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You Are Here: Ave & Dav

At the crux of the Yorkville and Forest Hill areas, the busy intersection of Avenue and Davenport roads hosts a world tour of high-end restaurants and retailers. Here you’ll find electronics from Denmark, homestyle Italian cookery, international fine art, fashion and more.

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Discover vintage couture at The Paper Bag Princess (photo by Meaghan Lamb)

TIMELESS TOGS Fabulous finery, antiqued and gently appreciated, is on parade at vintage nook The Paper Bag Princess. Here, discover dainty chapeaus and classic couture—Chanel and Dior pieces are often available; fearless fashionistas fall for fur coats, stoles and hats, too. Press the buzzer for exclusive access.

FRESH & FLAVOURFUL Prodigiously mustachioed chef Massimo Capra—a star of the Food Network’s Restaurant Makeover—crafts memorable Italian cuisine at cozy yet modern Mistura. The seasonal menu highlights Capra’s respect for his ingredients in pastas, game meats, seafood and more. Try red beet risotto or slow-cooked Ontario rabbit with rapini and olives. Or perhaps pan-seared sable fish strikes your fancy?

LOCALLY ITALIAN Resplendent with exposed brick, wood and accent mirrors, L’Unita adds a splash of Canadiana to its Italian staples. The seasonal menu follows the slow food mantra and the wine list focuses heavily on Niagara and Italian bottles—browse the hard-to-get selection of aglianico, the “Barolo of the south.”

Chef Massimo Capra offers up culinary verve at Mistura

LONGTIME FAVE Rustic charm pervades Trattoria Sotto Sotto. A known celebrity stop, this fine-dining restaurant offers cuisine that nods to simple, family fare à la Roma. Brimming antipasti platters encourage communal consumption as do risotto dishes prepared for two. Veal dishes are also a specialty on chef Marisa Rocca’s menu.

CHIC SHOWROOM The high-end electronics at Bang & Olufsen combine aesthetic and technological excellence. Founded in Denmark in 1925, this company’s innovative product line includes plasma televisions with integrated surround sound, cutting-edge audio devices, svelte phones and the most unobtrusive loudspeakers imaginable.

Italian fare is served in L'Unita's elegant yet homey space

FLASHY FARE A duo of well-endowed statues greet diners at Joso’s, a restaurant that celebrates Bacchanalian pleasures—laughter, music, food and friends. Its seafood-focused spread offers such dishes as shellfish risotto, spaghettini with octopus and shrimp, and assorted specialties from the sun-drenched Kornati Islands of Croatia. Artwork adorns the colourful space and music by owners Joso and Leo Spralja is regularly featured.

ART-WORLD VETERAN For more than 40 years, Odon Wagner Gallery—named for its world-renowned owner, conservator and appraiser—has been one of Toronto’s premier dealers in 18th- and 19th-century European fine art plus works by modern masters. An adjacent sister space, Odon Wagner Contemporary, caters to patrons with an eye for contemporary works by such artists as Victor Wang and Ken Danby.

>> The Ave and Dav intersection is a modest jaunt from three subway stations: exit at Museum and march north along Avenue Road; from Rosedale, stroll west through Ramsden Park to Avenue, then turn south; or walk east from Dupont station, veering south at Davenport Road.

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