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Help with restaurant recommendation

My boyfriend and I will be celebrating an anniversary next month and are looking for a romantic place to enjoy dinner in Toronto. We need to stick within our budget (approx $150 - less would be a bonus if it's a great place) and would like to be able to enjoy a couple glasses of wine (beer for him). We are both thinking an Italian place would be nice... any suggestions would be appreciated! Also, we live around Yonge and Bloor and will be taking the TTC.
Thanks!

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  1. There are lots of threads around this subject.
    Try the search facility.
    An example...http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/773320
    The link in the penultimate post in this thread will take you to 180 recommendations and comment.

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    1. re: AzulH

      Thanks for the link, there are a lot of great restaurants listed there.

      I was hoping that since I provided details such as our budget, what we are looking for (italian, romantic), and where we are situated, that there might be a more specific recommendation. We were looking at Campagnolo and were wondering if that would fit the bill? We are open to other recommendations. Thanks!

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

      1. re: Michelle1234

        Campangnolog would fit the bill for sure. Good food, nice room, has a young and hip feeling to me and then you could go a little further west and hit some spots on Ossington for drinks after dinner.

        Enoteca Sociale would fit the food requirements as well but it is more of a family feel type place IMO.

        You could also try Frank's Kitchen on College which has some Italian influence.

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

        Frank's Kitchen
        588 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B2, CA

      2. re: AzulH

        Zucca and Yonge and Eglinton is good Italian. Very reasonable Prix Fixe Monday to Wednesday.

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        Zucca
        2150 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2A8, CA

      3. I would consider Enoteca Sociale as another choice on Dundas, but even closer to you would be L'Unita. Both good options for Italian.

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        L'Unita
        134 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R2H6, CA

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

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        1. re: mobirose

          Think it would be pretty hard to stay under $150 all in at L'Unita...

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          L'Unita
          134 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R2H6, CA

        2. Do you place priority on the meal as an "event" or as a good meal? What sort of food do you like?

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          1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

            the OP said "Romantic and for an anniversary celebration." I've read many of your posts so I'm interested to know your take on this. I know we would never agree but I love your commitment to value for money.

            1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

              Priority for us would definitely be focused more on the "event", as in great service, romantic atmosphere, not feeling rushed through our meal. This is not to say that the food doesn't matter - it has to be good :)

              Food wise, I love pretty much everything. My boyfriend on the other hand is a bit of a picky eater, that's why I thought Italian food would be our safest bet for him, as I am sure he can find some pasta that he would like (as long as there is no seafood, mushrooms, capers, sun-dried tomatoes... the list goes on!)

              1. re: Michelle1234

                I think you might want to consider a steakhouse as you're going to be really hard pressed to find an Italian resto that doesn't use at least one of those items in each dish. :-)

                Sidecar may be a happy medium for you. The BF can have a steak and you can have a tasty pizza. They have a great cocktail list and it is nice room. The price point will also be in your favour as typically we never spend more than $120 for two people there.

                1. re: JennaBean

                  Thanks for the recommendation, I'll take a look at the menu!

              2. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                Oh, and I must mention again, it is quite important for us to stick to our $150 budget (including tax & tip)
                Thanks again!

                1. re: Michelle1234

                  "no seafood, mushrooms, capers, sun-dried tomatoes".

                  Hmmm, you never find thoese ingredients in Italian cooking.........best of luck:)