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corruptchicken May 6, 2011 09:00 AM

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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    missmctoronto Nov 9, 2011 12:07 PM

    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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      JennaBean Nov 9, 2011 12:18 PM

      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. :-)

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      corruptchicken May 6, 2011 12:01 PM

      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
        prima Nov 8, 2011 09:50 AM

        Where did you take your family for dinner, corruptchicken?

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          corruptchicken Nov 8, 2011 02:29 PM

          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!

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            prima Nov 8, 2011 05:39 PM

            Good to hear it worked out!

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              icey Nov 9, 2011 06:24 AM

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

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                corruptchicken Nov 9, 2011 08:01 AM

                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

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          torontofoodiegirl May 6, 2011 11:49 AM

          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. jlunar May 6, 2011 11:16 AM

            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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            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. prima May 6, 2011 11:09 AM

              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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                JennaBean May 6, 2011 11:15 AM

                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

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                  MeMeMe May 6, 2011 11:16 AM

                  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.

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                  JennaBean May 6, 2011 10:53 AM

                  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. Herb May 6, 2011 10:50 AM

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

                    1. Brain of J May 6, 2011 10:03 AM

                      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!

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                        toboggan3 May 6, 2011 09:09 AM

                        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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                          TorontoJo May 6, 2011 09:26 AM

                          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

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