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The Best Italian Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / August 28, 2013

Italian restaurants torontoThe 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.

See also:

The Best Pasta in Toronto
The Best Pizza in Toronto
The Best Pizza Slice in Toronto

Campagnolo

Campagnolo

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 »

Enoteca Sociale

Enoteca Sociale

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 »

Buca

Buca

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 »

Porzia

Porzia

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 »

Pizzeria Libretto

Pizzeria Libretto

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 »

Terroni

Terroni

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 »

Gio Rana's Really Really Nice Restaurant

Gio Rana's Really Really Nice Restaurant

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 »

7 Numbers

7 Numbers

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 »

Local Kitchen & Wine Bar

Local Kitchen & Wine Bar

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 »

Discussion

69 Comments

2chainsTO / August 28, 2013 at 04:00 pm
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Really? No Marinella's? The best house sauce in TO - hands down.
Karen / August 28, 2013 at 04:09 pm
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What about F'Amelia in Cabbagetown? They've been rolling in accolades since they opened in 2011. What are you, new? Come on!
peter peter pasta-eater / August 28, 2013 at 04:11 pm
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I know this site hates things north of Bloor, but 5 Doors North at Yonge/Davisville is also excellent.
Scott / August 28, 2013 at 04:11 pm
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Cafe Bar Pasta is new to the scene but damn, is it ever delicious!
Salomon replying to a comment from Karen / August 28, 2013 at 04:14 pm
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Gotta agree that missing F'Amelia on here is a big miss.

We had our wedding dinner for 20 people at F'Amelia and everyone there said it was one of the best Italian meals they've ever had.
Derek Chezzie / August 28, 2013 at 04:14 pm
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Spacco at Yonge and Eg is pretty great too!
K-Borg / August 28, 2013 at 04:15 pm
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Local Kitchen suuuuuuuuuuuucks.
Adrian C replying to a comment from Karen / August 28, 2013 at 04:18 pm
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Have to agree with Karen, F'Amelia is the best Italian restaurant I've been to in Toronto. This is a tired list.
John / August 28, 2013 at 04:18 pm
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Blu Ristorante in Yorkville is amazing!
BigEater / August 28, 2013 at 04:21 pm
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Gio Rana's really really nice restaurant has been really really bad for the last 5 years. 7 Numbers is hit and miss. Terroni are a bunch of pretentious knobs...customer is NOT right at their establishment. THIS is the top 10 in Toronto? Makes me sad.
Eric Fallon / August 28, 2013 at 04:51 pm
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Trattoria Nervosa you fools.. I also like Gusto for the cheap wine.

Say word
Randy / August 28, 2013 at 04:54 pm
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Another vote for marinella's! Genuine italian cooking in the sushi-wastelands of Little Italy
D / August 28, 2013 at 05:09 pm
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You know, I would say Marinella's was very good if I didn't work there a while back and know how terribly they treat & rip off their staff... skimming tips and charging each server per shift for 'broken dishes' that never actually get broken.
Gio Bucci / August 28, 2013 at 05:22 pm
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Woodbridge!
evan / August 28, 2013 at 05:36 pm
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Yeah too bad Cafe Bar Pasta is so new. I went last night and it was so so fantastic. Definitely up there with Campagnolo for me.
Svea / August 28, 2013 at 05:40 pm
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Marinella's is the best by far!!
trythat / August 28, 2013 at 05:48 pm
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There is no Italy left in Little Italy. try travelling to St clair and Dufferin where little old italian men line up chairs outside their storefronts and restaurants watching passersby and arguing in italian for hours on end. thats where the real italian food is in this city.
Missing / August 28, 2013 at 06:24 pm
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Complete miss on no Tutti Matti
The Glue / August 28, 2013 at 06:47 pm
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LOVE seven numbers on Eglinton. Service is always fantastic and the food is solid.

Have only been to 5 Doors North once (so add requisite grain of salt) and I found it overpriced and bland.
Ken / August 28, 2013 at 10:18 pm
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No Zucca? 7 Numbers Eglinton >> 7 Numbers Danforth.
Tanya / August 28, 2013 at 10:37 pm
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HELLO WHAT ABOUT EAST SIDE MARIO'S
Sarah / August 29, 2013 at 12:27 am
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I have no idea why Toronto loves Terroni. I have tried it several times trying to understand the draw but the pasta is always meh, the panini dry and the pizza like cardboard
LC replying to a comment from BigEater / August 29, 2013 at 01:37 am
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If a list of Italian restaurants on BlogTO makes you sad, you're too sensitive.
John / August 29, 2013 at 07:18 am
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Umm... not a single place from Corso Italia? Ok then... maybe make the trip a bit further north.
KEvin replying to a comment from Tanya / August 29, 2013 at 08:08 am
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What about Olive Garden or Vinny Zucchini's
flir / August 29, 2013 at 08:31 am
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Caffino Ristorante at Dufferin and King is probably one of Toronto's best kept secrets.
TOSnob / August 29, 2013 at 08:56 am
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Terroni is garbage. Subpar food, terrible service and a worse atmosphere.

Positano on Mt Pleasant is far and away the best.
Bob / August 29, 2013 at 09:21 am
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Joe Badali's, haha.
Faab / August 29, 2013 at 09:36 am
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La Vecchia is far and away better than Terroni or Gio Rana's.
I question this list. It should be called the top 9 OK to really good restaurants in Toronto.
Pizzaria Libretto gets a thumbs up though..Duck Confit Pizza is a revelation.
Stu / August 29, 2013 at 09:44 am
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Mercatto?
Melissa / August 29, 2013 at 09:50 am
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Vaticano.... Hands down the best in Toronto! Buca & Pizzeria Libretto are unreal!!
local replying to a comment from Karen / August 29, 2013 at 10:02 am
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I would say the majority of readers who vote on these lists are 'kids' in their mid-20's who live in and around City Place. I don't think neighbourhoods like Cabbagetown or anything north of Bloor are on their radar.
Kelso / August 29, 2013 at 10:22 am
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How in the world is CIBO not on there? They make the pastas right in the dining room. Unreal!
Dom / August 29, 2013 at 11:17 am
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For the best Italian in Toronto you need to visit Chef Roberto at Monk Kitchen. He makes his own pastas daily. The arancini are better than I've tasted in Italy. He made vitello tonnato for us that melted in the mouth. They serve other stuff too, not just Italian, but if you tell the chef you're in the mood for Italian food, you will not be disappointed. It's not cheap like Terroni but it's the best.
Sam I Am / August 29, 2013 at 11:44 am
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Does anyone know what the pictured dish is at the top of the article? (and restaurant, of course) Thanks.
Eden / August 29, 2013 at 11:50 am
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Tutti Matti--hands down--best Italian in Toronto.
nomorecod / August 29, 2013 at 12:34 pm
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Black Skirt...drool...
missedthebus / August 29, 2013 at 12:51 pm
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Just went back to Terroni and now I remember why I stopped going there. This place is riding on its long-past reputation.
Chaplin Estate Guy / August 29, 2013 at 05:43 pm
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Terroni? Seriously? A restaurant with no flexibility or substitutions? That's not Italian; that's corporate.
Definitely Buca. Agreed on the suggestions of Zucca and Blu. Of course, Zucca's way north of Bloor and is (gasp) expensive.
V.L replying to a comment from John / August 29, 2013 at 11:32 pm
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If your looking on Corso Italia for great simple Italian food go West to http://Frankspizzahouse.com. A real hit with the local people.
WaspyWOP / August 31, 2013 at 10:20 am
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Is Frank's Kitchen on College not considered Italian? Place was great last time in. Agreed, Campagnolo is bloody fantastic.
Anna D replying to a comment from trythat / August 31, 2013 at 04:05 pm
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Mercatto, hands down! Just hate that it is at the Eaton Centre, would have preferred it on either College St, or St.Clair, but the two just don't have that Italian feel or atmosphere anymore, therefore can't blame Mercatto owners to not even look at both locations.

Italiana in Canadiana land ;)
Dom Wopinelli / September 3, 2013 at 10:51 am
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Pizza libretto?? Are you effin kidding me?? Get this hipster garbage outta here!
El Wap-o / September 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm
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Mamma Martino's. This is actual Italian food

best veal in town...great overall value
Anon / September 10, 2013 at 09:07 am
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Haven't tried that many Italian places in Toronto but a really nice place I went to years ago was Pizza Banfi in Forest Hill Village. It was exceptionally good.
LPD / September 19, 2013 at 01:06 pm
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If you want great Italian food, try Fusili at 531 Queen Street East in Corktown. This place has been there forever...even when the neighbourhood was too rough for families. Giuseppe (the owner) takes such pride in his food and I've never had a bad meal there. The veal and gnocchi are my favorites, but my kids *adore* the spaghetti and meatballs. You gotta have bruschetta as an appetizer - so good! Y really can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Love this place...
Jason replying to a comment from Anna D / September 22, 2013 at 08:14 pm
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The Trattoria Mercatto is at Eaton Centre, but they also have one at College/Elizabeth + Bay/Adelaide + Toronto St
laura / October 8, 2013 at 05:32 pm
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Cinquelier at Duffrien the food the service sucks, No flexibility no substitution.They think they are smart than you ripped your pocket, make you to eat old pasta.
GL / October 9, 2013 at 12:16 am
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This author knows nothing about Italian food, seriously! Gio Ranas is the worst FKN Italian resto in the city. The only reason its busy is because the people that go there no NOTHING about Italian food or what good Italian food is! Seven numbers, REALLY!!!!!!!!!! The food was luke warm, service was bruttle and I would never go back. Libretto, come on, its great pizza but there an endless ocean of Italian recipes. I been in the food business my whole life and was on the forefront of what all these restos used to buy at the wholesale level and trust me not all the restos mentioned above buy premium quality but enjoy charging the consumer premium prices, like the time Terroni told me they where using Parma prosciutto and man it wasnt!
SW / October 22, 2013 at 01:31 pm
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Frank's Kitchen, Buca, Campagnolo, Capocaccia, Pizzeria Libretto, F'Amelia, Enoteca Sociale.
Patrick / October 23, 2013 at 05:40 pm
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I am surprised that Terroni made the list. I have eaten there on 2 different occasions and both times I felt the meals were average at best.
SW / October 27, 2013 at 10:55 pm
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I ricind my Frank's Kitchen suggestion as it's not Italian, though it is one of the best restaurants in the city.
Jennifer replying to a comment from GL / October 30, 2013 at 11:13 pm
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Coming to Toronto for a visit from the west coast. Love Italian food. Also work in the food business so want honest, real food! What Italian place would you suggest?
Il Gustoso / November 1, 2013 at 02:16 am
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Great post. I think this is a best restaurant in Toronto. These are top notch spots revered for embracing old world recipes and techniques. Thanks to providing the nice information.
Dan / November 10, 2013 at 01:26 pm
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You missed Ganzi Osteria off Jarvis Street.
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HammerHead replying to a comment from Sam I Am / March 1, 2014 at 11:41 am
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I was thinking the EXACT same thing!!
Italian Restaurant London / March 5, 2014 at 12:37 am
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Personal Loans Wilson / March 10, 2014 at 06:04 pm
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it is really the best i think. I am a food lover and know a lot of good restaurants.
Simona / March 25, 2014 at 11:27 pm
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Pizza e Pazzi on DUFFERIN and saint clair Corso Italia ......best neapolitan pizza and pasta like nonna...
Marlene / March 28, 2014 at 07:06 pm
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Bar Mercurio! At St George and Bloor you're missing this one
L stands / May 18, 2014 at 01:10 pm
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This is a really good news for the Italian who live in Toronto. I like this restaurant.
gel fuel tabletop fireplaces / May 18, 2014 at 01:13 pm
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This restaurant is famous among the people of Toronto. Not only Italian people come here but also other people do so.
A Touch of Italy / June 3, 2014 at 06:29 am
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These restaurants mentioned have very tasty dishes. But how about Canoe and Estiatorio VOLOS in Financial district, Sotto Sotto in the Annex ? I'm a bit surprise they aren't on the list. Their dishes quite delicious and truly Italan dishes.
Gabrielle Jack / June 7, 2014 at 06:37 pm
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Hi Liora, does Porzia accept or welcome pets carried by their customers?
Italian Restaurant / June 23, 2014 at 11:56 pm
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I don't know precisely why Toronto enjoys Terroni. I've attempted this many times wanting to understand this sketch though the pasta is usually meh, this panini dried up and also the pizza just like cardboard.

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