Say 'Si' to Toronto's Top Italian Restaurants



Occasionally, the world cuts out carbs in an attempt to encourage losing weight or cleaning up a diet. However, when thinking from the heart and the tastebuds, most of us cannot resist Italian food. Far removed from Chef Boyardee, Italian food is a slow process of love, from the hand chopped tomatoes to the carefully kneaded dough. As a result, it can comfort as much as satisfy. 

Toronto is filled to the brim with Italian restaurants. Some of these restaurants are authentic, while others have come a far way from Italy. Our choices are as delicious as if you made the plane ride over to Rome. We won't discourage the trip, but in the meantime you deserve the mouth-watering gnocchi at Enoteca Sociale or the fall-off-the-bone meat mains at Tutti Matti

Many of us cook Italian food at home on those nights when we are too tired to cook. A jar of sauce, some dried pasta and the belly is filled. However, it is a soul changing experience when fresh pasta marries with all-day simmering sauce. Going to one of these restaurants is to partake in a passionate relationship with your food. Linger and savour every bite at any one of our 10 Best choices.


Queen's Pasta Cafe


By the name of this restaurant, we are certain that you can easily tell it is not the place to order pizza. Queen's Pasta does pasta spectacularly well. It is served perfectly cooked and handmade to perfection, from striped butternut squash...  Read More


Trattoria Giancarlo
Photo courtesy of Giancarlo Trattoria Facebook page


We had to move our way over to Little Italy eventually when talking about the best Italian restaurants. Trattoria Giancarlo is an intimate restaurant that prepares exceptional menu items with care and precision. Wine bottles are displayed on the...  Read More


Ascari Enoteca
Photo courtesy of Ascari Enoteca Facebook page


"We love food. We love wine. We love racing." So declares the website of Ascari Enoteca, named after 1950s racing legend Alberto Ascari. Pastas are made fresh in house every single day and the menu changes both seasonally and locally. There are...  Read More


7
Etobicoke
Luci
Photo courtesy of Luci restaurant Facebook page


People in Toronto don't like traveling outside of the neighbourhoods, especially during the winter months. However, it is well worth making the trek to Etobicoke for a special evening out. Luci is Godfather fantastic. The servers are well versed...  Read More


6
Cabbagetown


This restaurant is on Amelia street, so it could not be more aptly named. However, the restaurant's amiability extends far beyond the entrance. Owners and waiters learn your name quickly and don't rush you through your Northern Italian dinner. ...  Read More


5
Downtown


Some people have been to Italy and fondly remember the flavours. For others, the closest they have come is watching Under the Tuscan Sun on the W Network. In either case, going to Tutti Matti is a flavour experience that is rare in downtown...  Read More


4
West Toronto
Pizzeria Libretto
Photo courtesy of Pizzeria Libretto Facebook page


This is the real deal kind of pizza. You may find yourself enthusiastically affirming the taste of real Neopolitan Pizza at Pizzeria Libretto in Italian. Or, if words fail you, "Mmmm" works well in most languages. This pizza has a soft chewy...  Read More


3
Downtown


Buca is right in the heart of downtown Toronto, and it earns every loonie it receives. Dimly lit with brick walls, the ambience is charmingly rustic. The menu changes daily and utilizes ingredients that capitalize on flavour profile more so than...  Read More


2
West Toronto
Enoteca Sociale
Photo courtesy of Enoteca Sociale Facebook page


Enoteca Sociale is built around the idea of wine bars in Rome. Enoteca Sociale manages to take basic ingredients and elevate them. The pasta is made in house, as are many other dishes, included the freshly baked bread that tempts on each table....  Read More


Pizza e Pazzi


Toronto is crazy for Neapolitan style pizza. This is a strict standard that is determined by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, a non-profit founded in Naples by people who really, really care about their pizza. Once you get a mouthful,...  Read More


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Meet Courtney Sunday

Courtney Sunday has lived in England, Switzerland, Canada and the US, finding her way into the professions of freelance writing and yoga teaching in between travel opportunities. She learned...  More About Courtney

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