May 11, 2018
Occupying a dinky, yellow-walled two-story house near Bay Street in Yorkville, Trattoria Nervosa specializes in Italian cuisine. There’s a high-ceilinged upstairs dining room and two separate patio area, both ideal for al fresco sipping when the weather allows; what with its butter-coloured brickwork and wrought iron railings, when the sun shines this place has an almost Mediterranean vibe going on. The list of cocktails and apertivi includes the Gossip, a strawberry scented take on the Pina Colada, various Martinis, including one made with pomegranate liqueur and one liberally laced with Limoncello, and a number of classic Italian pre-dinner tipples, like the Aperol Spritzer. The bar stocks a good range of grappas and other spirits as well as a decent wine list. Food is also classically Italian, solid rather than spectacular, with the menu featuring lots of house-made pastas and wood-fired pizzas, some excellent pumpkin ravioli with brown butter, and plenty of tasty antipasta dishes. Based in the heart of Yorkville, this place fills up fast and is usually pretty buzzing particularly during the summer months. The atmosphere is friendly and slightly more casual than at similar places in the neighbourhood and the prices are very reasonable (something of which we always approve).