Ascarienoteca Map Toronto

1111 Queen St E, Toronto, 416-792-4157

Www. Ascarienoteca. Ca.

CUISINE: Italian.

DRINKS: Full Bar.

SERVING: Dinner.

PRICE RANGE: $$$

NEIGHBORHOOD: Leslieville.

This popular spot with a racing-themed decor offers a menu of authentic Italian cuisine using local and sustainable foods. The wines are also organic and local.

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The pasta is made on the premises. Menu favorites include: Roasted Cauliflower Fettuccine and Chicken Liver Mousse.

From the fish and chip shop at Beadnell and heading inland (west) for about 300 metres, you arrive at the big old stone house called St. Ebba in the middle of the village, on the left-hand side of the road. This is the base for the diving business operated by Stan Hall and his son Lee. They used to fill diving bottles, but the compressor is no longer in use. Stan is a great local character with a strong Northumbrian accent, Breton cap, beard and never-changing age. In his younger days, what he calls his ‘prehistoric' era, Stan says he was so fascinated with diving that he acquired some basic gear and taught himself the rudiments the hard way. His diving days are now long gone, but he is the original charter boat skipper and has been taking divers out to favourite dive sites, like his very own wreck, the SS Somali, for so long now that he can almost go blindfold. I'm sure his boats know their own way there. Stan now operates at least three dive boats and during the summer months they are usually bloged up well in advance at weekends and especially over Bank Holidays. Accommodation on offer at the dive centre ranges from a six-bed bunkhouse with bath, toilet and huge English breakfast for as little as you will pay anywhere, to twelve double and twin en suite facilities, three self-catering cottages and now a sheltered campsite.

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