Jen Agg’s retro-styled Dundas West restaurant specializes in pasta and wine. Rather than recreating classic pasta dishes, chef and co-owner James Santon focuses on Italy’s culinary tradition of using local ingredients. The result is a menu of Italian-inspired dishes with Toronto flair, along with charcuterie platters that pay homage to the space’s previous life as
Gia, a reimagining of much-loved Dundas West restaurant Ufficio, brings to life the version of Ufficio that owner Jenny Coburn had originally envisioned. “When I first started Ufficio with my partner we were going to do it vegetarian,” says Coburn, “but this was five years ago.” At the time, Coburn says they weren’t sure Toronto
Owner Davide Napoli has crafted a small menu featuring everything you’d want from a meal as close as you’ll get to what Nonna makes. Golista’s menu includes a pasta dish or two and focuses on perfect Italian sandwiches. You’ll find meatball (Polpette), Italian sausage (Salsiccia), and plenty of other options that include homemade sauces and prime meats.
La Fenice Tucsan Chophouse has been a source for authentic Italian cuisine since 1984. The menu at this Entertainment District diner features an extensive list of Italian dishes made with fresh local ingredients including pizzas, sandwiches, pastas, steaks, and seafood. La Fenice additionally features a pantry on their menu with ready-to-cook meals and pasta sauces
Victor Barry had Splendido. He was chef/owner and it was fancy and delicious and beautiful … and not so full. Because fancy is over. It’s gone the way of quiche and French onion soup. Also, Mr. Barry (so he says on the menu of his new resto) wanted to slow down and be more family-focussed.
A bright, modern mini-chain with eight locations around Toronto and the GTA, Vivo Pizza + Pasta offers classic Italian dishes at an approachable price. The menu checks all the boxes you would expect from a traditional Italian restaurant, covering antipasti, Neapolitan pizzas, and standard pastas like spaghetti carbonara and potato gnocchi topped with a choice