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Authentic Italian: Follow-up

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Authentic Italian: Follow-up

KAZ | Nov 1, 2004 01:53 PM

Toronto 'hounds - Thanks for all your help in recommending places in Toronto. I had a great trip (the culinary part atleast). Here is a brief review:

Upon recommendation of someone on the plane, I tried a place called Red Tomatoe on King Street for lunch on my first day. On the plus side, I was very hungry and it was near the convention center where I was already late for a meeting. Otherwise, I will stick to the recommendations of the hounds and not random people on airplanes: the place was mediocre.

That night I walked down the Little Italy section of College Street. There were numerous place that looked interesting and in the end I setteld for a casual looking bistro called Cafe Diplomatico. The food was good, not great, but I really enjoyed the experience. I had the special which was a small plate of chicken parmagiano and a salad. Very reasonable priced and the caffe machiatto was outstanding. The service was very friendly and they were polite enough to humor me as I struggled with the little Italian I know. All told, the food rates a C and the service, price and atmosphere rate an A.

The next day for lunch I stumbled upon the Corned Beef House on Adelaide Street. This was a true find. I liked it so much I went back for lunch the next day. I had the Montreal smoked meat and the roast beef sandwhiches. Both were good. The staff was extremely friendly and by the second time I went in, I was welcomed by a good hearty "buon giorno!". This is the type of place that I would see myself frequenting if I worked in downtown Toronto. A solid A all the way around.
Side note: Apparently on my return trip the restaraunt was a buzz when one of the Maple Leaf players came in. Not being a big hockey fan, I could only surmize this from overhearing parts of conversations.

For dinner, I made the trip to Marcello's that came highly recommended. My visit was tainted by a party of approximately 35-40 people on a business dinner who completely dominated the small restaraunt. The staff was frazzled and I ended up with a somewhat surely waiter who insisted on answering questions in short clipped english (even though the questins were usually phrased in polite Italian). I had the carpaccio and the ravioli. Both were good, but nothing that was out of this world. I would give this place a B, but would be willing to try it again seeing as it didn't seem the place was on top of their game the night I was there.

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