Tucked away at the end of Crossroads Plaza, the Jolly is an Italian restaurant that has been around for more than twenty years. Specializing in (naturally) Italian food they do a ‘tavola calda‘ or buffet style option at lunchtime for those who need a fixed price meal that they can get without delay. Table service is available for those not in too great a hurry and we opted to go this route for our lunchtime meal. Not having eaten at The Jolly for a few years, my dining companion and I were somewhat trepidatious, wondering how things had changed.
The interior is divided into a buffet seating area laid out in rows and an à la carte section with booths. Having some time to enjoy the meal we opted for a booth and ordered drinks from the helpful and friendly waitress. The owners have painted over the old Italian-themed murals and in spite of this (or even because of it) the place looks a little tired and could do with some freshening up. The patio has been expanded and partially covered.
I ordered pasta primavera with tomato sauce and my wife had cozze alla marinara (two dozen steamed mussels in wine and garlic sauce). We waited a reasonable 15 minutes for them to be cooked to order and both were excellent; my wife knows mussels and she rated these and the sauce they came in very highly. The pasta was delicious with the right combination of pasta and vegetables. Our meal with an imported beer and water came to around $33 before tip which isn’t too bad. The tavola calda option would have been cheaper.
Overall impression; the food was excellent and the service very good, the decor needs help but the Jolly has the big things right and is well worth a visit.
|Address:||2625 Weston Road .Toronto ON, M9N 3V9|
|Hours of Operation|
|Monday – Wednesday||7:30 am – 10:30 pm|
|Thursday – Saturday||7:30 am – 11:30 pm|
|Sunday||8:00 am – 9:00 pm|
|Payments Methods||Visa, MasterCard, American Express,
Debit, Gift Certificate
|Bring Your Own Wine||Yes|