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Downtown, St. Clair West and Woodbridge for picky Italian in-laws??

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Downtown, St. Clair West and Woodbridge for picky Italian in-laws??

CookatHomeinLondon | Aug 11, 2008 10:06 PM

Here's the challenge - While I am an adventurous eater who could spend the rest of my days eating at restaurants and markets and food stands in Toronto, this weekend I am taking my in-laws to Toronto and they are much more cautious with foods that go beyond their delicious but relatively narrow cuisine from their hill town in Southern Italy (from where they moved to the culinary wasteland better known as London, Ontario)

Including my two kids (one who has food allergies) and my wife, there will be six of us, so this visit will not be for sampling the likes of George or Splendido.

I'm looking for places to eat in three areas: downtown or close to it (where we will be staying), St. Clair west of Dufferin, where my in-laws like to shop in mostly-Italian owned stores and Woodbridge. I do have a car and some mobility too.

Price-wise, I'm looking for inexpensive to moderately-cost meals. In terms of atmosphere, I'm looking for places that are fun and informal -- going out to eat at a restaurant is a foreign experience for anyone who grew up in a small Southern Italian town, where a home-cooked meal reigns supreme (and deservedly so -- but that's another post) And the quality of the food is paramount.

One place that I think foots the bill is Jamie Kennedy's Wine Bar - informal, fun, solid food and the pleasure of being able to share and sample a lot of tastes. But I am looking for others too. What would my fellow chowhounds suggest?

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