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sam Apr 1, 2004 12:11 PM

Where can I get the best Risotto in TO. Some recommended...elevensixteen Has anyone tried that? Any good restuarants or food place/ take out in the bathurst / lawrence area?

Link: http://www.toronto.com/infosite/56927...

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    Frances in Toronto Apr 1, 2004 01:15 PM

    i can tell you where *not* to go... i tried Coppi's risotto (i think they are at Lawrence & Yonge or something?), which i found was much too salty. before they serve you the risotto, they mix it in a humongous pinwheel of parmesan cheese. also i found the rice to be undercooked. it was the porcini risotto i had.

    good luck!!

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      estufarian Apr 2, 2004 04:27 PM

      I find the risotto at Coppi to be 'perfectly' undercooked - that's the way I like it!
      Different risottos for different folks!

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        Dr. John Sep 15, 2009 06:50 PM

        I also really enjoyed the porcini risotto at Coppi several times. But then, I do like salt!

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      Jacquilynne Apr 1, 2004 01:21 PM

      I don't know if either is the best risotto in Toronto, but I've particularily enjoyed the risotto at:

      Carmelina - in Markham at Woodbine & Esna Park, next to the new La Bifteque
      George's Ristorante - Eglinton west of Bathurst.

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        carolyn Apr 1, 2004 01:24 PM

        I had great risotto at Noce on Queen W (near Bathurst) and Biagio's at King (at Jarvis)

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          fortheloveoffood Apr 1, 2004 02:46 PM

          Try Romagna Mia - their risotto is award winning! (see comments in thread below around March 29/30)

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            vorpal Jul 14, 2007 08:40 AM

            I had their risotto once, and found it to be quite good, but my homemade risotto (which I don't think is anything special) passed it. Not sure I'd go out of my way to eat at Romagna Mia again.

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            Mookie Apr 1, 2004 10:31 PM

            The yummiest risotto in TO in my humble opinion can be wolfed down at Gio Ranna's Really Really Nice Restaurant, Queen East and Leslie. Mushroom, yet not overly fungal:) It's a perfect portion, not the elephantine heap most restos serve as an entree. A delicious compliment to their other very tasty dishes: sexy duck, the pork chop, or shrimp with asian slaw. Go early evening to avoid chaos and long lines--camp out, take full advantage of their decent wine list and be sure to ask for the section presided over by the wonderful male server with the trimmed (thank-you! I wish I knew your name!) beard who's mastered the art of observing you without bugging you every other bite: a Toronto rarity. A good date spot provided you can handle the escalating volume of the music as the night wears on. I know, I know, I'm getting older:)
            Happy dining.

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              Ted Richards Apr 2, 2004 08:06 AM

              By far the best I've had is the mushroom risotto at Via Allegro in Etobicoke (1750 The Queensway across from Sherway Gardens). It's expensive, but worth the splurge.

              Link: http://www.torontolife.com/cityguide/...

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                evansl Sep 18, 2009 05:06 AM

                Second this. It isn't cheap, but they don't stint on the wild mushrooms, so it is fair value.

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                chowkitty Apr 2, 2004 09:43 AM

                The best risotto I have had in TO by far is at Peppino's in the Beach. The restaurant is smallish (but nice - intimate - a good date place) and the menu is not extensive but it is excellent Italian seems-homemade food. The risottos are incredible there.

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                  Adamino Apr 2, 2004 03:12 PM

                  I don't even really like Risotto, but I will order it EVERY SINGLE TIME I go to "Bouchon" on Wellington. It's incredible incredible. I tried some of my friend's and ordered it. It came with a fillet of White Tuna which was also incredible.

                  Now, when I say I don't like Risotto, it's because I've only ever really had it as a side-dish.

                  I'm sure you will like it. The saffron was a nice touch. Sooooo incredible!!!

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                    sensualspirit Jul 14, 2007 06:09 PM

                    I also don't like Risotto. I don't understand the thrill, although maybe it's just what I've tried.

                    The ones I had were bland & yes, the rice was hard which I don't like.

                    Now Chef's from Hell's Kitchen, I'd try his just to see if he can win me over since he seems very picky about that dish (not that he isn't picky about everything) : )

                    Michelle

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                    marni Apr 2, 2004 04:34 PM

                    Oro on Elm Street. They have some on the menu and always have an interesting risotto special. I order risotto every time I am there.
                    I also like the risotto at Romagna Mia

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                      MC86 Sep 14, 2009 10:06 AM

                      Oro has a Truffle pasta that is divine, the flavors were very well put together.

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                      Brock Shepherd Apr 3, 2004 07:23 PM

                      Hands down; Romagnia Mia for the pheasant and truffle
                      or the truffle w/ walnuts done in the parmesan wheel

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                        food face Jul 14, 2007 06:19 AM

                        Flaming Parm cheese. Truffle oil. It's an orgasm on a plate. It wins awards. It's cheesy rich. The waiter flambees a cheese wheel scrapes it and prepares it at your table. He shaves a truffle on it to finish it. It really is an experience not to be missed.

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                        miranda Jul 14, 2007 08:02 AM

                        Both Giancarlo and Mistura have amazing risotto's...I had beet risotto at Mistura and wild mushroom risotto at Giancarlo both were excellent...cooked to perfection ...bursting with flavour...sadly neither restaurant is open for Lunch...any Lunch risotto suggestions...Miranda

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                          traceym Jul 15, 2007 10:08 AM

                          i second the rec of mistura's beet risotto. it is a lovely deep purplely-red (does not really taste like beets though), it is very cheesy.

                          i've also had many great risottos at Toni Bulloni's on Cumberland in Yorkville.

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                            capetowngirlie Jul 17, 2007 07:05 AM

                            this is an easy one, hands down Romagna Mia! Their risotto has perfect texture and flavour and presentation, it's an exquisite pleasure! The chef knows his stuff and never fails to deliver some of the best Italian in the city.

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                              Snarf Jul 17, 2007 10:32 AM

                              Imperia, on Yorkville, does a fantastic lobster risotto. The chef worked at Cibo years ago, as a point of trivia.

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                                millygirl Jul 23, 2007 03:16 PM

                                Have to say the beet risotto at Mistura.....far and away, the BEST!!!
                                But I also fondly recall Coppi's.

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                                  ministerofkebab Jul 23, 2007 05:05 PM

                                  Grappa on college. Very old school, great wine list and damn good risotto....often a special if itsn't on the main menu,,

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                              Sadistick Sep 14, 2009 10:49 AM

                              I would have to say my white truffle w/ Pecorino and white asparagus risotto is the best, but perhaps I may be biased.

                              If I had to dine out, I would vote for Mistura, as their beet risotto is fantastic.

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                                dubchild Sep 14, 2009 10:58 AM

                                I don't think anyone mentioned Il MUlino, they make a great risotto. I think it changes daily.

                                1. RosiePosie Sep 18, 2009 06:29 AM

                                  The best risotto I've had in the city is the beet risotto at Mistura. I don't even LIKE beets and I LOVED that dish!

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