Walking into Yolanda’s on their opening night, I’m overcome with the sense that the Mercanti family have the Midas touch. What was once an old stone building has been beautifully resurrected into an intimate setting in the heart of Bronte Harbour. With the help of interior design firm Castor, the space now has a harmonious balance of old world charm and contemporary design.
Not to be outdone by the decor, the food at Yolanda’s is outstanding. Head Chef Scott Bailey has put together a menu that stems from traditional Italian cuisine. The plates are meant to be shared and enjoyed with good company and great wine. Although tempted to try absolutely everything on the menu, we selected a few small plates and promised our taste buds we’d be back.
The kale salad was outstanding, dressed in a sweet, zesty vinaigrette and topped with a spicy salami and Parmesan cheese.
These monster meatballs were coated in a traditional Italian tomato sauce with Parmesan cheese and carried hints of cinnamon and molasses.
With every creamy, gooey bite warming us to the core, the porchetta mac & cheese was one of the highlights.
The pasta of the day was a simple, fresh and flavourful dish topped with ricotta cheese. This delicately light pasta is made in-house.
The gnocchi, handmade by chef Scott Bailey, is incredible. It melts in your mouth and is wonderfully warming.
Yolanda’s has a fantastic cocktail list that includes all the classics and many Italian inspired recipes (try anything with Fernet Branca!). The wine list is refreshingly affordable and uniquely features exclusively Italian wines. Open from ‘3pm – late’ in the heart of Bronte Harbour, Oakville, Yolanda’s is a welcome addition to the neighbourhood!