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Welcome to Mario’s Blog
Thursday, March 25th, 2010
Welcome to Mario’s blog. This is the blog for Chef Mario Vena. With decades of experience Mario is expert in fine dining and fine living. Stay tuned for personal reviews, recipes, and more from Mario himself.[...]

Wednesday, December 31st, 1969
Wednesday, December 31st, 1969
Wednesday, December 31st, 1969
Wednesday, December 31st, 1969
   La Reserve Fine Dining

Experience a taste of Italy like no other. La Reserve restaurant offers a unique dining experience that is sure to amaze. The ambiance is exquisite yet relaxing. Unwind to the soft sounds of our classical piano. Feel as you were in the midst of the Mediterranean. Gaze at our soft pastel walls and uplifting decor that sets the mood as if you were in the heart of Italy. Impress your colleagues by arranging a simple yet elegant lunch or dinner in our spacious private dining rooms.


Head Chef Mario Vena creates an assortment of eclectic dishes that can only be defined as classical Continental Italian Cuisine. Begin your night with a savory appetizer like Ostriche Alla Fiorentina. Or embark on our mouthwatering Carre Di Agnello or Ribeye Chop main Entrees. Indulge in our decadent desserts from Tiramasu to Cremme Brulee and more! Compliment one of our signature dishes with a fine glass of wine. Our extensive wine lists features some of the most premium wines from around the world including Italy, Argentina, France, Australia, New Zealand and Chile.


Once inside La Reserve you may never want to leave. Have no fear, you can experience the classical world of La Reserve in the comfort of your own home! The innovative and trend-setting Take a chef home program created by Head Chef Mario Vena allows you to experience a romantic dining experience without taking one step out the door.


La Reserve sets the mood for every occasion from closing a high end business deal to enjoying quality time with a loved one. Enjoy Chef Mario's wonderful food creations by making a reservation for tonight. Be prepared to escape to Italy for a few hours!


   LaReserve Info

Hours Mon.-Wed. 11am-11pm Thurs.-Sat. 11am-12am Sun. 5pm-11pm
Address and Contact 8432 Leslie St Thornhill, ON 905.881.0477 www.mariositaly.com/lareserve lareserve@mariositaly.com


Lunch ~Appetizers~ Mozzarella e Pomodoro$ 13.00 Vine-ripened tomatoes and mozzarella di bufala with extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil

Prosciutto di Parma$ 15.00 Served with fresh seasonal fruit and aged pecorino cheese

Warm House Antipasti$ 15.00 Beautiful assortment of grilled Portobello mushrooms, baked Sicilian eggplant,
soft goat cheese, and charred red onion
Cocktail di Gamberoni$ 16.00 Jumbo Caribbean shrimp served with special in house cocktail sauce

Salmone Affumicato$ 16.00 Finely sliced smoked Atlantic salmon served with capers, red onions,
and sesame seed studded goat cheese

Cozze in Padella alla Diavola$ 14.00 Fresh P.E.I mussels in a sizzling pot of spicy tomato broth

Pate of Foie Gras$ 14.00 Served with crostini, house special wine jelly, and baby arugula

Ostriche alla Fiorentina$ 16.00 Delicious baked oysters on the half shell in a spinach and pancetta piccata

House Special Caesar Salad$ 12.00 Crisp Romaine lettuce tossed in our special in-house Caesar dressing
with herb baked crostini and parmigiano crisps

Insalata Capricciosa$ 9.50 Premium selection of tender organic salad leaves with fresh berries, tangerine sections,
and sliced toasted almonds all tossed in our in-house citrus vinaigrette

Brodino o Minestra$ 9.50 Soup selection prepared daily using only the freshest of ingredients
~ Pasta e Riso ~ Penne d'Autunno$ 17.50 Penne with wild mushrooms tossed in a sundried tomato
and roasted garlic combinato.
Topped with a peppercorn studded chicken breast grilled to perfection

Spaghetti al Pomodoro$ 15.50 Spaghetti served al dente with whole fresh Sicilian cherry tomatoes tossed in light
extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil leaves

Linguine del Marinaio$ 24.00 Fresh shellfish and jumbo shrimp sautéed with garlic and olive oil and a splash of
white wine tossed with linguine

Fettuccine Sorrento$ 24.00 Egg fettuccine with sautéed shrimps and scallops in a roasted red pepper
cream sauce

Lasagne al Forno$ 17.50 Fresh veal lasagna prepared according to Chef Vena's traditional family recipe

Gomitelli al Forno$ 17.50 Rustic homemade rigatoni in a rich veal ragu with a touch of cream
Baked and served in a sizzling skillet and topped with shavings of pecorino Sardo

Pasta Selection of the Day Your server will be happy to inform you of our fresh pasta dish of the day ~ Main Courses ~ Trancio di Salmone ai Ferri Grilled Atlantic salmon fillet crusted with herbs and olive oil and brushed
with our special in-house maple syrup rub

Scaloppine di Fegato di Vitellino al Burro e Salvia$ 23.00 Fresh Provimi veal liver with sweet butter and sage topped with a stack of crispy onions

Australian Lamb Chops$ 23.00 Lamb chops dipped in our in-house Dijon mustard marinade and crusted
with roasted almonds and grilled to your liking

Costoletta di Maiale$ 26.00 10oz. Provimi pork chop stuffed with fresh goat cheese
and accompanied by our homemade gnocchi and a side of peppercorn Dijon jus

Veal Parmigiana$ 23.00 An age-old favourite. Delicately breaded veal topped with homemade tomato sauce
and mozzarella cheese and served with spaghetti alla Bolognese.

Vitello Montanaro$ 23.00 Tender veal scaloppine served with wildflower honey dipped shallots
and braised prosciutto with a vintage port reduction

Bistecca di Manzo$ 28.00 10oz. U.S.D.A Prime striploin expertly grilled to your liking

Petto di Pollo al Reisling$ 22.00 Pan seared free range chicken breast with wild mushrooms
and artichoke hearts with a Reisling cream reduction

Fresh Fish and Shellfish Your server will be happy to inform you of our daily fresh selection of seafood


Dinner ~ Appetizers ~ Mozzarella e Pomodoro$ 19.50 Organic vine ripened tomatoes and mozzarella di bufala
with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil

Antipasti Assortiti$ P/A Seasonal antipasti composed of the freshest ingredients for two or more
please inquire with our staff
Ostriche alla Fiorentina$ 18.50 Delicious baked oysters on the half shell in a spinach and pancetta piccata
$ 18.50
Salmone Affumicato$ 21.00 Finely-sliced smoked Atlantic salmon lightly marinated in vodka
served with various accompaniments

Cocktail di Gamberoni$ 21.00 Fresh jumbo Caribbean shrimps served with special in-house cocktail sauce

Paté di Anitra al Tartufo$ 18.50 Foie gras paté infused with truffles
served with house special vintage wine jelly and lightly toasted crostini

Tortine di Granchi$ 21.00 Crisp homemade crab cakes with organic baby arugula salad and tuna aioli

Fresh Oyster Selection$ 2.95 per oyster The freshest Malpeque or Blue Point oysters served to you on a bed of ice
with various accompaniments

Caviar selection$ P/A Selection of only the finest caviars from around the world served with various compliments
Ask your server for selection information

Calamari alla Griglia$ 19.50 Delicately grilled calamari served
with roasted peppers from Holland in a warm anchovy bath

Carpaccio di Manzo$ 21.00 Fine U.S.D.A Prime beef tenderloin slices served with baby arugula and reggiano shavings

Prosciutto e Formaggio$ 19.50 Select aged Parma prosciutto sliced thin served
with sharp pecorino from Sardinia and a touch of extra virgin olive oil

Cozze in Padella alla Diavola$ 15.00 The freshest P.E.I mussels in a sizzling pan of spicy tomato wine broth

Insalatina Capricciosa$ 11.50 Premium selection of tender organic salad leaves with fresh berries, tangerine sections,
and sliced toasted almonds all tossed in our in-house citrus vinaigrette

Insalata Cesarina$ 12.50 Crisp Romaine lettuce tossed in our special in-house Caesar dressing
with herb baked crostini and parmigiano crisps

Brodino o Minestra$ 11.50 Soup selection prepared daily using only the freshest of ingredients

~ Pasta e Risotto ~
(appetizer portions)
Spaghetti Integrali$ 18.50 Wholewheat spaghetti served al dente with wild mushrooms and seasonal vegetable julienne
with roasted garlic and olive oil

Cofanetti di Anitra$ 22.00 Large homemade ravioli made daily stuffed with roast duck confit
and tossed with baby arugula and sharp pecorino

Gomitelli al Forno$ 18.00 Rustic homemade rigatoni in a rich veal ragu with a touch of cream
baked and served in a sizzling skillet and topped with shavings of pecorino Sardo

Sacchetti di Aragosta$ 24.50 Delicious stuffing of fresh Maine lobster and Dungeness crab in a thin pasta envelope
with a roasted pepper cream emulsion

Tagliolini alla Aragosta$ 27.50 Homemade tagliolini pasta with the freshest Maine lobster
in our house special butter and roasted garlic cream sauce

Risotto Estremo$ 22.00 Risotto cooked to perfection and flavoured using a wonderful blend of lightly seared foie gras
and prosciutto confit and finished off with a touch of white truffle oil
Risotto di Collina$ 22.00 Carnaroli rice slowly cooked in a veal broth
and tossed with braised rabbit and crispy sage leaves

Pasta and Risottos Selection of the Day$ P/A Your server will be pleased to inform you of our daily pasta or risotto selection

All pasta and risottos are available as main coursesplease add $ 7.00 ~ Main Courses ~ Medaglioni di Vitello al Tartufo$ 32.00 Tender Provimi veal medallions with wildflower honey dipped shallots
and braised Parma prosciutto infused with port and white truffles

Quaglie al Forno$ 32.50 Deboned jumbo quails stuffed with woodland mushrooms and blanketed
with crispy Parma prosciutto served with a candied fruit horseradish compote

Cappone Vecchiomondo$ 32.00 Pan seared breast of free range chicken served with an oven-dried cherry tomato pesto

Trancio di Salmone$ 32.00 Atlantic salmon grilled to perfection with fresh herbs and roasted garlic infused oil

Zuppa di Pesce$ 39.50 Bouillabaisse our way; rich in flavor with a plentiful variety of fresh seafood served in a hot skillet.
Accompanied by a side of linguine tossed in olive oil and garlic shavings

Fresh Fish and Seafood Selection$ P/A Your server will be pleased to inform you of our daily fresh seafood selection

~ From The Grill ~ Bistecca ai Ferri$ 47.00 U.S.D.A Prime 14 oz New York cut steak grilled to your specification
brushed with a vintage port demi

Ribeye Chop$ 65.00 Aged in-house 22 oz. U.S.D.A Prime Ribeye steak on the bone
served with hand spun gnocchi and sautéed wild mushrooms

Filetto di Manzo al Barolo$ 46.00 10 oz U.S.D.A Prime beef tenderloin with braised leek
and caramelized red onion in a vintage Barolo reduction

Carré di Agnello$ 48.50 Full rack of Australian lamb grilled to your liking with baked garlic
and fresh herbs delicately brushed with a pistachio Dijon mint infused honey glaze

Provimi Pork Chop$ 42.00 14 oz thick and tender two bone pork chop stuffed with goat cheese
and lightly brushed with butter and sage

Daily Feature Please ask your server about our generally vast selection of
fish and seafood as well as other featured creations
Side Orders$ 7.50 each ~ Sauteed wild mushrooms
~ Grilled sweet potato
~ Steak Frites (Shoestring potatoes)
~ Sauteed rapini in garlic and olive oil


Pop Desserts
Raspberry tartAll Desserts $9.50 Roasted almond tart with fresh whipped cream
and topped with sweet raspberries
Tiramisu' Savoiardi bisquits soaked in Illy espresso
Layered with whipped mascarpone cheese
Dusted with bittersweet Perugina chocolate
Mint parfait White chocolate and spearmint terrine
With crumbled amaretti and spun sugar
Figgy folly Poached pears and fresh figs
with roasted pecans and vaniglia Milanese
Créme Brulee Our own variation Caffelatte flavor
Chocolate tower Belgian chocolate mousse
Rich and sinful with a hint of cointreau
Panna Cotta The silkiest of desserts
Rich cooked cream laced with Hazelnut liqueur
Cheese Cake Lemon zest cheesecake paired with Drunken Berry Compote
Ices Gelati Tartufi Assorted natural flavors
Ask your server
Fresh fruit and assorted cheeses



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