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“Great food, great service, no pretension - our new favourite Italian restaurant in the GTA”

F'Amelia Ristorante
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Ranked #775 of 8,938 Restaurants in Toronto
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Parliament & Wellesley
Reviewed February 16, 2013

From the moment we walked in until the moment we left, everything was enjoyable. Minor detail things like: the hostess immediately welcoming us, taking our coats and not giving us chits (felt like being greeted in someone's home); the wait staff helped each other when needed (e.g. clearing plates when 'our' waitress was busy at another table; great choices on the menu (but not too many things, signalling they focus on quality, not quantity); extensive wine selection (good by-the-glass options); oh, and the food was scrumptious!! Served at the perfect temperature and everything was either made at the restaurant (e.g. fresh pasta) or bought locally.

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Thank Peter P
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

We could not get a reservation for 7:30 pm, but 7:45 was available. When we got there, and throughout our disappointing evening, only 1/3 of the tables were occupied...so seriously, we could not go at 7:30?

The wine list starts at $52, not because they don't serve cheap wine, but because they mark it up so much.

There was an assortment of unexciting mains, one of which was osso bucco with polenta. I love osso bucco, but don't eat polenta. Could they serve it with anything else but polenta?
The waiter did not think so, but came back to the table after conferring in the kitchen. "What did you have in mind?", he inquired of me.

"Anything at all other than polenta," I replied. Could be a starch (I started naming the starches that accompanied other dishes on the menu--pasta, potatoes, risotto), or it could be any kind of vegetables. Anything at all, other than polenta."

"I'm afraid we can't do that", said the waiter. "But you could get the osso bucco and not eat the polenta." That was truly helpful. I thanked him superciliously. (So why did you ask me what I wanted, if nothing at all could be served?)

Ultimately, the food was OK. The four of us ate the calamari and scallops appetizers, tagliatelle, risotto, pizza, and gnocchi mains, and the chocolate cake, tiramisu, and cheescake desserts. We had a $56 bottle of cheap, thin wine and we were charged $260 before tip, so around $302 with 15% tip.

The location is good for a resto, and this place was a resto before ownership changed (last year?) and a bit of reno was done. It's sad to think that if they don't change their attitude to something a tad less precious, they too will be handing over the property to another hopeful restauranteur.

The neighbourhood really deserves a wondeful resto in this location. Sadly, this is not it.

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1  Thank intrepid1406
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

We were really looking forward to dining at F'Amelia after moving into the area. Will we go there again? No.

The restaurant was fine. Nothing special. The decor did not excite, amuse, or entertain. It was alright and nothing more. Simply satisfactory; white tile floors; non-descript art on the walls. The vibe was not special and you did not get the feeling that the movers & shakers were present.

When the food arrived, the portions were small and acceptable. Good thing we were there with fun company because the food did not command and maintain our attention. Food came and we ate it. Interesting that we chose F'Amelia because just that day we read a Now Magazine article that ranked the top 20 pizza restaurants in Toronto, then provided four restaurants that were over-priced and under-delivered. F'Amelia was one of the four!

And what really put us out, was that as we were tucking into our main course, the heating was turned down big-time! My wife asked for my jacket to wear, a man at another table put on his sweater, and a woman at the table across from us put on her jacket. The restaurant has a business model of turning the heat off in winter to get the clientelle out!

So bottom-line: $280 dinner for four people without a bottle of wine, in adequate atmosphere, and satisfactory food, where they turned the heat down on you as you were in the middle of your main course. You couldn't wait to get out of there fast enough!

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1  Thank GarfieldGill
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

Was expecting big things from this Cabbagetown establishment with great reviews but was left with mild sauce at best. Salad was overdressed. Farfalle was overdone? The pasta stuck to itself. Didn't bother with dessert. Waiter spoke only to my companion and not to me for some reason (perhaps my complexion was too dark) and curiously made fun of my last name when I paid. I should have just left. Wish that the French restaurant that used to be there was still there. F'Amelia was a huge disappointment. Never will I return.

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1  Thank SugarSammy
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

One of Toronto`s best kept secrets is the Italian Ristorante known as Fàmelia (Located on Amelia Street at Parliament). I have been several times and have always enjoyed the experience. The staff is friendly and the service is good. the menu remains current and Mediterranean, but for me it`s the pizza.

Baked in a genuine Italian oven (all the way from Naples) it takes about 90 seconds to cook the pizzas (I am told the wood burning oven maintains a temperature of about 700 degrees). For me it`s the Norcina pizza, with its pork sausage and prosciutto.

They also have a great selection of the desserts, all of which are paired with fine wines (something I do not often come across) from their superb wine cellar.

If you like Italian (and who doesn`t) give Fàmelia a try. You will not be dissapointed`.

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Thank JonathanvanBilsen01
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