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Lil Baci

Posted on December 1, 2010 by in Leslieville

4 stars

- I’m a sucker for top-notch pizza. By top-notch, I mean pizza that is served sizzling and fresh and made with high-quality ingredients. Pizza like that is true craftsmanship; pizza like that I could eat every day. In my continuing effort to find superior pizza, I looked to Lil’ Baci in Leslieville. My visit didn’t disappoint me.

Lil’ Baci’s dining room is a decent-sized dining space, but the tables are packed pretty tight, so don’t expect too much privacy. You’ll likely hear everything that the table next to you is talking about. If you need to escape your neighbour table, in the warmer months you may want to check out the cute backyard patio. Comfortable, busy, and social, it’s the place to be when the sun is out.

When I’m eating Italian food, I like to start off with a glass of red vino or cold Italian beer. Lil’ Baci’s wine list is small but thorough and their beer list offers some nice Italian choices; Moretti and Perroni are my personal favourites.

Lil’ Baci has a seriously amazing dandelion greens salad.  If you’ve never had dandelions as food before, this would be the one to expose yourself to it. The greens are slightly bitter, but the bitterness works well topped with shaved Parmigiano, cracked black pepper, and freshly squeezed lemon. Perfect starter.

And the pizza, they do it right. Lil’ Baci has a savoury and seasoned tomato sauce base that expertly compliments the four cheeses that are layered on their Quattro Fromagi; my personal favorite.  They’ve got some other really outstanding pizzas to choose from like the Margherita (with tomato, basil, and mozza), the Lil’ Baci (with pecorino, sausage, and fennel pollen), and the Gorgonzola Dolce (with gorgonzola, Yukon gold potatoes, and caramelized onions). All of their pizzas are served on signature thin crust dough that is seared and blistered perfectly.

Lil Baci has got a really small pasta menu. Ridiculously small. There’s only three items. But still, these 3 items are done perfectly. They’re all made with quality ingredients and use that great tomato sauce that’s on the pizza. My favorite is just the plain ole’ Spaghetti and meatballs.  It’s got just the right amount of fresh basil, sauce, and Parmigiano. The portion size isn’t huge, but with that dandelion salad and something from their Insalata menu, it’s more than enough.

Lil’ Baci also has a Panino menu, which surprisingly is different from their pizza menu. I love the Panino Tonnato. Packed with Italian tuna, caper aioli, sun-dried tomatoes and arugula, it’s perfectly pressed into an amazing bite.

The dessert menu has a few options, but when I was there I had a lemon prosecco tart. The crust was buttery, but a tad on the dry side. The custard-like lemon filling had a refreshing prosecco flavour, which balanced the acidity nicely.

I head to Lil’ Baci when I want some decently priced Italian food and some amazing pizza. Lunch or dinner, what you end up with is a steal anywhere in the city!

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