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Is there such thing as good Italian buffet...

Ive heard of two in the GTA: Vinnie Zucchinis and I think Frankie Tommatos, and I just wonder to myself, is it possible that these are any good? Probably not. Im not usually into buffet, but its a good option when you have kids coming down for the holidays and you need something simple everyone can eat instead of your typical Manderin buffet. Anyone tried either of these places?

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  1. Vinnie Zucchinis is terrible. I would avoid it.
    I haven't been to Frankie Tomato's in years. It was ok as far as a buffet goes. Not in respect of Italian food, in general.
    I don't know what it's like now.

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    1. re: pescatarian

      There was a time years ago when Frankie Tomato's used to be fantastic. There used to be a great Town & Country around the corner at the same time, early 1990s...then T&C disappeared and Frankie's dropped to mediocre and now? (I haven't been back in a few years)

    2. I've been to both years ago...if I had to choose one, I'd say Vinnie Zucchinni's...fresher and the restaurant has a better layout which meant easier access to the buffet stations.

      1. Do not go to Vinnie Zucchini unless you happen to be treating a midget hockey team to a celebratory meal. It's not good. At all.

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          1. re: hungryabbey

            I wouldnt even touch Frankie Tomatoes. I would only go if you where gonna pay for my meal. Kinda bland, and the meatballs where the frozen kind, all you can eat in a meat sauce that tasted like the tin can. Tour boi

        1. Mt aunt and DH went to an Il Fornello lunch buffet and they were pretty happy. I haven't tried it though.

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          1. re: ctl98

            I LOVE the Il Fornello lunch buffet at the Eglinton location. We used to go there for lunch all the time when I worked in the area and were never disappointed. I know they have lunch buffets at the Danforth location as well, but I've never tried it.

          2. on wednesdays hot house has a dinner buffet, i've never been, but maybe someone else could comment

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            1. re: mainja

              hmm thats interesting, as far as kinda 'big establishment' style italian, I have never had a bad meal at hot house