The Best Italian Restaurants in Toronto
The best Italian restaurants in Toronto celebrate simple pleasures. Good food, wine and company are all part of the equation, but above all these restaurants share the warm hospitality, pride and care that a nonna takes in feeding her famiglia.
Here are the best Italian restaurants in Toronto.
This refined osteria boasts locations on King West and in Yorkville where fresh pastas, house-made salumi and thin crusted pizzas are all worthy of praise. While the extensive menu offers something for everyone, adventurous dishes like crispy pigs ears with wild fennel and lamb's brains alla saltimbocca are also some of the most delicious.
Also on Dundas West, this restaurant and wine bar earned a solid reputation for its menu of piatti socials (sharing plates) and Roman specialties such as cacio e pepe, a classic spaghetti dish smothered in pecorino and black pepper. Also noteworthy is the extensive wine list offering local and Italian varieties by region.
Housed in a converted garage, this multi-level restaurant is a warm and welcoming place to enjoy wine flowing on tap along with Tuscan-style wood-fired pies. In addition to pizza find an extensive menu offering selections like beef carpaccio with truffled cannellini beans, kale caesar salads and pastas smothered in lamb and pork bolognese.
Perhaps best known for its Neapolitan pies, the bustling pizzeria now boasts four locations between Ossington and Pape. The menu gives pride of place to the beautifully leopard-spotted pizzas, but the well-rounded offerings also include superb tasting assaggini like the buttermilk fried calamari and ricotta gnocchi fritti.
The beloved restaurant on Queen East is also known as "The Nose" after the giant schnozz attached to its facade. Responsible for the seductive scent of garlic wafting out the door are hearty home-style plates including giant meatballs smothered in ragu and melt-in-your-mouth osso bucco.
The Italian restaurant in The Junction is a casual but elegant spot equally suited to Sunday night dinners with the family as it is for date night. Long stretch pizzas are among the house specialties but you'll also find a extensive range of snacky assaggini, salumi and formaggi in addition to hearty pastas.
In Leslieville, this sleek enoteca is a neighbourhood gem where the locals can share their love for good food and wine. Start with spread of salumi and broccolini fritti to share before moving on to fresh house made pastas like the spaghetti alla carbonara dressed up with guanciale, fresh peas, pecorino and a runny egg yolk.
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