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Homestyle Italian in TO ? looking for new ideas

We are big fans of Camarra, Big Ragu and Da Gianni et Momma. So, to have some variety, we are wondering about other homestyle Italian joints in Toronto which hounds may know.

By homestyle, we mean - reasonably priced, lack of pretentions, warm service, everything made in-house, menus with lots of fave items such as chicken parm, lasagne, canneloni etc, and an imaginative wine list.

Thanks !

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  1. When I first ate at Big Ragu I was in love. Both with the dinner and the weekend brunch. I found after a while their quality slipped a bit. The only other place that springs to mind is Fusilli on Queen Street East. Very old style.

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      1. I really like Marinela's on Widmer Street in the Theatre district (which I first learned about from this Board about 3 years ago). It is family run and has a wonderful atmosphere. The food has always been very good with fresh ingredients and great sauces. I recently had a chance to take an Italian client there and he was very impressed. I have also suggested it as a locale for a group of business partners that I regularly dine with, and who have varied but exacting standards, and everyone enjoyed it.

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        1. re: nosher66

          Gotta agree Marinela's is fantastic try the Lasanga, little pricey though ordered the Buffalo Mozzeralla Salad $15.00 kinda of shocked me

          1. re: mummy2Luna

            vesuvios do a solid pizza, but I was not impressed with their pasta-too soggy

            1. re: mummy2Luna

              have you bought buffalo mozarela lately? That may expalin the price.

            2. I'd suggest Camerini. We had a wonderful meal there--it was a flashback to our Italy trip a couple of years ago. I've included a link to my posting, which includes other Italian suggestions:
              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/329928