The Best Italian Restaurants in Toronto
The best Italian restaurants in Toronto celebrate the simple pleasures of food, wine and good company in equal measure. These are top notch spots revered for embracing old world recipes and techniques, and, where everything from cured meats to fresh pastas are made in-house with the same pride and care that a nonna takes in feeding her famiglia.
Whether you're out for just a little spuntino (snack) and vino or committed to a 5-course Sunday night-style blowout, these are restaurants that will fill your bellies and warm your heart.
Here are the best Italian restaurants in Toronto.
The main draw at this Dundas West cucina is good, honest home-cooked food. The semi-rotating menu is well loved for its deceptively simple, rustic fare featuring seasonally driven plates like fresh burrata with roasted grapes or hearty roasted bone marrow. More »
This restaurant and wine bar has built a strong following with its menu of piatti socials (sharing plates) and Roman specialties like the deliciously simple classic, spaghetti cacio e pepe. The wine list is extensive but not without value, featuring local and Italian varieties by region. More »
Situated on King West, this converted warehouse is home to a refined osteria that's earned a solid reputation for ultra-thin pizzas and fresh pastas. The extensive menu offers something for everyone including an impressive range of fresh and firm cheeses, house cured salumi and just-baked breads. More »
This intimate Parkdale eatery wants to nourish your soul with seasonally driven menus featuring Southern Italian specialties. While fresh pastas are a menu staple, this is the place to go sample old world delicacies like trippa fritta or cavallo tonatto (raw horse with tuna). More »
With locations on Ossington and the Danforth, this bustling pizzeria loyally adheres to the strict traditions of Neapolitan pizza-making. While the menu gives pride of place to the wood-fired pies, shareable spuntinos (snacks) like the gnocchi fritti and beef carpaccio are superbly tasty, too. More »
This charming family of restaurants boasts three Toronto outposts and two in Los Angeles. The bi-coastal empire is built on the rich culinary traditions of Southern Italy and celebrates a menu full of heartwarming housemade pastas, thin-crust pizzas and an all-Italian wine list. Cin cin! More »
This quirky Queen East eatery is also known as "The Nose" after the giant schnozz attached to its facade. The restaurant is a casual and boisterous spot, well loved for hearty home-style plates like the grande meatball ladled with ragu and jus-smothered, melt-in-your-mouth osso bucco. More »
This eclectic family-style trattoria with locations on the Danforth and Eglinton is best enjoyed with the famiglia because courses of antipasti through to secondi and contorni are served on generous platters for the table. Expect typically Italian (read, generous) helpings. More »
This Parkdale enoteca is perfectly suited to aperitivo-time grazing or full on multi-course feasts. For a flat $50 (on select days) the chef will just take care of you as if you’ve been adopted, treating you to salumi and cheese or perhaps the house-made ziti or pillowy smoked gnocchi. The unintimidating wine list is a bonus. More »