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 from the tastebuds, most of us cannot resist carbs in the form of Italian food. Far removed from Chef Boyardee, the best Italian food is a slow process of love, from hand chopped tomatoes to 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.



One of the hottest Italian restaurants in Toronto, Mistura is the brainchild of respected restaurateurs Massimo Capra and Paolo Paolini, now with executive chef Klaus Rohrich at the helm. Their innovative seasonal menu, coupled with the casual...  Read More



"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



A celebrity magnet if ever there was one, Sotto Sotto was destroyed by a fire on Christmas Eve 2014. It didn't take long for it to become a phoenix a few doors down, allowing Drake to have his "second home" once again. Sotto Sotto (meaning...  Read More



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



Sometimes going out for Italian food seems counterintuitive. How hard is it for you to stay at home and boil some pasta? Blu gives you the Italian food you cannot make yourself at home, unless you have ample time and have studied under masters...  Read More



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

West Toronto


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



Piano piano refers to the Italian phrase "piano piano va lontano," meaning, "slowly slowly we go further." But you already knew that - what about the food? Taking the place of 25 year old restaurant Splendido on Harbord Street, Piano Piano has...  Read More



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

West Toronto


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


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