In 1984 King Street, west of University Avenue was a far cry from the vibrant entertainment district that it is today. The area, primarily industrial at the time was not known as a destination where one might enjoy an elegant dining experience. Undeterred, Executive Chef Luigi Orgera, made the courageous decision to open a fine dining establishment, La Fenice (“The Phoenix”) in the area.
Named after a famous Opera house in Italy, devasted by fire then restored to its original glory, it represents “The Phoenix that “rose from the ashes.” That symbolism was not lost on Luigi’s journey that led him to this point. His family owned the local food shop, “la Bottega Alimentari” in their small village of Spigno Saturina, near Rome. Here weary travelers were welcomed to warm meals. During the Second World War, their town and livelihood were destroyed, and the family moved to Canada to start a new life.
With close ties to his homeland, Luigi furnished the restaurant with imported Italian marble and lined the walls with his original paintings of the Italian landscape. Inspired by traditional Southern Italian cuisine, the menu paid homage to family recipes. The highest quality ingredients were brought in from Italy, rich virgin olive oils and cheese are married with fresh local produce procured daily by the chef himself. Desserts, lovingly crafted by his wife Sandra, were baked daily and served at the restaurant. La Fenice quickly gained a reputation for its gracious hospitality and simple, authentic Italian dishes. Acclamations for Chef Orgera and the success of his restaurant directly contributed to the revitalization of the area.
After his passing in 2000, daughter Rita and her husband Executive Chef Rocco Fosco took over the family business. Having had the good fortune to work with Luigi, Rocco remains faithful to the vision of his predecessor. Following Luigi’s timeless recipes and using the very best authentic ingredients, Chef Rocco’s attention to detail and pride are evident in every dish he executes. Loyal staff members who served at the restaurant for many years continue to deliver the same gracious hospitality that Luigi himself was known. At 85, Sandra continues to bake desserts for the restaurant, and her tiramisu remains one of the best in the city.
À la minute! You order, we prepare.
Freshest local ingredients we can find!
Always, ALWAYS homemade sauces and soups daily
All desserts by Nonna.
|MONDAY||12:00 PM - 3:00 PM||5:00 PM - 10:00 PM|
|TUESDAY||12:00 PM - 3:00 PM||5:00 PM - 10:00 PM|
|WEDNESDAY||12:00 PM - 3:00 PM||5:00 PM - 10:00 PM|
|THURSDAY||12:00 PM - 3:00 PM||5:00 PM - 10:00 PM|
|FRIDAY||12:00 PM - 3:00 PM||5:00 PM - 10:00 PM|
|SATURDAY||Closed||5:00 PM - 10:00 PM|