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Aug 12, 2011 08:44 AM

ISO Pasta Bolognese

Where's the best pasta bolognese to be found in Toronto? Looking for a birthday dinner venue for a family member who loves this dish.

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  1. Excellent tagliatelle bolognese at the former Romagna Mia, now re-named Pagenelli's or something close to that (!) on Front near Jarvis. I always order it without peas, the appeal of which in that context eludes me...

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    1. re: Bigtigger

      My husband loves their bolognese also!

    2. The old Terroni at Balmoral used to do a delicious pasta bolognese. I'm not sure if it's on the menu at the new location but I'm sure they still have it at the Adelaide location. I always ask for extra sauce!

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      1. re: kasey j miller

        "I always ask for extra sauce!"

        And do they serve you the extra sauce when you ask for it?

        1. re: justsayn

          Yes. They charge me for it but it's worth it.

          1. re: kasey j miller

            I love Terroni. I will have to order that dish next time I'm there; with extra sauce : P

      2. I am going to throw you a curve ball and suggest an 'Italian/Japanese' pasta bar called ' Shiso Tree Cafe' inside J-Town. You'll be surprised by the quality of their pastas! Their Bolognese sauce actually uses a mix of Angus beef and veal and Berkeshire pork! Surprisingly authentic and tasty. Tutti Mati's wild boar ragu pasta is pretty good too!.

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        1. re: Charles Yu

          Finally made it to Shiso Tree for lunch and was not disappointed. Tasty Bolognese sauce and al dente pasta to my liking. My husband ordered a seafood pasta and really enjoyed it. All in all a great experience with great service as well. What a lovely atmosphere. I can't believe it took this long for me to find J-Town and its associated eateries (also recommend Niwatei ramen).

          I had dinner at Tutti Matti years ago, I think it was the first year they opened, and happened to have ordered that ragu pasta dish. It was memorable - tender meat, fresh garlic and tomato on wide egg noodles. Definitely time to go back!

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

        2. Always been a fan of Banfi's Spaghetti Bolognese....but they don't take reservations.