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Best Italian restaurant downtown?

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Staceyy Aug 29, 2011 10:28 AM

Hi All,

I'm looking for a great, casual italian eatery in the downtown core.
Doesn't really matter the location as long as it's downtown.

Just want delicious food, nice atmosphere, not too fancy.

Thanks so much,
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  1. TorontoJo RE: Staceyy Aug 29, 2011 10:37 AM

    Your old thread from last year is a good start:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/718365

    Enoteca Sociale and Buca are the two I would add to the list.

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

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

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      Staceyy RE: TorontoJo Aug 29, 2011 10:55 AM

      Funny, I don't even remember posting it last year, LOL
      We ended up going to Mercatto but weren't too impressed.

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      Mercatto
      15 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2E3, CA

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      JennaBean RE: Staceyy Aug 29, 2011 10:58 AM

      I would add Tutti Matti to your list for consideration. Right downtown, not cheap but casual room and service style and IMO great Italian offerings.

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

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        Staceyy RE: JennaBean Aug 29, 2011 11:26 AM

        Awesome, Thanks so much. I think i'll check out Tutti Matti or Buca :)

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

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

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          Bigtigger RE: Staceyy Aug 29, 2011 11:34 AM

          Paganelli's is a must, imho the best combination of excellent food and great service at a reasonable price. It is the former Romagna Mia on Front near Jarvis.

      2. W4W Toronto RE: Staceyy Aug 29, 2011 11:32 AM

        Just did a Chow review with pictures of Gossip restaurant on the Exhibition Grounds. Delicious gnocchi and penne dishes. Check out the review and then check them out.

        1. miketoronto RE: Staceyy Aug 29, 2011 11:41 AM

          Buca is my favourite. Campagnolo and Enoteca Sociale are both decent, and a lot of people on the board seem to like Paese these days (never been myself).

          Although it's unpopular, my #2 Italian in the city is Terroni. Consistently great pasta, reliable pizza, and they get the best burrata I've had anywhere.

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

          Paese
          333 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

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

          Campagnolo
          832 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON , CA

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            wherejessate RE: miketoronto Aug 29, 2011 05:52 PM

            I second Buca and Campagnolo. If you're looking for pasta/pizza, I probably wouldn't recommend Campagnolo though.

            The bigoli (duck ragu) and eggplant parm are my favourite dishes at Buca - highly recommended!

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

            Campagnolo
            832 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON , CA

          2. Charles Yu RE: Staceyy Aug 29, 2011 06:21 PM

            Though a bit more fancy and touch more expensive, Il Posto in Yorkville is very very good!. Loved their calves liver!

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            Il Posto
            148 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R1C2, CA

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              Staceyy RE: Staceyy Aug 30, 2011 10:30 AM

              Thanks everyone for your replies! We decided to try out Buca.
              I'll let you know how we liked it! :)

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

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                JennaBean RE: Staceyy Aug 30, 2011 10:35 AM

                I find you do best at Buca if you order the smaller dishes and skip the mains. Every app I've had had been great as where the mains can sometimes be hit and miss. I LOVE the mushroom pizza. Sooo good!

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

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                  always_eating RE: JennaBean Aug 30, 2011 11:43 AM

                  I've been going back every week for their Potato Pizza. Addicted!

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