Notable Now: September 23rd 2011

F’Amelia Ristorante
Another Italian restaurant just hit Toronto’s scene, and while we may already be over-saturated with purveyors of fine pastas and thin-crust pizzas, F’Amelia Ristorante at 12 Amelia Street promises to serve up the traditional favourites with unique twists and a focus on sustainable ingredients. Plus, where else can you get casual, family-style fine dining in Cabbagetown?

Melody Bar at the Gladstone Hotel
The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West) was slipping because of its lack of a great lounge/resto and drink spot, but after some much needed and serious renovations, the Melody Bar relaunched this week to patron fanfare. The space has been reinvigorated by local designers and artists, and is on-track to becoming an after-work hotspot for cocktails and bites.

Cinq-a-Sept at The Bowery
The Bowery at 55 Colborne Lane has joined a host of other hot Toronto restaurants and lounges who have adopted the Cinq-a-Sept Montreal moniker, which is basically a double happy hour. $5 drinks will abound, and daily app specials like mussels and frites to poutine and even ribblets will be pushed out of the open-concept kitchen.

Robotica: Three to Be Stems of Hope Gala
On Saturday night the Kool Haus is the place to be for the 2nd Annual Stems of Hope Gala, Robotica, in support of the Three To Be fund at Sick Kids and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospitals. Featuring great DJs and a live performance by the Barenaked Ladies, this is one gala and after-party you do not want to miss.

Anti-Social at the Norman Felix Gallery
The Norman Felix Gallery (192 Spadina Ave.) will host their annual Anti-Social event on Thursday the 29th, celebrating the finest paintings, photography and sculpture by emerging Canadian artists. This opening reception will see some of TO’s most creative YPs out to toast to the works that are putting Canada on the international arts map.

The Clothing Show
The Fall Clothing Show kicks off tonight, and will see a bevy of local and national designers out to showcase their latest fashions and creations. This huge draw for fashion-obssessed Torontonians sprawls over the floor at Exhibition Place’s Queen Elizabeth Building, and runs through Sunday.