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Oct 29, 2007 08:12 AM

Gio's or 7 Numbers?

I'm looking for a fun, reasonably priced dinner spot for a group of 8, mixed age range of 20 to 50 year olds on a Saturday night. I was thinking either Gio's or 7 Numbers on Danforth would fit the bill but can't decide which one. I use to prefer Gio's but find it's gone down hill lately and have only been to 7 Numbers once - and was not crazy about the place. Too loud and thought the food was better at Gio's but that was then. I've since heard good things about 7 Numbers. Help!!! Which would you pick??

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  1. I think the food at 7 numbers is better - but the loudness hasn't gotten any better - also it's a small space and we had a reservation for 6 on a saturday night and we were squeezed in and kept getting bumped by servers/patrons walking by.

    But the osso bucco made up for it - it was heaven - and the staff were good sports about it, joked around with us etc.

    It's really up to you - would you rather have better food or more comfortable surroundings.

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    1. re: shana

      That's my dilemna. Some are from out of town and we haven't seen each other for awhile so we need to be able to have a conversation. I would normally opt for better food, but in this case I think comfort comes first. In any case, I hate being bumped by passerbys. That would ruin it for me, even if the food was good. I find that annoying. In fact if I recall that is what turned us off 7 Numbers in the first place. Shana, did you go to the Danforth location?
      Hi Jamie, yes I did see the article and that it was made me re think 7 Numbers.

      1. re: millygirl

        I've seen a large-ish back table at 7 Numbers that can be divided off with a curtain. Makes for more privacy, and possibly less noise from other tables. If 7 Numbers is your choice, maybe you can make a reservation for this table?

        1. re: Tara9000

          Tara, unless they've changed policy, 7 Numbers doesn't accept reservations.

          Millygirl, if you're seeking authentic and well-made southern Italian in a location where conversation is possible with ample street parking and that accepts reservations, I would suggest Fusilli on Queen at River. There's a pair of tables for four at the very back that would be ideal.

          1. re: Googs

            When did they stop taking reservations? When I held a dinner for 20 people about 2 years back, they took reservations at the Danforth location.

            1. re: foodyDudey

              I'll be darned, they did change policy.

              1. re: Googs

                The Danforth location takes reservations for parties of 6 or more. The Eglinton location is first come, first served. Try to go to the Eglinton location on Tuesday through Thursday to avoid a lineup (even though the lineup itself is very entertaining, because you can watch everything going on in the kitchen!).

        2. re: millygirl

          yep we were at danforth - eglinton wasn't opened yet.

      2. I haven't been to either so not making a suggestion, but did you see Joanne Kates' review of Seven Numbers at its new location on Saturday?

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        1. re: JamieK

          Meant to add a place link --

          Seven Numbers
          516 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M5N, CA

          1. re: JamieK

            oh this is great - I had no idea Gio was related to them! I wonder if the Eglinton location is bigger? We had a reservation for the Danforth location last time - not sure how we managed to luck out - maybe they took pity on us as it was a goodbye dinner!

            1. re: shana

              Actually I thought of Fusilli also but since some of our gang will be in their 20's I thought they would appreciate the hip atmosphere at Gio's or 7 Numbers. I love Fusilli, but haven't been since the reno - it is definitely on my list!

        2. Is your dinner coming up very soon? You may wish to see if both (or either) places are even able to accomodate an 8-top on a Saturday night. You may not have to make this choice on your own -- availability might do it for you!

          1. I'm not certain how quiet it is given that high ceiliings tend to kick things around a little, but have you considered the new Terroni location in the Courthouse? A guarantee of good food at a reasonable price and hip is very definitely their goal in locating there.

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            1. re: Googs

              Hi Googs, yes I have thought about Terroni - do you know offhand if they take reservations?

            2. Just to keep things up to date, had dinner at Gio's on Sunday night and the four of us loved all of it. Got there at 6, so it didn't get too noisy, but it was packed by the time we left. Sure, the menu was the old favorites, but the polenta bolognese, the gnocchi gorgonzola, sexy duck and short ribs were as fine as ever. Only the osso bucco was a bit bland. Took a chowhound from Manhattan who flipped over the place and the food and was equally amazed at the low prices.

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              1. re: rsvp7777

                One common complaint about the place is the shrinking portions, how did you find them?

                1. re: hungryabbey

                  Four hungry big eaters had three appetizers, three pasta dishes, three entrees, two vegetables and two desserts and we were stuffed. I found the portions unchanged from when the place opened. Wait, I take that back. The short ribs were a HUGE portion, bigger than usual. Don't know why.

                  1. re: rsvp7777

                    Hey rsvp7777, we were there same night, same time. And it was hoping even at that time. Our party of 4 loved everything as usual but my husband did comment on the reduced portion size. He always orders the beef carppacio and at one time it covered the entire smallish size plate whereas now it was half the size. But it still tasted yummy. I thought about it afterwards and we've been going there for about 5 years now, the prices have pretty much remained the same. Where else can you get beef carppacio for what is it, under $10?? I guess they have to do something to keep the costs down.

                    1. re: millygirl

                      Sorry we didn't know each other so we couldn't wave! I agree with you, the prices are amazing and I still think the food is a real bargain. And I always enjoy the experience of eating there.

                      1. re: rsvp7777

                        hm good to know, thanks for the reviews