Category Archives: Cuisine (Italian)

Chez Laurent Restaurant

4965 Chez Laurent Restaurant
(Yonge St & Sheppard Ave)
T: 416-590-0909

Here’s a quaint family-owned restaurant/old style home located right on Yonge Street (just south of Sheppard). Although a bit run down, it complemented the ambiance .. cozy, homely and non-pretentious.
The food was spectacular and mostly homemade but it was the owner’s passion that gave the place its energy. This restaurant is truly a hidden gem within the city.

• Thin pasta wrapped with salmon, spinach and cheese (special, not on menu)
• White wine with cassis liquor (similar to a rose)

Good to Know
• Best seats: Next to the fireplace
• Service: Very friendly, knowledgable and passionate
• Atmosphere: Old fashion, traditional, cozy, non-pretentious; generally an older crowd
• Ideal for: Semi-casual gatherings; home cooked food lovers; pasta lovers
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: Yes
• Patio recommended: Yes

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Osteria Ciceri e Tria

106 Victoria Street, Toronto ON
(Yonge St & Queen St)
T: 416 504 1992

A taste of Italy in the heart of Toronto at this nice, quaint Italian restaurant. A perfect little lunch getaway.

Their menu is set up so you can choose which five antipasti (these are like tapas size) dishes you want and the option of adding a primo and/or secondo (similar to entrees).

• The anitpasti menu changes often depending on chef’s choice and what is in season.

Good to Know
• Best seats: Table next to the window
• Service: Nice and helpful
• Atmosphere: Contemporary; hip
• Ideal for: Date; business lunch
• Attire: Business casual; trendy; business
• Reservations recommended: Yes
• Patio recommended: N/A

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Terroni – Adelaide

57A Adelaide St. E., Toronto, ON M5C 1K6
(Adelaide & Yonge)
(416) 203-3093

Terroni has three other locations but the Adelaide one is my favourite. This is a nice Italian restaurant to dine at if you’re looking for a leisure dining experience and reliably good food.  The thing is, this place is popular and usually packed. If you don’t have reservations, go early!

• Grilled calamari salad
• Pasta/pizza
• Wine – they have a good selection
• Prosciutto Wrapped Melon (seasonal)

Good to Know
• Best seats: I like sitting on the couches at the front of the restaurant where the bar/lounge area is located.
• Service: Friendly and cheery
• Atmosphere: Big venue; very European (some interesting art work e.g. people hanging on the walls in the small dining room at the back)
• Ideal for: Business, friends catching up, date, family, parties of all sizes
• Attire: Smart casual, business, trendy
• Reservations recommended: Yes
• Patio recommended: N/A

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550 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON
(Bathurst & King)
T: (416) 601-3590

Located inside the Thompson Hotel, Scarpetta was not hard to find. The big lounge area in front of the restaurant made waiting for the rest of my party to arrive more comfortable and relaxing.

Although there are two other restaurants located in the hotel; Wabora (a Japanese restaurant) and Counter (a 24-hour diner), Scarpetta’s ratings are the highest.

• Stromboli bread – made with salami, mozzarella cheese, basil and cherry tomatoes
• Creamy Polenta with Fricasse of Truffled Mushrooms (Scarpetta’s signature dish)
• Wine (they have selections listed here that are not available elsewhere)
• Tiramisu

Good to Know
• Best seats: Preferably the booths (Wherever you sit, try not to face the windows. There is a parking lot located just across the street on Wellington and the headlights of cars coming and going could be harsh on the eyes since the restaurant is dimly lit.)
• Service: Excellent; attentive; replaced our cutlery after each use; cleaned the crumbs off the table with minimal disturbance;
• Atmosphere: Rustic; dark chocolate brown leather/upholstery and dark wood; high ceilings; acoustics wasn’t very good because it was difficult to hear my friend speak, who was just sitting on the other side of the table.
• Ideal for: Business, romantic date, celebrations
• Attire: Casual, business, trendy, smart casual
• Reservations recommended: Yes
• Patio recommended: N/A

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Caffe Doria

1094 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 2L6
(Yonge St & Summerhill)
T: (416) 920-5315

This is one of the most romantic and charming cafes in the city (usually packed on weekends for breakfast and lunch).

• Quattro Pizza (toppings are separated into four quadrants)
• Apple Pear Cider (hot or cold)

Good to Know
• Best seats: In the summer, on the patio ; otherwise, near the window inside the cafe
• Service: Friendly
• Atmosphere: Casual
• Ideal for: Breakfast/brunch, neighborhood folks, family, date,
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: N/A
• Patio recommended: Yes
• Pet-friendly: Yes (In the summer if you are sitting on the patio, you can tie your dog on the other side of the fence. A water bowl is usually provided.)

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Buca Restaurant

604 King Street West
(Bathurst & King St W)
T: (416) 865-1600

I think Chef Rob Gentile’s pizza is one of the best in town!!

• Any of the Italian-style flatbread pizza
• Arugula and figs salad
• Meat curd and cheese platter

Good to Know
• Best seats: Along the right wall (when you walk in) to take in the full view of the restaurant and watch people come in and out.
• Service: Our waiter was very knowledgeable & patient in helping us select our wine.
• Atmosphere: Very unassuming; may look like a dive from the photos on their site but in fact, it’s a really cool and trendy place.
• Ideal for: Date, GNO, birthday, casual
• Attire: Trendy, smart casual
• Reservations recommended: Yes
• Patio recommended: N/A
• Convenience: Street parking on King (but limited)
• Getting there: Looking for the restaurant can be a bit challenging because it’s located at the back of an alley, on the right. (See photos.)

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