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Rosedale MBCO (RIP) = new Terroni?

peppermint pate Jan 22, 2010 01:01 PM

Hearing lots of chatter that the now defunct (overpriced, crappy food, took forever to open and no time to close) Rosedale outpost of MBCO is going to become the new home of the Terroni on Balmoral. Anyone know?

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    frito Jan 22, 2010 01:36 PM

    What's MBCO?

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      magic Jan 22, 2010 01:45 PM

      Montreal Bagel Company. $15 sandwiches. Ridiculously overpriced fare.

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        sumdumgoy Jan 22, 2010 01:51 PM

        I have heard that Terroni is going in there.

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          Tatai Jan 22, 2010 02:17 PM

          Montreal Bread Co., actually, I think.

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            magic Jan 22, 2010 02:31 PM

            Oops! Yes. Apologies!

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        ksapd Jan 25, 2010 11:10 AM

        I heard that Terroni is actually going to be located on the upper level. Perhaps MBCO store front space will be entrance? Not sure...

        1. Platoputas Jan 25, 2010 12:12 PM

          This news makes me very, very happy. I hope it's for real and not just a rumour.

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            torontofoodiegirl Feb 4, 2010 02:09 PM

            I meant to post about this about a week ago, but forgot until now... When I was in picking up takeout from the Balmoral location, I asked about the move and the server confirmed that they are moving to a Summerhill location (I didn't specifically ask about MBCO). If I remember correctly, I think he said the move's supposed to be happening around June.

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              Platoputas Apr 21, 2010 11:11 AM

              I went by to check out this new Terroni location, it's actually called "Bar Centrale by Terroni" according to what's posted up on their door. I also spoke to someone at Balmoral and they said the space will be 3 floors, and it will serve a full menu (I was a bit worried it might just be a bar with a limited menu based on the name, but I'm glad to hear that's not true.) The space seems to have a huge addition on the back of it, I took some photos and have it posted up on our food blog if you'd like to check it out.

              According to the banner on the side of the building, it says Bar Centrale is arriving in the autumn of 2010, while the guy from Terroni said "within the year." I'm hoping for early autumn.


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              MeMeMe Oct 21, 2010 08:43 AM

              Any update to when this new location is opening? I have to pick a place for a friend's birthday in a few weeks - this would be a perfect location.

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                peppermint pate Oct 21, 2010 08:54 AM

                I'm afraid you're out of luck. I'm pretty sure that the bar part of the restaurant, which is scheduled to open first, won't open till December.

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                MeMeMe Feb 22, 2011 04:42 PM

                Any news and updates? It's been a few months...

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                  peppermint pate Feb 22, 2011 04:54 PM

                  I've heard rumblings that the wine bar on the main floor, Bar Centrale, will be opening soon...early March, maybe? Unfortunately, I think there's still a big wait on the second floor restaurant.

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                    MeMeMe Feb 23, 2011 05:33 AM

                    I ended up calling Terroni on Queen. The bar is going to open in about two weeks. Restaurant in a few months (sounds like...).

                2. Bronfman_Heiress Apr 6, 2011 09:54 AM

                  I went to the new Terroni (Rosedale) I don't know how they're going to keep customers happy with such a limited menu. I could find almost nothing interesting (and worth the price) to eat in the menu. I asked for a simple substitution and was told 'no' they would'nt change one type of pasta to the linguine I requested.
                  They were not busy at all, and I left.
                  They're not trying very hard at the customer service.
                  I went to Quanto Basta instead. Much better.

                  Quanto Basta
                  1112 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

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                    JennaBean Apr 6, 2011 10:02 AM

                    Welcome to Terroni's!

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                      MeMeMe Apr 6, 2011 10:15 AM

                      I thought only the Bar Centrale was opening in April with restaurant later. Could the limited menu be just a bar menu?

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                        peppermint pate Apr 6, 2011 10:42 AM

                        Bar Centrale, on the main floor, opened at the end of last week. It's a coffee bar with some pastries and cooked breakfast items in the morning, a wine bar with small plates through the rest of the day. The upstairs restaurant, which will have basically the same menu as the old Balmoral location, is still a good few months away.

                        I've been in and by a couple of times since it opened - the space is handsome and the coffees are very good (ex Dark Horse barrista). A dozen tables, maybe 20 seats around the bar, a rack of Italian magazines on display. I haven't eaten there yet. They've been slammed with evening line-ups since their first night (when they were passing out complimentary glasses of prosecco to those in line). I walked by a few times over the weekend, during the day, and they were very busy. It feels like the neighbourhood has been waiting for them to open and there really isn't anything else like it nearby - seems like they fill a nice little complementary niche and I think they'll do well. The menu has antipasti (meat and cheese), pasta, some raw tartare items, a few polenta dishes, a few deep fried dishes, etc. - on first glance, I would agree that the price to portion size feels high. As for their infamous no substitution policy, I understand the debate but with respect, Bronfman_Heiress, I don't think that asking for a different shape of pasta is necessarily to be expected at any restaurant - some will do it but others, beyond Terroni, won't. As for Quanto Basta, I have personally found that food and service there is quite meh and I really, really wanted to like it.

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