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Bugigattolo Kitchen Offers a Warm Welcome

SAVOUR THE CASUAL ITALIAN FARE—AND CLOSE QUARTERS—AT INTIMATE NEW BUGIGATTOLO KITCHEN

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photos: Tonya Papanikolov

Liberty Village continues to grow, adding new businesses and condo units as quickly as anywhere else in the city. With Bugigattolo Kitchen, the neighbourhood has also gained a few more seats for its hungry denizens—18 seats, to be precise (plus 25 more on a soon-to-be-winterized patio). Of course that’s hardly a replacement-level figure, but the refurbished industrial boîte’s cozy confines tend to foster a conviviality that’s hard to find at some of the area’s larger dining rooms. Here, you’re never more than a few feet from chef Quin Josey, who prepares Southern Italian bites behind the counter of a small open kitchen. Drop in with a few friends for a light lunch of butternut squash soup and prosciutto pizza (or heartier options like house-made lasagna), or pop by on your own and strike up a mid-afternoon conversation with someone new—over an expertly pulled espresso, naturally.  —Craig Moy

• Bugigattolo Kitchen, 54 Fraser Ave., 416-583-3895; bugigattolokitchen.com
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