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Making Italian food at home is fun with all the creativity you can put into it. You can mix practically anything into a pasta sauce so long as it tastes good to you. Even better than doing this at home is giving your executive orders to kitchen staff while eating out. You can sit back and sip your wine while you wait for your customised pizza or dish of pasta to arrive piping hot in front of you. “We call it the three P's menu,” says Café Diplomatico owner Rocco Mastrangelo Jr. “You get to pick your own noodle and sauce, your own pizza toppings and your own panini filling down to the last onion.”

Rocco’s dad and Uncle Paul started this three-generation family business when they opened in the spring of 1968. Rocco stepped in after university when he figured that it was a good fit. “I love working with people, I’ve always been a foodie and College Street was just starting to become trendy then.”

The brothers named the spot Café Diplomatico to welcome homesick Italians who were looking for a political debate over coffee as well as to show non-Italians that they were welcome.

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    ariachole
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    One of my favorit...

    One of my favorite breakfast places! Staff is always nice and on point.

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    Restaurantica12
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    Not welcome

    We went here after hearing so much about it as its promoted everywhere when it comes to television and newspapers during sports seasons when everyone comes to here to celebrate and watch eagerly. However I did not find anything special about this place. In fact we had a very uncomfortable stay here for our coffee's that we wanted to get out as soon as possible. Although nothing in terms of service or food was neglectful the atmosphere was not very accommodating.

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    I love this place

    It just gives me great pleasure to be in little Italy. I love their deep fried calzone. I know it is deep fried, but I am doing my best to gain some weight because I am very thin. The service is great here.

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    Decent place

    We've gone to Little Italy quite a few times, this time, we decided to try Cafe Diplomatico. We chose to go here because the atmosphere looked very relaxed and it was busy on Friday night. The portion sizes that we saw seemed to be pretty reasonable too. We were seated by the kitchen and in clear view of the Leafs/Sabres hockey game! Terrific. However, the light above us was out making it a little more difficult for us to see. Our server was pretty attentive throughout the rush which was pretty great. FYI - Pop is reasonably priced but there are no refills. We ordered Bruschetta bread for two of us, and garlic bread with cheese, the bruschetta bread had a lot of mozzarella melted over the lot of it - something I don't mind, but it did over power the taste of tomatoes. The garlic bread was nicely done, with a nice presence of garlic. Two of us ordered veal parmigiana one with spaghetti and bolognese (50cent charge for the upgrade to bolognese from the house tomato sauce) the other with fettuccine alfredo (75cent charge). The other ordered penne alfredo. We're not sure why, but it seemed that every other table was served bread with their pasta or main dishes however we did not receive any. The veal was well seasoned and for the price ($13), it was well worth the try. The bolognese sauce was great, lots of meat and well seasoned sauce. It didn't over power the noodles, but there was a good serving in it. There were no complaints with the fettuccine alfredo either. However the penne alfredo left much to be desired. It tasted okay, however there was a lot of runny sauce in the bowl. It seemed to be more sauce than pasta water, but we just weren't too sure. It would have been great if we were able to get some bread, but again - we are not sure if we were supposed to get bread or not and we didn't ask either. All in all, we would definitely try the place again with different meals (although, I could go for some more of that bolognese sauce!). The prices very reasonable, especially for Little Italy! FYI - They don't take debit but they do have an atm downstairs. Luckily our server told us that our bank was close by so we avoided those fees! :-D

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    Service is alright but the food is horrible. Probably the one of the worst "italian" restaurants i have been to. decent place for drinks and cheap appretizers on a nice summer day to eat outside on their patio.

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    February 19, 2017

    Amazing service and food as usual. Never disappoints!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 19, 2017

    This place will be one of my favorites for summertime dining on their big patio.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 15, 2017

    We had good time!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 3, 2017

    We always love the atmosphere and the great food value at the Dip. The only thing is that we ordered the big Dip Antipasto which takes a long time to get through and when our mains arrived too soon, this wonderful appetizer was relegated to side dish and it wasn't the same after that. Our chicken parmesans were delicious, my rose sauce was wonderful, but my husband's dish had penne and tomato sauce and it was a bit bland. We won't order that again. Service is always wonderful and friendly.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    December 25, 2016

    Always great service and food. One of my favourite places for lunch, brunch and dinner

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    September 26, 2016

    The food at the Dip is always awesome, as is the service. The restaurant itself is a bit tired but it is clean and while we might actually live 2 hours away, going there for dinner is like going to eat at our regular place in our neighbourhood.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    September 18, 2016

    I would recommend this place food was amazing . service was wonderful . we ordered Pizza and it was delish.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    August 17, 2016

    Love Cafe Diplomatico! Relaxed atmosphere, great service, awesome food!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 17, 2016

    Excellent as always.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 6, 2016

    The food quality seems to be worse and worse over time. It's too bad the place is losing its spirit

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 1/5

    Service: 4/5

    June 28, 2016

    I had reserved a table for 2 at 11:45am and it was changed without my knowledge, or permission, by the restaurant to 11:00am. I made a reservation at that time for a reason, because that is when I was able to make it down. I was coming to watch the Italy game during Euro 2016 because I heard that was the "place to be" to watch the games in Little Italy. I called the restaurant to confirm my reservation which I told them I didn't authorize a reservation change but the hostess said that I could still come at my original reserved time. I was coming from my town which was about an hour away. I got there at my time to find out my table had already been given away because "We were giving seats away to people who came first. Sometimes people don't show up when they have reservations so we give their seats away." I had called about 90 minutes prior to confirm that I was coming. Doesn't make sense to me that you recommend customers make reservations to guarantee seating, yet you gave my reservation away because people were there first. I had made my reservations more than a week in advance once I knew what time Italy was playing at in the next round. What a disappointing experience. A man I talked with, assuming he was the manager, was very rude and arrogant and didn't even apologize even though he knew what happened was wrong. I would not go back after this experience. It's a shame because I've heard great things about this place. The only reason Atmosphere, Service and Food are getting 1 star ratings is because I have to give them 1.

    Ambiance: 1/5

    Cuisine: 1/5

    Service: 1/5

    June 20, 2016

    Despite it being The Taste of Little Italy (the busiest day of the year for this restaurant), Cafe Diplomatico was able to accommodate our group of 20 on the patio. The food was amazing (we ordered the pizza and mussels), the aperol spritz were superb and the service was excellent. We didn't have to wait more than a minute or two for our drinks and were made to feel like we were dining at a very welcoming family restaurant. I would like to thank Connie and her staff at Cafe Diplomatico for a wonderful meal and amazing memories ! We will definitely be back!!!!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 13, 2016

    Excellent food and the service went far beyond our expectations!!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 9, 2016

    SANDRO IS THE BEST WAITER EVER!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

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    Where to catch the game in Toronto

    Die-hard soccer fans flock to this Little Italy café and bar for the big weekend game, the spot being steeped in its reputation as one of the primo places to catch the action in the city. The patio is always buzzing and it’s heated! The menu has some of your sports bar favourites and all kinds of pizza (it is, after all, a pizzeria). An unpretentious atmosphere and family-oriented ownership have made this place a go-to café since 1968.

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