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Oct 25, 2006 02:16 AM

kid friendly italian resto

my son is turning 10 tomorrow and wants to have pizza and pasta (spag and meatballs being his favorite). he wants to go to boston pizza and, needless to say, i'm not too thrilled.

any other recs that will make him and his brother happy but at the same time have something for hubby and i? we're in midtown BTW but are willing to drive a bit.

thanks in advance!

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  1. I have just the place for you. Grazie, on Yonge, a couple of blocks north of Eglinton. Loud in a southern-Italian way, friendly and tasty.

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    1. re: estragon

      Go to Ferraros on Eglinton between Avenue and Spadina. Very basic food, but incredibly kid friendly. Salads aren't bad, pizza's not bad but the gnocchi is made by Mama Ferraro and is great. Decent homemade bolognese sauce aswell

      1. re: estragon

        Sorry - tried to respond to the main post but there was no "post my reply" button.

        I'd suggest Terroni - Yonge and Balmoral location is very family-oriented. The only thing is they don't have spaghetti and meatballs but they do have spaghetti and tomato sauce (and other pastas) along with killer thin-crust pizzas. Excellent salads. Very friendly service too.

      2. I would recommend Rocco's Plum Tomato at (Bloor/Bathurst) or The Hot House on Front St East.

        1. Take him to Boston Pizza. It's one night and it's his birthday.

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          1. re: cchrish

            this is exactly what we did :-) he wanted BP and since it was his birthday, it was his choice. the food was blah but at least i know he had fun! which is the most important thing anyways. but thanks for all the recs, guys. we'll try them out another night :-)

          2. You are a terrific parent! I hope you enjoy your next Italian food outing and may I second the endorsement for Grazie!

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            1. GRAZIE! Yes.

              However, it is his birthday, so maybe you should go to Boston Pizza. Although I will admit to talking my son out of Chuckee Cheese for the past few years, so I'm not one to talk.

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              1. re: Ice Queen

                At least Chuck E. Cheese let's adults into the ballroom. Nothing like a coupla beers and then shoving yourself through a plastic chute.