Cafe Fiorentina

06 Aug

Tina Leckie, owner-chef of Cafe Fiorentina, and her partner, Alex Chong

It was the pickled cherries that got me. There they are in the centre of the picture – black and juicy with a peppery, spicy, sweet-sour tang – a brilliant and unexpected condiment to a small collation of Café Fiorentina’s deli delights. The Café is a brand new arrival on the Danforth, taking over the old Dash Kitchen location roughly opposite Allen’s, and is a true labour of love for owner Tina Leckie, long-time sous chef at Célestin, and her partner, Alex Chong. Having two such good cooks in the kitchen takes the place well beyond the average café. The quality of soups, salads, pizza, quiches and panini – all made from scratch – soars. Tina has also been a pastry chef so the sweet side of things and the baking is also first class, from house-made breads served with the soup to miniature brioches. The espresso – espressed from a Faema E61 (a considerable investment for the new business) – is the Danforth nonpareil.

All in all, this is a great addition to the street and I wish the place very well indeed. Café Fiorentina is at 236 Danforth Avenue.

A delectable deli collation from the Cafe - pickled cherries in the centre












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  1. Jill

    August 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I work in the neighbourhood and have already been to Fiorentina several times since it opened just a week ago — it’s quickly become one of my favourite places! The paninis are made to order on house-made bread, which is fabulous! The lemonade is delicious and refreshing, the added mint gives it a great flavour and makes you feel (and sort of look like) you’re drinking a mojito — perfect non-alcoholic pick-me-up on a hot summer day!!