9 Italian Restaurants In Toronto That'll Make You Feel Like You're In Italy
Toronto's food scene is among the most diverse (and delicious) in the entire country. And is it any wonder? Canada's best-known city means flavours to savour from all around the world, including those from Italy.
Ah, yes, Italian food: known for its abundance of taste and simple yet always-wholesome ingredients, these uncomplicated dishes are perfect paired with your favourite people, and, of course, an empty stomach because seconds are bound to happen. After all, it’s not a question of who loves Italian food — but rather who loves it the most.
There’s nothing quite like an unforgettable dining experience, but setting the mood isn’t just about amazing food, it’s also about authentic Italian beer, which is where Birra Moretti comes in. With every sip, the smooth, delicate beer will help transport you straight to the ancient stradi of Rome, or the beautiful vigneti of Tuscany.
Luckily, Toronto has many Italian eateries that are ideal for a night out with loved ones, lots of laughs, incredible dishes, and premium beer all in a welcoming ambiance.
Address: 15 Toronto St., Toronto, ON M5C 2EC
Why You Need To Go: Offering more of an upscale dining experience, Carisma not only makes a great destination for a first date but small gatherings too. They have private rooms available plus an epic dolci (that's Italian for desserts) menu, with treats like ricotta cheesecake, tiramisu, and even an apple-pear strudel! If you don’t want to do takeout or delivery, you can also enjoy your meal on their patio.
Cafe Oro di Napoli
Address: 75 Jarvis St., Toronto, ON M5C 2H2
Why You Need To Go: Available for takeout, this Neapolitan-style pizzeria is nestled in Old Town Toronto. Oro di Napoli is all about combining charm with comfort — and that goes for decor as much as it does for food! Some of their more charming dishes include rigatoni osso buco and the classic (and delicious!) spaghetti carbonara.
Address: 838 College St., Toronto, ON M6H 1A2
Why You Need To Go: You can also find Buono at 354 Queen St. W. Either way, you can bet on a delicious meal. Fair warning, though: their lasagna al ragu just might make you completely addicted to their food! You’ve got the option between takeout and their back patio.
Decò Ristorante Italiano & Wine Bar
Address: 2840 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON M6P 1Y7
Why You Need To Go: Open for patio dine-in, takeout, and delivery, Decò serves up amazing options for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Though their menu is ever-changing, one thing remains the same: they always offer you an authentic Italian experience with their imported ingredients.
Giovanni's Italian Kitchen & Pizza Bar
Address: 760 College St., Toronto, ON M6G 1C4
Why You Need To Go: What isn't to love about this neighbourhood restaurant? Whether for takeout or dining on their patio, indulge in their signature dishes such as crispy polenta fries, mortadella pizza, pappardelle cinghiale (featuring wild boar), and many other delicacies.
Address: 1108 St. Clair W., Toronto, ON M6E 1A7
Why You Need To Go: If you not only love Italian food but seafood too, then this place is definitely for you. Yelp reviewers rate it 4.5 stars, with food inspired by Italian basics. Plus, their drink selection is super solid and includes Birra Moretti, Italy’s favourite beer, which you can enjoy inside the restaurant or on their patio. They even offer curbside pickup and contactless delivery.
The Taverniti Group (Tav's Resto Bar, Trattoria Taverniti, Rosina's)
Addresses: 589 College St., Toronto, ON M6G 1B2; 591 College St., Toronto, ON M6G 1B2; 740 King St. W., Toronto, ON M5V 1N3
Why You Need To Go: Available for takeout or dine-in, all three of these restaurants, situated either in the heart of Little Italy or right on King Street, serve up incredible authentic Italian food to go with your authentic Italian beer. Not only do they each make some of the best gnocchi and pizza in the city, but you can still see Nonna Rosina in action here. They’re also the very first Birra Moretti flagships in Canada!
Of course, all the restaurants mentioned above have two things in common: fantastic Italian food and a super solid drink option in Birra Moretti.
This lager-European pale beer, imported from and brewed in Udine, Italy, is served at all the above-mentioned restaurants. Other than pairing incredibly well with simple Italian dishes like pasta, pizza, and roasted meats, Birra Moretti also happens to be incredibly smooth and aromatic.
So even if your meal is something a little bit less Italian-themed, no worries. Keep an eye out for Birra Morretti the next time you’re out buying beer. Cheers!