Ascari Enoteca

4.8
755 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 755 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
6 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!!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We shared our 9th anniversary at Ascari Enoteca. The service was excellent. The house poured out pink bubbly to honour our special day. We honored the 100th anniversary of the Negroni appropriately, the Thursday cocktail of the day. Arancini and lamb brochettes to start. Secondi were pasta puttanesca and homemade pappardelle con coniglio: all amazing. The wine list was eclectic and contained a few of our favourite wines including Westcott pinot noir and Pearl Morrisette cabernet. We have to come back.

WR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The main server was a treasurehouse of information especially about drinks. One of the servers accidentally stumbled and lost a few bits of an appetizer but was so gracious that we had a lot of fun and it made us feel at home! Food delicious and honors Italian traditions. Free bubbly water a nice treat.

CG
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

BEWARE. The restaurant does NOT take credit cards but they do take debit. Small sign at front noting so but servers should inform clients upon seating. C’mon! What restaurant doesn’t take credit cards in 2019!?

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Birthday celebration.

c
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic meal. Simple and delicious. The carpaccio was one of the best I’ve ever had!

PS
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Our server was condescending and no one tells you that you get charged for bread and water per person. The food flavors itself don’t really gel. Interesting dishes but lack of cohesiveness. Not sure what the hype is about.

SJ
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always Always Always love my time at Ascari Enoteca! Truly a pleasure to go every time!

BA
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Outstanding, mouth watering food. Excellent service. Yes. A true gem.

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

Wonderful dinner. Excellent food and service. We shared a veggie starter, a charcuterie plate and 2 pasta dishes, a wine bottle and 2 grappas and everything was delicious. The service was great with detailed explanations about the food and wine, and they accommodated the order for sharing the plates. Overall 5 stars. Italian dinner in Toronto with same standards as if you would be in Italy.

AD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food! Different from other restaurants and very tasty.

KR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Phenomenal evening! Our waitress was superb - friendly, great advice, caring, and attentive! Food was delicious, advice and suggestions were perfect! Great atmosphere in a small and intimate environment.

AA
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

love it here xx you guys keep killin it
always good xx amazing food xx

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

Food was great service awesome thank you .

SP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our server, Drew, was phenomenal. He went above and beyond to ensure that our evening was memorable.

The food is also fantastic. I would definitely recommend Ascari to others, and plan to dine here again.

CW
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best pasta I have ever had. The serving sizes were very appropriate. The Carbonara is a MUST MUST MUST try

JC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was so satisfying! Best meal I’ve had in a while and the service was perfect!

M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and drinks were exceptional. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to family and friends!

BM
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great neighbourhood restaurant in Leslieville. Ordered several of the appetizers to share. Stand outs were: chicken liver moose and tempura broccoli. Loved the flourless chocolate cake. My husband and I enjoyed our dinner.

p
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 1

We have visited Ascari Enoteca several times, and have always been charmed by the service and especially the imagination and high quality of the food. Everything was so very delicious. But, the small room gets very loud, which makes relaxed conversation with dining companions very close to impossible. Too bad.

KH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great food and environment at Ascari Enoteca. Highly recommend.

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