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Last minute get together for 8 this weekend - and we're going Italian. Of course, a lot depends on where we can get a reservation, but we want excellent pasta, and the opportunity for good conversation (Not too loud, we're in our 40's). Here's what I'm thinking. Tutti Matti, Noce, Sidecar. Fusilli. I haven't been to all these spots, so I need some guidance. Atmosphere is really important - I'm looking for the anti-Terroni. (no offense intended, I just would like something more subdued)

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

Noce
875 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J1G5, CA

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  1. I haven't been to Fusilli so I can't comment on it, but I've been to the other three and have enjoyed all of them. While it has lots of pasta on the menu I don't think of Sidecar as Italian. Noce and Tutti Matti are both are the same price point and both produce good quality food but Tutti Matti appeals to me slightly more. I like the room better (the back part of the room seems a little more quiet) and the food to me is a bit better.

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

    Noce
    875 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J1G5, CA

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    1. re: JennaBean

      ??? I found Noce's main course dishes on the average around $5 more than Tutti Matti? No?!

      How about Il Posto in Yorkville?

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

      Noce
      875 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J1G5, CA

      1. re: Charles Yu

        As a rule I really try to avoid Yorkville whenever possible. :-)

        1. re: Charles Yu

          I went to Il Posto last night (Wednesday, Oct 12, 2011) for dinner in the private room. The service was appalling and the food mediocre, at best. I was surprised because Toronto Life has consistently given this restaurant good reviews. The waiter (and he's been there for quite some time) was snide and couldn't pour wine or water to save his life. One of our colleague's had their umbrella stolen from the front - they just grabbed the umbrella's from us without even asking if we wanted to keep them. No apology or offer of a spare. The food for the entire table was "meh" - I had grilled prawns that were overdone and rubbery. Definitely won't be going back. I can live with mediocre food if the service is great but not the other way around.

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

      2. Campagnolo

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

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        1. re: iMarilyn

          Campagnolo was very loud when I was there.

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

        2. Enoteca Sociale was one of best Italian meals in a long time.

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

          1. Guessing this is a little too late. Fieramosca and Carisma seem to be the opposite of Terroni.

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            Fieramosca
            36A Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto, ON M5R1A9, CA

            Carisma Restaurant
            73 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C 2V8, CA