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Best Italian south of Bloor

laurelmcg Mar 11, 2008 07:16 AM

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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    sake Mar 12, 2008 05:59 AM

    Via Oliveto is closed, and has been for several months now. Serra is mediocre. Not a place to go out of your way for, that's for sure. Noce is very good, but very expensive.

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    1. re: sake
      grilledcheese Mar 12, 2008 11:56 AM

      I wouldn't put Noce in the very expensive category. They are mid-range.

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        sake Mar 12, 2008 12:49 PM

        It's all relative. I found it expensive. I guess you have deeper pockets.

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          phoenikia Mar 12, 2008 01:37 PM

          I loved the gnocchi at Noce, and considered recommending it, but I also considered it to be more expensive than mid-range.

          The antipasti are $12-$18, the primi are $17-$19, and the secondi (mains) are $24 -$47.

          A proper 3 part Italian meal at Noce could easily cost $100+/ person, especially if you include a glass of wine, a bottle of water, espresso, tax & tip, but I guess this could be mid-range for some of the Chowhounds out there;) On the other hand, it would be possible to do a $40 (including tip and tax) meal if you ordered the insalata ($12), the ravioli ($18) and tap water;) But Noce is the type of place I'd want to have wine, bottled water & espresso with my meal.

          But, as sake said, it's all relative.


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            nicopop Mar 12, 2008 01:37 PM

            What's the average price of a main at Noce?

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              hungryabbey Mar 12, 2008 05:05 PM

              phoenikia : "The antipasti are $12-$18, the primi are $17-$19, and the secondi (mains) are $24 -$47"

              1. re: hungryabbey
                nicopop Mar 13, 2008 10:37 AM

                Oh, I see we posted at the same time, so I didn't catch it.
                Thanks for the info, phoenikia!

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        grilledcheese Mar 12, 2008 02:43 AM

        I can't recommend Noce highly enough. I ate one of the best meals in years there recently.

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          passionate1 Mar 11, 2008 06:37 PM

          Via Oliveto Restaurant

          362 BLOOR ST W,
          TORONTO, ON M5S 1X2
          Between Bloor and Spadina
          Phone: 416-925-6689

          Great food and atmosphere and great wines.

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            JamieK Mar 11, 2008 06:44 PM

            last I heard, Oliveto's was closed, for some time now

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            passionate1 Mar 11, 2008 06:27 PM


            Serra Restaurant in the Annex

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              hungryabbey Mar 11, 2008 06:30 PM

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

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                pearlD Mar 12, 2008 06:05 AM

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

            2. Googs Mar 11, 2008 09:26 AM

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

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                pearlD Mar 11, 2008 08:55 AM

                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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                  TOchowgal Mar 11, 2008 07:00 PM

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

                  How are the pizzas?

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                    JamieK Mar 11, 2008 07:22 PM

                    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.

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                      pearlD Mar 12, 2008 06:01 AM

                      I echo JamieK.....have never had them deliver either...so 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 there....it's our Pizza & Salad destination! Their Roma salad is particularly great in the summer but even good at other times of the year.

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                  phoenikia Mar 11, 2008 07:48 AM

                  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;)

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                    sake Mar 11, 2008 07:44 AM

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

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