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Italian resto for mom's 50th

I want to take my mom out for a nice dinner for her 50th. She's requested Italian, and I'm trying to think of a nice, but not insanely expensive place to go (I'll be paying for 6 people).

I've come with:

Noce
Grappa

I've been to, and enjoyed both previously - but haven't been in a while, and wonder what their food/service is like lately.

Any thoughts on these restaurants? Any others I should consider?

Thanks!

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  1. Noce is expensive (mains can push $40ish)... for that budget, you might also consider Mistura.

    Less pricey, is Tutti Matti (although this week they are on their yearly hiaitus). It's a nice, neighbourhood-y place (still elegant-ish), with very authentic Tuscan food.

    www.tuttimatti.com

    1. I had a great time + meal at Noce about a year ago, Terroni would be good, maybe a little loud & casual for you, certainly cheaper than Noce though & always good...

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      1. re: Recyclor

        I second Grappa..it has a nice old school ambience, attentive service and good food. Parking (on the street) is usually easy and you could skip dessert and walk over to Dolce for gelato if it is a nice evening.

        1. re: pearlD

          I really like Zucca.
          Excellent pasta.
          Not noisy.
          Good, (but not cloying) service.
          Grilled whole fish, as well as meat selection, and nice ambience.

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        1. I completely agree with Rabbit's recommendations of Tutti Matti and Mistura. I do think that Mistura would be a bit expensive. I would also highly recommend Romagna Mia on Front St. I have had soooo many great meals there. And it is great, authentic Northern Italian food.

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          1. re: icey

            Mistura is fabulous but its not cheap, that is for sure. It's hard to get outta there for less than $100 per person but definitely worth every cent.

            1. re: icey

              My parents (who are older but still like places with a good vibe) love both Tutti Matti and Romagna Mia, and love love love Vittorio's. They recently opened a new location, too.

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              Vittorio's on Avenue
              137 Avenue Road, Toronto, ON , CA

              Tutti Matti
              364 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V1R7, CA

              Romagna Mia
              106 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 1E1, CA

              Vittorio's
              14 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R1V2, CA

              1. re: LemonLauren

                I was wondering how the food was at Vittorio's. In fact, I posted about it a few months ago and did not get any replies....made me think it wasn't very popular. Perhaps it is a neighbourhood spot, which is fine with me. Passed by the Yonge Street location the other day and it looked very nice inside. What do you recommend there Lemon?

                1. re: millygirl

                  will have to ask the 'rents....but i think they love seafood pastas, off the top of my head.

                  1. re: millygirl

                    It's one of our neighborhood joints. The raviolacci (large ravioli) in mushroom cream sauce are homemade and usually available even though they aren't on the regular menu. Very tasty, indeed!

                    1. re: millygirl

                      Had dinner at Vittorio's last night and was NOT at all impressed...I had the Fish (Tilapia with capers, white wine ) potatoes on the plate may have been good at one time but the whole dish had an excess of salt and there was so much salty liquid it could have passed for bad soup. My husband had the Veal Franchessa..a mustard sauce on it was excellent but that was about it. Two other guests had the mixed seafood most of which was just allright but the squid was done beyond rubber! Will not go back..prices were reasonable but that would still not tempt us for another time....p.s. this was the new one on Dupont.

                2. Desserts Plus, in woodbridge, is one to consider when paying for a large party. They have HUGE servings for reasonable prices. The food there is authentic Italian food. It's like Nona is in the back cooking it. Very good!!! I'm actually going there tonight for a party.

                  But if you're looking for a more upscale resto, this is not the place. It is more family oriented.