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The Best Pasta in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 2, 2015

pasta torontoThe best pasta in Toronto doesn't just rely on embellishments like sauce or cheese, or freshly shaved truffles. These Italian eateries don't cut corners; they start from scratch by spinning flour and eggs into fresh noodles, then they crank out delicious dishes that'll make you want to dive right in.

Here are the restaurants making the best pasta in Toronto.

See also: The best lasagna in Toronto

Buca

Buca

Behind the scenes at Buca, you'll find the kitchen mixing, kneading and rolling dough for handmade pastas, die cut noodles and torchio-cranked shapes. What turns up on the plate are artful presentations of pasta sauced with anchovies, garlic and chili, or filled with sweet peas, ricotta and fowl yolk. It's a lot of work for something that will be devoured almost instantly. More »

Enoteca Sociale

Enoteca Sociale

This Italian wine bar is home to Roman delicacies, and none might be more famous than the cacio e pepe, a deceivingly simple spaghetti dish featuring pecorino and black pepper. Of course the noodles are made fresh daily from scratch. More »

Campagnolo

Campagnolo

This Italian restaurant on Dundas West does not offer an extensive list of pasta dishes, but what they do offer is insanely good. The house-made spaghetti all’amatriciana will make you want to lick the plate, while the sweet corn agnolotti with hen of the woods mushrooms and a sprinkling of pine nuts would be my hypothetical “last meal” if I were ever on death row. More »

Tutti Matti

Tutti Matti

This trattoria on Adelaide draws on the culinary traditions of Tuscany for inspiration serving up pappardelle with pulled brisket, garlic, and fresh basil, and tagliatelle tossed in wild boar ragu. Noodles made in‐house are a menu fixture, but expect the dishes to change with the seasons. More »

Stelvio

Stelvio

Northern Italian cuisine is the basis of this Queen West restaurant where the Pizzoccheri di Teglio is a must. The dish features house-made, hand-cut organic buckwheat pasta mixed with Valtellina Casera DOP cheese, savoy cabbage, potatoes, butter, fresh sage and garlic served in a cast-iron pan. More »

Enoteca Ascari 26

Enoteca Ascari 26

Named for a 1950s Italian racing legend, this Leslieville restaurant dishes out plates of ravioli di manzo, a pasta stuffed with braised beef and wild onion puree thats finished with brown butter, hen of the woods mushrooms and pea shoots. The peppery spaghetti alla carbonara is another house fave featuring guanciale, pecorino, a runny egg yolk and seasonal veg like fresh peas. More »

Trattoria Giancarlo

Trattoria Giancarlo

Located in the heart of Little Italy, Giancarlo is a date-worthy candlelit destination where dishes like the hand rolled potato gnocchi simmered in a lobster and leek pesto cream are irresistible. Do I need to mention that the pasta is always made fresh? More »

Zucca

Zucca

At this midtown joint, the homemade pasta comes in main and appetizer portions. The menu of primi changes seasonally but recent options have included thick-cut semolina noodles tossed in a bright tomato sauce and finished with basil and fresh peperoncino as well as a beet ravioli tossed in a buttery parmigiano sauce. More »

Gusto 101

Gusto 101

This multi level restaurant on Portland serves up Southern Italian staples with some unexpected twists. The short pasta menu showcases gems like the ravioli ricotta e spinaci tossed in tomato sauce and crowned with stracciatella cheese and basil. The mafalde ai funghi is good too, it features a mix of mushrooms in a truffle cream sauce. More »

Discussion

46 Comments

Fabiana / September 2, 2015 at 05:51 pm
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What happened to Terroni?!
Marinella / September 2, 2015 at 05:53 pm
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You left out Marinella!!! Best Italian. Amazing owners.
Andy / September 2, 2015 at 06:13 pm
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You guys are totally bias. Aria Ristorante puts out some of the best in the city by far. You always leave them out. Don't play the favorites game guys.
otto / September 2, 2015 at 06:17 pm
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Paganelli's
Goatboy / September 2, 2015 at 06:30 pm
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Queens Pasta? Vesuvios? Ever heard of 'em?
Jim / September 2, 2015 at 06:40 pm
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Ovest should be there too... great agnolotti!
Moi / September 2, 2015 at 06:52 pm
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Marinella. Best homemade pastas.
BM / September 2, 2015 at 06:58 pm
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The Nose. Duh!
cathie / September 2, 2015 at 07:11 pm
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Bologna Pastificio, Dufferin south of Lawrence. Not a restaurant, just a kitchen/storefront where you see them making it in the open kitchen and pick it up yourself from the refrigerators to take home. They have plain pasta, plus prepared dishes like lasagna and gnocchi. Fabulous. Quite pricey, though.
italian / September 2, 2015 at 07:40 pm
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The issue is the cakers that do this list have no idea what good pasta is. They assume homemade means amazing..... Anyone can make a pasta noodle its all in the sauce and no one does it better than VIA MERCANTI --- NO SUGAR OR ONIONS OR CARROTS IN THE SAUCE.....

And pasta should not cost an arm and a leg. Its poor people food. Queens Pasta is an originator and you pay no homage to the originals.
Bay St. Guy replying to a comment from Andy / September 2, 2015 at 07:50 pm
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Aria is a shithole. There's a reason the place is usually empty for dinner (I walk by it every day). Food is mediocre and the management there is awful.
Luigi / September 2, 2015 at 09:24 pm
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Hello!? East Side Mario's!??
and... / September 2, 2015 at 09:26 pm
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#10 - any italian mother's kitchen in little italy.
Henrick / September 2, 2015 at 09:35 pm
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Never eat pasta out! Mama makes tasty pasta dinner for 6-8 for $20. Don't pay for pasta out.
Frankie / September 2, 2015 at 09:43 pm
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Love the pasta and portions at Spacco. Great patio too. Yonge and Eglington.

http://www.spacco.ca/
Chancey / September 2, 2015 at 09:45 pm
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Cafe Nervousa in Yorkville has amazing pastas decent portions. Great pizzas and entrees too.
Yuel / September 2, 2015 at 09:47 pm
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Anybody serving Lamb pasta in Toronto?
jeff / September 2, 2015 at 10:14 pm
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People always seem to forget that these lists are "user" voted on. BlogTO doesn't add that to the description anymore, I guess because they maybe want to look like an "authority"

Ma? / September 2, 2015 at 10:55 pm
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Che sta dice? A lot of Italians use onions, carrots in their sauces for flavour, but then sift them out stordo. I know many Italians that use these two ingredients for their prepared homemade sauce. Speaking of sauce drive through any Italian area within the first two three weeks of September and you'll smell the aroma of sauce down the street..... It's a major production.
p replying to a comment from Bay St. Guy / September 2, 2015 at 11:17 pm
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well.. you're half right, after the chef left it's gone down but their handmade raviolis and layered pastas were f&#$ing unbelievable
p replying to a comment from Bay St. Guy / September 2, 2015 at 11:17 pm
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.. talking about Aria btw
tony / September 3, 2015 at 12:31 am
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Terroni should NOT be on the list. It is just mediocre Italian food at best.
Antonio / September 3, 2015 at 12:36 am
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all you mangia cake people need to come to woodbridge
Not weathy....but well off / September 3, 2015 at 12:58 am
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My Zia who lives in that little Italian part of Jane and Finch..........
Was / September 3, 2015 at 01:37 am
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waiting to see how long it would take for the words "mangia cake"and Woodbridge to be brought up..... It's pasta..... RELAX!
Alana / September 3, 2015 at 06:29 am
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#1- give it up. Best pasta is made at home no matter how much you push your advertisers
#2- whoever said Terroni is really really a joke. That place is a dump.. probably same owner as Fat Pasha or some other rip off scamming business
Vanessa replying to a comment from Fabiana / September 3, 2015 at 08:12 am
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"What happened to Terroni?!" .....they were once the only show in town... so they got arrogant, complacent, raised their prices and lowered quality. $20 for a cardboard pizza? No thanks.

They ask their customers to "respect their menu" by not requesting any alterations..... I'll respect your menu by visiting the other great Italian places on this list.
Erin / September 3, 2015 at 08:56 am
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You missed Cafe Bar Pasta!!!
Dave / September 3, 2015 at 10:01 am
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Vertical Restaurant.. Fresh home made pasta every day. These guy don't joke around.
Italian chick / September 3, 2015 at 11:09 am
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Some restaurants do have great home made pasta, yes it's not going to be like Nonna's or mamma's but really, why would you want it to be? When having mamma's pasta it's comfort food. Most Italian moms don't bother making homemade pasta anymore. The only pasta my mom makes is orichetti (ears). I have never ever had orichetti at a restaurant that even comes close to my mom's as of yet. Usually if it's on a menu they are not home made.
YES replying to a comment from otto / September 3, 2015 at 11:17 am
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100%.
AJ / September 3, 2015 at 11:30 am
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King Catering makes a Jerk Chicken Alfredo, it's delicious.
VeryFineHat replying to a comment from Andy / September 3, 2015 at 11:54 am
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It's voted on by users, not chosen by the site.
Kat / September 3, 2015 at 12:30 pm
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La Bruschetta. C'mon.
john replying to a comment from Antonio / September 3, 2015 at 12:58 pm
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No, the Italians that moved to Woodbridge lost their ways...they forgot their roots....the real Italians stayed in Toronto - less attitude.
Silvia / September 3, 2015 at 02:34 pm
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It's a pretty good list but you're missing the most authentic, spectacular pasta in the city .....LA CASCINA (Avenue Road and Lawrence). You don't need to fly to Italy ...just go to La Cascina!
Not again / September 3, 2015 at 03:00 pm
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Oh c'mon is this going to be the Toronto Italians vs Woodbridge Italians? My parents have lived in Canada for over 50yrs immigrated from Italy came on the boat. Living in Canada has changed the way they do things even making homemade pasta and sauce. Everything is convenient here and most importantly they are not living on a campania dirt poor anymore.Give it a rest with the comparisons.
Washed up Whale / September 3, 2015 at 05:48 pm
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Tks a lot BlogTO! Two days of Italian food! I had to make my sauce with meatballs and pasta! Couldn't help dipping the bread in the sauce pot!!! So much for me watching my diet!
sophie / September 3, 2015 at 07:34 pm
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Sorry, but Enoteca Ascari is awful. Terrible decor mixed with mediocre (at best) pasta.
@Not Wealthy..... but well off / September 3, 2015 at 11:31 pm
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Jane and Finch... funny.
df / September 3, 2015 at 11:36 pm
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OH my, I can't believe suk 'a my Luigi on silver street is not mentioned. The pasta is to die for! The sauce, it's so creamy and delicious. And the gnocci...well, you'd think you died and gone to Italy!

And don't get me started on the bread..so authentic, like in Italy, served warm, fairly fresh...and the cannelloni's. the cannelloni, filled with the ricotta, served with campanula...heaven, heaven I say.

Go there...

Thank me later....

Boom boom boom, take me back to my room.....!!!!!
^^^^^ / September 4, 2015 at 09:17 am
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Think I laughed coffee out of my nose!
Maaji / September 4, 2015 at 10:17 am
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Marinellas!!
Evan replying to a comment from Yuel / September 4, 2015 at 05:48 pm
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Try Nove Trattoria at Yonge and St. Clair. They have a very tasty pappardelle with lamb ragu.
df replying to a comment from ^^^^^ / September 4, 2015 at 10:16 pm
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Luigi ain't laughin beeeeotch!!
@Luigi / September 5, 2015 at 09:34 am
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You best not be making fun of my hood, cause I'll bitch slap you with the biggest zucchini from la yarda! Let me guess you like your"pasta" extra piccante?

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