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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 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.

        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 full....it's a 'true' Annex restaurant....always reliable and generally crowded unless you choose your 'time' on the early side...

            2. 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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              1. re: passionate1

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

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

                1. 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

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

                    1. re: grilledcheese

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

                      1. re: sake

                        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.


                        1. re: sake

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

                          1. re: nicopop

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

                            1. re: hungryabbey

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