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If you’ve never experienced the magic that is homemade Famiglia Baldassare pasta, you’re missing out. Tucked away on an unassuming strip of Geary, they offer a two-hour-only lunch service four days a week, serving up just a few rotating options, always delicately handmade and often stuffed with various combinations of fresh meat and cheese. Warning: there will be a lineup, but it will absolutely be worth it.
This neighbourhood favourite on Dundas West serves thoughtful Roman cuisine and a curated wine list to match in a cozy, unpretentious atmosphere. Make sure to order the cacio e pepe, debatably one of the city’s best, and the pappardelle, served in a rich braised rabbit red sauce.
This beloved New York City institution just arrived here in Toronto, and the 50,000 square-foot location at Bay and Bloor has been eagerly received by crowds of Italian food fanatics across the city. The space boasts a dining hall for guests to enjoy fresh pizza and pasta, plus a seafood bar, a pastry counter, a gelateria, an Italian grocery section and hundreds of different cheeses. Arrive with plenty of time to spare and get lost in the magic.
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This midtown trattoria is more than just Drake’s favourite restaurant in the city. Their extensive menu includes a selection of traditional hot and cold antipasti items, including fresh seafood and various fried, pickled and grilled veggies, plus main courses like homemade pastas with crispy pork cheek and salty Pecorino, veal scallopini and risotto for two. The food is artfully prepared in traditional Italian style, and the atmosphere is warm and elegant – perfect for a date night or celebratory meal.
This Italian-American spot in the west end serves up giant deli sandwiches and heaping, tangled mounds of fresh pasta noodles topped with generous piles of cheese, along with a few salads and smaller bites. The vibe is casual, the food is authentic and mouth-wateringly delicious, and everything is served on classic red-and-white checkered tablecloths for that old school Italian feel.
A sophisticated Italian restaurant in little Italy by Rob Rossi of Bestellen and David Miniccui of L’Unita. The two draw on their Italian heritage to offer Italian dishes that come from the heart. The menu doesn’t adhere to any specific region of Italy, making everything served an unexpected delight. Reserve to sit at their chef’s table for a true culinary experience, as you see fresh pasta assembled right in front of you.