Located along North East Road in Hampstead Gardens, il Toro specialises in offering a wide range of Italian dishes. The pasta for their dishes is handmade, which helps to make their pasta dishes a bit different from those offered at most restaurants. Complimentary bread and olive oil are provided to sate your hunger while waiting for your dishes to be served.
Gigli is a variety of pasta that is shaped like a cone with a ruffled edge. It is also known as Campanelle, which is Italian for "bellflower", an accurate description of its shape. The pasta in il Tor's Gigli al Pollo dish was cooked to al dente and complemented by juicy chunks of pan-fried chicken breast. The bacon and field mushrooms were great partners for the chicken and the rose sauce tied everything together nicely.
We liked the generous serving of seafood in Spaghetti allo Scoglio, which gave the dish a slightly salty taste. The sauce of this dish was notable for simply consisting of olive oil and parsley to allow the fresh taste of the seafood to shine through. A lemon was provided to add a bit of tang to complete the dish.
Spaghetti allo Scoglio (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Among one of the many pizzas available, their Casalinga Pizza featured an ample amount of pork and fennel sausage to give the dish its rich and slightly spicy taste. The richness of the sausage was balanced by the cherry tomatoes and the Spanish onion jam added a distinctive smoky taste to the pizza.
Casalinga Pizza (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Great as a small meal or for sating your hunger while waiting for your main meals, the pork meatballs in their Polpette dish were cooked just right and there was enough fennel and chilli in the pork mixture to make eating them pleasurable. The tomato and capsicum sugo ensured the dish was not too dry and the shavings of Parmesan cheese provided a hint of saltiness.
Polpette (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
To complete your meal, you can order something from their selection of desserts and gelati, which are changed daily to make eating at the restaurant a fresh experience. il Toro had two seating zones, a casual one upfront and a more formally laid out inner one if you prefer more privacy. The carpark in front of the restaurant offers convenient off-street parking. We enjoyed a free main course with our Entertainment Book voucher.