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Looking for some cucina della nonna with a patio

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Suburban Gourmand Jun 16, 2011 12:49 PM

Anywhere in the downtown / midtown / uptown area that is really outstanding?

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    currycue RE: Suburban Gourmand Jun 16, 2011 01:01 PM

    One of the best patios in town is that at Cafe Diplomatico on College, but the food is not particularly spectacular. Decent, fresh pasta though.

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      peppermint pate RE: Suburban Gourmand Jun 16, 2011 01:14 PM

      How about Noce on Queen West?

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      875 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J1G5, CA

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        CocoTO RE: peppermint pate Jun 18, 2011 10:40 AM

        +1 for Noce ...

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        875 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J1G5, CA

      2. iMarilyn RE: Suburban Gourmand Jun 16, 2011 01:21 PM

        Enoteca Sociale has a nice patio.

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        1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

        1. jlunar RE: Suburban Gourmand Jun 16, 2011 04:19 PM

          Agree with iMarilyn. Enoteca would be a good spot.

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            ms. cornbread RE: jlunar Jun 18, 2011 05:40 PM

            Enoteca gets my vote. Delicious food, and I really like their patio.

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              peppermint pate RE: ms. cornbread Jun 21, 2011 08:23 AM

              So I'm finally going to check out Enoteca this Friday, hopefully on the patio (please sun gods...) - any favourites on the current menu?

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                jlunar RE: peppermint pate Jun 21, 2011 08:35 AM

                Didn't check their current menu, but:

                - Their grilled meats are generally really good.
                - Potatoes as a side are really tasty.
                - Arancini is tasty
                - Cauliflower side is good too.
                - I like their tiramisu and their cappucino.

                Most of their pastas are good, but I'd avoid the boar pappardelle. I don't know if it's because I take too much time shooting, but the sheets always come clumped. I also don't love their octopus. I have a lot of photos (with menus) in my Enoteca Post.

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                  peppermint pate RE: jlunar Jun 21, 2011 09:11 AM

                  Thanks for the suggestions jlunar. Gorgeous pics, as always, on your blog, though the temptation of those Little Nicky's donuts is almost too much to bear.

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                    jlunar RE: peppermint pate Jun 21, 2011 09:21 AM

                    So bad for me, but Little Nicky's is starting to become my weekend morning ritual...

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            ali228 RE: Suburban Gourmand Jun 17, 2011 11:27 AM

            Have you tried 7 Numbers on the Danforth (between Broadview and Chester)? The patio is a little small. Diplomatico has a great patio and I agree about the food.

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              Snarf RE: Suburban Gourmand Jun 18, 2011 01:57 PM

              Grano has more of a courtyard than a patio, but it's nice. Rustic Italian, though I think the nonna in the case is male.

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              2035 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A2, CA

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                torontofoodiegirl RE: Snarf Jun 18, 2011 02:04 PM

                I almost suggested Grano, because their patio/courtyard is really lovely. However, I wouldn't decribe the food as outstanding. At its best, it's quite good and I've gone there a lot, though I live in the neighbourhood and don't think I otherwise would make a special trip. I should note that I've found it to be a bit inconsistent.

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                2035 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A2, CA

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