A taste of Southern Italy on the Danforth
by Rachel Power
Warm, inviting, and romantic—everything you would expect from a true southern Italian experience, but on the Danforth. Dim candlelight and intimate seating arrangements make Seven Numbers an ideal spot for date night. What makes this family owned and operated restaurant truly unique is their marriage of fine, hearty food with a great sense humor.
The Marinuzzi family keeps the vibe lighthearted and welcoming. The décor is a mix of rich colours and organic accents, and the open concept kitchen definitely adds a touch of excitement.
But how is the food? The menu is updated daily and there are many options for all diners, vegetarian and meat lovers alike.
The veggie lovers have to go with the Ricotta Fritte, a fried ricotta with tomato sauce that one can’t help but love. For a taste of Italian cured meats, try the Salami Salame, including cacciatore di fegato, nduja, and bresaola, all garnished with “bumper crop” pickled vegetables. The Arugola, a grilled red pepper and arugula salad, however, was a little too simple and served much too cold.
When in Italy, you must have the pasta! Try the Cavatelli con Arugula, which are small, shell-like cavatelli noodles with arugula and tomato sauce. To satisfy your craving for a heartier pasta dish, try the Lasagne—homemade lasagna filled with ground veal and mozzarella: simple and perfect.
Seven Numbers knows how to make a duck sexy. A must try is the Cosce d’Anatra, a Newmarket “sexy” duck leg, roasted with rosemary and white wine, and served over radicchio. The Palmugiane con Sugo, pan-fried eggplant, cooked in tomato sauce and topped with Romano cheese is a very tasty veggie option. The tomato sauce is homemade and the best I have ever tasted.
You have to drink like an Italian when you are eating like one. Definitely enjoy a glass of Prosecco or Peroni beer with your meal.
If you have room, try their famous flourless chocolate cake. If you don’t have room, take one home!
The menus are iPads! The idea is modern and earth friendly—but not convenient. Scrolling up and down to find menu items is not relaxing or well suited for a fine dining experience.
The servers are attentive, the atmosphere makes for a very comfortable stay, and the food will not disappoint. If you haven’t already, go to Seven Numbers for a taste of homemade Southern Italian fare.
Seven Numbers Restaurant
307 Danforth Avenue