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Nov 15, 2007 07:38 AM

Girlie BD Italian Style

Thanks for the help on Spuntini. One disaster avoided.

Now we're looking at the following:
Il Mulino, Il Posto, Oro, and Tutti Matti

She would like a nice atmosphere (bonus points for candlelight), outstanding Italian food, and of course it goes without saying that good service really counts on special occasion nights. Money is no object. (Not that I'm being a show-off, but hey we've been friends since public school. Gotta shoot for the best.) Any opinions out there?

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  1. I've been to all of those, and Il Mulino would be my bet. I have nothing negative to say about the food (the gnocchi is wonderful!), and the service is fantastic (maybe a wee bit over the top, but sometimes it is nice to feel that special.) Nice cozy (and candlelit) room.
    Oro would be my second choice, but I haven't been there since the change over (new front of house and chef), but I really like the chef at Lure (his last place), although I might have been the only one. Lovely room.
    Il Posto is a little too Toronto captains of industry for me in ambiance, and the food is nothing special.
    Tutti Matti is just kind of "eh". I really wanted to like it, but I really just didn't.

    1. Not that I have done the tour of them all, but, my best Italian dinner to date was at Noce...great service and I loved the food, was there for a romantic dinner with my gf about 2 years ago around this time of year...primi: I had a squash ravioli in brown sage butter, and a great special for as a main of venison tenderloin...

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      1. re: Recyclor

        Oh that's a great suggestion too. Love Noce! I am sure that if you tell them it is a special occasion, they'll take good care of you. (Uhm... my SO really likes Italian, can you tell?)

        1. re: Recyclor

          Thanks for the Noce suggestion. I had considered it, but by appearances there are only 3 pasta's and one risotto. Since my friends are all about the pasta, I took it off the list. Please do correct me if my impression is wrong. Trying to find just the right spot.

          1. re: Googs

            Hi Googs, that does sounds probable, they lean towards quality over quantity, though I had no trouble finding a couple of tantilizing options on their menu...anyhow, do try it another time & have a good night wherever you choose!

            1. re: Recyclor

              We're definitely into quality over quantity as well. Don't get me wrong. I'm not looking for the plastic covered 8 page menu. Three dishes just seemed really short on choices for two verrrry picky friends. I'll give that a 2nd look now that you've given me a kick in the pants. Do they change their menu regularly? You can't tell what gives just by looking at the website.

              1. re: Googs

                They usually have a blackboard list of specials, which (IIRC) has at least two other pastas and one risotto, but there is a bit of a focus on meat/fish entrees.

                1. re: Googs

                  Sorry Googs, I didn't mean to imply anything about you or your diners' tastes, just to agree that it isn't a huge menu like at Terroni or One of A Kind...Minnow summed it up well...

          2. What about Imperia, on Yorkville close to Yonge. Definitely Italian, and a nice room with good service. Owner used to own Il Posto, and chef goes back to Cibo, the first 'cool' Italian place in Toronto. I've eaten there a few times, and have found it fairly sane and reasonable, with great flavours.

            1. Had a bad experience at Il Mulino....but love Mistura and Opus...Miranda

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              1. re: miranda

                Hi Googs, if you want to shoot for the best I suggest Mistura hands down! Trust me you won't be disappointed. Service and food is stellar!

                1. re: millygirl

                  I am With Millygirl Mistura in my opinon is the best italian in the city. Old school classic technique with modern twists a perfect combo. It is also an added bonus to have Sopra just upstairs(I guess thats why they called it that).

                  1. re: millygirl

                    I was the one being flamed in an earlier post for declaring that Mistura was not "life-altering". Regardless, since we just went there about a month ago we really want to go somewhere else.

                    The new frontrunners are Oro and L'Unita. Any thoughts about these two?

                    1. re: Googs

                      Okay seeing that Mistura is out how about Coppi at Yonge and Lawrence. It's one that doesn't seem to get mentioned much on Chow but the food is really good, service is excellent and the atmosphere is very nice. They do a great risotto that is served in a parmesan rind...very decadent. Perhaps you've been? To me that is a special occasion kinda place. I've heard good things about L'Unita but haven't been as yet and I wouldn't consider it a special occasion resto. Have to say, I think I'm on to something with the Coppi recommendation.

                      1. re: millygirl

                        I guess I should have mentioned that we're trying to keep it south of Eglinton, and preferably downtown. Thanks very much though. Coppi did cross our minds.

                        I'll be doing a site inspection at L'Unita. The lesser decor may be mitigated by the quality of the food and the proximity to the Rooftop at the Park Hyatt. I have to see how it stacks up against the new Oro though. So many site inspections, so little time.