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Apr 16, 2008 06:24 AM

what's up with the place with the big nose?

Hi there,

Does anyone know anything about this place with the huge paper mache nose above the door in the East end?? On queen near leslie?

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  1. It's a riff on owner Gio Rana's nose. The "sculpture has been around, at various locations, for decades. I haven't been there in quite a while now, but I've always liked the place in the past. It's fun, and the food (Italian small plates in a traditional home style) has generally been good. It can be very loud.

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    1. re: embee

      It's a fun spot called Gio Rana's Really Really Nice Restaurant. Reasonable prices and great atmosphere. Be warned it can get quite loud at times so if you're looking for quiet dining, this would not be your style. Very hip and the locals love it, including me. I have heard rumours though, that the prices seem to be creeping up yet the portions are getting smaller. Wassup with that?

    2. Did he not do an Amex commercial years ago??

      I drive by the place all the time and always wondered if it's the same.


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      1. re: Davwud

        The Amex commercials were when he still had Gio's Restaurant and Yonge & Eglinton (the nose used to be there).

        1. re: torontofoodiegirl

          Where he is now looks like a library or a post office. Not the old impressive kind but the 60's utilatarian kind.


          1. re: Davwud

            The restaurant at Queen & Leslie used to be a bank.

            1. re: Davwud

              Former Bank of Montreal branch. Kitchen and such aside, he did, essentially, no renovations to the building.