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Jun 17, 2010 03:00 PM

Terroni: neagative review of place suggested by some critics:

This place has one of the most awful service problems--seemingly always short staffed. After you order long wait. Tables within inches or closer together. Cost is high for what you get

1 Balmoral Ave, Toronto, ON M4V3B9, CA

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  1. I've never recommended Terroni, will never recommend Terroni and will steer most people clear of it....I don't get the fascination with this place at all

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    1. It serves a purpose. Someone has to run the McDonald's of Italian food. I don't eat at McD either. But I suppose at McD there is not usually a long wait and poor service.

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      1. re: foodyDudey

        and mcdonalds will honour special requests (ie. no onions)

        1. re: foodyDudey

          McDonald's also charges appropriate prices for what you get.

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          1. I still want to try their pizza. That would be my second visit there. Unless the second visit is more inspiring than the first, it will also be my last. Food on first visit was OK. Service was OK. Crowding of tables was not OK. Nothing outstanding at all about the experience.

            1. I'm a big fan of Terroni. I've never had a bad experience and have been 20+ times. Regardless, this is a very controversial topic that's covered in about 100 other threads. Not sure why people keep bringing this up. Wish we could just agree to disagree.

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              1. re: SMOG

                I agree - Terroni is one of those places people love to hate, and tends to garner extreme opposing views. I've probably gone to the Adelaide location at least 20 times as well, and never had a bad experience!! And I'm always on the look out as well with everything I read on this board, but I've had average to good service, and consistently good food. I think if you hate it, then just avoid it, but the comparison to McDonalds seems like a stretch. Yes, they have rules, and I'll agree that they're extreme, but if you know about that and are strongly against them, then don't bother going. I know about them and work around them and haven't had a problem yet.

                1. re: apple_pie

                  I absolutely agree. I am a huge fan of Terroni ... I could eat the pasta there every week (and for a stretch, I did!) The pasta is sooo perfectly cooked, the ingredients are fresh and simple and all round, I just love that it's a casual and easy breezy place to go for dinner. I think what I like about the pasta dishes is that the combinations and sauces taste light and 'real' ... as opposed to pastas drowning in salty or over-flavoured sauce. I like the pasta over their pizza (I'd pick Libretto for pizza over Terroni). I just wish the line-ups weren't so insane!

                  BTW I hear that they are opening a new flagship location near Summerhill with a huge and fabulous patio ... can anybody confirm this?