Azzurra, Collingwood, Ontario
If you look at the Great Lakes from outer space, Lake Huron is the lady carrying a backpack…and it’s the culinary culture that rings that backpack that is simply exploding. When I first got to know Collingwood, it was a shipbuilding town and the main attraction, aside from that new ski hill ‘west of here’ now known as Blue Mountain, was the day with the big lakers were cut loose and launched. Everyone turned out.
A lot has changed largely because of the skiing and hiking that the Niagara Escarpment provides. And nearby are farms and orchards and fisheries so restaurants once able to buy only from large suppliers are springing up across the region.
Azzurra owner, Andrea Greyerbiehl, spent her childhood on a farm in southwestern Ontario and recognized the potential for great food in Collingwood. With Chef Leona Nyman at the helm, the restaurant raises the dining bar higher every year. Chef Nyman joined Azzura in 2008 bringing not only enthusiasm but also solid experience as a veteran of the Four Season’s Truffles Restaurant – for which many a Toronto foodie still pines… and Toronto’s Bonjour Brioche. Her take on food is simply fresh and ultimately seasonal and often communal at a Panzo, the long Italian style of sharing dinner. From the handmade sweet potato gnocchi with smoked bacon and crispy sage to the plump ravioli stuffed with braised beef, this is hearty fare perfect for hikers and bikers alike…perhaps washed down with one of at least a dozen micro-brewed beers and ciders.
Food Day Canada 2017
Sweet Corn and smoked ham hock soup
Crispy Fanny Bay oysters, heirloom tomato spiced relish
East coast seafood stew of cod and shrimp, mussels and lucky lime oysters, scallops, potatoes, fennel, roasted red and yellow pepper, white wine, leeks, Miner’s lettuce
maple roasted pork belly, creamy summer squash risotto, caramelized peaches and blueberries
pavlova, summer berries
Azzurra is one of about 250 restaurants that celebrate Food Day across Canada. Contact them at the number below to reserve a table.
Azzurra est l’un des 250 restaurants à travers tout le Canada qui participent au Journée des terroirs. Contactez Azzura directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre réservation