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Spacco

Posted by Libby Roach / Reviewed on May 14, 2012 / review policy

Spacco Restaurant BarSpacco literally means a long narrow opening, and if you venture down the long corridor just off Yonge street that's just what you'll find. Visitors are greeted by seven pool tables ($18/hr), decent lounge décor, a wood burning pizza oven, and an extensive Italian-dominated menu. The huge courtyard patio is a draw during warmer months, and there's plenty of room in the dining room and bar for those not into billiards. They feature DJs and dancing on weekends, although, strictly speaking, there's no official dance floor.

Spacco Restaurant BarA Yonge and Eglinton institution, Spacco has been around for ages. Locals not up for the trek downtown often wind up here for drinks and pool. With a couple beers on tap (Mill Street Organic, Coors light, etc) and the standard bar rail, most people will find something to suit them, though the drinks certainly aren't a draw in and of themselves. There's no official drink menu so it's likely best to stick to the classics here and save your trendy cocktail cravings for other destinations.

Saving the billiards for later, we were tempted by the pub fare classic, battered calamari ($13). Flash fried, these chewy rings came in a bountiful portion, we didn't even finish half of the dish. Accompanied by a massive lemon wedge and a ramekin of caper aioli for dipping, the variations in texture were just right. The batter was well seasoned to boot, with obvious flakes of spicy black pepper.

Spacco Restaurant BarThe Beet Salad ($13) is a lovely blend of red and gold beets sitting atop a mound of baby spinach and accompanied by a sliced chicken breast and finished with a generous helping of creamy goat cheese. The white balsamic dressing played nicely with the rich goat cheese, and took the edge off the baby spinach, which can sometimes taste bitter.

Spacco Restaurant BarWhile we were off to a good start, the porcini mushroom risotto ($19) missed its mark. Chock full of field and porcini mushrooms, the risotto was oozy and cooked well enough; it's just too bad it was swimming in olive oil. The fresh rosemary garnish promised on the menu was conspicuously absent, replaced by a smattering of extra parmesan cheese.

Spacco Restaurant BarThe Tutto Carne pizza ($16) proves a meat-lovers fantasy; pepperoni, Italian sausage, pancetta and cappicollo liberally spread over a mozzarella and tomato sauce. Cooked in a wood oven, I was hoping for a more charred and bubbly crust. This pie definitely could have used a few more minutes getting fired up so as to avoid the doughy crust.

While the food occasionally leaves something to be desired (hello rosemary!), on the whole Spacco is a decent alternative to what you'll find at a typical pub and the patio alone is worth checking out this summer.

Spacco takes reservations and can accomodate large groups. Visit their website for more details.

Spacco Restaurant Bar

Discussion

23 Comments

Jamie / May 14, 2012 at 02:37 pm
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That looks really, really good.
tutti quatro / May 14, 2012 at 02:51 pm
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How was the pool?
Sonny / May 14, 2012 at 03:39 pm
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This place has been going downhill for years. Food is awful, service is atrocious and management is downright rude. See Yelp reviews to see why you should not waste your time with this place.
Bullit replying to a comment from Sonny / May 14, 2012 at 04:08 pm
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100% agree with Sonny. Used to live at Yonge and Eg and I gave Spacco a few tries. Every visit made me want to come back less. Terrible service (usually takes over a half hour for your server to bring you water), bad food....
Iain / May 14, 2012 at 04:11 pm
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I have to disagree! They put out an excellent product(authentic italian)at a great price! - Try and find a better pizza and patio. I just went over today for luch to find them closed for renovations. See for yourself - open for 20 years, they must be doing something right...right?
Matthew replying to a comment from Sonny / May 14, 2012 at 07:02 pm
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Couldn't disagree more. Love the food (especially the pizza) and always get friendly and prompt service. The patio is great in the summer time, too. My favourite go-to place to get Italian food in the neighbourhood.
sam / May 14, 2012 at 07:36 pm
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I agree with the BAD comments.
I quiet honestly would much rather trust Yelp review over BlogTO (no offence)
This place is such a rip off for food. My friends did the bday special where you get an 'italian buffet for 40$' I think it included some calamarie, and bland pasta for the options.
No Thanks
sam / May 14, 2012 at 07:37 pm
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PS
If you're looking for a place to dance and you don't like R&B or really loud hip-hop dont go here.
Adam / May 14, 2012 at 09:21 pm
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Can't comment on the food as I've only been to the bar but the service is really bad, as mentioned in other comments. The servers and bartenders are slow, error-prone and put on an attitude of "don't bother me." You can do better than Spacco.
Gabe / May 14, 2012 at 10:28 pm
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Spacco is great. Great food Great Prices!! Always very tasty - it you know you like your pizza well done - just tell them, they'll do it that way. Been there many times.
oph / May 15, 2012 at 01:11 am
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Those calamari look frozen and pre-processed (almost impossible to get calamari rounded like that with a knife), no wonder they came in a bountiful portion.
Evan / May 15, 2012 at 01:55 am
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Went there once, it was loud and club like, and the pool tables were in very poor condition as were the cues. I would never go there again.
agentsmith replying to a comment from oph / May 15, 2012 at 12:45 pm
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Yeah, the rule of thumb is if they look like onion rings then they're frozen and pre-processed. Bars pretty much always do it that way though.
J / May 15, 2012 at 11:25 pm
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Ewww thats so gross...the person holding that pizza in the last photo bites her fingernails!!
i went to TFS / May 16, 2012 at 07:47 am
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Spacco was a big deal back in the days when you could smoke in the Second Cup at Eglinton Station. Now? Not so much.
Jona replying to a comment from i went to TFS / May 16, 2012 at 11:00 pm
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I decide what's a big deal there meathead. And I say Spacco is a big deal. Great Food Great Times Make it a Spacco night!!
Kaytee replying to a comment from Jona / May 17, 2012 at 09:21 am
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Who the heck cares what YOU say, girl. We'll go there if we feel like it without any of your lip and enjoy the place. Go take your pills.
Rick / May 17, 2012 at 10:38 am
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Yea, this place is horrible - take my advise, dont go here.
Unprofessional management and staff, losing dinner reservations, overly greasy food, and no customer service whatsoever leads me to never come back here and not recommend this place to anyone.

And to Jona; If you work there i'd find a new place make a dollar asap.
Candice Anderson / June 19, 2012 at 10:22 am
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Haven't tried going there but with all the things I have read it made me curious.


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Andrew replying to a comment from agentsmith / October 27, 2012 at 08:15 pm
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The fingers are attached to a man, not woman. However,,,,,,


Used to go to Spacco on a regular frequency. Salad with grilled steak was excellent. Bought a dealfind coupon to bring us back for a special night with my wife. Wishing we never went. Our old memories were better than it has become. Shrimp appetizer excellent. Mussels cracked shells and broken shells meant that the mussels were dead, one or two could slip by, I stopped counting at six and sent it back. No apology, no offering a replacement, or something else. I had to ask for drink refills, but they didn't bother to ask my wife, rude. Didn't ask for it but the waiter said he would bring bread for the mussels, it never showed up. Good pizza, but the rissotto was swimming in butter, quarter inch deep at the bottom of the bowl. Get the bill, don't worry sir, we've taken care of the mussels. However, they still thought it approprate to add a 15% tip. First time that I have left a restaurant without paying the full bill. Extremely disappointing considering that it used to be so good.

I guess the sign that it was only half full on a Friday night is the tell all. Been in business since 1993, won't see their twenty year anniversary unless serious change happens. Toronto is a big city with lots of great restaurants. Don't waste your time with this one
Rick / January 11, 2013 at 01:40 pm
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Is this place deadpool yet? If it isnt yet I can bet it's bleeding money left, right and center. Not a chance this place is still here come mid year.

I guess they shouldn't have screwed around with some people eh?
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Luke / July 5, 2013 at 06:23 am
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Spacco has been around for 20 years so found out. The other night when i was there with my girlfriend they were celebrating their 20 years anniversary. Thus they must be doing something right. The staff was really nice they all seemed like one big family except the asian guy lol. The guys that walk around with the big black bins were the coolest. The bartenders were alright guys the drinks were well poured. I had a good time :) i recommend the spot.

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