Toronto’s beloved luxurious Italian restaurant, Don Alfonso 1890 welcomes guests to the 38th floor of the Westin Harbour Castle hotel. With stunning 360 panoramic views of the waterfront, an elegant seating area and a lavish bar that catches your eye as you enter the establishment, Don Alfonso does not waver when it comes to a fine dining experience.
The restaurant had relocated from Casa Loma to its new and permanent home, bringing the “world’s best” Italian dining experience to the waterfront.
If you have yet to experience the offerings at Don Alfonso or have yet to explore its new space, we’ve got you covered.
Curiocity had a chance to experience the hype surrounding the establishment. From antipasti to dessert, here’s what Don Alfonso 1890 has to offer.
You can spot the lounge area right as you enter the restaurant. This space, unlike the dining room, is open for those who are looking for a quick drink or for walk-in.
Whether you decide to sit in one of the booths or at the bar, you’ll still feel that same great dining experience Don Alfonso is known for.
If you make your way around the 360-degree restaurant, the space offers an open concept kitchen where guests can see the finishing touches.
Don Alfonso’s culinary team is led by Executive Chef Daniele Corona.
Now, it’s time to dine.
Begin your elegant dining experience with a round of cocktails. Its extensive menu features a fine selection of wines and spirits, including carefully curated cocktails.
If you’re unsure what to get, ask your server what they recommend. The bar staff create stunning works of art that are sure to satisfy any pallete.
As for Antipasti options, we recommend trying the Il Carpaccio. It’s an Ontario Wagyu beef tenderloin with dijon mustard sauce, balsamic vinegar caviar, piedmont hazelnuts and fresh wild herbs.
It’s light and flavourful, a great starting option.
Its A La Carte menu features several winning choices including the Il Carpaccio but if you’re looking for a seafood option, opt for La Ricciola.
The dish is composed of cured smoked amberjack, nocellara green olives, charcoaled peppers and sweet & sour onions.
Now for the mains, we tried the Il Risotto, an acquerello rice aged a year featuring langoustine crudo, buffalo burrata, house-made candied lemon and wild herbs.
It was bold and definitely packed a punch. The flavour of the lobster was strong but delightful and every ingredient in the dish complimented each other perfectly.
For a meat-forward option, La Fiorentina might be something that catches your eye.
The dish is composed of a 35 day dry aged Ontario wagyu beef, paired with Ontario potato terrine and heirloom baby carrots.
You may begin to start feeling a tad bit full but your whole dining experience can’t end without dessert.
For chocolate lovers, the Trionfo Alla Nocciola is a hazelnut-chocolate concoction that’s rich and oh-so dreamy. it’s composed of a piedmont hazelnut parfait, mousse, sponge cake & crumble, raspberry marmalade and touched with 24 karat gold.
Yes, it’s edible.
We also had the pleasure of indulging in Chef Selection of House Made Petit Four with tangy, sweet and decadent dessert options.
Reservations can now be made online through Open Table. It’s open Wednesday to Sunday from 5 pm to late.
It’s time to experience fine dining like no other!
Where: 1 Harbour Square 38th Floor, Westin Harbour, Toronto