mann
77-Il buio oltre la siepe – Harper Lee
78-Germinale – Emile Zola
79-La fiera delle vanità – William Makepeace Thackeray
80-Possession – AS Byatt
81-A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82-Il Ritratto di Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
83-Il Colore Viola – Alice Walker
84-Quel che resta del giorno – Kazuo Ishiguro
85-Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86-A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87-Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88-Il Rosso e il Nero – Stendhal
89-Le Avventure di Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90-The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91-Cuore di tenebra – Joseph Conrad
92-Il Piccolo Principe– Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93-The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94-Niente di nuovo sul fronte occidentale – Remarque
95Un Uomo – Oriana Fallaci
96-Il Giovane Holden – Salinger
97-I Tre Moschettieri – Alexandre Dumas
98-Amleto– William Shakespeare
99-La fabbrica di cioccolato – Roald Dahl
100-I Miserabili – Victor Hugo
Gourmet can apply to simple comfort foods too - like Pizza!

Since I started you off with a photo of the amazing crab mousse, I just wanted to clarify something - good taste in food doesn’t require the food be elaborate and fancy. A simple comfort food like pizza is a good example.

I had lunch at Fabbrica - a casual restaurant at the intersection of Don Mills and Lawrence in Toronto that is known for their pizza - they adhere to the standards of the Associazione verace Pizza Napoletana http://www.pizzanapoletana.org  What this means is they make delicious authentic Neapolitan pizza that tastes great, right in Toronto. They import their hand-milled flour from Naples to ensure their pizza crust is just the right consistency. It makes a difference to the pizza - this is not just talk. Pictured is my pizza as served to me - the Prosciutto e arugula. It was everything a great pizza should be.

To continue the theme of casual gourmet comfort food, I will add that Fabbrica does a wonderful comfort dessert called Bombolone. These are small warm doughnuts, filled with orange pastry cream. Arguably the best doughnuts I have ever had. So, there you go: pizza followed by doughnuts for lunch, but gourmet all the way.

Next time I will go to the other end of the spectrum and discuss a seven course gourmet tasting menu - stay tuned for more!

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Tanto Dagger

For the creation of this dagger five Japanese sword masters used traditional techniques. Ito ‘Sensei’ has forged the blade of this Tantò from iron powder, while Izumi 'Sensei’ has created the golden HABAKI and METSUKE and engraved a Dragon HARAMI-RYU and BONJI on the blade.

Ikeda 'Sensei’, the polisher, has sharpened the Tanto’s blade using traditional techniques and creating the typical delicate gradation of the Japanese sword (HAMON). Iiyama 'Sensei’ has created the handle for the Tanto from shark’s skin (Same -Kawa), while Oyama 'Sensei’ has finished with traditional lacquer techniques (URUSHI) the cover for the Tantò.

The dagger is part of the “Izumi Project”. “The project celebrates the Japanese Wa (harmony) inspiring principle,“ says Franco Gussalli Beretta, Vice President and Managing Director of Fabbrica D'Armi Pietro Beretta S.p.A. and Executive Vice President of Beretta USA. "This one-of-a-kind set, hand made over five years by artisans on two continents, is an homage to beauty, to craftsmanship, to passion, and to the pursuit of perfection, which drives Beretta Premium Guns philosophy.”

Source: Copyright © 2015 Fabbrica D'Armi Pietro Beretta S.p.A.