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... Read more »
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."
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."
- Cuisine: European, Italian, Mediterranean, Pizza
- Average Main Course Price: $30
- Neighborhood: Downtown
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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)."
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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