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Paul's Spaghetti on Cosburn

Ice Queen Sep 18, 2006 05:43 PM

A thread below mentioned this as a hidden gem. I've passed it many times without a second glance. I suppose I assumed the worst because of its location.

Seriously, is it good? What to order? Tell me more.

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    happybelly RE: Ice Queen Sep 18, 2006 06:44 PM

    It is very good. We have tried the pastas...it's the speciality so you can't go wrong. Friends of ours have had veal and they thoroughly enjoyed it. I have had the salmon many times and have never regretted. It's where we go when we want to have special dinner close to home (we live within walking distance).
    My best advice....always make a reservation. Every time we are there we see them turning people away.

    Try it....you will enjoy.

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      hungryabbey RE: happybelly Sep 20, 2006 07:59 PM

      do they have gnocci?

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        mmichellesb RE: hungryabbey Nov 29, 2007 12:12 PM

        They do have gnocci, in a gorgonzola cream sauce that is just To. Die. For.

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          hungryabbey RE: mmichellesb Nov 29, 2007 01:50 PM

          thanks for the update

    2. JamieK RE: Ice Queen Nov 29, 2007 02:06 PM


      Paul's Spaghetti
      488 Cosburn Ave, Toronto, ON M4J2N5, CA

      1. rayrayray RE: Ice Queen Nov 30, 2007 09:10 AM

        excellent veal and gnocci. had them both, never dissapoint. my fav is the plain old spaghetti with meat sauce............extremely tasty.

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          bogie RE: Ice Queen Nov 30, 2007 10:22 AM

          How come this is the first I've heard of this place? Now I can't wait to try it as I'm a confirmed pastaholic.

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            Pincus RE: Ice Queen Nov 30, 2007 11:54 AM

            Anyone know how many veggie pastas there are available? Besides the gnocchi with gorgonzola cream sauce, which sounds great for one of my off-diet days!

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              slkshrb RE: Ice Queen Jun 20, 2008 08:29 AM

              The food is great! I too used to pass by it without a second look, but since I live in the area I decided to step inside. When I walked in it was totally full. we had to wait about 10 minutes for a table to open up. They have a patio, but it was a bit cool outside to be sitting out there. I ordered the Chicken Parm and my partner ordered the Veal. Both were excellent. It's great value for your dollar in a quaint atmosphere with great service. Next time we go, I'm taking the extra step to book a reservation. This truly is a hidden gem in East York.

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                smr714 RE: slkshrb Jun 20, 2008 08:41 AM

                never had a bad meal at Paul's and his prices are reasonable. Makes me want to change my plans for tonight and see if they can squeeze me in.

              2. Full tummy RE: Ice Queen Jun 20, 2008 10:07 AM

                Sorry to rain on everyone's parade, but I won't go back to a place that offers "homemade" slices of cake at $6.00/slice, when they're actually made from a cake mix. The rest of the food was fine, nothing special in my opinion; the atmosphere quaint and comfortable. I so wanted to like it, but, really, cake mixes??? Yes, the waiter should have put a cork in his mouth rather than admit that, and it turned me off the place.

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                  Julie McCoy RE: Full tummy Jun 20, 2008 11:40 AM

                  It's funny how things can turn you off. Whether the cake starts life as a mix or not, I love the place, the staff, the food, and yes, the cake. I honestly don't care whether those massive slices of moist, velvety cake happen to be mixes because they taste so good.
                  The pastas really are the stars of the show, though. My family adores the gorgonzola sauces while my favourites are penne a la vodka and the chicken in rose sauce.
                  To answer the vegetarian question, there are several seafood pastas if that is acceptable and a delicious, pine nuts, spinach, goat cheese pasta. Also a primavera and a mushroom dish. Would need to check on the minestrone's broth, but it is delicious also.

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