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Tommaso's Trattoria

Posted by Jane Manning / Reviewed on May 29, 2010 / review policy

Tommaso's TrattoriaTommaso's Trattoria is located in a tiny strip mall on Eastern Avenue near the new Mini and BWM dealerships. I almost feel like I'm in New Jersey on a Soprano's set. Kappa sweats and fine Italian clothing brush by me. It's casual, bright and friendly. I'm told this is the 18th restaurant Tommaso has owned and that a second "Tommaso's" is due to open late June in the Kipling and Bloor area.

Tommaso's TrattoriaI arrive at 1:30PM and am surrounded by a steady stream of customers. Owner Tommaso Conti is there and greets everyone with his good humor. He loves people and people adore him. Maintenance workers and film industry types crowd in for veal on a bun and meatball sandwiches. ($8).

Tommaso's TrattoriaIt's super hot today so I'm feeling like a cool Caprese Salad. ($8) The salad is beautifully composed with perfectly ripened tomatoes, mozzarella de bufala with a delicate chiffonade of basil. A generous amount of good extra virgin olive oil pools on the plate. There's every type of antipasti you can think of here: marinated artichokes, spiced olives, grilled asparagus and cold cuts to name a few.

Tommaso's TrattoriaTommaso's also offers a hot /cold buffet lunch for $12.99. Deal! Manicotti, lasagna, made-to-order pastas, rice and potatoes may be combined with the cold pasta bar. You can load up as much as you like!

Tommaso's TrattoriaI'm wondering what the pizza is like so I zone in on a pepperoni, pepper and mushroom slice ($3). It has an invisibly thin crust and is filling but not heavy. Smokey mushrooms dominate. Three different pizza specials are made daily around the clock.

Tommaso's TrattoriaAn ice-cold Mio Italian beverage (Italian for 7 UP) washes it down. ($3) Delizioso!

Tommaso's TrattoriaTommaso's TrattoriaThe restaurant opens each day at 6:00 a.m. for breakfast and closes when Tommaso sees fit. Dinner is a complete switchover from the Lunch menu. Pastas and meat mains dominate the menu. A vast selection of deserts include citrus gelati, tiramisu and pastry creams. Dinner mains range from $12 -- $23.

Discussion

15 Comments

rock / December 10, 2009 at 09:03 pm
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Across from the BMW dealership?! Like...two blocks away from the dealership on the otherside of the railway tracks. Still...making a point to check this place out this week... Thanks ;)
Alex McLeod / February 27, 2010 at 06:25 pm
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live around the corner and LOVE it! everything is good.
mar / May 30, 2010 at 10:22 am
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Work in the area. Can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for the tip.
French teacher / May 30, 2010 at 11:28 am
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Great review, Jane! My mouth is watering as I read it!
Michael / May 30, 2010 at 03:30 pm
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Possibly the best casual italian fare in the city! Not only is the food good but the owner/chef Tommaso is a great guy. Try their rapini/sausage calzone. Incredible.
Jerry / May 30, 2010 at 11:12 pm
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I got takeout from this place for a meeting. The owner was really friendly, I told him how much I had to spend and he made suggestions about what he could do. Everyone in the meeting loved the food, Great pasta, garlic bread, etc.
Barb / May 31, 2010 at 01:30 pm
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Great pictures and review-look forward to going there when next in Toronto
Sally Ross / May 31, 2010 at 03:58 pm
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Thanks for the review. Sounds and looks great and we're heading there next time we're in Toronto. Great to know there are good places out there with friendly staff and reasonable prices !!!
Dubs / June 1, 2010 at 02:32 pm
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I used to work in the adjacent building and we had a staff party here once. It was ridiculously good. I realize its not for everyone, but the veal sandwich is unprecedented. Also great coffee.
Wanda / June 1, 2010 at 03:05 pm
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Is this the place that was in Now months ago?
MadebyMariko / July 7, 2010 at 08:57 pm
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Pretty good fare. Generous portions. Good bang for your buck. Sometimes I want to get in and out of there without too much Tommaso talk. He's a huge flirt.
Betty & Pasquale / September 20, 2010 at 09:05 am
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Love this place! Excellent food, my bf had the lamb (YUM!) and I had the veal scalopini (delicious). The service was excellent, prices - reasonable, Tommaso...priceless!
Thanks for a great night out!
Bview / April 15, 2011 at 04:02 pm
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Just moved into Broadview Lofts around the corner.
Have yet to make it in, but looking forward to it!

AA / October 29, 2012 at 10:05 am
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Find there is a bit too much bread on their sandwiches, but their hot plate is the best lunch in Leslieville.
Nino / January 25, 2013 at 11:27 am
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Forget Leslieville pricing and the have to be seen at restaurant and go for the Best Italian food on the east side of town with very reasonable pricing!

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