The Latest on Toronto’s Scene: September 20th, 2011

It may seem like the city stopped moving save for TIFF over the past few weeks, but there have been some developments on our scene that have gone by rather, shall we say, quietly. Since the glitz and glam is gone, it’s time to get back to your regularly scheduled lives. So, good readers, we bid you take note of…

Hey Meatball! has finally opened (hoorah!) at 719 College Street. There’s no other way to say it, their balls are divine. F’Amelia Ristorante soft launched at 12 Amelia Street in Cabbagetown last week. This new neighbourhood spot is serving up a homestyle Italian menu with thin crust pizzas galore. New York Subway, the little burrito shop that confused all who walked by with its misleading name, has reopened after some renos at 520 Queen Street West. Eaton Centre’s Urban Eatery went live on the 1st. This is a food court experience unlike none other, good friends, and puts to shame all other QSR courts in the GTA. No, no…seriously.

The Gladstone’s Melody Bar has undergone some serious renovations, and officially relaunched last night. Arte Gelato and Caffe opened doors to its bright and beautiful space at 946 Bloor West at Dovercourt a few days ago, offering authentic gelato from imported machines, made in-house. The Bowery at 55 Colborne Lane started Cinq a Sept, joining a slew of other TO restaurants that have decided to adopt the Montreal happy hour-esque moniker. Daily there will be $5 drinks and specially-priced apps from, of course, 5pm to 7pm. And Cafe Fiorentina (pictured above) opened a few weeks back, serving up – sense an overkill coming? – traditional pizzas, paninis, desserts, and more.

Right now, we’re personally stoked for the launches of CHEESEWERKS, which we’ve spoken about before, DonDon Izakaya at Bay and Dundas (about time something good when in on that corner), $TOCK Restaurant, Bar and Lounge at the Trump Tower, simply because it couldn’t have a more arrogant moniker (and lay you ten to one there’s a steak with green peppercorn dressing signifying the colour of money on the menu), and, of course, Ascari Enoteca from the delightful folks at Table 17. All of these should launch within the next month or so. Stay tuned…