I’m so excited to finally post pictures from Frankie Tomatto’s! Not only is this my first AYCE post for the blog, but it’s also a post that’s very near and dear to my heart. My family and I went out to Frankie’s a little over a week ago to celebrate my brother’s birthday and this outing was just one out of the many we’ve had as a family over the last decade. Me and Frankie Tomatto’s go waaaaayyyy back. I feel like I’ve grown up with this place because, just think, I’ve been going here to celebrate birthdays (mine, my brother’s, my mom’s, and my grandpa’s) on and off since I was 13. I’m 25. Do the math! Even though my dad isn’t the biggest fan of pasta or Italian food, the rest of my family and I looooove Frankie’s and we always enjoy our time and meals here (dad just humours us. It’s 3 against 1. If he wants to eat, he’s going to have to, ha). It’s one of the few places that’s been a part of my family’s foodie history for years and it’s a happy celebration staple for us. They have hilarious birthday packages and I remember they sang to me on my 14th birthday! 😀
Taking and posting these pictures has been a process in the making. Taking pictures at an all-you-can-eat buffet is extremely difficult. Think about it: for one, you’re concentrating on visiting station after station of delicious food and bringing your plate back to the table and devouring it because, hey, the rest of your family ain’t going to wait around for you. Second, it’s a self-serve buffet so there are people milling around EVERYWHERE. You try to take a picture and you end up with someone’s arm in the shot. You’re scared that if you’re not careful, your hand will slip and your camera will fall into a dish of spaghetti and meatballs. And then there are the blurry pictures of eggplant parmesan and bruschetta because you were trying to be discreet and you took the pictures too fast. It takes patience, my lovelies, so congratulate me on getting one decent shot for every five bad ones! I couldn’t get any decent ones of the dessert bars though. There were lineups up the wazoo at the icecream and sprinkles station!
Frankie Tomatto’s is an all-you-can-eat Italian feast located near the intersection of Woodbine and Steeles Ave. West in Markham, and if you’re a sucker for themed restaurants like me, you’ll love it here. The decor is adorable (think faux wine cellars and Roman architecture) and the selection of food is just fantastic with the multiple stations of Italian fare and good old fashioned comfort food. Antipasto, seafood, pizza and bruschetta (a section that is referred to as “Al Forno” meaning “from the oven”), vegetarian, and yes, plenty of pastas and desserts! 😀 Some notables and favourites: eggplant parmesan, grilled salmon, veal with lemon butter, spaghetti, tomato tortellini, Italian rice balls, cheese gnocchi, fettuccine, roast beef, salmon wellington, Italian potato pancakes, rice pilaf, chicken tetrazzini, steamed vegetable medley, and lots of salads, pizzas, and bruschetta and crunchy breads!
Frankie’s also has really great price promotions and deals throughout the week. My family and I took advantage of the Friday early bird dinner special the week before: from 5pm-5:30pm, dinner is only $13.99 which is insanely cheap for a Friday evening all-you-can-eat! I mean, I know I’m accustomed to eating earlier because, well, I eat at all points in the day and I know others aren’t really used to that, but seriously, take advantage of the deal if you can because it is so worth it. And maybe next time I can get those pictures of dessert for you all. Mangia, mangia!
Frankie Tomatto’s is located at 7225 Woodbine Ave., 2 blocks north of Steeles Ave. West on the east side of Woodbine. It’s also easily accessible from Highway 401, 404, and 407. Click here for information on prices, hours, birthday packages, and specials.