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Cozy, casual spot along the lines of Weezie's or even Woodlot?

So I'm looking to take a visiting relative out for dinner on a Saturday night in a couple of weeks. She lives in a small bedroom community outside of Ottawa, and isn't really looking for cool, urban and hip. But this will be one of her very few opportunities to have a nice dinner without her husband and kids, so I'd like her to have a good experience. Weezie's would be perfect, but I'm seriously concerned about the recent quality reports.

Woodlot would be fun, but given the occasional challenge in getting a reservation, I'd like to look for some alternatives.

Any thoughts? French bistro fare isn't quite right for this occasion. Bonus points for options North of Davisville.

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Weezie's
354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

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    1. I like Campagnolo. Homey, rustic Italian. Not too loud, very humble. If you go, make sure you get the burrata with roasted grapes.

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

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      1. re: table4onthefly

        +1 for Campagnolo. Went last night, but it was quite busy. Make a reservation! They were out of quite a few things by 9:30... including the pig's ears and the testina... sad (piggy) face.

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

        1. re: table4onthefly

          I'm astonished to hear someone describe Campagnolo as not too loud. I was there a few weeks ago and it was positively deafening. I was at a table with 6 people and the only one of them I could hear reasonably well was the one sitting next to me. I couldn't hear the person across from me, and I sure couldn't hear the people at the other end of the table.

          I really liked the food -- including the burrata and the wild boar -- but it was really, really loud.

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

          1. re: Jacquilynne

            How humble was Campagnolo when you were there?

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

            1. re: prima

              Hrmm, I'm not sure humble is quite the word I'd use to describe them, either, but I can see how it sort of fits. They might be aiming at humble, perhaps, but are self-conscious enough about it that they aren't actually managing it. When I think of humble in terms of restaurants, I think of places like Mi Tierra on St. Clair -- serving comfort food in an environment that's in no way slicked up or professionally decorated, even if the owners themselves may have put a lot of love into it.

            2. re: table4onthefly

              I've never eaten there. Only drove by on my way to Black Hoof. but i would be shocked to describe it as an intimate or humble bar. There's always a club-like line outside the restaurant.

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              The Black Hoof
              928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

            3. Cava maybe?

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              Cava
              1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

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                1. I haven't been but I've heard good things about Camerini, a small, intimate family run Italian ristorante that is right beside Flaky Tart. Not trendy, fusion italian but old school with good ingredients. Perhaps people who have tried it can comment.

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                  Camerini
                  709 Mt Pleasant, Toronto, ON M4S2N4, CA

                  Flaky Tart
                  711 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA