I want to enjoy some pizza and red wine with friends. I want hip, yet unpretentious. I want a clean place. I want a patio. I want to walk there easily from King’s Curve.
Bar Salumi www.barsalumi.com is the answer. Fabio Bondi (Chef) and Michael Sangregorio (Front Of House Man) own this neighborhood wine bar and eatery. It’s the sister to their proper restaurant Local Kitchen & Wine Bar. www.localkitchen.ca
Yes, yes I know Salumi is a meat thing, and I’m a veggie-head. (Wendy at Chez Chloe please still like me!) Well I don’t care what my friends eat if they don’t care what I eat. I go to Bar Salumi for the pizza. It’s awesome. They also bake focaccia in their pizza oven.
I get my camera to photo-journalistically document the experience. I envision the pics I’m going to take of the food I’ll be eating.
As I enter Queen, I quickly become distracted by a hanging flower basket. Ah, the BIA is in back in action, and it only costs me $1,000.00 a year.
I think of all the extra pizza I could eat and wine I could drink if I had that grand. Hmm, I wonder what the flowers taste like?
Bar Salumi is one of the many enterprises slotted into the endless old row buildings on the north side of Queen.
I arrive at Bar Salumi, a niche in an old store-front. They’ve chosen to utilize the remainders of the past and just add their sign and sandwich board.
I walk inside. It’s narrow. Perfect for a bar, which is what it is; a bar with food that I will document with my camera. I’ve come right at opening so I don’t have to deal with patrons freaking out when I take shots.
We sit at a table, and before I’m fully seated, I order a bottle of Nero Di Troia. Someone else gets a beer.
We order a Salumi Platter, a Cheese Platter and 2 pizzas. One pizza is a classic Margherita Pizza. The other is a white pizza with porcicni mushrooms and some odd cheese which I have replaced with mozzarella.
Another bottle of wine, please! What a great time I’m having.
What a yummy dinner that was. Oops, I forgot to take pics. At least someone documented the vestiges.
What can I do? I know! I’ll take a shot of the bottle of wine. Notice how I have the perspicacity to feature the 3/4 profile of the back of the label. Sigh!
What a neat floor! I notice it, as we depart.
On our way to Crystal-Cave for chocolate cup cakes, vanilla ice-cream and just a little bit more wine, K and I decide to have an old-fashioned OK Corral shoot-out.
It’s ten paces, turn and fire. Only one will come out alive.
High as kites on cupcake sugar, we rock out for a bit at Crystal- Cave, but I can’t get over the fact that I forgot to document the food at Bar Salumi.
How can I do a blog post about a restaurant without food shots?
Due to wine and fun, I manage to take this picture before the last vestiges stage of the evening is reached.
In summation, Bar Salumi is just too tasty and too much of a good time to ignore. I’m going again soon. You?