Nestled in the heart of Ajax’s quaint, historic Pickering Village, Casa Verde is one of the town’s most popular Italian restaurants since it first opened over 20 years ago. Located in a beautiful, green-painted historic house, Casa Verde’s classically elegant interior makes it perfect for a romantic meal while head chef and owner Robert Scagliotti’s authentic Italian menu never fails to delight. Try pasta dishes including spaghetti con polpette with veal meatballs and tomato sauce or an entrée of involtini di pollo (ham and cheese-stuffed chicken breast in a creamy mushroom sauce). Be sure to treat yourself to one of Casa Verde’s Italian vintage wines.
Maimana gets its name from a city in northern Afghanistan known for its deep-rooted culinary tradition that, as a historic cultural crossroads, combines Afghani cuisine with elements of central Asian, Greek, Indian and Persian fare. Start with mantoo (steamed dumpling shells filled with ground beef, onion and red pepper served with yoghurt-mint sauce) before trying one of Maimana’s legendary kebabs, which include chicken tandoori, beef tikka and lamb chop and are served with rice or fries, crispy salad and fresh naan bread. Complete your Afghani culinary experience with a traditional dessert of ferni, a light, cardamom-flavored milk pudding topped with walnuts.
Maimana, 279 Kingston Road East, Ajax, ON, Canada, +1 905 239 9292
Since first opening its doors in 2013, The Red Kitchen has been wowing local diners with its authentic Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese cuisine. A hidden gem tucked away in the Harwood Plaza mall, it’s a stylish, modern space decked out in southeast Asian-inspired art and manned by friendly, knowledgeable staff. Choose from appetizers like Thai shrimp rolls and satay chicken, and a variety of pho, including rare beef and tripe or beef brisket and meatball. Follow with entrees that include Thai green curry and mee soon goreng, a Malaysian dish of wok-fried vermicelli noodles, bean sprouts and vegetables in sambal sauce with a choice of shrimp, beef or chicken.
The Red Kitchen, 314 Harwood Avenue South, Ajax, ON, Canada, +1 905 903 0660