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“Quick dinner before Jay's Game”

The Badali Bar and Cucina
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Ranked #44 of 8,996 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $28
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown West
Cross street: University
Transit: We"re located "kitty corner" to Toronto's Union Station on the north west corner of University and Front Street We are very close to both Union and St Andrews subway stations.
Description: The Badali Bar and Cucina brings the taste of Italy to the heart of Toronto's Entertainment District. We invite you to join us for fine Italian fare, sustainable seafood, in house made desserts and true Italian hospitality. Whether you join us for a hand crafted cocktail and a sample of our cicchetti menu at our 40 foot bar or for a sit down meal in our piazza grande with colleagues, friends or family, we will welcome you with open arms into our home. Situated just steps from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, some outstanding downtown hotels and local sports arenas, we strive to exceed your every expectation form your first minute with us to your last. Located in a heritage building we would love nothing more than to host you in the splendour of our surroundings and show off our good fortune. From the exposed brick walls, original hardwood floors and 16' ceilings, to our outstanding wine list, craft beer selection, and hand stretched pizzas, there is much to enjoy in our home. Come spend some time with us in our family owned and operated restaurant and see for yourself the difference a little love can make.
Reviewed May 10, 2013

This seems to be where we go before we watch a Blue Jays Game. We have been before and thought the food was just average and it really is, but location, service and atmosphere kind of take over and make it a fun place to be.

We ordered off the menu and the food though good was nothing special. Our server was funny and very attentive. It was a Friday Night an hour before a ball game so the place was very busy. We were glad we called ahead that afternoon to make a reservation.

It's not the best food in town, but it is good food and the location can't be beat!!

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Thank Wendy M
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

My husband, myself and my brother went to dinner here on our first night in Toronto. We all had various types of pasta, which were all excellent. We wanted wine with our dinner but had to ask for a wine list as only their featured wine was shown. We did go with the feature though and very much enjoyed it. Service was somewhat slow but as we were in no hurry, not much of a problem.

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Thank MrsDavos
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

I had the Frutti di Mare and it was the really delicious. Our server Matt was really attentive and friendly. I also finished off with the Tiramusu...so decadent!

Ken

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Thank PocketKings
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

Our dept. recently held a retirement luncheon at Joe Badali's. We had 70 people in attendance. The restaurant had set up the room for a buffet for our large group which was a great idea The atmosphere was wonderful. Wube, the manager had set up the large dining room space for our group so that people were able to mingle. The staff were extremely helpful and organized. Lots of positive comments.

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Thank Carolyn L
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Wube G, General Manager at The Badali Bar and Cucina, responded to this reviewResponded June 10, 2013

Carolyn,
it was nice of you to have taken the time to thank us for your time at our store.
With your unexpected increase of numbers that morning , we felt it important to your event to accommodate you with a private room suitable for the occasion .
It was our pleasure to have hosted your colleague's retirement luncheon and we hope that you
look to us when the next occasion presents itself.
Thank you and hope to see you in for lunch soon.
Wube

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Reviewed April 23, 2013

This restaurant is a great spot to bring a family for dinner. They make their own pizzas so they can easily prepare a Cheese Pizza or Pepperoni Pizza for less adventurous kids. They also have a ton of delicious pastas on the menu. The service is excellent and the food arrived quite quickly even though it was extremely busy that night. The place is enormous and gets packed on Blue Jay game nights so make a reservation then. It is very noisy in there so it is not a place to go for a romantic night out.

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Thank celtqueen
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Wube G, General Manager at The Badali Bar and Cucina, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2013

The Joe Badali's family of staff thank you for your kind words about your time with us before a Blue Jays game recently.
We have always been a family friendly restaurant with a great children's menu.
We have recently taken to using 00 imported Italian flour when making our pizzas and each is hand stretched to order.
For Jays fans looking for a quick bite and a beer, our pick your pizza and enjoy a pint of Budweiser promotion for $20 has proven to be quite the hit.
Again thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to recognize my team for the efforts they make every day to ensure we exceed guest expectations.
We truly do appreciate it .
Wube

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