Mile End bistro Elda has been reborn, with new owners and a totally new approach — with the name tweaked to Osteria da Elda, it’s now focused on classic Italian fare.
That fits neatly with the pedigrees of the restaurant’s two owners — according to Tastet, those include Jimmy Rizzotti and Fabrizio Caprioli of nearby Barcola Bistro, over on Parc.
There’s not much connection to the previous Elda beyond the name: That restaurant in the same space on St-Laurent closed last summer (it was originally opened by Gregory Paul of Restaurant Mile-Ex in 2016, although he later departed).
The restaurant’s interior has also not changed drastically, with roughly the same layout. But the menu from chef Julieta Morros sure has: it’s a little more classic-leaning than Barcola, with items like a traditional gnocchi with tomato sauce and parmesan, Caprese salad, and cheese and charcuterie plates. It’s a rounded menu featuring pizza al taglio, three pastas, three mains (such as braised veal cheek), and a range of shareable plates like fried Cotechino sausage and fried calamari. There’s a few playful options too — like a Trieste-style take on poutine with a potato galette, turnip sauce, and Montasio cheese.
That menu is rounded out with a selection of private import wines, available at both lunch and dinner hours.
STATUS — Osteria da Elda is open at 5206 St-Laurent from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, and 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday to Monday (5:30 p.m. Monday). Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.