Zenari’s has long been a happening spot for lunch among the downtown office crowd and hungry shoppers. Customary noontime crowds can be found lining up for homemade soups, salads, fresh Italian sandwiches, pasta and pizza. Located just off Jasper Avenue in the busy Manulife building, this quaint eatery is artsy, yet unpretentious with a loyal following that enjoy the eclectic vibe. The kitchen designs its menu according to seasonal availability, so on one visit you may be dining on curried lamb risotto, the next may be a hearty plate of chicken and shrimp paella. Whatever the order, the meal is always fresh and delicious.
For those diners who would like to recreate the wonderful Italian dishes at Zenari’s on 1st in their own kitchen, the right tools are essential. Luckily, this eatery boasts a wide selection of specialty upscale Italian kitchenware, the kind you would see in European culinary circles, for the budding gourmet. There’s also a small grocery to pick up many of the ingredients commonly used in Italian cooking.
When The Work Is Done
Zenari’s is a great place to stop in after work or on your way to the theatre to take advantage of some of their most popular bruschetta appetizers and perhaps, a cold jug of beer. For a light meal, choose from homemade pasta entrées, such as gnocchi or the pizza-like crostini dishes with a variety of special toppings from salmon to artichoke hearts. Start the weekend celebrations early at Zenari’s on Thursday nights, when they turn into a sophisticated wine bar complete with local talent at the piano. A perfect way to de-stress from the day or relax with some friends.