Villeray has a new pasta option, with two former kitchen staff from Toqué opening Moccione in recent days.
Located on Villeray near St-Denis, it comes from Luca Cianciulli — beyond his past role as souf chef at Normand Laprise’s famed restaurant, he is also known for appearance on Radio-Canada’s Les Chefs back in 2011, as well as for winning Chopped Canada. He’s joined by partner Maxime Landry as co-owner.
According to La Presse, Cianciulli and Landry are aiming to focus on local products — both for food and alcohol — while keeping things a little home-style and rather affordable.
It looks like Moccione will play to Cianciulli’s strengths in Italian cuisine — he has staged in Italy, including time studying pizza in Naples. Fittingly, the options at Moccione lean classic — gnocchi with beurre noisette and sage, bolognese, or an anchovy spaghetti all figure on the opening lunch menu.
On the alcohol side, wine should be more of a focus — the duo have tapped ex-Toqué, ex-Manitoba sommelier Maxime Lavallée as both manager and sommelier.
STATUS — Moccione is open at 380 Villeray from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, and 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday.