London Restaurants

LA CASA: Come Home to La Casa — Since 1994

The Editors
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A Downtown London landmark for fine dining for more than two decades, the 75-seat “ristorante” remains a quintessential experience for casual but refined dining. Consistency and familiarity are the hallmarks of the La Casa culinary experience. Count on fresh, local ingredients and a warm, neighbourly ambience with intimate dining rooms accented by a crackling wood-burning fireplace and a well-stocked bar.

The Scene

In the middle of King Street’s restaurant row, across the street from the Covent Garden Market and kitty corner to Budweiser Gardens stands La Casa, with a stylish black brick façade. One enters the dining room through a short hallway, as one might enter a gracious home. Intimately candle-lit by night, large windows provide lots of natural light by day. 

Menu Highlights

La Casa encapsulates its Italian roots by offering traditional home-style fare such as risotto, ravioli, lasagna, gnocchi Bolognese and angel hair pasta. The menus emphasize the classics of the Italian culinary canon and the authenticity that comes from family recipes handed down through the generations. The pastas are all made in-house. The restaurant does its own smoking, baking and desserts. The sourdough starter is 20 years old now!

Recommendations include:

Beef Tenderloin

Traditional DessertsRecommendations include:

Rack of Lamb — herb-crusted Ontario lamb, with roasted red potatoes, vegetable ratatouille and a shiraz-lamb sauce;
Seafood Risotto — lobster, seared scallops, shrimp, diced pancetta, mascarpone cheese and fresh pea shoots;
Beef Tenderloin — 8-ounce hand-cut fillet, with asparagus tips, garlic mashed potatoes, roasted portobello mushroom and a beef jus demi-glace;
Veal Marsala, a tower of veal tenderloin, on a spinach and wild mushroom risotto gateau, in a marsala reduction.

Traditional Italian & Mediterranean 

117 King Street (at Talbot)
519-434-2272

OPEN MONDAY–SATURDAY 
Lunch & Dinner 11:30 am–close
Closed Sundays & holidays 

LUNCH: $8–$24
DINNER: $9–$39

lacasaristorante.com

Steps to Budweiser Gardens
Across from Covent Garden Market
Perfect for Groups, Birthdays, Rehearsal Lunches & Dinners, Small Weddings, Receptions and Private Dining
Outstanding Scotch Selection
Fresh Daily Food Specials

Salmone Della Casa

 

Veal Marsala

 

Marinated Pan-fried Calamari

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