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Wife craving good Italian - has chosen five possibles....

She has come up with the following candidates:

Tutti Matti
Camapagnolo
Zucca
Marben
Oro

What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance!!

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

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

Marben
488 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1E5, CA

Oro Restaurant
45 Elm, Toronto, ON M4W1N6, CA

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  1. I've been to Zucca, Capagnolo and Oro - of those 3, and on my Toronto Italian short-list in general, I'd definitely go with Zucca. I liked the food at Campagnolo but wasn't a fan of the room -fun to sit at the kitchen pass, though. Marben isn't Italian. I had a meal at Oro years ago and it was quite lacklustre - it's possible the chef has changed since then but you certainly don't hear much about it. Opus, Enoteca Sociale, Noce and maybe Terroni's Osteria (or Bettola) would be other options.

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

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

    Marben
    488 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1E5, CA

    Osteria
    106 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5C, CA

    Oro Restaurant
    45 Elm, Toronto, ON M4W1N6, CA

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

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

    1. Tutti Matti and Zucca are both excellent upscale spots. Tutti Matti is downtown, maybe a bit more romantic, and focuses on tuscan food. Zucca is uptown and a bit louder and brighter. I can't fault the food at either. Service is generally good at both althought sometimes I do find Tutti Matti slow.
      I wouldn't call Marben an Italian restaurant, really. There's nothing wrong with it but I don't think it is their focus. There are better options on your list if Italian is really the focus.
      I haven't been to the other 2 so can't comment and will leave that for others.

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

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

      Marben
      488 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1E5, CA

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      1. re: Cat123

        Okay, I'll bite. What are "better options"?

        1. re: DUH CAR

          Hi - sorry - I meant Tutti Matti and Zucca as better options on your list. My real fav in Toronto though is Trattoria Giancarlo on College (in Little Italy), followed by Mistura (much more upscale). Enjoy!

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

          Mistura
          265 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J9, CA

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

      2. Tutti Matti is one of my fav go-to spots for Italian so that would be my personal pick from this list. In the winter they often have a sausage in tomato sauce and white beans dish which I LOVE!!

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

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        1. re: JennaBean

          My vote is for Tutti Matti too

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

        2. Just an aside!
          Every time the subject of Italian food comes up, interesting no body mention the two 'dark horses' - Il Mulino and Il Posto. Two of my favourite Italian places and I found their food better than say ' Zucca which I find bland and over-rated!

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          Il Mulino
          1060 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, ON M6C 2C9, CA

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

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

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          1. re: Charles Yu

            Fantastic choices!
            Also Carissima on King street.

            1. re: froglegs

              If you want the real Il Mulino, go to Carisma where the former Il Mulino owner/chef now operate.

            2. re: Charles Yu

              I'm not a fan of Zucca either and have never understood the praise it gets.

              On the other hand, I gave Il Posto three chances over a number of years and never came away with a good experience. Found it very average.

              I give points to Mistura and Noce.

              1. re: radiopolitic

                Not a fan either of Zucca and Tutti Matti. We were very underwhelmed at both.
                I would also suggest Mistura although the bill can creep up fast.

                I would also consider Enoteca Sociale or the new Terroni at Summerhill and Yonge. Great spot and excellent food and service. Not at all like the other Terroni. I believe its called Terroni Centrale.

                1. re: radiopolitic

                  I like both Mistura and Noce as well but both will be more expensive than the the OPs resto list.

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                  Mistura
                  265 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J9, CA

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

              2. Wow. We're all over the place on this one. I'm going to need a scoring system and a calculator!

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                1. re: DUH CAR

                  If you want to go with one of your wife's choices, it sounds like Tutti Matti and Zucca are your best bets but lots of great recs if you're open to a wider field of choice. Many of those suggested will divide themselves based on price point and atmosphere. Do you and your wife have a preferred budget? Preference re: casual or more upscale?

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

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

                  1. re: peppermint pate

                    No budget really. But don't like noisy places eg. Origin where you can't hold a decent conversation. Casual or upscale doesn't matter either. Thanks.

                2. someone i know swears by Just Desserts on (I think) Warden. Anyone know about it?

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                  Just Desserts Cafe
                  555 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y3A6, CA

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                  1. re: atomeyes

                    For Italian Food?

                    There were a few Just Desserts on Yonge Street about 25 years back, and each one had an address roughtly double the one just south of it. TThere was on around 5000 Yonge street, and another around 10,000 Yonge Street (just north of Major Mac) plus a few further south, and they all followed that address pattern!

                    If I recall, they did have some Italian lunch and dinner items on the menu.

                    1. re: foodyDudey

                      The Just Desserts being discussed would be that in Woodbridge. It's on Weston Rd just north of Langstaff. Very casual place, usually busy with the local's (italians). Also they often have a birthday or babtism celebration going on in the rear and upper rooms. Family run and has solid italian fare, not fussy at all. Pasta, Pizza, Salads. Portions are of fair size.

                      Again not fancy by any strech. Great for a family meal, this is italian comfort food done very well.

                    2. re: atomeyes

                      Do you mean Desserts Plus in Woodbridge? Haven't been there in ages but used to go there regularly when I worked up there.

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                      Desserts Plus
                      8611 Weston Rd, Woodbridge, ON L4L9P1, CA

                      1. re: always_eating

                        not sure if its was Desserts Plus or Just Desserts...

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                        Just Desserts Cafe
                        555 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y3A6, CA

                        Desserts Plus
                        8611 Weston Rd, Woodbridge, ON L4L9P1, CA