Destingo
Destingo

Destingo

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.destingo.ca/
  • Phone: 6477483113
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:00am
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian
  • Executive Chef: Arshad Uwais
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Destingo offers its patrons the option of dining Destingo-style offsite! With a lovely selection of foods from salads to sandwiches, you can get your Destingo fill for any event!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Palmerston
  • Public Transit: Steps from 501 Streetcar.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available along Queen St, and surrounding streets of the restaurant.
A word from Destingo
A place you are destined to go...

Destingo Modern Italian Kitchen, located at 741 Queen St. West, is a casual dining experience you don't want to miss. With a wide range of modern Italian dishes from seafood risotto and margherita pizza to the unique and mouth watering shrimp burger, you will sure to find your fill at Destingo. Our flexible hours allow you to enjoy Destingo all week long, with breakfast served weekdays 8am-11am, and brunch on weekends 9am-3pm you can be sure to find a time to stop in for a nice time.

The warm and rustic atmosphere is perfect for any small party or special event, where you can eat great food, and enjoy family and friends!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Destingo reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (52)neighborhood gem (25)fit for foodies (23)good for groups (23)great for lunch (23)special occasion (16)romantic (12)great for brunch (12)hot spot (10)late-night find (8)notable wine list (7)kid-friendly (7)scenic view (5)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Great food, some service hiccups.
    whitbyfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We ordered the prosciutto and mozzarella di bufala to start, and it was brilliant. For mains we ordered spaghetti al mare and risotto al funghi. Both were expertly prepared with quality ingredients and perfectly seasoned. So, great food. Check. Destingo could be so much better, though. It's frustrating when wine lists aren't kept updated and you waste time selecting the perfect wine for a meal only to find out it's not available. Twice. Offering the subsequent vintage of one missing wine is ok, but when it's an inferior year, that does actually mean something. The server was oblivious and offered no apologies. She also didn't really know how to open or correctly serve the wine. Some training needed to complement their good wine list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    amazing food and staff, really nice place and i had a wonderful birthday here at this restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good But......???
    JPDiner
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food is good and good quality, and the home made bread excellent...!! However the room is extremely noisy partially due to the decor which is made up of concrete walls and floors, wooden tables, and metal chairs....not a soft or sound absorbing material in sight....The service is inconsistent and could be improved greatly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summerlicious 2013 Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had 3 orders of the grilled calamari & 1 order of the caprese salad. It was nice to have a big calamari each but it was not as tender and tasty as I have experienced at other restaurants. The caprese salad was good. For the main we ordered 1 Lobster Agnolotti, 1 Wild Snapper & 2 Rack of Lamb. The Lobster Agnolotti was quite delicious but the portion was tiny. The Wild Snapper portion was okay but it lacks salt, a tad overdone & plain tasting. The Racks of Lamb portions and taste were both just okay. For dessert, the Tiramisu was delicious but the portion was half the normal size, the Coffee Panna Cotta tasted kind of "heavy" and the Apple Strudel was quite ordinary. To make matters worse, service was slow. Never again!!
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  • Great food and service
    Vaughan1
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We ordered from the Summerlicious menu which provided many choices. After calamari and spinach salad appetizers, I had a perfectly cooked snapper filet and my partner had rack of lamb, which she said was also cooked just right. Tiramisu and coffee panna cotta were a delicious end to the meal. Wine was reasonably priced. Our server was helpful and the arrival of dishes was well timed. The patio was great for people watching on Queen St. I find that Summerlicious meals at some restaurants cut corners, but our meals at Destingo exceeded our expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Divachang
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Went for summerlicious, and the food was delicious! The service is a little slow, but overall great They have a great outdoor patio!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dineagain
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Had a pleasant dinner during Summerlicous. Wopuld definitelyrecommend to family and friends. Thanks Destingo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We were there for Summerlicious, but unlike many other restaurants Destingo generously served full portions of everything. Servers were courteous too... a pleasant experience overall. Will certainly come back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • summerlicious experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    we were greeted by a hostess that was not welcoming and when asked to be seated on the patio, she seemed a little annoyed. after waiting 10 mins after we got seated, we realized that no one was coming with glasses of water so we asked a waiter. after waiting another 10 mins without the waiter returning, we had to ask another waiter (water should not take 20 mins to be served). after ordering we got our appetizers, we had to wait more than 30 min for our entrée which was a much smaller portion than the appetizer (very disappointing after having to wait so long between courses). the service at this restaurant needs to be improved. however, the summer salad as an appetizer was a very good portion as well as very tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Left a sour taste...
    Justwannaeat
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I met a friend for the summerlicious pre fix menu at Destingo. The over all atmosphere was great. The bread was really really good. Butter was unusable however...rock solid. The first dish we both had was the Mussels. Omg so good!!! But before our main course arrived for specific reasons of out own we needed to move inside. I politely asked the hostess and she said not a problem, was very sweet and set us up inside. another server came up and asked if we had been taken care of. I explained the situation and that we had already had our order on the way. She passed on. Soon our server from outside scolded us about moving without him knowing. when really it was a miscommunication issue on their part between staff. Did not appreciate.
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  • Awesome!
    Foodie101
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My boyfriend and I absolutely loved Destingos! The food was great and the ambiance is perfect if you're looking for a downtown feel in a hip neighbourhood! The only downfall we experienced during our visit was that the service was a bit slow and our waiter did screw up our order a few times before getting it right. However, their warm demeanour and awesome attitude really made up for it! I'd highly recommend this restaurant to anyone that is looking for a charming and reasonably priced place to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal at a great price
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I booked a meal here after reviewing the menus among the Summerlicious participants. For $25, this one looked great. I'd never eaten at Destingo before. The website was attractive, with artistic detail, so I thought it had the trappings of a good start. We were greeted by the sweetest maitre d' from Australia, who escorted us to the table and later took our order. She smiled warmly whenever she came to the table. I chose the grilled calamari, a nice portion with a side salad as my appetizer, and the lamb chops as my main. My friend had the caprese salad and the fish. Everything was delicious although the fish was a little tough. The tiramisu and apple strudel rounded out our meal, both excellent. Great value. A great find. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice patio
    Teena
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Went here for summerlicious w/ my 3 girlfriends and we stayed there for a good few hours. The food was good and the service we had from our waitress was even better. I think it's safe to say we'd come here again - great for a catchup group dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    grandpapretty
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We had a most enjoyable time....the food was great and we had a wonderful waiter....he was very friendly, helpful and "on the ball" to get us whatever was needed.....will definitely return for another great time. Grandpapretty
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Sadly the restaurant really did not do well on any point I had lamb that was so overcooked and dry I did not even attempt to finish it The overall experience showed this restaurant was not ready for a summer luscious crowd - maybe next year when they are better prepared
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  • Summerlicious 2014
    fidcas
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I had been looking forward to Destingo's menu, but I was a little disappointed. When I got to the restaurant they were very disorganized. I started with the calamari, but it was stringy which was really disappointing. The chicken had a delicious sauce and the vegetables were lovely, but the stuffing in the chicken was horrible and there were blood vessels along the side. The tiramisu was nice and light and a good way to end a meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Addictedtofood
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The staff was amazing and food was amazing too! I loved the vibe - perfect for a girls lunch out Amazing summerlicious menu! Sometimes some places give you extremely small portions and this restaurant did not dissapoint. Great job destingo! I will be back for sure
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch on the patio
    moulesetfrites
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had a great lunch (tried the summerlicious menu) and service was good too. I'd visit again
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • babs
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Fantastic summerlicious dinner. The staff were very attentive, the food was delicious, and price was great. A perfect summer evening on the patio
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finger licking!
    meee456
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    First time there, and cant wait to go back! Staff was so friendly, polite and attentive. Food was fresh, hot and had the exact amount of perfect to every dish that came out. From the new twist on their bread, to their calamari, to the lobster stuffed pasta and was topped off with a sangria with the tastiest fruit!! Cant wait to go back to explore the rest of the menu and hopefully get a table on the patio this time. The line was just too long for us to wait so we sat inside =) Must check out this spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was great food
    Koukou
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The location was not a great area but it's Toronto. I went during Summerlicious and food was great service great and they checked on us a few times.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Sauces!
    TOfoodie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was our second visit to Destingo and we not disappointed. Summerlicious promotion was on and the menu choices were substantial. The Calamari was cooked to perfection with a very tasty sauce...one of the best I have had ever on a grilled calamari. My red snapper was a little more cooked than to my liking but would probably suit most. Lobster pasta was delicious and again, the sauce was extremely tasty. Lamb chops were cooked to perfection. We opted not to have dessert as we were moving on to a wedding reception. Lovely alfresco dining experience. Will definitely return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • summerlicious lunch
    primadora
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    A great restaurant on Queen Street's "restaurant alley".
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dessert was very good!
    TOPSVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Sampled this restaurant for Summerlicious. Mussels were excellent! Love their tiramisu dessert but the bread was burnt for the main entree shrimp burger. A little disappointed there. Overall food was good. Service was slow but that could be because of the rush at lunch hour.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible service
    apriljess
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    After we sat down at our table, our server never came to introduce herself or asked to take our order. We had to wait at least 15 min and we were all so hungry that we just asked a random server to help us. After waiting a long time after placing our orders, the bread finally came but we had absolutely no cutlery or plates at the table. Again, we had to ask our server to set the table for us so we didn't have to eat everything with our hands. As for dessert, they were out of everything we ordered so they just gave us ONE plate of half melted icecream and 2 pieces of cakes. And we were only given spoons with no extra plates, so everyone had to just eat off of the plate in the center. Overall, it was an extremely disappointing experience.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodie
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Reserved table on patio....outstanding "curb appeal" with fabulous flowers and "greeter" at entrance. Very welcoming. Attentive, friendly staff and food reviews from all four of us was excellent. We appreciated that the staff offered us a choice of the Summerlicious menu or regular menu. We would recommend and will return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Nice!
    sandrac148
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We went for a late lunch during summerlicious, I had the cesar salad, which was very good, the pollo alla griglia, which was outstanding and the tiramisu which was very creamy and delicious. We loved the patio, and our server was super friendly and knowledgeable. I will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vespa
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Overall was not a great experience: 1) hostess was disorganized in seating 2) took over an hour to get our meal 3) food was mediocre and i found a hair in my dessert -place has potential though, our waitress was pleasant once she started serving us...needs better management/organization
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  • A1terifictime
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Enjoyed the food very much, the service was friendly and attentive, excellent choice of wines on the whole a very pleasant outing.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • extremely accommodating
    JamjarVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I have a food allergy and the service and attention was commendble. The owner came to my table to make sure my order was attended to properly. The food was served tastefully and safely. Very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Great for lunch
    Diana
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Great food and great patio. Went on a work lunch or the summerlicious menu. Food was quick to come out and the service was good.
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hits above its weight class
    Rapman58VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    A very pleasant surprise for a casual patio on Queen west. Food is well prepared - wine list reasonable, excellent staff...for a treat try the viletllo destingo if veal scallopini with baby sea scallops turns your clock. Pizza are also excellent and for the gluten free, they are very accommodating. And its a great patio at dinner time especially when the sun is setting in the North west sky. Highly recommend! Apparently the brunch is suppose to be great too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed bag for Destingo
    WolfieVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I really wanted to love this place. Food was good, no fault there. Standard Italian, nothing innovative. Prices were good too. Service was abismal from our server. The floor manager was doing the servers job. She could not care less about the customer and it showed.
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  • Everything was great!
    Elcee
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Beautiful restaurant, great service. They ran out of the catch of the day so have us lobster for the same price. The prosciutto was delicious! The bolognese was great but could've had a little bit more meat as a bolognese. Other than that, we'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a definate must!
    KWdining
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The service and the food was excellent. This was our first visit and will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No umbrellas for shade!!
    Cutenurse80
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Make sure to put on sunscreen if heading here. There are no umbrellas on their huge and sunny patio. It was so hot!! Also the service was terrible. The waitress messed up at least 5 or 6 things with our order and even flat out lied when asked if a particular dish was ours - it obviously wasn't. I would go back here when they work out some more issues.
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    great for brunch
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  • amazing food, interesting night
    kitemara
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I went there with some friends of mine, we had a reservation and due to the amazing weather we wanted to sit outside, which they immediately accomodated. Appetizers were really good, decent beer and great wine list. But then we waited for more than 2 hours for our entrées. Were told several times they would look after our plates. The food was very tasty and right portioned (which means on the smaller side, which I love) and reminded me of my childhood days in Italy. Then the big surprise, the owner (I suppose) took care of our bill including all drinks and food plus desserts. I hope this doesn't happen more often for the guests and the owners, but if a lapse is made up for in such a way, there's nothing left to say than thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 34 reviews are from the Destingo reviews archive.
  • Atrocious Service
    winendine
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    We were acknowledged every 30 min. After ordering drinks we would see them sitting at the bear for at least 15 min before we got them. Took 90 noon to get our food. Would a NEVER go back. The manager was our server
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • 3 Home Runs
    wellywest
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Have eaten dinner here on 3 separate occasions, once with a group of 8 and in all cases the food was terrific, the weight staff attentive and great and the atmosphere relaxed and fun. The last time it was packed because patio weather finally hit and we still were handled attentively and well by busy wait staff, food was still wonderful and the energy of the atmosphere super fun.Highly recommended!A neighbourhood gem
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid Italian
    Kolada
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Good spot for Italian on Queen West - I would say every bit as good as Gusto but not as 'King Westy' Has a great looking patio that should be packed when the good weather rolls in Calamari is my favorite in the city
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.