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Mar 11, 2008 07:16 AM

Best Italian south of Bloor

Any recommendations for a mid-range Italian resto south of Bloor? I've tried most places on College so I'm looking to try something new. Help!

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  1. Don't know if I would consider it mid-range, but Tutti Matti on Adelaide is good.

    1. Romagna Mia on Front has interesting food.

      The antipasti & primi were delicious when I dined at Tutti Matti, but my secondi, some sort of fish en papillote, was the driest, toughest, most-overcooked piece of fish I have ever been served. I don't know whether the kitchen forgot it was in the oven, or just wanted to be sure it was thoroughly cooked by leaving it in the oven for an extra 10 or 15 minutes. If you go to Tutti Matti, I'd recommend sticking to the salads & pastas;)

      1. Right on Bloor at Gladstone (1 block east of Dufferin) is ROMA RISTORANTE...moderate prices, 'homey' food and terrific pizza (thin crust). It is a great neighbourhood spot with friendly service and no attitude...nice patio in the good weather. This is not 'high end/haute cuisine' but a fun place to hang out with the girls/guys....

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        1. re: pearlD

          I've always wanted to try this place as I pass by it once a week.

          How are the pizzas?

          1. re: TOchowgal

            The pizzas are great. Mind you I've always had them sitting in the restaurant, so don't know about delivery. But the pizzas I've had there were piping hot, fresh ingredients, and tasty, plus lovely thin crust.

            Not a high-end kind of place at all, seems family run. But not a dump either. Comfortable. When you order a carafe of red wine it comes in this lovely ceramic pitcher.

            1. re: JamieK

              I echo JamieK.....have never had them deliver can't say anything on that score...
              It is family run and very pleasant,and is, comfortable as JamieK states.
              In my opinion and for our family it is the BEST pizza in town. Generally don't eat Pasta's our Pizza & Salad destination! Their Roma salad is particularly great in the summer but even good at other times of the year.

        2. Do you prefer northern or southern Italian cuisine? What price would merit mid-range to you? How important is the wine list to you?

            1. re: passionate1

              second serra. good , well priced, not pretentious.. excellent thin crust pizzas and very nice pastas too

              1. re: hungryabbey

                I also like SERRA but find it very noisy when the place is's a 'true' Annex restaurant....always reliable and generally crowded unless you choose your 'time' on the early side...