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Anyone know the restaurants on Wilson west of Dufferin?

I have been driving past Mastros restaurant on Wilson for years, anyone been there? Comments? There is also a Colombian Bakery and Colombian Restaurant as well as a Jamaican place. Next to a store front church is an Italian place called Traviata, I think.

In a strip mall is a place called Loconte that appears to be an Italian deli.

Anyone who knows any of these places, I am interested in knowing if there is a gem among the junk.

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  1. Haven't been to eat-in restos in this area - they all look kinda creepy from the outside! But I can tell you that there's some pretty good down-n-dirty greasy Chinese food at a fixture in the neighbourhood called "Blossom Inn". And, you can sit in to eat there, though I never have.

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    1. re: sweetspotlee

      The creepiness is what has kept me out of them all this time. I walked by them today and all the strip malls smell like ashtrays. But still, if there is a hidden gem, enquiring minds want to know.

    2. I haven't been to mastro's in years but from what I remember, the food is pretty good. We would have family functions there such as communions and baptisms until we moved away from the area.

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      1. re: joey36

        I go to Mastro's all the time. It is still great! The food is old school-italian and freshly prepared. The last time I went there was even an Italian Mama in the kitchen. Every Saturday night, there is an accordion player and it really turns the night into a rockin' good time! In fact, last time I was at Costco, I think you could even get a coupon for Mastro's.

      2. Haven't been to any of the businesses you've mentioned, but I've visited a few other businesses nearby.
        La Luna, an Italian bakery in a strip mall on the south side of Wilson west of Dufferin, is great...nice mini-cannoli and other pastries. Reasonable prices and friendly staff.
        I had a good meal at Maya- Guatamalan home cooking.
        I've tried the empanadas at Rosa Chilena...which are decent but not the style I was looking for.

        I've been meaning to try Emporio de los Sandwiches and Los Arrieros (which might be the Colombian restaurant you're talking about).

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        1. re: phoenikia

          I'll second phoenikia's mention of Maya as good (and her mention of wanting to try Los Arrieros, but that's because we went together to Maya when we found out Los Arrieros was closed).

          1. re: phoenikia

            what is this Maya place ? can you give a little review on it?
            I am thinking of going back to Los Arrieros again this weekend with few co-workers. but i would like to try something different if it is good.

            1. re: perl

              Maya is a Guatamalan restaurant located at 918 Wilson, west of Dufferin, 2 blocks west of Los Arrieros.

              We started with some fried plantain, served with refried black beans(cooked in lard) and crema. I tried their bandeja. It was combo plate with a marinated piece of beef and a fried pork cutlet served with an avocado and tomato salad and rice.

              The portions were smaller than Los Arrieros, but they were still ample and a good value. The food was nicely seasoned. I think they had several tex-mex items on the menu as well that I did not try. Nice staff.

          2. I tried the Jamaican place about a month ago and thought it was pretty good. A very generous portion of curry chicken with rice and beans and a little pasta salad. Very good patties as well. Very reasonable and the owner/server guy was very friendly. I have also tried the Uraguaya-Restaurant de los Sandwich. Decent empanadas, but wicked little pastries. Lots of different kinds and very reasonably priced.

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            1. re: robb

              what is this jamaican place called ? ambience and price ?

            2. Thanks everyone. I work in that neighbourhood and take my lunchtime walk, so of course I keep an eye out for food and restaurants.

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              1. re: faijay

                Hey faijay,
                I think I've eaten at most of these places over many years (the first pizza I ever had was from Mastro, over 40 years ago!). Although La Luna is good, I prefer Trezzano Bakery at the corner of Dufferin and Wilson. Great, homemade sausage on a panini, or meatball, veal etc. A daily pasta and pizza by the square. Eat in or take out.
                Another great spot is Roberto's Meats at the corner of Keele and Wilson, by the CIBC. They have a BBQ stand outside the door where you can get a steak on a bun, a sausage from the meat store, freshly barbecued, even on most winter days!

                1. re: Yongeman

                  I wanted to thank you for suggesting Trezzano...I stopped by at lunch today and ordered the eggplant parmigian and a slice of potato pizza...both were delicious. My new favorite source for homestyle Italian cooking.
                  They didn't have any pastries when I was there, though, so I still stand by my suggestion of La Luna for the cannoli in the neighbourhood.

                  Will finally be trying Los Arrieros this week...will post the review asap....

                  1. re: phoenikia

                    Had a nice meal at Los Arrieros tonight...Started with the picada colombiana, a platter of pork, chorizo, bacon, plantain and potatoes. I ordered the bandeja paisa...steak, more bacon and chorizo, a fried egg, an arepa, rice, beans and some avocado.

                    A few pictures of the dinner are posted at http://phoenikia.wordpress.com

                  2. re: Yongeman

                    Thanks for the tips. I am now a regular at Trezzano. It is like stepping into the past (or Brooklyn). Love the art work. Anyway, their veal sandwich and sausages are great. I did not like the Porchetta, it was just too fatty and chewy for me. I am going to try Roberto's very soon (maybe today).

                2. Hi phoenikia,
                  I think you're right about the pastries at Trezzano--not their strong point. But who really cares when you get good savoury dishes and bread for eat in or take out. I usually just have a sandwich and take home some bread. My favourite sandwich at Trezzano is the sausage. They usually don't add sauce, but I have it with sauce and some sweet and hot peppers.

                  The meal that you had at Los Arrieros was amazing! I read more about it in your blog--great pics. Is it on Wilson? I'll have to try it soon.

                  1. Hi Yongeman,
                    thanks for the input;)I'll have to try the sausage sandwich next time I go to Trezzano...

                    Los Arrieros is located at 752 Wilson, about 300 metres west of Dufferin, on the north side, in the same strip plaza as Rosa Chilena Bakery and Lee's West Indian Restaurant.

                    3 natural juices (similar to smoothies), a huge Picada meat platter, and 2 large mains came to roughly $60 before tip.
                    One of their mains is more than enough food for one person.

                    We were intent on trying a several of their dishes since we hadn't been there before; there was no way we could've finished that much food.

                    Bring a hearty appetite;) The servings are massive...

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                    1. re: phoenikia

                      They were huge.

                      The appetizer meat platter (which, admittedly, at $16 cost more than either of our entrees) was like a mountain o' meat with some starches on the side (plantain, potato, cassava). In a high class restaurant, it probably would have been 1/20th the size and called "pork fat 5 ways", but instead it was just huge and delicious. Great sausages and bacon especially.

                      I braved up and ordered the lingua creolla for my entree. It came with potatoes (the potatoes there are *freakishly* good), rice and cassava and this intense, deep sauce. It wasn't hot spicy, just very, very well seasoned. I was wary of it, because I've always sort of followed my uncle's rule of never tasting anything that might taste you back, but hey, it seemed like something to try. It turned out to be really good. A very mild flavour and a tender texture.

                    2. how much was your meal? i can't picture where this is, is it west of dufferin?

                      1. Agree with others - have been to Mastro's years ago and found it gave good food at reasonable prices, and was both lively and quiet enough to hear your companions talk...
                        Faijay - did you ever try Mastro's?

                        Mastro's Pizza Express
                        , Toronto, ON M5G, CA