Mamakas Taverna on Ossington

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    Mamakas Taverna on Ossington

    Torontonians have one more reason to visit Ossington and it comes from Thanos Tripi, a friend who’s been planning this opening for two years and finally, we have Mamakas Taverna. Mamakas derives from the Greek word “Mamakias”,  meaning mama’s boy. This casual restaurant seats 85, the space is long with an open kitchen and a […]

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Greek Food Gazette 31/10/2014 Greek Food Gazette 31/10/2014

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Talk Toronto

Mamakas Taverna on Ossington Mamakas Taverna on Ossington

Torontonians have one more reason to visit Ossington and it comes from Thanos Tripi, a friend who’s been planning this opening for two years and finally, we have Mamakas Taverna. Mamakas derives from the Greek word “Mamakias”,  meaning mama’s boy. This casual restaurant seats 85, the space is long with an open kitchen and a […]

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