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heylids Aug 15, 2012 07:25 PM

We are planning to go for dinner this Saturday, 4 adults, and would like a good italain restaurant suggestions,,,

  1. Breadcrumbs Aug 17, 2012 02:48 AM

    All good options above. For me, Tutti Matti is a top pick. Authentic Tuscan food that's consistently excellent. Chef Alida Solomon is incredibly passionate - she frequently returns to Tuscany and even takes her staff.

    1. jlunar Aug 16, 2012 10:58 AM

      I don't think that Buca is horrible, but I'd pick Enoteca Sociale and Campagnolo over Buca on a consistent basis.

      1. Baelsette Aug 16, 2012 10:28 AM

        Agreed re: Buca. I was REALLY dissapointed. Food came out cold, took almost 2 hours for our mains to arrive and service was friendly yet really slow. For $300 I was not pleased...
        I personally love L"unita at Ave and Dav. Have always had great food, great service and love the ambiance.

        1. uhockey Aug 16, 2012 06:36 AM

          I find it hard to believe anyplace is better than Buca.
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8552...

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            JennaBean Aug 16, 2012 06:52 AM

            Buca is a good resto but I was there two weeks ago and had some of the worst service ever. I enjoy the food and love the room but sometimes, I could do without the tude!

            Besides that, the likelihood of them getting a reso for this Sat considering today is Thursday is slim to none hence why I provided a few easier reso options in addition.

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              gwanderc Aug 16, 2012 08:43 AM

              Couldnt agree more with JennaBean on the Buca assessment, as well as the options listed for what you are looking for this weekend.

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              justxpete Aug 16, 2012 10:42 AM

              Buca is pretty pretentious. Rob Gentile is convinced that he's the most incredible chef in Toronto, probably the country, and maybe the world. It seems to have rubbed off on his staff. Diners there are mostly clueless and largely there to be seen (it's on Toronto's club 'strip') - the food is good, sometimes great, but the service and attitude take a great deal away from the food. I avoid it, and go to Enoteca/Tutti Matti/Campangolo instead. I have to admit to enjoying Enoteca much more when Matty Demille was at the helm; a recent change led to disappointment on my last visit, but I'll try again and see if things have improved.

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              JennaBean Aug 16, 2012 06:32 AM

              Tutti Matti - Tuscan not fine dining but not casual. Not at all trendy but good quality at a mid price point
              Noce - Old school fine dining
              Buca - hip and contemporaneity very stylish better for the small dishes over the mains IMO
              Enoteca Sociale - home style with a contemporary twist, comfortable and festive atmosphere

              You'll be much more likely to get a table at the first two with such short notice. The other two you'll most definitely have to wait unless you're there as soon as they open.

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                evansl Aug 18, 2012 05:23 AM

                As Frankenstein would say, "Buca bad. Tutti Matti good."

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