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Can someone recommend a great Italian restaurant on College?

Hi all,
My father loves college/little Italy and I'd like to take him to dinner there this weekend.
Any recommendations for a great Italian restaurant?
Thanks so much

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  1. "Little Italy" hasn't been Italian since the 70s and while there's lots of restaurants and bars, few of them are Italian and none of them are "great." Il Gatto Nero and the Dip have the atmosphere, but only OK food.

    Head to St Clair & Dufferin for the real thing instead (Marcello's, Tricolore, La Bruschetta), or better yet, Woodbridge.

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    Il Gatto Nero
    720 College St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

    La Bruschetta
    1317 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6E1C2, CA

    Tricolore Bar & Cafe
    1240 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6E1B7, CA

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    1. re: Dimbulb

      We.really like Marinella on College..
      Home made Pasta, and grilled whole fish.
      Real Trattoria feel.
      Pleasant atmosphere.

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      Marinella
      640 College St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

      1. re: erly

        I dislike old posts.
        We have been back to Marinella, and they no longer serve the Whole Fish, and our meal was fine, but not notable.

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        Marinella
        640 College St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

      2. re: Dimbulb

        Not totally true. Frank's Kitchen is definitely worth visiting on College.

        1. re: Dimbulb

          Which dishes would CHs recommend the most at Marcello's and La Bruschetta?

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          Marcello's
          1163 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6E1B2, CA

          La Bruschetta
          1317 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6E1C2, CA

        2. If you want to do the College Street thing (and it is a charming neighbourhood), Trattoria Giancarlo is a good pick. I also like the Wine Bar at the front of the resto, but it is much more casual. And it got a good review in the National Post earlier this summer:

          http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/06/...

          On a different (but still Italian) wavelength there is also Negroni Panini... a cheap and cheerful a sandwich joint with really nice extras (homemade ice cream, nice apps and starters, an inexpensive wine list). www.negronipanini.com

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          College Street Bar
          574 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1B3, CA

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          1. re: Rabbit

            Also Negroni now serves excellent risottos and pasta now.

          2. Langolino's @ 50 Clinton Street

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            Langolino
            50 Clinton Street, Toronto, ON M6G 2Y3, CA

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            1. re: madhatt

              Bumping this old thread.

              What would you recommend at Langolino's, madhatt?

              Has anyone had any decent Italian meals on College lately? Are there any specific dishes you'd recommend at any Italian restaurants on College? Which dishes would CHs recommend at Marinella & Trattoria Giancarlo?

              I realize Campagnolo & Enoteca get most of the buzz lately, but I'm hopeful that at some point, some Italian restaurants in Little Italy or on the Corso Italia will start to pull up their socks.

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              Langolino
              50 Clinton Street, Toronto, ON M6G 2Y3, CA

              Campagnolo
              832 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON , CA

              1. re: prima

                Has anyone visited Grappa or Giovanna recently?

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                Grappa
                797 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1C7, CA

                Giovanna Trattoria
                637 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1B5, CA

            2. I agree with Rabbit ( as I often seem to!), above. Trattoria Giancarlo is an excellent choice for expensive and very good quality Italian. I have been there at least half a dozeen times in the last year and never been disappointed. (The grilled Sea Bream is plain and classic, I like their risotto, although had better at Carisma recently, their starters change frequently and are always interesting).

              Campagnolo I found interesting with some inventive dishes, very noisy, and simply not in the same class

              In terms of discussion of "the best Italian" see this thread
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/101326

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              Carisma Restaurant
              73 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C 2V8, CA

              Campagnolo
              832 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON , CA

              1. I know it is not in little Italy but the best Italian food I have had in the city is at Mistura at Avenue Rd. and Davenport. If you are looking for something pricey but memorable, it would be an excellent choice. Food quality is excellent as well as the service.
                Memorable dishes include the best Bolgnese pasta I have ever had as well as a fantastic lobster linguine.

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                Mistura
                265 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J9, CA