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Alimento At King St West/Brant

thebutcher Mar 24, 2010 08:36 PM

Does anyone know anything about the new gourmet food shop opening at the corner of King & Brant (where the Hyde House used to be)? Alimento is the name.

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  1. pancake RE: thebutcher May 24, 2010 11:25 PM


    Not too much detail here,,, just a picture of the boarded up location.

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      ylsf RE: thebutcher May 25, 2010 09:47 AM

      Curious when this is opening too...

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        pralad RE: thebutcher Jun 29, 2010 09:53 PM

        Hey - I work next door and it's been in prep mode for a few months (opening soon)... the pictures on the outside look good - might be a good lunch place at some point!

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          ggom1 RE: pralad Jun 30, 2010 06:38 AM

          I've been passing by for months and it doesn't look like anything has been happening inside. They keep the side door open and I haven't seen any activity and the room is almost completely empty except for one counter. Not sure what they're working on in there?

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            Cat123 RE: ggom1 May 20, 2011 06:07 PM

            Anyone have the scoop on this? There has still be no sign of an opening.

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              Manybears RE: Cat123 May 21, 2011 05:21 AM

              I saw someone moving what looked like counters in there this week... I guess it might actually open someday?

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                jlunar RE: Manybears May 21, 2011 07:58 AM


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                  ggom1 RE: jlunar May 21, 2011 03:42 PM

                  I usually pass by their side windows and there is very little activity. Like, in months I've never seen anyone doing anything in there. But they are starting to put up shelves and counters, I think I saw a few get set up a couple weeks ago. Not convinced they'll ever open.

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                    jeannieh20 RE: ggom1 Jun 11, 2011 02:46 PM

                    a source close to the family whose opening it, has mentioned to me to apply for a possible pastry/chocolatier position... so if anything that's an indication that they're opening soon?!

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          ylsf RE: thebutcher Oct 2, 2011 07:45 PM

          So, I don't know if it has been like this since June but I walked by today and I saw furniture in it, cash registers set up (with screen saver on LCD monitor, so, like they have been on/testing them?) and some prosciutto hanging. The furniture still has plastic on it. It looks pretty much ready to go except not much merchandise. The seating area seems to take a large portion of the space. I took a few photos and I will try to share soon. It don't understand how this place can afford to pay the rent and take over a year to get ready and still not be open! Crazy.

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            jlunar RE: ylsf Oct 2, 2011 09:18 PM

            My thoughts too! Rent there can't be cheap!

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              ylsf RE: ylsf Oct 4, 2011 12:30 PM

              Here is a link to the pics I took the other day with my crappy camera

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              ukers RE: thebutcher Oct 23, 2011 08:00 PM

              Looks like the food shop is opening next week. I think I heard the cafe is already open. Anyone been?

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                Spice City Toronto RE: ukers Nov 4, 2011 04:37 PM

                I was just down there and it's definitely open. They have Italian and local cheeses and meats, lots of pasta, some baked goods. It looks pretty nice, although I don't think it's fully stocked yet. There's also Bar Mozza restaurant serving pizzas, salads, prosciutto, etc.

                Here's a photo here:

                Spice City Toronto

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                ylsf RE: thebutcher Nov 7, 2011 06:49 AM

                More photos/etc posted up on BlogTo:


                I didn't know it was from the people behind Grande Cheese....

                1. justsayn RE: thebutcher Nov 9, 2011 09:48 PM

                  Check this place out! Great shopping and take out! We sat down for lunch today to try the sausage rapini panzerotti and the eggplant parmagiano pizza. Generous servings and delicious!! I couldn't stop eating my pizza with their amazing bomba hot pepper sauce even though I was stuffed. The crust is its own style that I enjoyed very much. $15 for a large personal pizza with full coverage of toppings. No skimping here. Welcome to the 'hood!!

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                    ElizabethS RE: justsayn Nov 27, 2011 09:33 AM

                    Went there yesterday - could have eaten a cup of the Bomba!

                    Good food, staff trying hard, nice combo Salumi/Fromaggio plate.....

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                      justsayn RE: ElizabethS Nov 27, 2011 10:52 AM

                      That bomba is insane!

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                        ElizabethS RE: justsayn Nov 27, 2011 11:10 AM

                        We pried a few of the ingredients out of the very lovely Manager - key one (apart from the obvious) being fennel, I think.

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                          justsayn RE: ElizabethS Nov 27, 2011 11:39 AM

                          HA! You got further than we did!

                  2. jlunar RE: thebutcher Nov 27, 2011 09:12 PM

                    Some shots of the store: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jlunar/s...

                    No raw meats, etc, that I could see, but lots of cured meats, cheeses, and other things along those lines. Had an extensive biscotti selection, as well as interesting desserts.

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                      ylsf RE: thebutcher Mar 26, 2012 08:34 AM

                      Was in the area on Saturday night and met up with some friends for a drink after they went to Buca and I was at the theatre. Had a nice glass of wine and decided to order a dessert as well. To our surprise the waitress brought out a bunch of complimentary pastries. Very nice service, nice decor (really transforms in the evening... Never been in during the day but imagine it looks a lot different). It seems like a bit of an oasis in the crazyiness that is King Street on a Saturday night. It isn't open that late (I think around 10ish but we stayed later than that as other diners were there as well). Our waitress was very friendly/nice as well.

                      I saw some of the food pass by on the way to tables, definitely would like to return for a real meal here at some point and going to keep it in mind for future drinks out!

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