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

j2brady Apr 16, 2008 06:24 AM

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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    embee RE: j2brady Apr 16, 2008 06:36 AM

    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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      millygirl RE: embee Apr 16, 2008 07:01 AM

      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. Davwud RE: j2brady Apr 16, 2008 10:59 AM

      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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        torontofoodiegirl RE: Davwud Apr 16, 2008 11:21 AM

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

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          Davwud RE: torontofoodiegirl Apr 16, 2008 11:31 AM

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


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            ms. clicquot RE: Davwud Apr 16, 2008 12:16 PM

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

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              embee RE: Davwud Apr 16, 2008 02:58 PM

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

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