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Ascari Enoteca

4.8
4.8
1103 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Italian

Ascari Enoteca mirrors [Alberto] Ascari’s love for all things food and wine, bringing a rustic wine bar to Toronto’s east end with a simple philosophy of good, quality ingredients. It’s a neighbourhood locale where people come to linger over a simple, delicious meal washed down by a superb bottle of wine. Whether you’re solo, with friends or family, rest assured you’ll always leave here feeling like family.

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!

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Booked 22 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (416) 792-4157

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    John Sinopoli

  • Neighbourhood

    Leslieville / Riverdale

  • Cross Street

    Caroline Ave & Queen St E

  • Parking Details

    Parking on Queen St is metred parking

  • Public Transit

    Streetcar stop in front of restaurant, Caroline St.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 1,103 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Toronto

    Italian

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  1. C

    Chefohverygood

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My daughter and I had a spectacular time at Ascari tonight. Chef Pete's flavors, presentation, and overall presence at the table were perfect; a real talent. Also ken's service was exceptional. It's been a rough time for my daughter and I the last couple months, but thank you for giving us a break from the rigors of life. You have a great team and can't wait to come back. Toronto is lucky to have this group of restauranteurs

  2. s

    shelleys

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a great dinner last night. Our waiter Patrick was fantastic as well. thanks

  3. AR

    AugustoR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience4

    They changed my meal and did not charge me. Really good service

  4. FS

    FabrizioS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really good service, and outstanding food. They were on top of everything. Also, kind enough to make us switch table. Definitely will go back!

  5. JI

    JoannaI

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My go-to for a delicious dinner whether a special occasion or a casual date night. This is what quality italian cuisine looks and tastes like-inventive but also timeless. I always appreciate the warmth of the staff and their excellent wine recommendations! Thank you for a perfect birthday dinner. I will be back!

  6. B

    Bradleydotcom

    Toronto

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    I can’t say enough goods things about the food at this restaurant. Delicious and the Carbonara is the best I have ever had and the seafood risotto a close second. Go you will not be disappointed!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great time, Ken our server took exceptional care of us. Would highly recommend to Italian food lovers, the carbonara and Raghu slap!

  8. MB

    MeaganB

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Smaller menu but that’s not a bad thing. Shared the ragu and focaccia, it was good and the pasta was fresh. Drinks were a bit watery (more spritzy) but service was wonderful. Tight seating between tables, especially near the front.

  9. J

    Jamiek

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was excellent and fun. He made our night! Food, as always, never disappoints.

  10. JA

    JonasA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Had a great dinner here, starter and main were delicious and the service was top-notch. Would definitely recommend!

  11. MT

    MariaT

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    The food was absolutely phenomenal. Staff was friendly. Really loud, difficult to speak to date.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3

    Upon arrival we were immediately pushed to order. After 34 minutes we had ordered appetizers and $120 bottle of red. The server must have come over 4 times asking to order the mains. With a 2 hour time limit (sufficient enough) they rushed our entire dinner. Agnolotti was totally undercooked (and not an Aldente way). The server dropped the dessert menu and said you have 30 minutes till the next table arrives. The next table arrived 15 minutes early and staff just couldn’t wait to get us out. We are left feeling absolutely distasteful with this restaurant. The food is mediocre and staff does not provide a dining experience. Seafood Crudo was insanely fishy, Arancini balls barely had anything inside of it. Will not return to this local neighbourhood restaurant unfortunately.

  13. KD

    KyleD

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous food paired with great wine. Nice ambiance. I will be back.

  14. NT

    NadiaT

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    I thought the food was underwhelming and for the price point, the portions were on the small side. The dessert torte was fantastic! Overall, for me, I won’t return. However, I left the server a good tip because these are issues for the owner to address. 🙏🏽

  15. MS

    MikeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was very attentive. The food was fantastic. Salads and pastas dishes were both presented beautifully and were delicious. Only con was as it is a small venue it gets loud. However book early and go. Well worth it

  16. s

    shark

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best pasta in Toronto, especially now that it’s previous competitor is currently run by a hedge fund instead of a chef. Yeah I said it! The crown is all Ascari’s.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great spot to unwind or for a date - the host, servers etc are experienced and knowledgeable about what they make and the wine they serve. Gracie

  18. M

    Melanie

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Staff really make it feel like a very comfortable place to be.

  19. J

    Justas

    Toronto

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Took my mom for dinner and it was delightful. Kenny rocked the service and they even space out our dinner it was very nice pace! Thank you for the hospitality!

  20. d

    darstar

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, wonderful service! Overall fun date night!

  21. J

    Justas

    Toronto

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb food and service is top notch every time!

  22. GB

    GordonBW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best restaurant meal we've had in several years! A very small menu, but every dish is selected and executed with care and love. In particular the pasta Carbonara was a revelation -- the chef used homemade guanciale and percorino instead of the bacon and parmesan we normally see in this dish.

  23. J

    Justas

    Toronto

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience, food is delicious service was impeccable and great atmosphere.

  24. DJ

    DrJC

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food. I little on the more high end of cost, but so is the food and service.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    This might have been the best carbonara I’ve ever had in Toronto! Our waiter was friendly and informative. I love when the staff knows about the menu and has personally tried it all. The white vermouth spritz was also delicious! If I lived in the area this would definitely be a regular spot!

  26. MF

    MerrickF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food nice atmosphere and great service! A nice new find for us. The Carbonarra was amazing

  27. MV

    MauricioV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were served by the coolest and nicest guy possible, I didn't manage to get his name, but we made sure to give a good tip. Food was great, the carabonara, the bread and the brocolinni specifically were AMAZING. Please do yourself a favor and order the brocolinni, it's absolutely amazing.

  28. MR

    MatthewR

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious!!! 😀Had a great time at Ascari with exceptional food!

  29. SM

    SashaM

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff are incredible. They remember everything about you. The food is consistently amazing and spot on every time. It’s been our family restaurant for the last 10 years!!

  30. s

    shanicep

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Stopped here for dinner on my solo trip to TO and was not disappointed! I sat at the bar and was served by, Sam. She was delightful! Super personable, very knowledgeable about wine pairings, and she provided food recommendations. The entire experience was amazing. Great food, great atmosphere, great cocktails.

  31. L

    Lavigne

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Lovely food, great service, terrible bar seats, to the point where my bf had to stand to be comfortable. Don’t book the bar.

  32. N

    Nick

    Toronto

    144 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    144 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ascari represents the finest of restaurants in this city and beyond. Always the finest dishes, and service. Exciting and. epic. They attract the highest kitchen talent and the service always Elevate and Excel. All efforts are on you. Always a repeat!

  33. c

    christinei

    Montreal

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Appetizers and fritti were substantial and well executed. Pastas were very good. The osso bucco was fine but nothing to write home about. Depth and complexity of flavour were lacking. Excellent service and ambiance.

  34. RB

    RobertB

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Excellent kitchen! The staff are congenial, understanding of their menus, and always find a way to make things happen for us.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Beef carpaccio was amazing!! We would have preferred the negroni to be mixed at the bar than premixed.

  36. FM

    FionaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service. Only complaint is noise level makes it difficult to have conversations across the table.

  37. JF

    JennyF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything we had was beautiful. The homemade pastas are beyond delicious, and the tiramisu was a take on a classic that was so elevated. Would definitely recommend, and can’t wait to return. Service also completely on point.

  38. SY

    SarahY

    Toronto

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thanks for a lovely meal - always our go to place near home. Thank you!

  39. DJ

    DrJC

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    We loved the place, food and service. The music is a bit too loud. Other than that, the staff was very courteous and kind.

  40. J

    Joey

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was great and the food was delicious. This was our 3rd or 4th meal here and we will definitely be back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Ascari Enoteca offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 792-4157.

Ascari Enoteca is rated 4.8 stars by 1103 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 22 times today
Google Map for Ascari Enoteca

1111 Queen St. East Toronto, ON M4M 1K7

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Caroline Ave & Queen St E

  • Neighbourhood

    Leslieville / Riverdale

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Parking on Queen St is metred parking

  • Public Transit

    Streetcar stop in front of restaurant, Caroline St.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    John Sinopoli

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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