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rosedale/danforth - mains avg $20?

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here's the scenario:
- start point danforth (approx pape), end point rosedale subway station
- italian (i suspect this was picked as a catchall for preferences)
- main average $20
- group of 10+
- half the party will be dressed to the nines and the rest potentially quite casual
- saturday night

where would you go?

i'm willing to break out of the italian restriction just because i think my visitor is trying to accomodate a variety of palates. some searching brought up trapezzi and pastis express. other suggestions? not entirely greek focused would be appreciated though.

i don't personally like cafe nervosa and i'm a bit skeptical of toni bulloni.

thanks!

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  1. Trapezzi was the first thing that came to my mind also.

    1. Cantine is a 10 minute walk from Yorkville, at Avenue and Davenport. They bill themselves as an Italian Bistro. I've never been there, but have always wondered about them. Here's the website:

      http://www.cantine.ca/

      Menu looks reasonably priced for the area.

      1. If you go a bit north of Rosedale, there is Terroni at Yonge and Balmoral (just north of Summerhill) - well within your price range and they will accept reservations with a group that large in the side room. Other than that, I don't think there's any Italian on that stretch of Yonge Street - if you lift that restriction, then I would definitely recommend Pastis - ate there again recently and had a really solid dinner. There's also Amuse Bouche, though I haven't tried it since they moved to their new location. I love Cafe Doria for lunch but it's too small and too casual for your group.

        1. I went to Caren's Wine Bar on Cumberland recently and was quite impressed, considering food in Yorkville is generally overpriced and underwhelming. I can vouch for Cantine - it's really good, but it's a casual atmosphere. Avant Gout on Yonge St. is even better and has a slightly more upscale feel. I've heard quite good things about 1055 on Yonge St. but I've never been. Also, Lakes on Yonge St. is supposed to be good, but I haven't tried it - it was featured on Restaurant Makeover a couple of years ago.

          1. What about Seven Numbers at 307 Danforth Avenue? We've had very good luck with the food there. It's a pretty small space, though, so I'd make a rezzie for a group your size.

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            7 Numbers Danforth
            307 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1N7, CA