Food & Dining

FOOD & DINING

Tuscan Wolf Demonstrates the ‘Art of the Pizze’

Story by Sarah Walker / Photos by Kirsten McGoey

East Magazine, Food and Dining, Tuscan Wolf, Pizza Restaurant There is an art to pizza making; an art that Tuscan Wolf’s Marco Caveglia has crafted since his beginnings in the Tuscany region of Italy. Growing up on Elba Island off the coast of Italy he spent his days working alongside his family who owned a variety of restaurants. Upon finishing school, Marco attended the Scuola Italiana Pizzaioli (Italian School of Pizza Chefs) and became a master in three different pizza styles. After graduating, he opened a restaurant in the Chianti region of Italy, which he operated for 15 years. In 2012, he moved to Canada to explore opening his own restaurant, featuring his own unique perspective on pizza making. While working in restaurants throughout the Greater Toronto Area, Marco found the perfect location in downtown Whitby and Tuscan Wolf Pizzeria was born. He and Kimberley Carreiro chose Whitby for their pizzeria because of its small-town flavour and sense of community. Partners in both business and life, they commuted daily to Whitby from Mississauga over the past five months, since opening Tuscan Wolf in May 2018. Having recently decided to make Whitby their permanent home, they are fully invested! Head chef and creative powerhouse, Marco manages the kitchen, while Kimberley manages front of the house. Located just west of the four corners at Dundas Street West and Brock Street North in Downtown Whitby, Tuscan Wolf is a delicious and fun addition to the neighbourhood. From the moment you walk into Tuscan Wolf you feel a refreshing vibe. The restaurant maintains the atmosphere of a traditional Italian Trattoria with exposed brick, open shelving, and a view into the kitchen. Its main floor features 
red-checked tables and gorgeous glass doors that open on to Dundas Street on warm days. Upstairs features seating for up to 40 and another bar area, perfect for a private function or party. Marco and Kimberley hope to turn the northern roof area of the restaurant into a rooftop patio in the near future, offering guests an additional alfresco dining experience in the warmer months. Caveglia’s culinary philosophy is to keep it simple. His pizzas aren’t laden with toppings or cheese, and his sauces are created with the best, most simple ingredients. Wherever possible, everything is homemade. Flours are imported from Italy, making the dough richer and easily digested, even for those with gluten intolerances. Tuscan Wolf also offers a special gluten-free dough that is made with Italian gluten-free flour. Marco and Kimberley have tested all the ingredients for their pizzas, picking the best possible components from around the world. The dough is made in-house and rises for 18 to 24 hours to fully develop the proteins in the mixture. This brings even more airiness to the pizza crust, and an authentic flavour as well. Eschewing a trendy wood-burning pizza oven, Marco favours the consistent heat of an electric pizza oven, so that he can cook each pizza to his exacting standards. East Magazine, Food and Dining, Tuscan Wolf, Pizza RestaurantIf having over 100 handcrafted ‘Pizze’ to choose from was not enough, Tuscan Wolf also offers over 20 types of Pizze Bianca, 10 varieties of Covaccino, six Calzone and nine Olimpo. What is Pizze Bianca? Well, it is simply pizza without tomato sauce. Approximately half of the pizzas are ‘white’, meaning no red pizza sauce. Some have a pesto base, while others have a truffle base, and some simply highlight the perfect blend of ingredients with no added sauce. Marco runs his kitchen much as he did in Italy – customers are encouraged to try the pizzas straight off the menu with no substitutions, to avoid taste differences from the tried-and-true recipes that customers rave about. Marco and Kimberley’s favourite pizza on the menu is aptly named ‘Tuscan Wolf’. A unique pizza that is not found anywhere else, its thin-crust dough is dotted with mozzarella cheese and topped with another layer of dough. When put into the pizza oven, it transforms into a sumptuous and gooey cheese pie with a deliciously crispy crust which melts in your mouth. Customer favourites are the ‘Porky Pig’, with Italian sausage, Genoa salami, mortadella, and bacon on a red-sauce base, and the ‘Calabrese’, with bell peppers, pepperoni, 
and sausage. Pizza not your thing? Try a calzone, which is a folded pizza stuffed with sauce, meat, cheese and/or vegetables. Tuscan Wolf gives this tradition a quick makeover with the ‘Olimpo’, which is 50 per cent pizza, 50 per cent calzone and 100 per cent delicious. It comes in eight varieties. Alongside its signature pizzas and calzone, customers can sample antipasta such as Crostini Misti which is tuna pate, liver pate, mushroom pate, tomato garlic pate, served with baguette; Cacio Pere Noci e Miele, featuring Tuscan Pecorino cheese, pears, walnuts, drizzled in local unpasteurized honey; Il Tagliere Toscano which is a selection of Italian cheeses, and cured meats served with local unpasteurized honey and jam, or the Caprese, showcasing fresh tomatoes, bocconcini, basil, drizzled in housemade Tuscan Wolf vinaigrette. If pizza or antipasta doesn’t tempt you, consider covaccino, a soft schiacciata, similar to focaccia, seasoned with olive oil and salt combined with a classic Caprese salad. Tuscan Wolf also features a broad menu with gluten free options for even the most discerning palate. To top off your dining experience, Tuscan Wolf offers fresh-made crepes and housemade traditional favourites, Tiramisu and Panna Cotta. Both dishes already have an established loyal following, with many diners securing the dessert when they place their dinner reservations! The Panna Cotta is served in a chilled martini glass and is presented beautifully, is light and delicious, and topped with chocolate sauce. Perfectly portioned, you can enjoy it individually or
reluctantly share. Tuscan Wolf is one of the most authentic Italian casual to fine dining experiences you will find east of the city. Its warm atmosphere, attentive staff, and extensive selection make it a must-try and welcome addition to Whitby’s downtown. Reservations are 
certainly recommended. Tuscan Wolf Pizzeria 110 Dundas St. W., Whitby (905) 493-5500 www.tuscanwolf.wixsite.com/pizzeria

Holidays Made Easy Bringing in the Holiday Meal

Story by Katie Ryalen

East Magazine, Food and Dining, Holiday Meals, Holiday Entertaining, Holiday CateringLet’s be honest: the holidays are a magical time, but with all the demands that go along with entertaining, they’re also a time of stress. Recently, bringing the holiday meal in has become de rigueur for savvy hosts who’d rather entertain than stand over a stove for 12 hours. Don’t want the hassle of having to cook for your own holiday party? Let one of these fabulous local caterers dazzle you and your guests with quality, fully prepared holiday meals. Farm-to-table has never been hotter. At KB Foods, farm-to-table and keeping it fresh is a major focus. The restaurant deals with local and organic farmers as much as it can, and recently purchased its own forty-acre organic farm. “We print our menu every day,” says owner and head chef Kevin Brown. “If you were to come in two Fridays in a row, the menu would probably be sixty to seventy percent different.” Besides the dishes that KB Food serves at its restaurant, the possibilities of what Kevin and his staff offer for catered meals are vast. “We can do just about anything,” he states. “We do a roasted pear bruschetta with brie and garlic and basil that goes over really well. But your classics are always going to be crowd-pleasers, too. Things like sliders, crab cakes and cocktail shrimp.” Kevin finds that hors d’oeuvres parties are becoming quite popular. Instead of trying to get everyone seated around a table, hosts will opt for several different appetizers that can be eaten while guests mingle. Ultimately, the holidays are stressful, and having your party or gathering catered is a way to alleviate some of that burden. “We have set impossible standards for ourselves,” Kevin states. “I think it makes sense to have at least one portion of the party taken care of by somebody else so you don’t have to worry about it. It’s about taking pressure off to have time to enjoy your guests and enjoy the season.” KB Foods does not cater on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. To ensure the restaurant can meet your dinner requirements and timelines, please call to confirm how much advanced notice is required. KB Food 120 Brock St. N., Whitby www.kbfood.com (905) 430-0236 info@kbfood.com

Customized Holiday Meal

Operating as a café in Whitby, M&R Catering is a one-stop shop when it comes to your holiday needs. “We do Christmas cookies, French macaron cookies, and Christmas cakes,” says owner Marjorie Steenson.

East Magazine, Food and Dining, Holiday Meals, Holiday Entertaining, Holiday CateringOne of M&R Catering’s unique offerings that people might not think of during the holidays is its Christmas high teas, which can be catered to your home or enjoyed on-site at the café in M&R’s private events room. “A holiday high tea has an assortment of scones, of course, with cream and preserves,” Marjorie explains. “We do bite-sized savory sandwiches along with bite sized little quiches. But what makes it interesting and seasonal is that we do things like minced meat tarts, cream puffs with crushed candy cane on them, and reindeer and snowflake cut-out cookies.”

As part of their catering services, Marjorie and her staff offer everything from cheeseboards and appetizers to a full turkey dinner. The menu for each event is customized. “There’s just so much we can do outside of that traditional dinner,” she explains. “Every single menu is different, so you can go to one party we cater and then go to another one, and it would be totally different food. People really like the versatility.”

Having been in the business since 2010, Marjorie knows the importance of the role that food plays in entertaining—especially during the holidays. “It’s not about what we can do for the people, it’s what we can do to create that experience with delicious food,” she says. “We truly want our clients to have a great time, and be proud of the food they’re giving to their guests.”

M&R Catering
116 Dundas St. W., Whitby
www.mandrcatering.com
(905) 431-2520
mandrcaterings@gmail.com

If you are familiar with The Brock House in Whitby, then you know the restaurant is famous for its prime rib. “That’s our staple which we have returning guests come in for,” says general manager Maddison Neshevich. “It’s slow-roasted every day for about seven hours, and is super tender and cooked medium-rare.”

For your holiday party, The Brock House caters from its specially created and customizable menu for any size of group. “We do drop-off and pick-up catering, and we have our family dinners to go any day of the week,” Maddison says.

For Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, The Brock House creates a special take-home, three-course turkey dinner which feeds up to eight guests. “Because we’re closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, the meals are picked up ahead of time,” explains Maddison. “We open the restaurant for two hours on Christmas Eve. Everything comes cold, and we give the guests cooking instructions.”

The appeal of having a holiday gathering catered has to do with being in the comfort of one’s own home, Maddison believes. She says, “It’s more relaxing if someone is cooking your food for you. For our holiday meal pickups, we actually had one lady tell us that this was the first time in twenty years she didn’t have to cook a meal, and she actually got to enjoy the day.”

For catering details, or to find out order timelines for a take-home turkey dinner, be sure to call Maddie at The Brock House to discuss your event.

The Brock House
918 Brock St. N., Whitby
www.thebrockhouse.ca
(905) 493-4031

If you know and love Farm Boy for its fresh food and focus on supporting local, then you’ll know there are locations right here in Whitby and Pickering. For many it is their go-to when entertaining! “We are committed to bringing our customers the best fresh-market experience,” says Carolyn Trudel, Director, PR and Marketing. “For us, it’s all about the food. Since starting in Cornwall as a produce stand 36 years ago, supporting local has been a part of the company’s business model.”

East Magazine, Food and Dining, Holiday Meals, Holiday Entertaining, Holiday CateringTo make holiday entertaining easier, Farm Boy offers fully-cooked, three-course, take-home dinners which feed between six and eight people. The menu will vary from year to year depending on what chef-inspired dishes the Farm Boy team creates, but previous seasons have featured a fully-cooked, grade A turkey with gravy and stuffing made from scratch, an assortment of delicious sides like French beans with almonds, roasted rosemary carrots and garlic mashed potatoes. And of course, there is always the sweet treat for dessert.

“Farm Boy turkeys come from the Hayter farm in Dashwood, Ontario, where the family has been raising turkeys for over 36 years,” Carolyn says. “They are a trusted Ontario turkey farmer, and we guarantee our product by selecting quality suppliers that we trust.”

Farm Boy also has a large kitchen program where food is made fresh for customers daily. “We’re focusing on providing ready-to-cook, or ready-to-heat, and you can also buy food that is hot,” Carolyn explains. “This takes some of the pressure off of those who want to cook their own turkey but may decide to leave the sides to someone else. Or it allows people the flexibility to go another route than the traditional turkey dinner.”

“We say, let us do the work for you,” she adds. “We take it very seriously. It is an honour to be invited into someone’s home, and we try to provide a wonderful quality taste experience that they can be proud to serve their family and friends.”

It is important to note that, with the Farm Boy take-home dinners, there are ordering deadlines. When planning your holiday dinner or gathering, remember to check the website or call 1-855-747-2366 for information on when your orders need to be placed.

While this offers a sampling of the potential for your holiday meal, shop around and find the menu and budget that suits your family. Call, reserve and relax this holiday season.

Farm Boy
360 Taunton Rd. E.,Whitby
www.farmboy.ca/holiday-dinner/
(905) 430-1400

1355 Kingston Rd., Pickering
Pickering Town Centre
(905) 839-3834