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Terroni or Cava?

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I'm having a special anniversary dinner this Sunday, and have narrowed it down to the Terroni on St. Claire or Cava. I'm pretty sure the food at either will be satisfying, but I've never seen either space. Which would you guys recommend for general ambiance?

Or if you have a better Sunday night suggestion, please give it to me.

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  1. In my opinion, the ambiance at Cava is more anniversary-worthy than Terroni at Balmoral.

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    Terroni
    1 Balmoral Ave, Toronto, ON M4V3B9, CA

    Cava
    1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

    1. Zucca is open on Sunday.

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      Zucca
      2150 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2A8, CA

      1. I'd say that neither has a particularly anniversary-worthy atmosphere. I've only eaten at Cava once, but found it to be distinctly less impressive than Toronto Life would have us all believe. Some of the food items were very good but others definitely not (I can't recall details as it was several months ago), and I found the atmosphere to be distinctly lacking. Are you limited to that neighbourhood?

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        1. re: torontofoodiegirl

          I'm definitely not limited to that neighbourhood. In fact, it's quite out of the way from me.. but everything feels out of the way in Mississauga ;)

          They are just a couple of places I've wanted to try, and it's hard to get the SO out so I figured I'd take advantage of the occasion. Plus I feel very limited since the only day we can get out for dinner is Sunday.

          If you have any other recommendations, in any Toronto neighbourhood, I would really welcome them!

          1. re: NovoCuisine

            Lastly Globe Bistro, Opus, & Splendido are open Sundays. Sorry about the flurry of replies. I'm a flat-out sucker for romance so I get a little enthusiastic.

        2. Working on it. In the meantime, how about Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar? I also *think* that Imperia in Yorkville (lovely room) is now open Sunday's.

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          1. re: Googs

            Oh oh oh Starfish is open Sundays now too!

            1. re: Googs

              Googs, thanks for all your suggestions! We ended up going for JKWB. Sunday is a great night; not too crowded at all. The ambience was excellent and the food and service was great. Got a seat at the chef's bar and enjoyed watching them for a while with a delicious wine, then when it got too hot we were seated at a cozy table.

              We had.. and I'm going from my awful memory here.. the braised beef poutine (really was not impressed with that dish), the beef carpaccio w/ truffle oil, the duck confit w/ sunchoke gratin, the hangar steak w/ mushroom ragout and the smoked fish with a warm potato salad; all of those were amazing. And I'm not a dessert person, but the vanilla and lavender creme brûlée was OUT OF THIS WORLD. My BF was amused to see me swoon over a final course for the first time ever.

              So thanks again.. it was very 5-year-anniversary worthy :)

          2. I guess it has to be in Toronto? Just thinking you could head in another direction - Googs was impressed by the food at Bassano in Brampton. Open Sunday. It's in a historic home but perhaps the ambience is too old-fashioned, Googs?
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/478385

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            Bassano
            485 Main St N, Brampton, ON L6V, CA

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            1. re: JamieK

              While I was impressed I don't think if I were Novo I'd trade downtown Toronto for Brampton. Best to have pre/post-dinner options.

              Given that one of Novo's ambitions is to make her own pasta (it's on her homepage okay?) I'd say Imperia and Zucca would both be fine examples of how good and creative that can be. Any seat in Imperia is romantic including the tables near the centrepiece fireplace. At Zucca I'd go for the table in the nook along the south wall first table after the bar area. A bit more secluded than the rest and good for canoodling.

              1. re: Googs

                Good point. Both sound like better options than Terroni/Cava. Zucca's is open Sunday for sure, but uncertain about Imperia. They don't seem to have a website.

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                Zucca
                2150 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2A8, CA

                Imperia
                17 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M4W1L1, CA

            2. To your original question, I think Cava is a better restaurant by far , I disagree with torontofoodiegirl - I've always had a great experience there, and the fact that it's this wierd stripmall atmosphere makes it feel like a hidden gem. That said, I also think there are better restaurants for romance- Globe & Starfish are great for food & service. Jamie Kennedy wine bar is only good if you get one of the tucked away tables, and watch out for waiters seriously up-selling you (I asked for a port after dinner and without knowing was served 2 @ $30-or so...)