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amz155 Oct 3, 2010 07:14 PM

I've been reading up on some of the most frequently recommended Italian restaurants in TO.

The list includes: Zucca, Tutti Matti, Da Gianni e Maria, Romagna Mia, Terroni and Mistura.

I know Mistura is formal but of the others listed, would they be appropriate venues for a small intimate wedding lunch or dinner (including quick ceremony on site)?

They needn't be TOO fancy inside but have the ability to be "dressed up" with some flowers and nicer linens.

I'm considering this as an alternate to a more formal location like Canoe, George, Centro or Splendido.

Thanks.

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Tutti Matti
364 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V1R7, CA

Romagna Mia
106 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 1E1, CA

Mistura
265 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J9, CA

Splendido
88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

Centro
2472 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4P 2F5, CA

Da Gianni e Maria
794 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C1B6, CA

Zuccabar
299 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R2L4, CA

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    torontofoodiegirl RE: amz155 Oct 4, 2010 03:37 PM

    What size wedding are you thinking of? Are you planning to take over the entire space in a restauant?

    Of the ones you mentioned, I've only been to Zucca, Tutti Matti, and Mistura. Have really enjoyed the food at all three.

    I feel like Tutti Matti might be a bit too casual inside, though it's been a while since I've been there so I may not be remembering well, but (of the three) the room might be the best shape (ie. everyone would be able to see everyone else, I think)....sorry to be so vague, but like I said, it's been a while. I think Zucca could be quite nice for an intimate wedding. It has a cozy, romantic sort of vibe and would be quite suitable for a semi-formal event. I wouldn't call Mistura "formal" per se, but you're right, it's definitely the most upscale of the lot. I really love it (in fact, had my rehearsal dinner in the private room there) but for some reason I can't put my finger on, it's not jumping out at me as being the best wedding venue (maybe because of the shape of the room?).

    Good luck and congratulations!

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    Tutti Matti
    364 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V1R7, CA

    Mistura
    265 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J9, CA

    Zuccabar
    299 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R2L4, CA

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      amz155 RE: torontofoodiegirl Oct 4, 2010 04:36 PM

      Ok , thanks. That's some good input.

      I know this will sound silly but we are either leaning towards 18 ppl (us, parents, grandparents, siblings, MOH/BM + SOs) OR we might do around 55 people (which would include aunts, uncles, first cousins). I WANT to do the smaller option but I'd feel bad offending people that weren't invivted (wedding planning is so annyoing!).

      I started calling around and started with Terroni. I called the Victoria location when no one answered at the Adelaide location. Apparantly its 8-12K to rent out the Osteria (sits 67 people) or 15K to rent out the Bettola side for 87 people. The gal I talked to mentioned that the Adelaide location may be better....the atrium fits about 65 people and the cantina sits 50. I asked about hosting a ceremony on site and was told that it wouldn't be the best idea unless I rented out the resturant, since the sections of the Adelaide location are not excatly private. I've never been to these locations so I'm just going on what I've been told. I love the pics of the inside of the various Terroni locaitons. Love the look of rustic tables, brick walls.....

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      Osteria
      106 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5C, CA

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        torontofoodiegirl RE: torontofoodiegirl Oct 5, 2010 08:35 AM

        Addendum: I didn't notice Terroni on your list. I love Terroni, but I'm not sure I'd choose it for a wedding. Not so much because it's not formal...given your comments about size, I'd be more inclined to try to find somewhere a bit smaller and with more charm...

        If you're opting for the 18 person group, I'd try to find a place with a private room, because, at least if it were me getting married, I wouldn't want to have to share my event with other restaurant patrons. I'm having a tough time thinking of Italian restaurants with private rooms, but am thinking that Vittorio's on Avenue might have some... If you opt for 55 people, there are probably a number of restaurants you could completely take over (not sure, but I think Zucca would probably be about the right size...or perhaps Positano on Mt. Pleasant?).

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        Vittorio's on Avenue
        137 Avenue Road, Toronto, ON , CA

        Zuccabar
        299 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R2L4, CA

      2. Minister of Kebab RE: amz155 Oct 4, 2010 06:32 PM

        Grappa.

        College near Ossington. With the right night you can rent the place, it is I think ideal.
        phil

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          Yongeman RE: amz155 Oct 5, 2010 04:59 AM

          I've been to weddings at two places: La Bruschetta on St. Clair has an upstairs room which can seat 20 or so. It was excellent. Also went to one at Grano on Yonge, with about 70 or so, in their side room. Also great. I guess it depends on the size, and the food.

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          Grano
          2035 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A2, CA

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

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            torontofoodiegirl RE: Yongeman Oct 5, 2010 08:38 AM

            I've been to Grano many times over the years, have enjoyed it many times, and am generally pretty fond of it. They have a nice area at the back that you could potentially use which is a bit separated from the rest of the restaurant (though people have to walk through it to get to the patio). However...I've gotta say that, of late, my food at Grano hasn't been so great; I think they might be sliding downhill. Just thought I should warn you, as I think you'd be much more certain to get a really good meal at some of the other places mentioned.

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            Grano
            2035 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A2, CA

          2. icey RE: amz155 Oct 5, 2010 06:35 AM

            I held my Canadian wedding ceremony (got married in Italy) at Romagna Mia. We had 90 guests. The food and service were outstanding and people still talk about it; I spoke to Chef Gabriele and he helped with the menu etc. They also wrote up menu cards for the table which I thought was very nice of them.
            I was able to bring in my own rented linens, and I decorated the restaurant with lots of flower arrangements which really made the restaurant warmer and obviously personalized it.
            I would highly recommend it.

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            Romagna Mia
            106 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 1E1, CA

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