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I too have been to the Steeles/Don Mills ESM. The service there is horrible and the waitresses are pretty rude and unattentive usually. The food has definitely gone way down over the years. It is unlikely I will return to ESM, the Don Mills location especially. Much rather drive up a bit to Hwy 7 for Baton Rouge, Keg, Fazoolis etc.
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I love ESM's italian wedding soup.

the one at Eglinton and Pharmacy is not bad.
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Oct 26, 2004
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actng wrote:I love ESM's italian wedding soup.

the one at Eglinton and Pharmacy is not bad.
totally agree with you. their wedding soup is awesome. i love the fact that it's endless bowl, so i once just ate a couple bowls of soup and was so full with soup that i had to take my main entree to go.
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Mar 21, 2003
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Guess I've been lucky.. I've always had good experiences at ESM.. though I've never been to one in Toronto. *Shrug*
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I totally have to agree with this thread, East Side Mario's is a pretty pathetic representation of good Italian food. The servings are small, the service is crappy, but most of all the food generally blows, it's like a bad north american take on what true italian cuisine is.
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Oct 22, 2003
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but it isn't supposed to be authentic Italian food..

They call themselves an American-Italian Eatery.
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No problems with ESM here either, but I've never been to those locations that you mention.

I was at an ESM with an Italian-born friend and he said the pasta was good, so that must say something.
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I'm pretty happy with ESM @ Sherway. Service is great and food is tasty. Haven't been to the locations you've mentioned, though.
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The one in town is great but I did go to the Don Mills/Steeles location too and it was TERRIBLE.

They obviously need to hire management that give a damn about the food quality/service.
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JustMike wrote: I was at an ESM with an Italian-born friend and he said the pasta was good, so that must say something.
Yeah but I'm Italian, and I can tell you that the food is brutal in comparison.
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an Italian man like I would also say the food is good cuz we're used to eating real Italian food... but if you really want the best real home cooked style Italian food just go to St. Clair & Dufferin... or if you want fancy dinner with the lady go to these fine places too..

Luce - 30 Mercer St. at the Hotal Le Germain
ViBo - 2995 Bloor St. West

try the Veal Canelloni, Stuffed Artichokes.. Italian Halibut.. amazing stuff!!!
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Eternal Blue wrote:an Italian man like I would also say the food is good cuz we're used to eating real Italian food... but if you really want the best real home cooked style Italian food just go to St. Clair & Dufferin... or if you want fancy dinner with the lady go to these fine places too..

Luce - 30 Mercer St. at the Hotal Le Germain
ViBo - 2995 Bloor St. West

try the Veal Canelloni, Stuffed Artichokes.. Italian Halibut.. amazing stuff!!!
I've been to Vibo, good food, I agree with that. Haven't been to Luce yet.

Okay, maybe I wasn't being as helpful by just stating East Side Mario's sucked for Italian cuisine and not offering an alternative.
(My summer job used to be delivering pricey imported italian foods to restaurants in the GTA so I'm pretty familiar with the quality of ingredients used and I got to know which chefs were good and which weren't).

So anyways. I'll offer some good alternatives for Italian restaurants as well.

Sotto Sotto - 116A Avenue Rd (Try the 12-ounce Provimi veal chop seasoned with rosemary or the great Tiramisu!)
Noce - 875 Queen W ( The 'Piccata di vitello' is a must, it's veal btw, great service as well)
Grano - 2035 Yonge (try the grano quotidiano, or the torta di fango, very busy although)
Grazie Ristorante - 2373 Yonge (very busy restaurant, so you might have to wait a LONG TIME, but once your in, it offers a more casual dining experience, it's more hip, and aims for the younger crowd, good if you want a quick bite and more relaxed, good pizza, I like the 'Firenze" one, its really good, comes with, pesto, grilled chicken and eggplant, tomatoes and mozzarella )
Biagio Ristorante - 155 King St. E. (more lower key, and you'll see an older crowd, not as casual but the service is very good and so is the food and decor)
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