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Hot Dining: Get a Discounted Dinner During Winterlicious

Aria Ristorante

JANUARY 27 TO FEBRUARY 9 This year marks the 10th anniversary of Winterlicious, the annual event that lures gourmands, coupon-clippers and the epicurious out of hibernation. For two weeks, approximately 175 of Toronto’s finest dining destinations serve up their signature cuisine as part of discounted three-course prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner. Local landmark restaurants like Canoe are taking part, as are newcomers like Estiatorio Volos, Scarpetta and Aria. No coupons are required, but reservations are highly recommended. Winterlicious lunches are priced from $15 to $25, and dinners are $25 to $45; click here for a list of this year’s participating restaurants.

30 Things We Love About Toronto This October

3. Medieval Times

1. The wonder of liquid nitrogen ice cream from Colborne Lane prepared tableside.

2. Catching a live performance by the iconic Liza—with a z—Minnelli on October 28.

3. Jousting knights on horseback at Medieval Times.

4. Seeing the city on two wheels with the rental of Bixi Bikes; return them to many conveniently located docking stations in the downtown core.

5. Serpentine sculptures handmade by Native Canadian artists from Eskimo Art Gallery. (more…)

Hot Dining: The Allure of Aria

photo by Joy von Tiedemann

Restaurateurs Guido Saldini and Elena Morelli have cultivated a clientele of discerning Toronto diners for nearly two decades at their Trinity Bellwoods–neighbourhood restaurant, Noce. Now the pair, along with chef Eron Novalski, brings their lauded menu of Italian favourites to burgeoning Maple Leaf Square. Located at the base of the gleaming Telus Tower, Aria padds contemporary flair to old world–influenced fare, from an indispensible tomato and imported buffalo mozzarella salad ($18) to roasted Ontario quail with bone marrow polenta ($32). Huge floor-to-ceiling windows, sculptural chandeliers and a striking red-and-white colour scheme do much to enhance the open dining room’s downtown flavour.