Notable Now: December 23, 2011

Maialino Enoteca Italiana
We know, we know. Another Italian restaurant in Toronto…? But Maialino Enoteca Italiana (say that three times fast) is Sicilian with a modern twist. The food is divine, and chef’s creations go above and beyond the standard fare and classic dishes. The space is replete with rustic woods and a modern typographic wall, and the restaurant brings some much needed haute cuisine to the very West Queen West scene. 1688 Queen Street West.

Banh Mi Boys
Street food – or rather food trucks – were a massive rage in Toronto this year. So it comes as no surprise that someone would take the street food to the restaurants. Such is the case with the recently opened Banh Mi Boys at 392 Queen Street West. The Vietnamese favourite is now available for the obsessive masses, and situated nicely in the DT core.

Where to Dine on Christmas Day
So, it goes without saying that although tis the season to be with family and friends, a slew of the city’s famished citizens won’t be looking to feast on turkey and trimmings come Christmas day. For those of you out there not looking to partake in yuletidings, or those who just have an aversion to cooking a massive feast, check out our list of some top restos open on the 25th.

10th Annual Dreidle Rock
Move over Jingle Bell Rock, there’s another festive romp spinning into town. The 10th Annual Dreidle Rock swoops into Maison Mercer on Saturday night, where Richard Silas and ERICK 8 will be laying the beats for the grooving crowd. Don’t be fooled by the name, this is an inclusive event for everyone to enjoy a night of fashion, music, and bevvies.

Green Day’s American Idiot Broadway Musical
Yes, you read the title right. Green Day’s arguably epic American Idiot has been adapted into a Broadway Musical, and the first stop on the tour of the show is right here in Toronto. (Please hold your applause until the curtain’s rising.) From the 28th through to January 15th, the show will call the Toronto Centre for the Arts home.

Dylan Murray at Supermarket
Dylan Murray’s music has been described as smooth, sweet and mellow, perfectly blending folk, rock and reggae in a harmonic fusion. The singer-songwriter is playing at Kensington Market hipster spot Supermarket on the 27th, bringing his band and special guest opening act Ariana Gillis to the west DT venue.