Cafe Diplomatico
By YP Contributor

Make Your Own Pasta and Pizza

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.

We’re family run, so we’re family–oriented. - Rocco Mastrangelo, owner
Friendly and family-oriented wait staff deliver fresh meals at Café Diplomatico.

Café Diplomatico Will Help You Fight The Winter Blues

February, in the true depths of a Canadian winter, some fall prey to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), but Café Diplomatico doesn’t do SAD. “We love February,” says Rocco. “That’s when we do Fight The Winter Blues. We offer a prix fixe, three-course meal that includes wine or beer at a great price. It runs from the last week of January through February.”

In the warmer months, have a seat on the patio; it’s spacious and great for people watching. And, if there’s a smattering of rain, the plastic cover comes down to keep you dry and cozy. During the summer, Rocco, who is part of the local Business Improvement Association, gets permission to close down Clinton Street (which the restaurant looks out onto) and puts on live concerts and televised sports events. “We do things like the World Cup so everyone can watch together and enjoy a bite to eat.”

In addition to fine food, Café Diplomatico has a full bar service.

Family Run & Family-Oriented

Chef Sofia Vagadia has been in Café Diplomatico's kitchen since 1985, producing mouth-watering Italian dishes alongside something Rocco likes to call ‘Canadese’ or Canadian fare. “We do chicken fingers and burgers. We also do a breakfast until 2 p.m. and, of course, we’re open for coffee anytime.” At dinner, the spot sees a lot of families, which is exactly how Rocco likes it. “We’re family run, so we’re family–oriented.”

The facade of Café Diplomatico looks directly out onto bustling College Street.
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