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ISO - Pecan Pie

This may be out of your distance to travel for Pecan Pie. The Village Grocer, 4476 16th Ave, Markham, ON L3R 0M1 (905) 940-0655

High End Grocery Store in Markham, They make all pies in house, I special ordered mine but they also bake pies daily. They have the sweeter chocolate version but also the original pure and true to basics pecan pie.. it's everything you want as per your description above, tons of pecans, just the perfect crust and not overly sweet with the right ratio of filling, not dry and not runny, Perfect in every way!!..... Extremely Tasty.... Worth the drive, I would call in advance to have them bake or set one or two aside for you...
Porto

Jul 07, 2014
Porto in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Visiting Venice, Chianti Area and Florence Aug 24 to Sept 1st, will post for each individually, need your help.

Thank you Chow's... Given where our show is on Sunday the 25th, I've researched Osteria - Enoteca Ai Artisti for dinner... Any feedback on this place..... Thank you

Jul 16, 2013
Porto in Italy

Visiting Venice, Chianti Area and Florence Aug 24 to Sept 1st, will post for each individually, need your help.

For now it's Venice,

Sat the 24th, getting in late, would a booking for Antice Carapane 9:30pm be ok seeing they close at 11.

Sunday the 25th, thinking of Lanice Sellatto, at the same time thinking of taking in a 8pm show at Musica A Palazzo, any good recomendations for dinner in that area before or after the 1 1/2 hour show.

Mon the 26th, thinking Osteria Da Alberto

We are staying at the Hotel Ai Reali, any not to miss panini or cicchetti / wine bars, coffee shops.

Your thoughts as always, greatly appriciated.
Thank you,
Porto

Jul 10, 2013
Porto in Italy

The Revenge of...My Upcoming Las Vegas Vacation

Do the Milos Lunch for just over $20 on the prix fix.... cannot go wrong.

Jan 08, 2013
Porto in Las Vegas

Thanks Vegas Chows - My Recap of Dec 28 to 31

Thanks LongIsland Chef, Cut is a great restaurant although just make sure you communicate to the the staff your likings
as far as seasoning goes. I enjoyed they great char they are known for. It was just the salt that was overdone on the thinner cut. My wifes filet mignon (thicker), nearly 2" tall was great with the seasoning as applied. Enjoy your upcoming trip.
Porto

Jan 06, 2013
Porto in Las Vegas

Thanks Vegas Chows - My Recap of Dec 28 to 31

Thanks Vegas Chows,
Had a great few days, plans were slightly altered Friday night as the misses was ill. Friday started with breakfast at Grand Lux Café (Palazzo) -Standard fare options with well executed eggs, bacon, and hash, juice and decent coffee, pricey although a good option if staying at the hotel.
Lunch at Estiatorio Milos (Cosmopolitan)– Run, don’t walk to their lunch deal. How they afford to prepare these dishes at just over $20 for three courses is amazing. Service was spot on. Get the Whole Grilled Sea Bass – Perfect with Tomato Salad App and the Walnut Pie. Dinner, due to an unscheduled solo dining I cancelled the Barrymore and went to
B & B in the Palazzo. Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich have a great place, I was seating in the wine room at the corner table looking out. Had a quartino of excellent wine with a warm lambs tongue with black truffle, chanterelles and a 3 minute egg on top to start. Flavours were highly developed and the tongue was just the right texture and moist. Next, Homemade orecchiette with spicy lamb sausage and rapini, again textures and flavours were spot on, perfectly prepared. Service was prompt and well executed.
Saturday began at Bouchon (Venetian) for Brunch, Roast chicken and bacon & herb waffles and vanilla bean butter. This dish is flavourful, satisfying and delightful, a must to have. Service was great on Saturday although not as from another waiter on Monday again. Misses had the Quiche of the day and a wonderful side salad. Coffee is really good and the whole Paris bistro feel of the place really adds to the experience.
No Lunch – Dinner @ Le Cirque (Bellagio) Pre dinner menu.
$100 each got us three courses and wine pairings to match. Really great value. We both had the beef tartar to start which I enjoyed although the misses felt the horseradish and mustard was a bit overpowering. Pork tenderloin with a nice Jus was perfectly executed medium. tender and moist. The highlight although came at dessert with a piping hot moist and airy full size chocolate soufflé –Outstanding!! Service was superb!! Sunday – Breakfast – The Wynn Buffet @ (Wynn) As Far as a breakfast brunch buffet goes I would give them a 7/10, they hit most of the marks with a decent omelette & pancake station although the various asian dishes and breakfast pizza were not appealing. The dessert station although huge in variety did not excite. You’ll get what you need at the Wynn buffet but no real wow. Late Lunch – Grimadi’s Pizza (Palazzo)
We did takeout of a small pie back to the room. Nice wood oven thin crust pizza, good blistering on the crust and just enough chew. Toppings tasted fresh, I would recommend pizza from this location over the secret pizza at the Cosmo which I had on another trip. Better value and the wood oven flavour imparted here seals the deal.
Dinner – Cut @ (Palazzo) – Great room, ask for a booth if you can get it. Service became attentive once I requested to have my water glass refilled. We started with the Bone Marrow Flan with mushroom marmalade and a parsley salad. If you enjoy bone marrow get this dish. Everything you would expect, rich, velvety, smooth, extremely indulgent. Next were our mains, the misses had the petite cut filet mignon.
Excellent, nice char and perfectly medium, flavour was really tasty and as tender as one could imagine. I had the 35 Day Nebraska 12oz Ribeye. Had I known would be a thinner cut, no more than 5/8 ”of an inch thick at best I would have selected another choice. It was still prepared correctly to medium although given Cut seasons their steaks
so heavily it was a bit overpowering with it’s ratio to each bite of the thinner cut. Be sure to ask how thick the steak cut is prior to ordering. Otherwise ask them to lighten up on the seasoning. The side dishes of swiss char and butternut squash were just fine.
My clear winners if I was to return would be in order, Estiatorio Milos,
B & B, Le Cirque, Bouchon, Grimadi’s Pizza. I would probably try an alternate steakhouse next visit (Delmonico)?? Depends where I stay, I would also try to get to The Barrymore.
Thanks for all your help in making my dining choices successful in Vegas… Until we "Meat" again!!
Porto

Jan 03, 2013
Porto in Las Vegas

Finalized Choices, Arriving Tomorrow Night 27th. Please Provide Specific Dishes If Possible...Thank you

That's great fledflew, really looking for a great trip.
Any and all suggestions are welcomed ... Thank you

Dec 27, 2012
Porto in Las Vegas

Finalized Choices, Arriving Tomorrow Night 27th. Please Provide Specific Dishes If Possible...Thank you

Friday 28th
Breakfast - Grand Lux Cafe
Lunch - Estiatorio Milos
Dinner - The Barrymore

Saturday 29th
Breakfast / Brunch - Bouchon
Lunch - Grimaldis (Palazzo)
Dinner - Le Cirque - Pre Theater
Late Night Snack - Tacos El Gordo

Saturday 30th
Breakfast / Brunch - Wynn Buffet
Lunch - North Outlet Mall
Dinner - Cut @ 9pm

Sunday 31st
Breakfast - Palazzo Area

Any specific Apps Or Mains would be most apreciated.
Thank you
Porto

Dec 26, 2012
Porto in Las Vegas

Staying At Palazzo Dec 28 - 31, Best Options Please

Friday 28th - Milos Lunch
Saturday 29th - Buchon brunch and Le Cirque pre theater

Need some great dinner rec's Fri and Sun.
Not into Wagu, would I be best to still go to Cut or the Barrymore has peaked some interest. I'm afraid to go to any of the Batali to feel let down at the end of it, I see so many mixed reviews.
Where would you eat at the Wynn. I heard they have a great breakfast at Tableu and what do you think about the Country Club.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thank you

Dec 14, 2012
Porto in Las Vegas

Delmonicos or Cut

Staying at the Palazzo during the last week of December. Looking for a top end steakhouse dinner.
Both Delmonicos and Cut are located within the property.
Hoping to find a great steak with a perfectly made cesare salad, tableside service would be great.
Where wine is concerned I'm certain both offer some great options. Does one location provide better service over the other. Is one place more cozy, quiet (romantic) than the other.
The bottom line really is about the meal (meat).
I'm usually a fan of a rib steak.
What would you consider the best steak offering at each place. (No Wagu)
I appreciate any input you may have to offer.... Thank you

Nov 18, 2012
Porto in Las Vegas

Sunday Smashed Burger

Golden Star Restaurant. If You can travel just north of Steels Ave @ Doncaster Ave on the East side of Yonge St is an old school burger joint. Easy comfortable seating.
Get the 6oz Homeburger. Great fries and onion rings too.Beer is available in the event you wanted it. Good old fashioned family joint. Nothing fancy..Oh Yeah Cash Only.....

Jun 07, 2012
Porto in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Rec's in Vegas

Hi BLover33,
I'm just back from 5 nights in Vegas and stayed at Aria as well. A must go to is Sage in the Aria hotel. Spectacular meal. Highlights, Wagyu Beef Tartare, Heirloom Tomatoes, Maine Day Boat Scallops.
An excellent bottle of wine around $69 is Zenato Ripassa Valpolicella I believe 2007. Great value and greater fine dining food in a truly quiet modern and chic restaurant. Don't pass this by. Truly great refined service too. My wife and I each had apps, mains, a bottle of wine and shared a dessert with two cappuccinos for $235 before tip. This caliber food and service are not easily found in Vegas. Trust me on this....Enjoy

Jan 02, 2012
Porto in Las Vegas

Wife craving good Italian - has chosen five possibles....

The Just Desserts being discussed would be that in Woodbridge. It's on Weston Rd just north of Langstaff. Very casual place, usually busy with the local's (italians). Also they often have a birthday or babtism celebration going on in the rear and upper rooms. Family run and has solid italian fare, not fussy at all. Pasta, Pizza, Salads. Portions are of fair size.

Again not fancy by any strech. Great for a family meal, this is italian comfort food done very well.

Nov 16, 2011
Porto in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Tried To Have Lunch At Fabbrica.....Never Again

Walked in on my own to be seated in the main dining at about 12:20 this afternoon.
Waiter came by to take my beverage order, bottle of sparkling water $7.91
No issue with the price, it was as expected.

Room was empty but for a large table of 8 - 10 people.
I waited, waited and waited seriously for 14 minutes, was looking at my watch.
I understand my waiter was busy with the large table describing the food and taking orders.
As he should, but with an empty room and at least 2 - 3 other waiters having nobody to tend too,
one may just possibly think of the guy sitting for almost 15 minutes with placing his lunch order.

I asked one of the non busy waitresses for my water bill as it was ridiculous I've been left to sit unattended in an empty dining room for so long. My waiter when told of my request did appologize and said he spoke to the manager who was willing to comp the water. I insisted to pay for it, although only having drank one glass from it and I was off.
It's most unfortunate the manager could not take a moment to come to my table himself.
Not impressed................

Porto

Sep 22, 2011
Porto in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to find Real Fresh Italian Buffalo Mozzerella

Thank you to the entire group, I will try About Cheese and Quality Cheese out and see what I find. Great feedback ...
Porto

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About Cheese
483 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C6, CA

Sep 13, 2011
Porto in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to find Real Fresh Italian Buffalo Mozzerella

Just back from a trip in Italy.
Buffalo Mozzeralla that easily pulls apart with your hands that has an almost
stringy inside as you pull it apart. Fresh and tasty. Does anyone in the Toronto Area
actually import or make such a cheese that can be purchased fresh.

I live in North York are but will travel anywhere into the GTA to find the real thing.

Thanks,
Porto

Sep 08, 2011
Porto in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

first time to italy: rome & sicily (& possibly aeolian islands)

Hi there,
I recently returned from visiting both Sicily and Rome.

Here is my take on a couple of things.
Sicily, do visit Taormina, it's too wonderful a landscape to miss.
We stayed at the Hotel Villa Schuler which comes with an amazing breakfast offering.
The view of the sea from one balcony and Mt Etna from the other, wonderful place.
Don't be put off by the tourists, it's now the slower season.

Go to the western town of Erice which lies atop Trapini. Stay in Erice, wonderful medieval walled town. Eat at Restaurante Monte San Giuliano (have the S. Giuliano Busiate, and the pasta a La Norma) Amazing dishes.

Rome
Ice Cream - Gelato, I tried several, go to Giolitti, located behind the Italian Parliment building, near the Pantheon, the ultimate Ice Cream in Rome - Seriously.

I was recommended to go to Osteria La Gensola for Fish although found the dishes to be nothing special and would not reccomend due to their prices.
So many great places to eat in Rome. Good Luck....

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La Gensola
Piazza della Gensola, 15, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

Monte San Giuliano
Via San Rocco,7, Erice, Sicily 91016, IT

Sep 07, 2011
Porto in Italy

REC'S NEAR VISCONTI PALACE HOTEL, VIA FEDERICO CESI 37 "ROME" in SEPTEMBER

Thank you Elizabeth and Jen for your feedback. I will follow through certainly with the Saturday option with respect to La Gensola, that's a great tip Elizabeth I would have never known. Jen I will do some work through the list you provided as well. This is a great help and start for me.

Porto

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La Gensola
Piazza della Gensola, 15, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

Jul 24, 2011
Porto in Italy

REC'S NEAR VISCONTI PALACE HOTEL, VIA FEDERICO CESI 37 "ROME" in SEPTEMBER

Hi there,
Coming into Rome with my wife for first time Sept 2,3 and 4th.
Staying at Visconti Palace, looking for any non touristy great food restaurants, dinners and possibly lunch, with any must not miss street food or gelato places.

Places that have raised some interest from reading thid board are:
Not far from my hotel.
Pizzarium - Is this a sit down restaurant or more of a takeout.
Planning this as a possibility when we get into our hotel around 8pm Friday Night.

Saturday going out a little further I like what I have read about La Gensola.
Any Specific Dishes not o be missed.

Flavio al Velavevodetto - Can anyone provide me with some feedback on this for Sunday night.

Should I leave Gensola for Sunday and possibly do Sforno Saturday.

Any suggestions or better options will be grately appriaciated.

Thank you,
Porto

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Pizzarium
Via della Meloria, 43, Rome, Lazio 00136, IT

Sforno
Via Statilio Ottato, 110, Rome, Lazio , IT

La Gensola
Piazza della Gensola, 15, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

Jul 23, 2011
Porto in Italy

Sicily First Time.... Need Chow's Help

Coming from Canada for 5 days starting August 29. Travelling by car and spending the first few days moving as I track my families roots.
Day one -
Corleone for lunch
Snack in Mazzara Del Valo and short stop in Marsala. Dinner in Erice that evening.
Day Two - morning snack in Erice before trip to Segesta and then off to my aunts home.
Day Three - Drive to Taormina - Need Lunch and Dinner
Day four - Taormina Breakfast and lunch - Drive to Palermo - Need Dinner
Day Five - Breakfast and lunch in Palermo - Fly to Rome at 7pm

I'm asking to find great down to earth true Sicillian cuisine. Both casual or Mid to Higher End Main Meals. Snacks, where do you come across the best Panelle or Aranchini or other street food.
You name it Pasta, Carne, Fish, Wine. Please let me know some thoughts as I really could use your best advice. Must Places not to miss out on.

Thank you so much in advance,

Porto

Jul 08, 2011
Porto in Italy

Need Help, Going To ZEN For Dinner With Group Of 4

Thank you for the great feedbck, I'm certain the Omakase is the way to go and looking to have the cod and mandarin orange pie.
Looking forward to an amazing meal.
Porto

Jun 29, 2011
Porto in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Need Help, Going To ZEN For Dinner With Group Of 4

Thanks SkylineR33 on the sharing option, we will certainly sit at a table.
As for the cooked dishes or appetizers, any specific selections.
Thanks,
Porto

Jun 29, 2011
Porto in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Need Help, Going To ZEN For Dinner With Group Of 4

Hi Chows,
4 of us are going to dinner at Zen this week and first time for all.
First time Sushi for one and one other will primarily focus on cooked foods.

Couple of questions,
Is the Omakase large enough & filling for one or two, my friends like a fair amount of food might it be better to order a sushi preset selection of 14 pcs and add a la carte.

Secondly, what would be Zen's better offerings in the appetizer and cooked dishes selections.

I appreciate all your help with any suggestions.
Thank you,
Porto

Jun 29, 2011
Porto in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Whats good around Langstaff and Hwy 400?

Vicentina Meats Ltd
125 Edilcan Dr
Concord, ON,

This is located east off of Jane St, it's the first street north of langstaff.
There is a local gem here, Italian sandwiches, chicken, steak, porchetta.
It's a great sit down location, gets extremely busy at lunch hour. You will not be dissapointed.
Bonus is they have meats you can purchase to take home, porchetta and some other specialty items. Go here for lunch and enjoy, the steak sandwich is amazing.
Porto

Apr 15, 2011
Porto in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

romanian pastrami?

This is probably the best Romanian Deli, Grocer in the GTA.
Pharmacy and Sheppard, There is another smaller place in Mississauga, cant remeber the name. Go to ABC they have everything Romanian.
Follow the link below,
Porto
www.abceurodeli.com/home.html

Apr 14, 2011
Porto in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best empanadas in Kensington?

I went to Kensington last Thursday and did my first tastings from El Gordo
and Jumbo, right across the stree from each other. If you are going to have them then and there pleasego to Jumbo. El Gordo took my empanada back into the kitchen and put it into a microwave, horrible practice I must say, the dough beacame mush and it was overheated in certain areas, cooler in others.
Do not spoil your lunch as I did by going with this option of El Gordo.
I waited a short while and went into Jumbo, super weet lady behind the counter.
Took my Empanada and placed it into what looks like a hot convection oven, great turnout, perfectly heated through and the slightest crisp to the dough.
Really, I see this as a no brainer, go to Jumbo.
Porto

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El Gordo
214 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON , CA

Apr 14, 2011
Porto in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO Tramezzini Sandwiches in Toronto

Hi Elizabeth,
I've been keeping an eye out since I had these too a couple of years ago.
No luck unfortunatley, they certainly were wonderful in Venice, I went to both locations and the wine pairings as well fantastic. The bread component is simply white or whole wheat sandwich bread. The only place I've seen something is at the St Urbain Bagel shop at bathurst and steeles. Only they are not as fancy and filled with egg or tuna. They have them premade in the fridge, takeaway containers. Good luck.....Porto

Mar 20, 2011
Porto in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

HELP! Suggestions of awesome Italian or French restaurants in North York, Ontario, near Florence Street, please?

Welcome to Toronto,
Although 11pm is getting late to have a great meal in the area there are several options.
If you get to THE KEG by 10:30pm they may still let you in to dine and have an average
steak or lobster dinner, not fancy, casual and certainly decent food. You can walk here.
Also there is Owl Of Minerva 5324 Yonge Street, open 24 Hours Korean,
not at all fancy, more a bit of hole in the wall although respectable food.
Pizza Takeout option is Pizza Nova(416)439-0000.
Almost Forgot....http://alegno.ca , this place is at the foot of your street, literally right there, upstairs on this small little corner plaza,small casual but intimate italian type bistro with decent pasta and woodoven pizza. You would need to call and reserve a table. Tell the lady when your coming in, date and time and I'm sure this will do fine for your first evening in Toronto.
Do plan to go to Auberge Du Pommier another night. Fine upscale french.
It's a 5 minute taxi ride south of you.
Good Luck,
Porto

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Auberge Du Pommier
4150 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M2P 2C6, CA

Owl Of Minerva
5324 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N5P9, CA

Feb 28, 2011
Porto in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Help! Anyone ever heard of Bertola???

Could it be - La Bettola di Terroni

Feb 24, 2011
Porto in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

One Choice , Raku or Lotus of Siam for Weeknight Dinner

Ok,
It's going to Raku, Now for some expert advice on selection please.
I am really looking forward to this meal and trust you know what are some of the real specialties that I must have when there.
Thank you,
Porto

Dec 22, 2010
Porto in Las Vegas