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Ms.Susan Aug 27, 2008 08:56 PM

Hello!

I am going to be celebrating my birthday on Sept 20 by seeing Spamalot at the Cannon. Afterwards we are meeting friends.

I'd like to go to a GREAT Italian resto with an outdoor patio (smoker!) either near the theatre or between there and Union Station.

Any ideas?

Thanks!

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  1. MichelinStarChaser RE: Ms.Susan Aug 27, 2008 09:11 PM

    Hi! Suprisingly, there aren't a whole many Italian choices in that area that also have a patio. I am thinking maybe Romagna Mia on Front, but I can't remember if they put tables outside or not in the summer - can anyone help me out here?

    The only other option I can think of is Vagabondo on Wellington, which is nearby too. I know they have a nice patio, I just can't vouch for the food there, because I've never been.
    Vagabondo Italian Ristorante+Lounge
    32 Wellington E (416) 862-1999

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      MeMeMe RE: MichelinStarChaser Aug 28, 2008 08:49 AM

      The food at Vagabondo is pretty bland and very very overpriced. Honestly there are very few Italian places with patios.

      Hot House Cafe has a huge menu that generally pleases every palate - so maybe try there?

      Or try Mercatto on Toronto street - excellent food and a small patio out front.

    2. TorontoJo RE: Ms.Susan Aug 28, 2008 05:49 AM

      Terroni on Adelaide (walking distance from the Canon) has a huge patio, though I don't know if they allow smoking on it.

      Enjoy Spamalot, it's hysterical.

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        MichelinStarChaser RE: TorontoJo Aug 28, 2008 10:50 AM

        Thanks TorontoJo, I've been to the Terroni on Adelaide numerous times, but I didn't know they had a patio!

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        Cat123 RE: Ms.Susan Aug 28, 2008 09:04 AM

        Biagio or Tutti Matti might work. Biagio, in particular, has a lovely patio.

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          Montrachet RE: Cat123 Aug 28, 2008 09:23 AM

          I second the warning about Vagabondo - one of the worst meals I've had.

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            MichelinStarChaser RE: Cat123 Aug 28, 2008 10:53 AM

            Hi Cat. Love Tutti Matti, but was there last night and although they have all the doors open, they don't have a patio - otherwise I would have suggested it. I must check out Biagio - I've never even heard of it!

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              pancake RE: MichelinStarChaser Aug 28, 2008 11:08 AM

              kit kat on king has a small patio out front - good food!

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                paper_bag_princess RE: pancake Aug 28, 2008 01:30 PM

                Terroni on Queen has a patio in the back but I think its partially covered so I'm not sure if they allow smoking.

          2. JamieK RE: Ms.Susan Aug 28, 2008 06:46 PM

            Thirty Five Elm is just up the street and around the corner. Italian. Two patios. Click on the placelink for a map.
            http://www.thirtyfiveelm.com

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            35 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G1H1, CA

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