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Time for a Great Meal at Thyme 4 Pizza & Pasta

thymeIf you like Italian food that covers all the bases, Thyme 4 is a place to try. The menu comprises everything you’d expect from an Italian restaurant – pasta, pizza, risotto, gnocchi, veal and chicken. Salmon and grilled lamb chops also grace the menu prepared with a Mediterranean flair.

The owner, Peter Quach, is no stranger to the restaurant business. A Vietnamese immigrant, he has been cooking since he first arrived to Canada at the age of 10. He attended the culinary programs at Humber College and George Brown College where he gravitated to his favourite cuisine – Italian. Peter worked as a sous chef and then a chef at several high-end restaurants in Toronto before breaking out and starting his first restaurant, Thyme 4 on The Queensway. The restaurant has been going strong for 15 years and his success has allowed him to open two others: Thyme 4 on Lakeshore and Tiramisu on The Queensway (at Park Lawn).

The pasta is perfectly cooked – al dente – and the portions are ample. For some, they may be a little large, but take-home bags are happily offered. The manicotti is an instant, mouth-watering favourite: homemade crepes with ricotta cheese and spinach topped with melted Mozzarella in a rose sauce. Pizza is thin-crusted and dusted lightly with herbs. Just the right amount of homemade tomato sauce is host to delicious cheeses with the toppings generous but not overpowering. Salads are fresh, crisp and lightly

The manicotti: homemade crepes with ricotta cheese and spinach topped with melted Mozzarella in a rose sauce.

dressed. The focaccia is served warm with olive oil and balsamic for dipping; here you must exercise self-discipline if you want to save room for your meal. The fresh mussels appetizer, steamed in a spicy garlic tomato sauce, can easily pizzafill you– especially at lunchtime.

Everything is made from scratch (except for a few of the desserts) and Peter, although busy managing the restaurant, still puts his chef skills to task. He loves to cook and takes pride in all of his dishes. The staff is courteous, efficient and helpful – if you need to make an adjustment to your pasta dish (pesto instead of cream; linguine instead of fusilli), no problem. They are more than happy to oblige. “We spend a lot of time together so the people who work here have become my friends,” says Peter.  “The work environment is good.” Perhaps that accounts for the very low staff turnover rate.

The space holds approximately 40 people, and the seating can be arranged to accommodate small groups. Peter designed the interior himself to ensure the ambiance would be inviting. During the day, the sun streams through the large picture windows creating a bright and cheerful atmosphere while in the evening, warm lighting produces an elegant, intimate setting. On the weekend, you’d better have a reservation because the line-up will be long. Conveniently located near the Queensway theatre, with ample street parking, Thyme 4 is a great place for a pre-movie meal or late night dessert and coffee.

This is a restaurant born and sustained through passion and hard work. Peter works 11-hour days, 7 days a week with no indication of slowing down soon. His family (wife, two sons and brother) also work in the restaurants and all share his enthusiasm for the business which is why you will not be disappointed with your experience at one of Etobicoke’s favourite restaurants. If you live outside the Etobicoke area, you might find that it’s worth the drive to Thyme 4 Pizza & Pasta for a hearty Italian meal. If you live in the area, but don’t want to go out, you can always order in. Delivery is free!

Name: Thyme 4 Pizza & Pasta

  • Location: 890 The Queensway
  • City: Toronto (Etobicoke)
  • Phone: 416-255-6553/233-7105
  • Hours: Mon.- Fri, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sat, 4 p.m.- 11 p.m.; Sun, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Prices: Appetizers, $5-$12; pizza, pasta, risotto $15; fish & meat, $15-$20

Lunch special, $10 for pasta and salad

  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Atmosphere: Casual, warm, unpretentious, inviting
  • Drinks: Good selection of wine by the bottle or the glass, decent beer variety
  • Specialty: Pizza dough and sauces made in house, homemade melt-in-your mouth Tiramisu
  • Free delivery

By Carla Sandrin

 

10 Responses to Time for a Great Meal at Thyme 4 Pizza & Pasta

  1. Kevin Nelson

    February 24, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Excellent article, makes me hungry for Italian food.

  2. Heather Winship

    February 24, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Yummmmm…Sounds like a delightful dining adventure!

  3. Debra MacFarlane

    February 25, 2014 at 10:06 am

    I used to live nearby this restaurant and always enjoyed my experience. Reliable classic Italian…reading this makes me want to make the trek to the old hood again!

  4. Kim Steynor

    February 25, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Having lived in the central Etobicoke area for many years, I have passed this restaurant often and thought of giving it a try. After reading this review, I will definitely make a date!

  5. Trish Feehan

    February 25, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Sounds like a great venue, with excellent food at a reasonable price. No wonder there’s a line-up! Will be checking out this restaurant soon.

  6. jan mcclelland

    February 25, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Hmmm that made me hungry. I’ve lived in Etobicoke for over 20 years but this restaurant was not on my radar. I will definitely check it out probably on a movie night. Great review

  7. Barbra Power

    February 26, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    I’m always looking for new spots to take the family to eat. After reading this review, I will definitely plan to try it out. Thanks for the tip!

  8. Ted Loewen

    February 27, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    This sounds like a restaurant I want to visit. I love good Italian food.

  9. Jean Koziak

    February 28, 2014 at 5:25 am

    This is a very enticing article about a restaurant that we will definitely be going to for dinner. Thank you for writing it; we don’t live far from it, but did not know about it. But now we do! Thank you. Looking forward to a delicious Italian meal.
    Jean and Jim Koziak

  10. Peter Bethlenfalvy

    March 4, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Close to where we live and my wife always likes it when we go to new places. Good article and we will check it out.

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