Got pizza on the brain? Can’t stop thinking about a heaping bowl of pasta? Luckily for you, we’ve got you covered.
Toronto boasts a ton of delicious Italian restaurants, serving some unique twists on signature dishes, so we’ve put together a list of the best Italian joints in the city.
Check out the best Italian restaurants in Toronto below.
If you ask a Torontonian where their favourite Italian restaurant is in the city, odds are they’re going to say Sugo. Bloordale’s beloved no-fuss joint pays homage to classic Italian red sauce restaurants with casual Italian fare ranging from hot sandwiches to simple, but perfectly done pastas, all for a reasonable price.
This Dundas West hot spot is also a must-visit if you’re looking for some tasty Italian food. The Roman-inspired menu features everything from Cacio e Pepe to tagliatelle, mushroom ragu & parmigiano. They even make their pasta and salumi from scratch, and the restaurant comes from the makers of Pizzeria Libretto.
Italian bistro Remezzo has been serving specialty Italian cuisine in Scarborough since 1978. Located on Sheppard Ave., Remezzo offers everything from homemade pizza and pasta to fresh seafood and steaks. Their expansive menu offers nearly anything you could want in an Italian restaurant, including an absolutely fantastic veal or chicken parmigiana.
Ascari Enoteca is a go-to for King West and Leslieville locals, with a stacked menu boasting Spaghetti Alla Carbonara, Puttanesca Pizzas, Burrata Insalata, and much, much more. Throughout the pandemic, Ascari’s is also offering up virtual wine dinners and special features, which you can check out here.
The Terroni empire, which started out at West Queen West, has expanded to a whole slew of locations across the city, and even a few in the U.S. The well-established Italian joint was opened back in 1992, and it’s still boasting its classic pizzas and pastas, including a pizza bianca and the Santo Stefano.
This College St. spot boasts its very own wood-fired oven, making for perfectly smoky, bubbly pizzas that are sure to make your tastebuds explode with excellence. Giulietta offers a sharing-style menu with fresh pasta, woodfired pizza, and some simple, but delicious vegetable sides.
Southern Italian resto-bar Ferro Bar Cafe has been offering wood-fired pizza, fresh pastas, seafood platters, and more since 1993. Ferro serves up traditional Italian cuisine with a creative spin, serving dishes like lasagna al forno, gnocchi porcini rose, and risotto mare e monte.
Speducci Mercatto is an Italian butcher, fine foods shop, and cafe near Keele and Lawrence Ave W. that offers up delicious artisanal Italian fare. From margherita pizzas to chicken speducci to penne pomodoro, you’re sure to find an unbelievable dish to satisfy your Italian craving.