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Italian restaurant ok for old crowd

Hi everyone,

I wanted to take my family (a bunch of mid-30s siblings and their SOs and mid-60s parents) out for great italian food for my birthday. The more variety, the better, considering our different palates.

My choices so far are Buca, Scarpetta, and Fabbrica. Terroni is too casual.
Does Scarpetta have too much of a clubby lounge feel? I wanted my parents to feel comfortable.

Thanks!

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Buca
604 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M6, CA

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  1. Zucca Trattoria at Yonge and Eglinton would fit the bill. Generally an older crowd goes there. Good selection of interesting, regional Italian. Fresh pasta and fish are the specialities.

    www.zuccatrattoria.com

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    Zucca
    2150 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2A8, CA

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    1. re: toboggan3

      Agree with Zucca. Further uptown is Coppi, which has very old school vibe.

      If you want to stay downtown, I would look at Romagna Mia.

      Buca is going to be deafening for your parents.

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      Coppi
      3363 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4N 2N6, CA

      Zucca
      2150 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2A8, CA

      Buca
      604 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M6, CA

    2. Perhaps a bit too casual but certainly where your parents would feel comfortable ---- Gerrard Pizza, 1528 Danforth, just east of Coxwell. Old world Italian food, everything's homemade, quiet environment. Not cheap, but reasonable. They don't have a website but they're on Facebook and their menu is under "Notes" on their FB page. Check them out!

      1. Scarpetta isn't club-y at all. Best food of the bunch imho, but much more expensive.

        1. Don't waste your money at Scarpetta as the food really isn't all that good - ok the polenta is great but nothing else I had was anywhere near worth what I paid. What about considering Tutti Matti. It is one of my fav Italian place. Good food, nice room, lots of choice and a decent wine list.

          I love Buca but I find it loud and hard to get a table at a good time for a large group.

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

          Buca
          604 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M6, CA

          1. I recently took a 70something to Zucca on a weeknight, around 7 pm. While the food was fine, the place was full, and quite loud, and a very small amount of octopus was served in the grilled octopus starter.

            Have also found Tutti Matti to on the loud side, to the point where conversation at the table was difficult. As others have mentioned, Buca is usually quite loud, unless you visit fairly late midweek.

            If I was taking any 60somethings out for a great Italian birthday dinner, I'd go with Carisma or Mistura.

            Although the food is as Greek as it is Italian, Malena is another option for an upscale Mediterranean dinner. They have tables available for groups in the private room upstairs, which tends to be quieter than the main dining room on the main floor. While I wish Malena's grilled octopus serving was more generous, it is still more generous than the portion served at Zucca. Malena has a newish spring menu: http://www.malena120.ca/dinner

            Haven't been to Trattoria Giancarlo, but it's been on my list for a while. How loud is Trattoria Giancarlo at dinner time?

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            Mistura
            265 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J9, CA

            Giancarlo Trattoria
            41 Clinton St, Toronto, ON M6J2N9, CA

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

            Malena Estiatorio
            120 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON , CA

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            1. re: prima

              I like Mistura as well! Great food and rather comfortable in terms of the room and overall environment.

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              Mistura
              265 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J9, CA

              1. re: prima

                I recommended Carisma to a friend who was dining with his father. He was thrilled with the choice. He said everything from the food/wine/volume was perfect for his rather particular father.

              2. Buca is good on the apps, but I don't like the noise level.
                Scarpetta isn't worth the money. It's very fancy though. I'm with JennaBean on this one.

                Options:
                Enoteca Sociale has some good options, if you pass on the papardelle. Lots of families, might be too casual.
                Carisma looks really nice and has had positive comments on the board. Haven't been myself.

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                http://www.foodpr0n.com -- food. is. love.

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                Buca
                604 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M6, CA

                Enoteca Sociale
                1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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

                1. I concur with the Zucca and Mistura reccos (for quality of food and age-appropriateness). While I (unlike some posters) have realy enjoyed my meals at Fabbrica, I'd say it's fairly loud and not somewhere I'd be particularly inclined to go with my parents (also in their sixties).

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                  Mistura
                  265 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J9, CA

                  Zucca
                  2150 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2A8, CA

                  1. thanks for the comments and rec's so far everyone! zucca is great, but wanted to take them somewhere they haven't been before...gonna check out a few of the places mentioned!

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                    1. re: corruptchicken

                      Where did you take your family for dinner, corruptchicken?

                      1. re: prima

                        we went to romagna mia and they gave us the large wooden plank table in the back of the restaurant. my parents thoroughly enjoyed that. great atmosphere and not noisy at all!

                          1. re: corruptchicken

                            So what did you eat? I'm curious whether the name change at the restaurant has changed the menu or the food at all.

                            1. re: icey

                              My parents tried the truffle and asparagus risotto which was flambeed in a parmesan cheese wheel.
                              I had the osso buco.
                              I can't remember what anyone else had unfortunately, but I remember tasting a bit of everything they had and it was all good.
                              We all shared a few salumi platters too.

                              I never visited the place before the name change, so I can't compare if the food was better or not. You can check the site out here: http://www.paganellis.com/pizze

                      2. I've never been but I've heard from many that Tomasso's Trattoria on Eastern Ave. is amazing for older crowds who don't want a ton of noise and it's close to the highways. (I hear it's becoming a trendy Leslieville secret, can't wait to check it out!)

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                        1. re: missmctoronto

                          There is a whole thread. I suggest you read it as it have many mixed reviews. As well it is in Riverside not Leslieville technically. :-)