Food & Drink

The 9 Best Italian Restaurants in Toronto

Published On 07/22/2015 Published On 07/22/2015
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Gusto 101
Pizzeria Libretto
Enoteca Sociale
Pizza e Pazzi
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1. Campagnolo 832 Dundas St W, Toronto, M6J 1V3

Combining modern design with traditional Italian cuisine, Campagnolo provides an elegant atmosphere and meals that will make you feel right at home, like house-made spaghetti All’Amatriciana.

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2. Terroni 720 Queen St W, Toronto, M6J 1E8

Terroni offers delectable, regional Italian dishes that have been made in the same manner for generations, including a myriad of different pizzas that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate.

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3. Gusto 101 101 Portland St., Toronto, M5V 2N3

This energetic spot is located in the King West area and serves dishes inspired by Southern Italian cuisine. The low key atmosphere and classic flavors make it a definite go-to spot. Plus, it's also a micro-winery (!!), and charge $1 an ounce for wine on tap.

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4. Pizzeria Libretto 221 Ossington Ave, Toronto, M6J 2Z8

Libretto is all about traditions: traditional Neapolitan pizza flavors, traditional ingredients, traditional wood-fired oven. Take a seat in this cozy, authentic Italian restaurant and start with the beef carpaccio or a caprese salad and then pick from a variety of gourmet pizzas like the Libretto Margherita (made with buffalo mozzarella) or the Ontario Prosciutto and Arugula. If you have meat on the brain, sink your teeth into the Nduja pizza, made with nduja sausage and stracciatella cheese. Any way you spin it, you get the satisfaction of the crisp, sweet taste of wood-fired crust with gooey cheese and fresh sauce. Before you waddle home, get the tiramisu … word on the street is it’s pretty darn good.

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5. Enoteca Sociale 1288 Dundas Street West, Toronto, M6J 1X7

Located on the edge of the Little Portugal area, this Italian spot is stylish and relaxed. An authentic Italian wine bar, they serve pastas and plenty of small plates.

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6. Pizza e Pazzi 1182 St. Clair Ave. W, Toronto, M6E 1B4

You'd be hard pressed to find more authentic Neapolitan pizza in Toronto -- this place is baking it in an oven from that was brought in from Naples. And if pizza isn't what you're looking for, they also serve house-made pasta.

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7. Carisma 73 King Street East, Toronto, M5C 1G3

It was named one of Toronto's Best First-Date spots, and the romantic interior definitely fits that classification. The menu includes traditional dishes, like gnochhi and veal scaloppine, that pair well with one of their many wine selections.

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8. Nodo 2885 Dundas St, Toronto , M6P 1Y9

This casual whitewashed eatery, housed in a former antique shop, features homey Italian fare with a sophisticated twist. Try the house-made gnocchi, pizzas, or the Terra e Bosco (“earth to forest”) platter, an almost-too-pretty-to-eat deconstructed salad of vibrant veggies scattered artfully among dollops of citrusy ricotta cream sauce.

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9. Buca 604 King St. W, Toronto, M5V 1M6

The heart of the Buca restaurant family, this upscale spot serves rustic italian dishes like house-made pastas and charcuterie. It's a little tough to find, but regardless has become well known for its quality.