It’s not every day that you can find somewhere with luxurious pastries, fresh baguettes, to-die-for pastas, and high quality coffee all wrapped into one.
A little while ago, Corbeaux Bakery locked their doors and closed up overnight. Since then, I know a lot of you have been pining for a similar location, feeling lost at the lack of such a European staple here in town. Lucky for you, I’ve got just the spot.
In fact, I think it’s even better.
Located a block from Prince’s Island Park, you’ll easily spot the white exterior of Alforno. Its golden doors begging for you to open them up and walk into the bright, fresh, and sunny space inside.
Designed with a to-go bar as well as tables for those hoping to stay awhile, you’re about to find out why Alforno truly deserves a spot on your list of regular haunts.
On a sunny Friday evening, Anna joined me for a bit of “research”. We walked in, set our things down, and headed straight for the menu. Pasta, pizza, arancini … the list of desirable items was endless.
Afraid of missing the best of both worlds, we ordered the Carbonara & Prosciutto Pizza, agreeing to share (to some degree).
We quickly took a peak at the treats, grabbed a fresh juice, and sat down ready to relax. In need of a major catch up, the combination of sun, comfort, and seriously Insta-worthy atmosphere was just the place we needed.
In no time, out came our dishes and I may have squealed once or twice with excitement.
The first, was the carbonara. Cooked to a perfect al dente and coated in a savoury mixture of fresh egg, parsley, cracked pepper, and Grana Padano.
Normally, I find carbonara can be a little heavy, especially when it comes swimming in sauce. In this case, however, it was as light as a pasta can be, evenly coated without being overdone. Add in salty bits of chunky pancetta, and I was drooling before I even took a bite.
I twirled and twirled, slurping up each noodle and immediately regretting having previously agreed to share.
And, let’s not forget the prosciutto pizza. Coated with a red tomato sauce base, it was loaded up with fresh arugula, shavings of Grana Padano, and a generous portion of salty prosciutto slices.
With a perfectly thin crust, each bite combined sweet and salty, allowing you to appreciate each slice without feeling loaded up on carbs. Quite perfect for an afternoon lunch or a light dinner.
Naturally, we were quite stuffed by this point.
But, knowing me, you won’t be surprised that I insisted on grabbing something from the bakery. Having already tested out the chocolate cream puff which was oozing with whipped cream and sandwiched between two fluffy pastry shells, I decided it was time for something new.
I slowly canvassed the glass case, jumping between pastries and asking the crowd for their favourites, before coming to a decision.
Setting myself on The Opera.
A layered beauty, with moist and fluffy cake, almond-chocolate cream, and a thin strip of mocha. The coffee flavour prevented this dish from being overly sweet, and it was the perfect tiramisu-like dessert after a big meal.
Now, don’t forget that Alforno offers quite a bit more. From eggs benny to sandwiches, salads, and a variety of small plates, it’s the kind of place you can visit any time of the day. Just be warned, the brunch lineup starts early, so you’ll want to get in quick.
And, lucky for you, they’ve got weekly pasta & pizza deals if you want to try both (which you really should).
Check out their menu here.
Oh, and did I mention the patio? An absolute must for all this sunny weather we’ve been having, Alforno’s working hard at getting their space up and running so you can enjoy your coffee & cake in the summer breeze.
See you there!