Say Si to Toronto's Top Italian Restaurants

Courtney Sunday

By , Local Expert, Toronto
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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...  Read more »

  • 1

    Pizza e Pazzi

    A charming atmosphere with some of the best pizza in Toronto.

    Local Expert Tip: "There are two Pizza e Pazzi's on St. Clair Avenue West, so make sure that you are meeting your friends at the right one."

  • 2

    Enoteca Sociale

    • Cuisine: European, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: $30
    • Neighborhood: West Toronto

    Impeccable service without a whiff of pretension. Sharing is encouraged, but the dishes are so good you might not want to.

    Local Expert Tip: "The gnocchi is embarrassingly good. These melt-in-your-mouth pillows may make it hard to form a sentence after eating, as no words suffice. Try them."

  • 3


    Jamie Oliver declared on Twitter in 2011 that a meal at Buca was his "favourite meal of the year."

    Local Expert Tip: "Getting last minute reservations may not be successful at this popular spot. Plan your night out in advance."

  • 4

    Pizzeria Libretto

    Pizza with a thin, doughy, blistered crust and only the freshest of toppings. You may start feeling like Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love.

    Local Expert Tip: "Expect to wait for a table. Not to worry; the neighbourhood has some great bars to sit in while your mouth waters in anticipation."

  • 5


    Courteous and professional service with exceptional Italian dishes in Etobicoke.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you are going to partake in wine, ask Fernando (the owner) for his recommendations. He is quite the wine buff."

  • 6

    Tutti Matti

    • Cuisine: European, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: $25
    • Neighborhood: Downtown

    Made-from-scratch ingredients with a reasonable price tag, right in the heart of downtown Toronto.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't come here expecting a chicken dish. Tuscans don't do chicken. Believe us: you aren't missing out."

  • 7

    Ascari Enoteca

    Small and intimate, with memorable menu items by a staff who loves food.

    Local Expert Tip: "Visit every second Monday of the month for Wine Killas. Half priced bottles of wine combined with a DJ spinning hip hop makes for a very good start to the week."

  • 8

    Trattoria Giancarlo

    • Cuisine: European, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: $45
    • Neighborhood: Little Italy

    Upscale ingredients in a warm and inviting atmosphere in the heart of Little Italy.

    Local Expert Tip: "The summer is the time to enjoy Giancarlo Trattoria to the fullest. The patio is just off of the main street and feels tucked away."

  • 9

    Queen's Pasta Cafe

    • Cuisine: European, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: $22
    • Neighborhood: West Toronto

    Pasta done perfectly every time, with enough variety to make this staple seem like a special occasion.

    Local Expert Tip: "Visit during a holiday, and you may be lucky enough to secure a specialty shaped pasta. Ravioli is in the shape of hearts on Valentine's Day, pine trees at Christmas. The pastabilities are amazing (their line, not ours)."

  • 10

    Grazie Ristorante

    • Cuisine: European, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: $15
    • Neighborhood: North Toronto

    Consistently great Italian food with inspired service in a bustling environment.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make a reservation. Grazie is busy even during time periods that you would assume would be safely quiet."



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