Malfalde ai Funghi ($17.50)
Portobello, porcini and oyster mushrooms
Truffle cream sauce
Located at Portland and King in a repurposed auto garage (who knew?!) is Gusto 101, one of Toronto’s classic Italian restaurants. First off, service was good, my best friend and I had a very attentive server who constantly refilled our water and gave us bread (we asked for seconds!!). Our dinner started with lovely focaccia bread, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
I ordered the Mafalde ai Funghi, one of Gusto 101’s more popular dishes: mafalde pasta with truffle cream sauce, portobello, porcini and oyster mushrooms. Gusto 101 really nailed the al dente texture of the pasta. I LOVE when restaurants get that right. I enjoyed the balance of the sauce, creamy with a light mushroom flavor and a slight hint of truffle. The only downside to my meal was that my pasta wasn’t hot, it was more on the lukewarm side. Womp womp. Halfway through my pasta I lost interest in finishing it because of this. It’s all good though, the great service made up for the overall experience (slightly).
101 Portland St, Toronto, ON