Ascari Enoteca

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775 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
We love food. We love wine. We love racing. So we named Ascari Enoteca after one of our heroes, 1950's Italian racing legend, Alberto Ascari. He was as famous for his appetite for food and wine as he was for his talent for racing, earning him the nickname "ciccio" – Italian for 'chubby'. Here you'll find homemade pastas made fresh in house every single day, plus a unique wine list.

HOLIDAYS & SPECIAL EVENTS: please see our website for current events and menus
PAYMENTS: We accept Cash or Canadian Debit only, no credit cards
PLEASE NOTE: Tables booked before 9PM may have dining time restrictions
EVERY MONDAY NIGHT --- 1/2 price bottles of wine

Ascari has been awarded one of Canada's Neighbourhood Gems by OpenTable and Best Italian Restaurant in Now Magazine. We look forward to hosting you!
What 775 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food is absolutely fantastic!!! The venue is really tiny so you have to be ok with close quarters. Highly recommend!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

They don’t take credit cards

TT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

After reading several positive reviews of Ascari, we decided to celebrate our daughter's birthday there. Also, we hadn't been to Leslieville for a few years, and so it was good to get back there. Ascari really is a neighbourhood gem; a good balance of casual and chic. Food was delicious, with a small menu and a focus on fresh local ingredients. Combine that with wonderful service (Matt and co. were super accommodating), and you've got a perfect Saturday night dinner in a cool part of town. I would definitely recommend Ascari, and we'll check out the new King West location at some point very soon.

MC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Carbonara is wonderful and great cocktail/drink selection.

DB
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious, and on Monday's the bottles of wine are half-price. Can't go wrong!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Another fantastic meal. Have been 4 times and the food and service has never disappointed. Highly recommended the bbq’d lamb and fried broccoli appetizers. ½ price wine bottles on Monday!

EP
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

A great restaurant with house-made pasta and an excellent wine selection.

SY
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service! Love the burrata - it changes seasonally and is always delicious!

CR
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We came in for our anniversary and the staff were immediately attentive. Drew was able to walk us through the menu and help us order exactly the right amount of food for us, steering us away from a few extra dishes that we would have otherwise ordered (it was impossible to choose, they all looked delicious). The wine selections were also spot on. Perfect meal out for celebrating.

S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Incredible food and service with the best pasta in TO.

YY
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Glad this is in our neighborhood! Came here early on a Friday night and glad we made a reservation because it was packed by the time we left. Food was fantastic! Nothing was too heavy or over-salted. We especially loved the arancini and carpaccio. I only wish we had more room in our stomachs to try more items in the menu, but we’ll be back soon!

TV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Overall a good experience. I can be a bit noisy, but it also isn’t a big place.I am disappointed in not looking into the reason of making a reservation. If they ask you for what occasion you’re making a reservation, and it’s a birthday, I’m at least expecting a verbal confirmation of that fact. That was neglected in total, so it felt like a normal dinner experience, nothing special.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

v
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, with some incredibly unique flavours. Fun ambience and great service! Can’t wait to try it again!

N
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful service; great with kids. Food is always delicious.

B
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good - only suggestion would be to add a slice or two more of bread with the meat board. Overall, very much recommend.

BA
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have now been there a few times with friends and family.The food and service is always great. It has become my favorite restaurant. Everything I have tried on the menu is delicious.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Over priced for such small portions

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always fab.?would love to see white bean and tonno crostini back on the menu !!

m
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding carbonara!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love this restaurant so much. It is our absolute fave. The beef carpaccio is incredible. Everything is sooooo good.

JK
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sat at the bar which we always enjoy. We are from out of town and when in Toronto try to get to Ascari.

PE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Really wanted to like this restaurant. Some aspects were great: carpaccio (sp?) appetizer was very tasty, as was pasta carbonara. But the arrancini seemed a bit burnt and were too peppery. Also the flavour of the brussels sprouts was too strongly red wine vingegar - off-putting with the already strong brussels sprouts flavour. Owner was very nice, and service was good.

TP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Wine list was extensive, but very few selections by the glass, and $14 for a 5oz glass is outrageous! Main course was very salty. Overall, disappointed as I’ve wanted to try this restaurant for quite awhile.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved how they made a special evening out more memorable. The unique touches made everything feel that much more personal. The food and environment were perfect and waitress was delightful as she answered questions we had about the various dishes and drinks.

DM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Great Place but way too loud to talk

JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Most flavourful pasta I've had in ages. Great service - very friendly, comfortable place. Highly recommended.

LH
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So good! Great service and awesome food and wine! Will definitely return soon!

CS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was a pleasant surprise! Even on a long weekend this place was hoping which is a true sign of a great restaurant. The service was excellent and the food was superb. We ordered the broccoli fritters and risotto balls for appetizers which were delicious. The two pasta dishes-one was a spaghetti feature with cream base and the other was with mushrooms. Both very flavorful and filling. We would’ve tried desert but we had a cake waiting at home. Definetly a winner and would come back again. Price point was also very reasonable. For two it was $85 with pop.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Excellent food, and excellent service. Fully enjoyed all the dishes from the small bites , appetizers and main. Small selection but each dish unique and special. Customer service outstanding as well. As a note, lost my heel cap of a favourite pair of shoes and called them next day in case it was there. Thought nothing would come of it but was really surprised when they called and told us they had it. They scoured the area and found it just outside the restaurant. Rarely see that kind of service and attention to customers these days!! My only comment would be noise levels. The room is very bright noise wise) and it was a pretty loud for the evening. I am the sort that has a harder time eating when noise level is loud. My daughter struggled with it too. Some kind of noise barrier or way of dampening sound would be a good idea. We have friends who having hearing issues and these places are off limits for them. Otherwise, would highly recommend.

HS
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

A very lively restaurant which was extremely loud, almost more bar-like than dining experience. The overall hard surfaces of the restaurant really reflected the noise, which was mostly people talking. Tables jammed together. As for the food, we selected the daily special which was a very tasty mushroom pasta dish however a little too much butter used. It pooled at the bottom of the plate. You can hide almost anything with too much butter. While this may sound like I disliked the overall experience, you just have to set the proper expectation. So for me, this was an average experience overall.

EC
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food and service were excellent! I have been wanting to eat here for awhile and I’m glad I finally did. The only issue was that it was very loud. But it was busy and the restaurant is quite small, so I guess that is be expected. Overall, it was terrific!

SK
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Very limited menu, but decent food and service compared to other spots in Leslieville. Didn't like being told we had to leave in two hours.

OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wait staff was excellent. Went out of their way to make sure our night was special.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and great service. The staff was very welcoming and organized, well versed in their selections, and great at offerings recommendations to help out this indecisive table. Couldn't have had a better experience and looking forward to coming back.

FM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Ascari is our go-to lovely-dinner-out, spot. The food, the wine, the staff, everything is perfect. If you haven't been, go. If you love it, me too -and I'll probably see you there some time. Ciao.

SL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Laura is amazing!!! Great birthday dinner. 9 dollar Negronis on Thursday’s.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Want to return again soon!

DG
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had neighbours who were so loud we could hardly have a conversation. It got better when they left halfway through our meal.

v
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Too loud!! But a wonderful meal and excellent service. Thank you!!

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