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stratto pizza - avenue road

domesticgodess Mar 20, 2009 11:28 AM

It appears that this new restaurant has opened and as I was driving down Avenue road, I even noticed that the restaurant was busy.
Has anyone been?
I called them up - no website yet - but the address is 1977 Avenue Road.
I'm sure this restaurant will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood..time will tell.

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  1. Ediblethoughts RE: domesticgodess Jun 13, 2009 08:13 AM

    Just wanted to re-echo the original poster's question--has anyone been? I thought the buzz for this place was supposed to be pretty promising so I find it spooky that I don't see more posting about it...

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      Pizza Lover RE: Ediblethoughts Jun 13, 2009 10:09 AM

      I was there in mid April and the place was busy. Overall we found it to be very mediocre food - pizza was especially disappointing; salad and pasta were passable. With Trio at Yonge/Lawrence being so much better we all agreed that we wouldn't waste our money at Stratto again.

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        TorontoJo RE: Ediblethoughts Jun 13, 2009 10:22 AM

        I haven't been, but a good friend has and she found it really quite bad. She won't be going back and I don't see any reason to try yet another mediocre Italian restaurant. Trio is my go to spot for casual Italian in my neighbourhood.

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          Ediblethoughts RE: TorontoJo Jun 13, 2009 12:02 PM

          Thanks to both of you. Yes, Trio is very hard to beat. I won't be making any plans to go to Stratto I guess.

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        ddelicious RE: domesticgodess Jun 15, 2009 06:26 AM

        I haven't been yet either but a couple of friends have and they were all happy with it. Said the food and the service was good, prices were reasonable, and the place was packed. They thought it would be a good place to take the family for an early dinner also.

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          theresah RE: ddelicious Jul 16, 2009 07:52 AM

          Does anyone have a recent review of this place? I was thinking of going there this evening. Or can anyone suggest a place on Avenue Road that is worth visiting?

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            ddelicious RE: theresah Jul 16, 2009 08:10 AM

            i am curious to hear recent reviews of stratto as well. however we went to tutto pronto for dinner a few weeks ago and were really impressed, food was great and not expensive.

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              theresah RE: ddelicious Jul 16, 2009 08:19 AM

              Thank you very much ddelicious, I drive this place all the time and have never been in. Given the reviews of Stratto, I think I will take you up on your recommendation. Stratto seems like a family place. I am looking for a place to take my mother-in-law.

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                mlz RE: theresah Jul 17, 2009 12:04 PM

                Stratto is nothing special. Like others have mentioned Trio is a far better option for real Italina pizza & pasta. Was not too impressed.
                I gotta say Avenue Rd/401/Lawrence area is lacking in really good restaurants. Don't even think about going to Il Fornaro, a menu with over 10 spelling mistakes and a million options on it is always a bad sign! Tutto Pronto is good, I like it more for take-out, sandwiches etc. Oh well...maybe one day we will get a really great palce? Maybe Terroni will open up another location?

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                  TorontoJo RE: mlz Jul 18, 2009 05:23 AM

                  I'll take Trio and it's warm, friendly service and willingness to adjust the menu for you over Terroni and it's hipper-than-thou service and draconian no-substitutions menu any day. I really do like Terroni's food, but the crowds, service and attitude really keep me away. And Trio's pizzas are really tasty. I do recommend you ask for them "well done" if you like a slightly crisper crust in the middle, though.

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                    robb RE: TorontoJo Jul 18, 2009 06:55 AM

                    We eat at Trio a lot as it is within walking distance. The food is very good and they are incredibly flexible about amending dishes. Only thing is that it seems like Eduardo (the owner) is always doing us a favor by serving us. The other staff couldn't be nicer, but the owner is a bit of a jerk.

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                      TorontoJo RE: robb Jul 18, 2009 08:29 AM

                      Oh that's too bad! I have the exact opposite experience with Eduardo -- he always greets us warmly and gives us great service. He and his brother, Luigi (two doors up at Sapori) are actually a big part of why we enjoy their restaurants so much. They can be a bit over the top and effusive, but I've never found them to be jerks. But I agree that all the other staff are super nice.

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                        phoenikia RE: TorontoJo Jul 23, 2009 09:58 AM

                        I also like the pizzas at Trio more than the pizzas at Terroni.

                        I didn't realize Luigi and Eduardo were related. I've enjoyed my meals at both places- have always found the owners to be friendly, as well as the staff.

                        Maybe they are a little more friendly to the lady customers? It's not unheard of ;)

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                          TorontoJo RE: phoenikia Jul 23, 2009 11:44 AM

                          Yes, that could very well be it. They only started recognizing my husband on his own recently -- before they would only recognize him if he was with me. :)

                          And for more "all in the family" service -- the main server at Sapori is Gus and Gus' nephew is a server at Trio.

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                      markdsgraham RE: TorontoJo Jul 23, 2009 12:22 PM

                      I've not been to Trio, so I can't compare, but I want to say a word in support Terroni. The last time I was there was right in prime dinner time and the place was packed. Still, our waitress was exceedingly friendly, making good recommendations for those who hadn't been there, happily putting up with indecisive orderers, spending time talking to the GF's dad, who is from Italy, about the maker of the wine we were drinking, etc. Actually, it was some of the best service I've had at a restaurant in Toronto--genuine, personable, friendly, but not at all in-your-face.

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                        TorontoJo RE: markdsgraham Jul 23, 2009 01:18 PM

                        That's good to hear. My experience has probably been 50/50 there. Sometimes great, sometimes not so much.

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            goodeatssssss RE: domesticgodess Jan 17, 2010 01:13 PM

            food ok but no menu for kids under 12, price wise., will not return

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              toveggiegirl RE: domesticgodess Jan 17, 2010 04:33 PM

              They have a website now.

              1. Ediblethoughts RE: domesticgodess Feb 28, 2010 05:28 PM

                Tried this place out this weekend because we were in the neighbourhood and it was surprisingingly good. We have two salads (arugula and spinach/mushroom) and they were both quite good--just enough dressing and while there wasn't a hugely generous amount of non-greens ingredients (like fennel, apple or gorgonzola in the arugula salad), it all came together nicely. We then had the cannelloni (stuffed with ricotta, rapini, pine nuts topped with mushroom cream sauce--I asked for tomato cream) and the chicken with eggplant (pollo della nonna). They were both very tasty. I'd say the chicken was a bit over-priced at $24 but even so, good food. We had vanilla and chocolate pecan creme brulees for dessert and they were both very good nice creamy flavours and a wide area for the brulee part---though I wasn't fond of the pecans in the brulee--kind of soft and soggy. Still, the chocolate creme brulee was lovely.

                I'd go back.

                POLLO DELLA NONNA
                Lightly sautéed Chicken Breast topped with tomato sauce, tender eggplant and Mozzarella cheese

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                  mlz RE: Ediblethoughts Dec 16, 2010 06:30 PM

                  Stratto has the worst pizza I have ever tasted!! Went there last night for a casual meal of salad & pizza and I couldn't even eat more than 1 peice of pizza. It tasted worse than a frozen pizza at the grocery store and I am not exaggerating. It baffles my mind as to why this place continues to be busy every night, I guess people don't know good food anymore or maybe just don't care? In the area, the only place worth having pizza is Trio.

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                    Ediblethoughts RE: mlz Dec 17, 2010 06:13 PM

                    I've never tried the pizza. But I've liked their pastas a lot. I usually go other places for pizza.

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