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Trisha1982 Sep 9, 2012 08:16 PM

Hey hey! It's ma' birthday next week-the big 3-0!!
I was wondering if anyone can suggest some DELICIOUS AUTHENTIC Italian restos in Toronto or Woodbridge please.
Neither fusion, nor Queen St'esque trendy restos, but real Italian with a pretty decent, cozy atmosphere and good wine!
An Italian head chef is a must.

Any help would be appreciated!
Ciao!

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  1. TeRReT RE: Trisha1982 Sep 9, 2012 08:48 PM

    Nove Trattoria at Yonge and St Clair is a very cute and cozy space, with good wine and the head chef and waiters are all Italian.

    http://www.novetrattoria.com/

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      prima RE: TeRReT Oct 7, 2012 10:47 AM

      which dishes would you recommend the most at Nove?

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        TeRReT RE: prima Oct 7, 2012 09:35 PM

        I am a big fan of beef carpaccio and caprese salad, so I always order them when I go there, the beef carpaccio I am quite fond of there. I have also asked for just a mixed antipasto platter which they have accommodated and was good. I quite like the fettuccine della nonna as well as the lamb pappardelle. I have had the Mirella pizza as well and it was very good. Have heard good things about the focaccia though I have not tried one yet.

    2. Midknight RE: Trisha1982 Sep 10, 2012 07:55 AM

      Sapora or Zafferano's in Woodbridge. Being italian I can honeslty say that both (owned by the same family) are authentic. My parents rarely ever eat out, but they've frequented both places a few times.
      Both are fancy, but Sapora is a litte more upscale. Zafferano's chef was brought in from Italy. I don't know about the chef at Sapora's.

      Sapora, - Hwy #27 just north of Hwy 7.
      Zafferano's - Weston Rd between langstaff & Hwy 7 on the East side

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        currycue RE: Trisha1982 Sep 20, 2012 11:57 AM

        Depends on what exactly you're looking for. There are many regions within Italy. If you're looking for a Sicilian trattoria or a good risotto from Parma. All regions are well represented in this city. Personally, I'm a huge fan of Queen Margherita Pizza at Queen and Greenwood on the east side. The pizza oven was flown in from Napoli and the owners are Italian as well. Better pies than the ones I had in Rome for sure.

        1. prima RE: Trisha1982 Sep 20, 2012 12:05 PM

          The atmosphere at Carisma is more Euro Contemporary than cozy, but Carisma's classic Italian food is "authentic" and delicious, AFAIK the head chef is Italian, and the restaurant is owned by "authentic" Italians.
          http://www.carismarestaurant.com/

          Check out:
          2012 Old school Italian in TO thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/840644

          2012 Authentic Italian in Vaughan thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/849047

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            jenners RE: prima Sep 22, 2012 07:20 PM

            I just ate at Carisma tonight - went there with high expectations, too high apparently as the experience was terrible. Ordered burrata and was served the rind only; the carpaccio came still frozen. Pappardelle cinghale was bland. The vegetables that accompanied the veal were stone cold.
            My fave Italian restos in TO: Noce, La Campagnola, La Bruschetta

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              prima RE: jenners Sep 22, 2012 08:38 PM

              Do you mean Campagnolo?

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                jenners RE: prima Sep 23, 2012 07:48 AM

                Yes, sorry! I haven't been there since late last winter...forgot the exact name.

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                  prima RE: jenners Sep 23, 2012 07:56 AM

                  Sorry to hear Carisma was so disappointing for you.

                  Will have to try La Bruschetta one of these days. Haven't dined out on the Corso in a long time!

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            smartygirl RE: Trisha1982 Sep 24, 2012 08:19 AM

            if it's not too late, i'll recommend the big ragu http://www.thebigragu.com/. very old school & cozy. i'm not italian, but i know italian foodies who love it there.

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              nevrenuf RE: smartygirl Sep 25, 2012 01:14 PM

              don't forget the former romagna mia...new name now...everything else is the same....fresh truffles and a chef that travels to italy twice a year...

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                prima RE: nevrenuf Sep 27, 2012 09:22 AM

                http://www.paganellis.com/

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                  Herne RE: prima Oct 7, 2012 11:24 AM

                  What is the connection between paganellis and romagna mia?
                  In addition to on street parking is there some where to park nearby Paganellis?

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                    prima RE: Herne Oct 7, 2012 06:25 PM

                    The owners rebranded Romagna Mia "Paganelli's". Pretty sure it's the same people running it, and that they're still known for their risotto and Northern Italian dishes. I haven't been since the name change. It's located near St. Lawrence Market, so there are some lots south of the Market building, as well as some underground lots in the neighbourhood.

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                      Herne RE: prima Oct 7, 2012 09:04 PM

                      Ok I've got it. Same building and different name.

                      I have had risotto there several times and was confused and assumed when the name changed it ment the restaurant had closed and the location was taken over by another concern.

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                kwass RE: smartygirl Sep 25, 2012 07:35 PM

                I second the Big Ragu. Haven't been in a while, but it was very good the last time that I was there.

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