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Romagna Mia is Paganelli's Risotteria

syoung Jul 11, 2011 03:14 PM

So I was driving by this morning and passed by the former Romagna Mia location and see a new (at least new to me) sign: Paganelli's Risotteria. Not sure how long this has been there but a quick google search reveals this is a 2nd location as they have another restaurant of same name in Woodbridge.

Has anyone been confirm it's the same restaurant under a different name? According to their website, chef Gabriele Paganelli owned Romagna Mia and so looks like now he's just putting both his restaurants under the same name. Their menu looks similar to Romagna Mia.

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    Chocolatemama RE: syoung Jul 11, 2011 06:14 PM

    Yes, it is the same restaurant, just a new name. Same great food!

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      Kassi22 RE: syoung Jul 12, 2011 05:10 AM

      Yep. Same restaurant, same menu... same staff... New name.
      They put the new sign up a couple of months ago now.
      I go there frequently as I work close by.

      1. syoung RE: syoung Jul 12, 2011 09:04 PM

        Thanks folks. I guess I'm late to this one. Kind of flew under the radar here as well as a quick search of this board didn't reveal news on Paganelli's, but maybe this us due to the restaurant itself is MEH.

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          Chocolatemama RE: syoung Jul 13, 2011 07:30 AM

          I would agree that the ambiance at this restaurant is very `MEH`and it is probably due to this that it is not more popular, but the food is anything but. The restaurant is not mentioned often on these boards but when it is, it is almost always positive regarding the food. Fresh homemade pastas that taste like what I had in Italy. It`s one of our favourites!

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            julesrules RE: Chocolatemama Jul 13, 2011 07:40 AM

            I also enjoyed a wonderful meal there, one night before Summerlicious a few years ago. They offered us the Summerlicious menu even though we had no expectation that we would. Food was great and they were really gracious. And completely dead.

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              Kassi22 RE: julesrules Jul 13, 2011 08:29 AM

              Yeah, I agree... The food is usually pretty good. The risotto is also excellent and their home made pasta is very good.

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                Bigtigger RE: Kassi22 Jul 13, 2011 01:39 PM

                And the service is always warm and willing - no attitude, happy to adjust dishes to tastes or allergies, keep water glasses full, point to bargains on wine list, pace meal to your unstated preferences, etc. A night on the patio is relaxing, fun and by TO standards, not exorbitant!

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                  magic RE: Bigtigger Jul 15, 2011 03:40 PM

                  I went just once and the service was so horribly rude I never went back. Too bad, too. Their food was great. Oh well, I'm sure they're not crying over my lost business...

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                    Kassi22 RE: magic Jul 15, 2011 06:41 PM

                    Its funny.. the first time I went there.. same feeling.. then I went a year later as the SO wanted to go.... and it was a bit better, now with the new name.. way way better.. I dont know if it was just fluke or what.. but the atmosphere, service was just friendlier.

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                      magic RE: Kassi22 Jul 16, 2011 09:38 AM

                      Ok, well, that is good to hear.

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                        TorontoTuna RE: Kassi22 Jul 16, 2011 09:43 AM

                        I live close by and have been going there for years. Have NEVER had a bad meal...on the contrary, their cuisine is top drawer Emilia-Romagna, the home of Parma Ham and Parmigiano Reggiano., with great risotto dishes, pasta made on premises, fresh black truffles, charcuterie to rival Black Hoof and a great staff. Ate there last night and the place was packed...and they're not Summerlicious. The young chef approached our table four times during our great meal, asking pointed questions and seeming to care about our replies. Excellent Italian wine cellar as well. We've been going to Italy every year for over twenty years and have eaten all over Bologna and environs and this restaurant is the best Bolognese joint in Canada.

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