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Fusaro's (Richmond East)

Posted by Alexander J. Yolevski / Reviewed on November 12, 2010 / review policy

Fusaro's TorontoFusaro's has just opened a second location on Richmond St. East and it's already getting crowded. Compared to the original location on Spadina, this new spot is even smaller but the attention to design really pays off. Walking in you see a giant blackboard menu and decor reminiscent of a traditional Italian eatery with white marble covering the side of the kitchen, rustic wooden tables, and red seats in the dining area.

Fusaro MenuFusaro's TorontoOf course, it's not Italian without a large stainless steel espresso machine - and biscotti. Just behind the food bar there's a shelf of bottled hot peppers and extra virgin olive oil. The entire set-up (and bustling atmosphere) reinforces that everything here is authentic and fresh.

The Uno panini at $7.50 (top photo) consists of salami, capicollo, mortadella, hot giardiniera (hot mixed pickled vegetables), provolone cheese, and roasted garlic mayo. The bread is grilled perfectly and elicits a satisfying crunch as I take my first bite. The hot giardiniera gives the sandwich a nice kick while the salami's strong flavour is more than enough to solidify its position as the main attraction. I also really dig the melted provolone, just trickling out the side of the panini.

Fusaro's TorontoMy dad is my dining companion on this day and he orders up a small mixed greens salad with feta and olives ($4.75) that comes with possibly the best house dressing in the city - a wine vinaigrette with a great tang. Unlike some salads around the city, this one impresses with its quality ingredients - highlighted by firm tomatoes that are lush red, and juicy.

Fusaro's PizzaAt Fusaro's, they display their daily gourmet pizza (4.25) at the food bar. My dad decided to pair his salad with the Al Taglio. This pizza is topped with roasted red peppers, black olives, feta, arugula, and mozzarella cheese. It's good and hearty with a delicate crisp consistent throughout the entire slice.

Fusaro Take OutFusaro Chicken WrapTempted to sample more of the offerings here, I get the chicken wrap ($8) to go. Filled with grilled chicken breast, roasted red peppers, spinach, mozzarella, hot pepper spread, and season mayo, it's accented by cross grill marks that make me covet it even more. The chicken is plentiful (as it should be) and tender and the mayo complements the colourful greens and veggies inside.

Fusaro's Richmond EastOverall, Fusaro's is a welcome addition to this part of town and represents a dependable lunch and dinner option for those living or working in the area. Service is fast and friendly and despite having just opened it already has a cozy neighbourhood feel.
Fusaro's Toronto

Discussion

40 Comments

shlepster / November 12, 2010 at 12:43 pm
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What to go Pat!!!
shlepster / November 12, 2010 at 12:43 pm
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I meant Way to Go!
MaryRCG / November 12, 2010 at 01:35 pm
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Having just eaten here, the food and people here are excellent. I highly recommend this eatery, great food, great price, best quality!!!!!!! I will definately become a regular!
Vinnie / November 12, 2010 at 01:50 pm
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although it was a bit out of my way I'm glad I took the trek and will definatley be going back for more.
Unique and delicious almost like taking a mini vacation!
Gary / November 12, 2010 at 01:51 pm
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Excellent food!!! Just stopped by for lunch and I loved it!! Cozy, comfortable, and friendly staff!! I'll definatlly be back!!
Marky Mark / November 12, 2010 at 01:55 pm
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Excellent! It reminds of my time spent in Rome and all of the trattorias there....
Sandra / November 12, 2010 at 01:59 pm
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Genuinely amazing food! Quality food - lots of options - always fresh! Strongly recommend this place for lunch/early dinner... and for coffee in or on the go!
Sonny / November 12, 2010 at 04:24 pm
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Way to butcher the word 'giardiniera'! Spell check is your friend, as is Google. By the way, giardiniera is mixed pickled vegetables, in this case, they're spicy. Congrats to Pat & family. They deserve all of the success in the world as they're good solid people.
Alexander J. Yolevski replying to a comment from Sonny / November 12, 2010 at 05:49 pm
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Thanks for the correction. I fixed the spelling.
Frank / November 12, 2010 at 09:04 pm
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Loved the veal sandwich, my new lunch spot.
bob / November 13, 2010 at 03:49 am
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That map is slightly off. it should be on the west side of sherbourne.
Lance / November 13, 2010 at 10:00 am
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Hi Pat

Long time no see, the pics bring back memories of Spadina, the digs look good pity I am not downtown anymore. Your menu has always been excellent and I look forward to coming down sometime to sample. Say hi to all the guys I know and Mario of course. Ciao. Lance.
cosmosuave / November 14, 2010 at 08:53 pm
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Food looks great do they serve wine... Gotta have a glass of vino tinto with those sandwiches...
Marco / November 15, 2010 at 07:26 pm
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Uno panino is excellent.
Love the design of this place. Feels like Milan urban cool.
Try the espresso.
claudia / November 16, 2010 at 09:53 pm
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Congrats Pat!! Going to come by soon and taste some of those delicious looking dishes!! Cheers!!!
Sam / November 17, 2010 at 03:24 pm
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I use to go to the old place on Spadina before I changed jobs. Same good food in a cool space.
Mary / November 19, 2010 at 01:00 pm
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I can't seem to get enough of this place. I believe I've tried everything on the menu. The quality is superb and the taste is even better.
The pizza and pasta are also great take home items, my family is also in love.
TOM / November 23, 2010 at 10:07 pm
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HAD BRUNCH HERE ON SATURDAY. VERY COOL VIBE. REALLY LIKE THE MINI ESPRESSO BAR.
MAD / December 9, 2010 at 07:16 pm
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JUST WENT TO SEE PAT MY MAN TODAY DECEMBER 9 FOR LUNCH....AS USUAL VERY GOOD.....THANKS FOR OPENING CLOSE TO MY HOME, YOU WILL BE SEEING A LOT OF ME...
matt / December 11, 2010 at 06:59 pm
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Always been very impressed with the spadina fusaros.
everything really! - food, service, price, the fast moving line up..a Toronto Favourite of mine.

lookin forward to visiting the new branch.

Joe Scrivo / January 26, 2011 at 10:59 pm
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If you're anywhere near either Fusaros and hungry/thirsty
drop by for one of the best lunches in Toronto.

Go Packers Go !!!
Sarah / January 31, 2011 at 10:08 pm
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I live across the street from this place, but every time I try to go it seems to be closed. Can someone mention the hours of operation?

Thanks!
anonymous / February 10, 2011 at 04:33 pm
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I stopped into the new Fusaro. Food is as good as the original but the new place is cooler. Aren't us west-enders as worthy of a cool space? JK. Glad to see them expanding
Jay / March 1, 2011 at 02:35 pm
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Fusaro's looked promising and the reviews laudatory. I have just eaten here and cannot understand why anyone would call the food here excellent. The pizza was ok but doughy. The Otto panino was bland, tepid, slimy and way overfilled with lillydale chicken strips. The espresso was too hot and clearly burned. The espressso was not even up to mcdonald's standards. Not a good sign when the staff are arguing over how to make a cappucino. Crema this is not. Save your money and head a little further west to b espresso bar in the queen Richmond centre. That is as close to an authentic Italian experience that one can buy in Toronto. I have eaten pizza and paninni in Italy. Fusaro's is not even close to that experience. I really wanted to like this place. Two out of five stars.
anonymous / March 1, 2011 at 02:47 pm
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LOL, Jay, lucky for them that the other 23 comments are what really matters. Looks like the competition is tough, good news for Fusaro's, shameful on your part.
Jay / March 1, 2011 at 03:53 pm
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Dear "anonymous": "Anonymous"? Way to stand behind what you say. Good for you! I stand by my review. There was a disconnect between the decor and the atmosphere and the food.
NotAnonymous / March 1, 2011 at 06:49 pm
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Hey Anonymous, do you work there or something? Gettin' paid for (trying to) knock down a *real* review? Srsly now. Real reviews, both good and bad, are instructive for diners as well as resto managers/kitchens. Every mistake in a kitchen is worth paying attention to. So, off you go....
Joesomebody / March 10, 2011 at 08:15 pm
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I did just try the food at the new location, and i have to say that it was over priced. The food is just about the same as you would find on any coffee truck in the city.

sorry.
Jesse / April 13, 2011 at 11:44 pm
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Great food. Reasonable prices. TERRIBLE service.
shlepster replying to a comment from Jay / April 14, 2011 at 02:13 pm
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Hey Jay,

If you want someone to take your review seriously try not to promote another place, kinda cheapens what you are trying to say doesnt it??? Or just maybe you are promoting your own place, just a thought. Regardless everyone is entitled to their opinion.
Dee / August 24, 2011 at 03:10 pm
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The staff at the Richmond Street E location are HORRIBLE. They are always miserable, never cracking a smile... I have been many times, and it's always the same unfriendly service. I honestly don't know how any of the staff got a job in the service industry to begin with. It's a good thing the food is pretty good, or else I have no idea how they would ever get any repeat service.
crystal / September 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm
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Everything here is so tasty!! I particuarly love the pasta specials!! Worth every penny!!
Andrea / September 28, 2011 at 03:55 pm
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I live across the street from the Richmond local and what a great addition to the hood! I'm so glad they're here.

Having never heard of Fusaro's before, I can only comment on this location, but unlike some of the other comments, I've never had a problem with the staff. I usually get takeout and everyone is always friendly — just normal helpful staff.

Never tried the pizza, but the sandwiches and pasta is always excellent. Like a homemade meal when you don't have time to cook.
Mike / January 30, 2012 at 03:24 pm
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If you love food, and
if you love life,
You will love Fusaro's
kamran / March 3, 2012 at 11:18 am
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Just moved to Toronto and live next door to Fusaro's. Went their for brunch today and loved it! We were the first ones there at 10am. The service was great: calm and unpretentious. The prices are very reasonable.
The brunch Calabrese was of prefect portion. Not to heavy, not to salty, and the sauce was perfect and the sausage had the right amount of spice to it.

I had a latte from their a nuova simonelli machine. It was ok, a bit too milky for my taste...

I highly recommend Fursaro's not only for their approach to the menu but also for their simple and warm decor .

I hope Toronto has more of such establishments
Ashley / May 22, 2012 at 12:39 am
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I LOVE this place. Everything I have ever had here has been amazing, this includes:
The chicken Salad
The chicken wrap (my favourite!)
Margarita Pizza
Panini# uno and Sei!

I used to work on that street and I miss working there just for the food.
Melissa / June 12, 2012 at 11:55 am
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I have been a loyal Fussaro's customer for seven years. I leave in the east end and would trek to the Spadina location in a heartbeat to pick up a salad and chicken wrap. Since it has opened in my neighborhood i find myself heading there two or three times a week. Not only is the food amazing but the staff is as well and many of them have been working there for years(a good sign in a restaurant). I maintain that their salad is the best in the city! In fact i am going to go get one right now!
alana / November 23, 2012 at 01:01 pm
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i love the Panini Tre n chedder cheese. It's definitly me fave. you'd have to try it..
kelly / August 9, 2013 at 02:18 pm
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I won't be going back!!!! Used to love this place until I started phoning in orders for pick ups; would arrive and they would be just starting them. The last 2 times I have order paninis the man would cook them in the panini cooker for less than a minute...Shame great food----terrible service.
Cherry / October 14, 2013 at 06:22 pm
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I work near Spadina and so I get the chance to dine in at that brunch, my personal favorites are Siciliana and the Mixed Greens with grilled chicken, feta and olives. That's the best salad ever, so love their house dressing. I always crave for it, I can actually eat it everyday. The blend of tastes in the dressing plus the freshness of greens makes it perfect. I came across of this review because I was trying to find a dressing recipe hoping I could find something like that. Though it maybe a bit pricey but your money is worth for a descent meal. My 2 cents.

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