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Trio or Ferraro, Saturday Night.

Hey Hounds.

Having dinner on Saturday night with my sister and her S/O. We're interested in some wood oven pizza and right now I've narrowed it down to the two above. They seem pretty close price wise so quality/experience looks to be what will separate these two.

Trio seems to have consistant "Very solid" reviews while Ferraro tends to waver between "Great" and "Underwhelmed."

Keep in mind that we aren't hard to please. While I do blog I don't consider myself a food critic. My general feeling is too many people have the attitude that if it's not "Great" it's "Crap." I aint one of those.

Want wood oven pizza and bread as well as good chocolaty dessert. We'll probably go for a bottle of wine. We usually opt for house red so that'll be a factor as well.

PS, I'll accept other recommendations as long as their north Toronto or north.

Thanks in advance
DT

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  1. Trio is as you described -- a totally solid neighbourhood joint. Can't really go wrong there if you're looking for a good thin crust pizza or pastas. They also usually have chocolate mousse for dessert, which I really like. It's not a classic, super airy French chocolate mousse, but it's still darn tasty -- chocolatey and creamy.

    Ask for your pizza well done if you want to minimize the sog in the middle.

    And they take reservations. :)

    1. I've been to both. Both are excellent. My personal fave is Ferraro.

      Ferraro gets absolutely no love whatsoever on CH, which continues to baffle me. I have no idea why.
      Ferraro's pizza is much thinner than Trio's and has lovely "burned" edges, whereas Trio's is a little bit more old school North American style, slightly thicker crust, lacking the lovely burned bits but with perhaps a bit more cheese (not that Ferraro is lacking cheese by any stretch). Not sure if Trio uses a wood oven. It didn't seem like it from my experience, but pizza is still good. Both are around the same size and delicious, neither have a crispy “middle” crust – which suits me just fine (but seems to irk others).

      Both have wonderful fresh complimentary bread. Both have great homemade desserts. Ferraro's tiramisu is so delicious and Trio's chocolate mousse is crazy good.

      Trio will likely be much quieter than Ferraro. Not empty, just quieter. On a Saturday, Ferraro is a bit of a zoo I must say, and I tend to avoid it on that night if I can.

      I've found Trio to be slightly more expensive.

      Both are great choices, but my heart lies with Ferraro.

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      1. re: magic

        Trio definitely has a wood oven -- they shipped the thing over from Napoli years before Libretto came on the scene touting their oven. They just didn't have the marketing machine that Libretto did. :)

        And yes, the bread is delicious at Trio -- it's their pizza dough baked up thick in the oven, sliced into wedges and drizzled with olive oil and some herbs.

        I've never eaten at Ferrero, so can't compare. Sounds like davwud can't go wrong at either place.

        1. re: TorontoJo

          I don't know Ferraro, but I do know Trio - was just there this week - and it's good, quite good. Nice, warm, uncluttered room, with good service. As noted above, the complimentary bread is irresistible - I hoovered it up immediately, even though I knew a pizza was coming. Pizzas are always solid. salads are also first-rate. There was a lentil salad on charred radicchio on special the other night ($10.95) that was mighty tasty. The wine list has recently been tinkered with (meaning it's more expensive, with most bottles $40-$70 or more, kinda high for a neighbourhood pizza joint, though maybe not in Lawrence Park). Not mentioned on the new list are the house wines, like Citra Montepulciano d'Abruzzo ($19.95 per half-litre, $29.95 per litre, much more affordable and just fine with pizza/pasta), but if you call for them the staff will pour them for you (there's also a white by Citra - Chardonnay, I think). Some wines by the glass. Always an enjoyable evening there.

          1. re: juno

            Agreed that the old house red and house white are very drinkable and a good value, so it's definitely worth asking for them.

            If you're really looking to splurge on a bottle (and I mean "get a bottle that costs as much as all of the food combined" splurge), ask to see their amarone list. If it's not busy and Eduardo (the guy that looks like Agent Kujan in Usual Suspects) is around, ask if he'll show you the wine cellar. It's not fancy, but it's impressively stocked.

            They have some nice ripassos, too, if you don't want to go amarone-level crazy. If you describe the type of red you like, Eduardo can usually come up with a nice option (all Italian).

            BTW, their tiramisu is quite good, too.

            1. re: TorontoJo

              Thanks Jo.

              I think a really great bottle of wine would be somewhat lost on us. I'm probably the most profficient wine drinker and can tell the difference between a good bottle and bad. Not that good at good, really good, better, etc.
              I've always thought that if a place is worth its salt it'll have a very serviceable house wine. It's usually a good value as well.

              I'm leaning towards Trio although I've had Ferraro on my "To do" list for a while.

              DT

      2. Thanks. I was hoping to hear from you three.

        Perhaps I'll see what Mrs. Sippi says and go from there. My sister says both places look fantastic.

        Here's another thing that may be a scale tipper. Parking. I know Ferraro's situation. How's Trio's??

        DT

        BTW Magic, I think it was you that said you were interested in Jersey's in Aurora. They're currently doing "Restaurant Makeover." I hope that's not a portent of things to come.

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        1. re: Davwud

          It was indeed me! I have not forgotten about that. Yikes, I didn't even know that show was still in production. Ok, will have to keep my eyes out for that, thanks Davwud.

          There's a good amount of sidestreet parking for both Ferarro and Trio. If you go to Ferraro, now or in the future, you can even park at the Eglinton Shoppers Drug Mart lot, a 1 minute walk from Ferarro. Easy peasy.

          1. re: Davwud

            No problem finding parking around Trio. We usually get a spot right on Yonge, but if not, the side streets are always easy to find a spot on.

          2. Haven't been to Trio, but I'm not a big fan of Ferraro...so Trio is my recommendation

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            1. re: kwass

              Ferraro only when the liitle kids are in tow...otherwise avoid it like the plague. All food is par cooked so it arrives within minutes of ordering. Order, eat, get the cheque..in and out in 30 minutes on a slow night.

              1. re: robb

                Haha, what?!! That is bollocks.

                Most restaurant food is par cooked!! This is a secret?!

                And the pizzas are certainly NOT par cooked. Not even close. They are absolutely made fresh to order. Each dough is hand rolled as each ticket rolls in. They do this in plain view, with pride! Anyone with two eyes - one eye - knows this. How is this par cooked?? I'd love to know.

                The pizzas arrive within minutes as they cook at a crazy high temp! The rest of the food arrives quickly as they are incredibly efficient and have been doing the exact same menu for 20 years!

                Also, my guess is that they've learned over the years that this particular neighbourhood's clientele DEMANDS that the food arrive quickly. And they meet that demand. This is a bad thing?? Jesus.

                This is what I mean about CH’s unfair appraisal of Ferraro. Just ridiculous.

                1. re: magic

                  Chill Magic,
                  Watch how Joe makes a pizza at Ferraro and then go to Terroni or Libretto. Ferraros dough is already flattened, and not actually kneeded, tossed, and flattened "al a minute"....great for the whole family..been with mine about 50 times..however, would definetely not recomend going for an evening out.

                  1. re: robb

                    People's opinions don't upset me. Someone says Trio is better than Ferraro - what do I care.

                    What bothers me are untrue or misleading statements. Claiming all that all their food is par-cooked cheapens the freshness of what they provide. Whether you like the taste or not.

                    Also, if you've been there 50 times why would you urge someone to avoid it like the plague? Generally when I've been to a place 50 times it's because I love it - or at least like it! I don't get that, robb.

                    We all have our opinions, but I'd try to avoid making blanket statements out of context that don't tell the whole story.

                    Also, what would it matter if dough was kneaded then and there or 3 hours before, or the day before? In terms of quality - nothing.

                    I dunno, that's just the way I see it.

                    Sorry if I'm coming off like a crazy person. I do agree that Friday/Saturday nights there are not ideal if you want to relax - as I stated above. I enjoy going on a Saturday afternoon, or as a RARE treat a weekday afternoon. Then it's a lot more chill and you can sit for hours. Which I do.

                    1. re: magic

                      My original reply was based on the Davwud's request for an opinion for him/her/, his/her sister and SO. I only said to avoid it (like the plague) when not with children..I stand by my answer. I did not make a blanket statement, I made a very accurate one, which was not out of context. With repect to kneading the dough " a la minute" vs 3 hours earlier..the "a la minute" is much better..."nuff said!

                      1. re: robb

                        1. They do roll out the dough as orders come in. Not sure how you missed this if you've been 50 times.

                        2. Even if they didn't, even if they did do it a few hours or the day before means very little. What matters to me is that it's made with scatch and with love. Which by the way, it is.

                        3. Your claim was out of context as it assumes Ferraro is somehow less of a restaurant as they par-cook their food, which is something most good restaurants must do. So yes, in this respect it was out of context.

            2. So where did you and the family go, Davwud? And what was the verdict?