Drake's Scuola Italiana

Posted by Drake, September 23, 2015

Buongiorno! Welcome to the Drake’s Scuola Italiana (translation: Italian School)! Drake Devonshire is greeting fall by offering up a Family-Style Autumn Harvest Feast with an Italian twist that would make Nonna proud.

Chefs Michael Sangregorio + Fabio Bondi of Toronto’s Local Kitchen and Wine Bar, Michele Forgione of Montreal’s Impasto and Pizzeria Gema, Drake Italian-expert chef-in-residence Ted Corrado, and Drake Dev’s own Matthew DeMille will be taking over the Drake Devonshire cucina on September 27th @ 2PM, to create four courses of the season’s best offerings complemented with wine pairings by Norman Hardie. Delizioso!

Here's what we've got in store for you:

Autumn Harvest

If your mouth isn’t already watering from this menu, we’ve put together a little Italian-English cheat sheet to get you ready for the meal of the season.


This salted, cured fish roe that traditionally hails from the Mediterranean has been nicknamed, “the poor man’s caviar”. It’s silky, sharp, briny, and just a bit funky, but in the absolute best way possible. We promise.


A rustic Italian chickpea flatbread with a delicious, savoury flavour. It acts as the perfect base for an endless variety of toppings, especially the salty cod, preserved tomatoes, and olives on the menu.


“Agro” meaning sour and “dolce” meaning sweet, pretty much cover the flavours in this traditional Italian sauce. The sweets come from things like sugar, fruit, or even chocolate, while the sours get their kick from additions like vinegar or wine.


Pickled turnips that are a speciality of Friuli, Italy. What makes them extra-special is that they’re buried in grape marc (the leftover goodies of winemaking: skins, seeds, stems, etc.) and left to a natural and brilliant innovation in fermentation. Some consider it to be the best hangover food in the world.

And now you know! Buon appetito!

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