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Really Ridiculously Good (Looking ) Italian...

sugarcube Oct 1, 2008 10:58 AM

....food that is... something that looks pretty on a plate and is just as delicious in taste.

I realise there are many locations in downtown Toronto, but I am searching for great Italian food in the Scarborough, Richmond Hill, and Markahm area (I'll travel to anyplace within the York Region). Pasta made in house would be a bonus too.


  1. blue bike Oct 28, 2008 05:23 PM

    Ciao Bella in Concord has homemade pasta. I went there few years ago but I still remember how good the food was.


    1. Charles Yu Oct 1, 2008 07:02 PM

      Tutto Bene on Yonge just south of Hwy7. Consistantly good food. The grilled seafood medley in a Boullabaise broth is a must try.

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      1. re: Charles Yu
        sugarcube Oct 2, 2008 06:11 AM

        Thanks Charles Yu; do you know if they make their own pasta? I'm particularily fond of agnolotti, tortellini/ravioli, and gnocchi

        1. re: sugarcube
          Charles Yu Oct 2, 2008 04:36 PM

          Hello sugarcube,
          I never had a chance to order their pasta dishes since their 'Specials of the day' are usually too attractive to ignore! ( Their veal chop and the accompanying sauce is awesome! ). My wife did order the Spaghettini with grilled vegetable once and that was pretty tasty. As for whether their pasta are home-made or not, that I'm afraid I don't know!

          1. re: sugarcube
            Googs Oct 3, 2008 07:22 AM

            It seems you get your wish. To boot, getting a Charles Yu rec on it is like having insurance on your dinner.

            1. re: Googs
              Charles Yu Oct 3, 2008 04:59 PM

              You're so kind! I'm just glad I can help.
              BTW, if they have an 'off-night', please don't blame me! Ha!

              1. re: Charles Yu
                kaka Oct 16, 2008 07:17 AM

                Hi Charles,

                I've been reading your posts for quite a while, and have agreed on your recommendations. Can you suggest me some other good Italian places that are at similar price range as Tutto Bene but located closer to the west-end (Mississauga/Oakville) or downtown area? Pasta made in house would be good.

                Thanks very much in advance! I know it's like the opposite intention of the original poster.


                1. re: kaka
                  tjr Oct 16, 2008 11:35 AM

                  Via Allegro in Etobicoke (across from Sherway Gardens) is great (and is my favourite Italian in the city after Mistura), though it's quite a bit more pricy than Tutto Bene. Excellent pastas, risottos, meats, game, etc. I've only had great food there, though sometimes the service isn't all that wonderful. Cheapest pasta dishes start at $20 and everything is more. The duck confit risotto with foie gras and aged balsamic is the best risotto I've had in the city (when shared; it's too much for one person).

                  1. re: kaka
                    Charles Yu Oct 19, 2008 02:41 PM

                    I'm sorry KaKa, the West-end is a bit out of my radar range. However, I did had a meal once at Via allegro moons ago, but wasn't impressed. My favourite places closer to downtown are Mistura and Il Mulino. The latter's 'Linguine with Smoke duck breast, wild mushrooms and truffle oil cream sauce' was heavenly. However, unsure whether pasta was home-made though?

                    1. re: Charles Yu
                      kaka Oct 27, 2008 09:23 PM

                      'Linguine with Smoke duck breast, wild mushrooms and truffle oil cream sauce' sounds very yummy already. I should give it a try when I go to downtown. Thanks!

                2. re: Googs
                  sugarcube Oct 4, 2008 11:39 AM

                  Thanks for the suggestion Charles Yu and to Googs for the link :) I know where I'm headed for Mon night dinner!

                  1. re: sugarcube
                    Sandybandy Oct 19, 2008 11:53 AM

                    We enjoy eating at the new Grazie that opened up near Vaughan Mills. Hot food, great flavours and we enjoy chatting with the staff when we are there. On our last trip, we ended up eating at the bar (long wait for tables) but we had a fabulous time...the bartenders were chatting with us, food came quickly and we had extra service for drinks. We even ended off the night with a shot with the bar staff...my favs to eat there are the Tasca and the Udine pastas. The hubby enjoys the Paesana (pasta with sausage and peppers).

                    1. re: Sandybandy
                      fmax06 Oct 27, 2008 10:20 AM

                      I know there' s an Italian Restaurant in Oakville - La Cucina on Thomas Street.


                      1. re: Sandybandy
                        kaka Oct 27, 2008 09:21 PM

                        I drove by one day after visiting Vaughan Mills mall and saw the sign. Wasn't sure if it's the same one as Yonge/Eg location. Do you know if they take reservations on the weekend?

                        1. re: kaka
                          Sandybandy Nov 4, 2008 08:29 AM

                          I believe they take reservations for lunch on the weekend...not dinner. Dinner is first come first served...it is the same restaurant as the Yonge/Eglinton location. Their second location is the Vaughan Mills one.

                          1. re: Sandybandy
                            kaka Nov 4, 2008 09:13 AM

                            Thanks for your information.

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