Terroni is a Toronto transplant, now with two locations; we favor the new DTLA space, set in an old bank with high, ornately carved ceilings. Chef Stephen Murray’s menus are omnivorous Italian, weighted toward pizzas and pastas that feel both traditional and original. Max Stefanelli’s wine list is pan-Italian but especially deep in wines from the center and points south, as well as the islands. Also check out their Italian-inspired cocktails, like the Little Italy, with rye, Torino vermouth and Cynar.
Karen started her career in wine as an enologist at Araujo in Napa Valley, having graduated with a BA in International Relations and French from UC Davis. She went on to handle education and sales support for Indie Wineries in California before joining the sommelier team at Spago for a year. For the past several years, she has been working with the publishing group behind the Somm Journal, part of the launch team for The Clever Root, where she served as Managing Editor for two years, then going freelance as a Senior Editor, to raise her daughter, who is now two years old. She also contributes to the Josephine Porter Institute’s newsletter on Applied Biodynamics. Karen has studied in Bordeaux and worked in the Rhône, led there by a glass of Domaine du Pegau, which sparked her interest in the Rhône. And it was a bottle of Diamond Creek’s Gravelly Meadow from the early 1990s that had shifted her view of Napa Valley—her family has been in the Valley for five generations, and once had a dairy farm on the land that became Lake Berryessa.
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