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The Best Restaurants in Woodbridge

Posted by Guest Contributor / January 2, 2015

best restaurants woodbridgeThe best restaurants in Woodbridge, save for one, are Italian eateries. In fact, most of the restaurants in general have an Italian influence. But the best ones - the ones that started with the recipes and technique passed down from previous generations - have added their own twists and flair to make for one of the best restaurant selections around.

Here are the best restaurants in Woodbridge.

See also:

The Best Cheap Eats in Woodbridge
8 great Italian bakeries in Woodbridge

Writing by Stephanie Girardi. Photo via Vinsanto on Facebook.

Memphis BBQ

Memphis BBQ

A true hidden treasure and one of a kind, Memphis BBQ's modest-sized location on Islington just south of Willis defines the phrase "hole-in-the-wall." Here you'll find the most delicious smoked meat - fall-off-the-bone ribs, smoky pulled pork and saucy chicken wings. Their classic barbeque sides (crispy French fries, coleslaw, baked beans and cornbread), take you right to the American south. Don't forget to ask for more of their signature BBQ sauce! More »

Oca Nera

Oca Nera

Oca Nera offers one of Woodbridge's sophisticated dining experiences. The menu changes seasonally to offer the best in fine dining and often includes North American oysters and PEI lobster. Chef Corrado Giliberto isn't one to play by the rules - Asian influences are often incorporated in to classic Italian dishes. A feast not just for your taste buds, but for your eyes as well, each dish is served with Master Chef-level presentation. It's one of the most popular upscale hotspots in town, so be sure to make reservations before your night out. More »

Zafferano Ristorante

Zafferano Ristorante

Look no further for a classy dining experience. They make it all too easy to fill up on appetizers - their lightly breaded and fried crispy calamari are to-die for. I like to keep with the seafood theme and usually order their zuppa di pesce, or seafood soup. If you're not a fish fan, you can choose from one of 14 different pasta and risotto dishes or countless customizable pizza options. Truly stumped? Your well-informed server will have recommendations and substitutions to suggest. More »

Autostrada

Autostrada

In addition to the Italian classics, Autostrada goes the extra mile to break down specialities geographically, offering dishes influenced by different regions in Italy. The most interesting is the Firenze-Pisa pizza, which is topped with tomatoes, spinach, ricotta and a sunny-side egg. It's also one of the few restaurants that offers panna cotta for dessert - cooked and cooled cream, served with fresh berries. More »

Anna Maria Trattoria

Anna Maria Trattoria

Spicy shrimp and smoked salmon are just two of the delicious seafood antipasto options this family-run restaurant has to offer. Their gnocchi - hand-made by Anna Maria herself - are available in your choice of tomato, vodka or meat sauce, are a favourite. Those who frequent the homey eatery can't say enough about the excellent service. Everyone who walks through the door is treated, and fed, like family. More »

Bocconcino Ristorante

Bocconcino Ristorante

From the salads to brodo to the fish of the day, Bocconcino ensures you won't go home hungry. Their generous portions often leave enough to be taken home and enjoyed again. The intimate setting is perfect for a romantic night out. My favourite is the ravioli ai porcini - mushroom-stuffed ravioli. Yum! More »

Vinsanto

Vinsanto

The rustic antipasto dishes and fresh gnocchi with duck confit are among the favourites that keep locals coming back to this spot just south of "the wall" on Roytec Road. Following first-generation recipes, this second-generation run restaurant is just celebrating their eight anniversary. Their citrus-infused salmon is perfectly light and flaky while their pizzas are the perfect size for sharing. More »

Zizi Trattoria

Zizi Trattoria

All your favourite pizzas and pastas are available here. If you're feeling adventurous, you can start with fresh mussels in tomato sauce. Prefer to play it safe? You can have a hearty bowl of their savoury minestrone, especially to keep warm in the chillier months. But don't fill up too much - each of their generously portioned entrees comes with a side of vegetables and potatoes or pasta. More »

Desserts Plus

Desserts Plus

Don't be fooled by the name - Desserts Plus offers much more than just sugary sweets, though they do provide a delicious variety of those. Choose from 22 types of pizza, an exotic fish variety (swordfish, anyone?), or the classics - pasta, rice and steak. If you're feeling extra hungry, you can add a side of pasta or rapini to any of their entrees. More »

Discussion

33 Comments

Francesco / January 2, 2015 at 10:56 am
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Glad to see my hometown on blogto. Forza Italia
Tom / January 2, 2015 at 11:07 am
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Cue the childish complaints ......... now
Eazy-E / January 2, 2015 at 11:19 am
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seeing as the same author failed to mention key/staple restaurants within the 'bridge' in previous write-ups, i wont take this list too seriously, at least not without the inclusion maestro roberto's.
Daryl / January 2, 2015 at 11:30 am
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Is it too hard to update the geo-tags so the restaurants do not show up in Toronto?
Mamma Brava / January 2, 2015 at 12:49 pm
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I've been to Zafferanos, VinSanto, Desserts Plus...food is good but I wouldn't say they're amazing. Personally Zafferanos and VinSanto are over priced, I'd rather go to Marcello's to be honest.I've had several functions at Zafferanos and the last function I had there I was almost over charged for bottles of wine we didn't drink since then I refuse to give them my business. Auto Strada... over rated, have been once, will never go back food was ok service terrible and we were four people at a table, the table was so small you couldn't fit anything on it. Anna Marias is nice it's small and the owners are very nice people the son and daughter Inlaw run the front the mama runs the kitchen the papa sings on Saturday nights with his Italian band it's cozy and makes you feel like you're at home.Most people love Desserts plus for one reason the portions are large for the money you pay. I did not have a good experience at Desserts Plus let's just say the owners are a little shady l felt very uncomfortable wanted to leave. Marcello's should of made the list in my opinion food comes fast portions are good everyone is friendly, the only thing I would complain about is that food comes a little too fast if you want to be there for awhile let them know to take their time.Memphis I wouldn't consider a restaurant food is amazing but I wouldn't want to sit there for dinner.
Mama Brava / January 2, 2015 at 01:24 pm
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If Auto Strada is on this list which is Maple not Woodbridge, Marcello's should of been mentioned. Marcello's and Auto Strada are both literally in front of one another,right infront of Vaughan Mills.
Francesco replying to a comment from sam / January 2, 2015 at 02:43 pm
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Forza Italia and actually I was born there
TF / January 2, 2015 at 02:56 pm
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BlogTo next time if you do anything on Woodbridge include Maple they are so close in proximity that it's a shame not to merry them. All the restaurants listed are literally 5-15 from my house which is in Maple. Secondly if you combine the two you have more variety not just Italian food.
Giuliano / January 2, 2015 at 03:09 pm
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Autostrada = amore
Giuliano replying to a comment from TF / January 2, 2015 at 03:09 pm
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You realize the best restaurants in Maple are also italian,
Aaron / January 2, 2015 at 03:55 pm
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Woodbridge should have it's own version of this. Call it what you wish but easy to ID when looking around to eat, have fun, what and where to buy just about anything, especially privately-owned businesses. Share business openings, closings....... just promote Woodbridge!
Nonna Maria / January 2, 2015 at 04:41 pm
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Mama mia! Your-a grand son e nu sporchechono!!!!!
m m / January 2, 2015 at 04:44 pm
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The list is rubbish. The best restaurant is Milestones, followed by those restos in Yorkdale Mall. Me and my bffs go there every weekend. Ciao.
Auto Strada / January 2, 2015 at 04:48 pm
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Over rated, over priced.... very loud you can't even hear the person next to you.
Sir Crapsalot / January 2, 2015 at 04:58 pm
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Da best!
Anna Maria Trattoria / January 2, 2015 at 05:01 pm
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Was there in November with two other couples had a really nice time. Food is traditional Italian,and traditional can mean different things for different folk.They served oil with hot peppers to accompany the bread, it was amazing definetly from her garden I couldn't eat enough of it! Anna Maria comes out for kisses and hugs.. very humble people.
Steve / January 2, 2015 at 07:17 pm
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Autostrada should be number 1, it's a little pricey but worth every cent
Go check ur head, go / January 2, 2015 at 09:25 pm
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Ma pleassse. This top nine should be shot and buried. How the duck do u not even mention villaggio at 27 and Nashville.and nevermind what u think.kleinburg and Woodbridge it's all the same.understand.
Eazy-E replying to a comment from Go check ur head, go / January 3, 2015 at 08:49 am
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lmao! yep.
Anthony / January 3, 2015 at 02:56 pm
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For all the non Italians who want to experience the true taste of a Nonnas cooking head over to Desserts plus, best pasta in the gta
Go check ur head,go / January 3, 2015 at 05:58 pm
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Ma,who cares about non-Italians. You want good cooking.get that wife of yours to put on her best apron shes got,and tell her to start working that kitchen at home.with all her fancy pots and pans. Understand
Nonna Maria / January 3, 2015 at 10:09 pm
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Ha regione!!! questa "non Italiano" you tell-a questa molia de tei cook some-a food! Sempra alla restaurante, spenda money!!!!
MARTIN / January 5, 2015 at 10:59 am
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Why bother? Why bother even starting this argument? you simply mentioned a few restaurants in Woodbridge that are mediocre at best. Now what your going to get is a bunch of tasteless people fighting and disagreeing about which one of these crappy places or the best. in other words which one has less greasy and rubbery calamari.

Actually they all suck! and not one of them has personality. When the chefs at the nearest banquet hall finishes his shift he goes to any one of these places and cooks the same crap at any one of these places. Trust me they all suck in one way or another.
Brenda / January 5, 2015 at 11:19 pm
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I would recommend Teresa's Restaurant in Maple. Best home cooked Italian meal ever.The service is exceptional.
@Martin / January 6, 2015 at 08:21 pm
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What do you consider personality? People are going to comment on the restaurants whether they're in Woodbridge or Toronto. Have you even tried any of the above listed?
Stephanie replying to a comment from Eazy-E / January 8, 2015 at 11:36 am
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Author here,

The list of restaurants had already been compiled, I just did the write-up. Sorry you feel some were missed. Thanks for reading!
Ben / January 8, 2015 at 03:04 pm
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LOOKS SO LAME
Plaza after ugly strip plaza
So happy not to live and dine in suburbia HELL
Ben replying to a comment from Francesco / January 8, 2015 at 03:05 pm
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May I guess that you hang around in parking lots and wear track pants? YUCK
@Ben / January 8, 2015 at 06:52 pm
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More like Gucci, if you knew anything about the area.
@martin@ben / January 9, 2015 at 06:52 pm
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@martin@ben Let me guess... You always stay within a few blocks of where you live. I've been to most restaurants on the list and realistically when you take all things into account they do not compare to the options you have in the city. Memphis BBQ isn't really a restaurant but the food is quality, when the weather is nice and you can take the food to a park, it's amazing! Oca Nera is good. Zafferano has amazing food but needs a serious decor update. Autostada is a joke. Cool concept (that has already been done a million times) but the food is bland and service shitty. Marcello's might be good if you have ties with the owner or a friend of an employee. Desserts Plus, nothing to brag about. The one place I get enjoyment from going to isn't on the list. Motorino. It's charming, well priced, & great service. I wish I didn't have to say this but at the end of the day I'd rather drive back to city when I want an exceptional dining experience. It's a shame because there is a lot of opportunity. I know woodbridge folk like to eat. I think I'll order Ricci's tonight!
Wrong / January 9, 2015 at 10:31 pm
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I've gone to Motorino just once and never went back, I thought it was over rated food took forever to come out for a simple pasta dish, didn't like the ambiance. I'm a regular at Marcello's it's a family restaurant that's where we go with our kids. I don't have close ties to anyone there and always get the same good service and food. You Guessed wrong, I go to places close to my house because it's convenient like anyone else that would go to local restaurants whether living in Toronto or Vaughan. I hit Toronto for dining all the time, because I like variety, trying different places foods, and especially different atmosphere.Don't forget your passport, safe driving to the bridge, Riccis is very close to where I live :)
Just Saying / February 13, 2015 at 09:33 am
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You got it right with Boccocino, Oca Nera, Autostrada and Memphis. The others are good, but not worthy of the Top 10 as there are many better ones you could have mentioned. Also, the list lacks any variety and Woodbridge is becoming more multicultural by the day. You failed to mention Koganei Japanese which has received numerous awards, and Szechuan Szechuan has great Asian food. Maybe it's time to create a list based on cuisine type.
alternative / March 26, 2015 at 03:27 pm
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I agree with everyone that none of them are that great to make any top 10 lists which for my money I go to Farina+ fresh pasta shop in Maple. We buy fresh pasta and their prepared sauces.. It costs us less and we enjoy it more..

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