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best vegetarian, non-tomato sauce pasta dishes in TO?

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  1. Zucca has a Thick Cut Semolina noodle dish with Pepperoncino peppers in extra virgin olive oil.
    There is some small quantity of tomato as well, but they are always happy to customize, and it can easily be left out.
    I think it is about $16.
    It is very good

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    1. re: erly

      Thanks for the recommendation, erly. I look forward to trying it out!

    2. Haven't been, but someone mentioned in another thread that Terroni serves a lemon spaghetti. That sounded awfully yummy and will be what I order when I finally go to Terroni.

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      1. re: Pincus

        Thank for mentioning the lemon spaghetti, pincus- I can't remember if I've tried this at Terroni yet- I don't think I have. I tried something like that at Il Sorriso that was pretty good (needed more lemon imo!)...and I make something like that at home.

        1. re: phoenikia

          Hi phoenikia. Great thread! You may in fact love the lemon pasta at Terroni then because it really is SUPER lemony. I enjoyed it.

          Any recommendations for good a vegetarian risotto?

          1. re: Yum2MyTum

            Hi Yum2MyTum,
            I haven't found a vegetarian risotto that I love in TO, apart from the Meyer lemon risotto that accompanied the scallops during Scaramouche's initial Lobsterlicious menu, but I've heard great things about Mistura's beet risotto, which has been on my have-to-try list for some time. Hopefully, I'll get a chance to visit Mistura sometime soon.

            Scaramouche has another Summer Lobster menu right now- the current risotto is a summer vegetable and chanterelle risotto accompanying the current version of poached lobster.http://www.scaramoucherestaurant.com/...

            1. re: phoenikia

              The beet risotto at Mistura is really good. Bymark makes a good risotto as well. Via Allegro's is not vegetarian, but is good too. In fact, I'm not too sure if Mistura and Bymark's are strictly vegetarian either: you'd probably have to ask and see what sort of stock they are using to make it.

              1. re: phoenikia

                Just noticed that Celestin is currently serving a seasonally inspired vegetarian risotto for $26, but I haven't tried it. http://celestin.sites.toronto.com/din...

            2. re: phoenikia

              I'm a huge fan of the spaghetti al limone at Terroni as well
              They also have a couple of other vegetarian pastas - the gnocchi comes in a tomato-based sauce, but they have another one with pesto, beans and cheese which is quite good.
              But I'm hopelessly addicted to the al limone!!

            3. re: Pincus

              Is the lemon spagetti in a butter sauce? Just wondering how rich this dish is?

              1. re: Ediblethoughts

                A quick phone call to Terroni tells me it's a butter and caper-based sauce.

                1. re: Pincus

                  Ah, thank you.

                  1. re: Ediblethoughts

                    Tried it on the weekend. It was quite nice. Not too rich at all.

            4. Camberoni (or maybe it is Gamberoni) - it is a little place on Yonge north of Lawrence on the west side. It has a few great dishes on the menu (including spagetti with rapini and fresh gnocchi) and best of all - they will make just about anything you want. last time we were there I had a dish that was a mock carbonara ( muchrooms instead of bacon).

              great service too.

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              1. re: yummyumm

                It's Gamberoni.

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                Gamberoni
                3238 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N, CA

                1. re: yummyumm

                  Completely agree, I like Gamberoni's pastas and gnocchi. Great gnocchi alla gorgonzola;)

                  Trattoria da Gianni e Maria, and Noce also serve some pretty amazing gnocchi alla gorgonzola!

                2. I'm not sure if it's the best but it was quite nice: At L'il Bacchi--the spinach lemone gnocchi was quite tasty: Very lemony with nice soft gnocchi and tender spinach though since it was a butter sauce, very rich.

                  1. The pappardelle with wild mushrooms at Mercatto is deelish. The noodles are thin and light and the mushrooms add a deep, rich flavour.

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                    1. re: topbanana

                      Not really a resaturant but speaking of lemon pasta I just bought some at the Italian deli.
                      It was Torino designer pasta and they have a lemon linguine, orange linguine, aquid ink (sounds interesting).
                      It is a 250 gram bag of dried pasta and around $8-9 and the noodles are very long and handmade!
                      That barnd also has some cool looking striped pasta made w carrot and beet!

                    2. I was just at Grazie last night, Yonge & Eg area. Had a great artichoke, sundried tomato, goatcheese, olive oil & garlic spaghetti. Menu can be found online.

                      http://www.grazie.ca/