Ascari Enoteca

4.7
1055 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!

Experiences

  • Stratus Virtual Wine Dinner

    CA$127.12 per personPrepaid

    Jan 27, 2022 only

    Back by popular demand! Join us for a one-of-a-kind dinner experience on Thursday January 27th, 2022 Ascari Hospitality and Stratus Vineyards invite you to an incredible virtual Three-Course Dinner for Two showcasing the brilliant unreleased wines from the cellars of Stratus Vineyards including the newly and soon-to-be-released 2018 Stratus White alongside the 2018 Stratus Red. These wines are perfectly paired with a live and interactive experience with our Executive Chef John Sinopoliand Stratus Winemakers J-L Groux and Dean Stoyka whose winemaking approach and energy reflects the Future of Traditions. $254.25 - Dinner for two, 2 bottles of wine, free Toronto delivery, live virtual q&a Full details at: www.ascarihg.com/stratus2022

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1055 People Are Saying
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4.8
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4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
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JMDS
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favourite places in Toronto, went there with friends as we wanted to have a great time catching up without being disappointed in the food and Ambiance. Ascari Enoteca always deliver on that front flawless service great atmosphere and the food is simple and incredibly elevated .. a must if you ever are in Leslieville

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Torontor
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great! Will be back. Gnocchi was excellent as were cocktails and wine.

CD
CarlaD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely dinner with friends on a Friday night. Our server was very knowledgeable and attentive as well as fun. We had good recommendations and good service. The food was fabulous and a very good prosecco!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love it there. Everything is amazing

WT
vipWillT
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best steak tartare I’ve ever had! It’s a must have! Also the brocollini was surprisingly amazing too! Thanks to the server for recommending the steak.

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SarahY
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely dinner at Ascari last night. We tried the beet salad (amazing) and noticed that they Mohave focaccia (delicious) as opposed to sourdough (also delicious)! As always, had carbonara. Perfectly al dente. Thanks!

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marco
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great night at Ascari. Service was top notch as was the food. Great vibe. We will be back.

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RobC
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual still one of the best pasta places in Toronto!!

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ScottE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Sat at the bar and had a great experience, Peter the bartender took good care of us. Menu changed since the last visit and there were some great additions, and the specials that night were outstanding! Blair helped pick out a fabulous wine that complimented both our meals, definitely will return again in the future…

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Dinner was fine although I would not have chosen to sit at bar- all that was available - it was then surprising to me when we were told we had 10 mins to leave as there was an incoming res at 9 pm - you should let people know at the time of res - felt like we were rushed out and my friend had to guzzle remaining wine

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vipNicoleB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Overall, the dining experience felt very rushed. As soon as we sat down the wait staff was already asking for our dinner order. Definitely felt like they were turning the tables. As such, would not recommend for a relaxing dinner out with friends. We could hardly get a word in between the number of times the wait staff stood to ask for our orders.

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GShandro
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

The music was soooo good! We loved loved loved the playlist!! We could sing to every song!!

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HeatherS
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience2

Everything was fantastic.

It was just very loud- a little too loud tbh.

Thanks!

MS
MattS
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Jen and the staff were fantastic! Great suggestions on wines, drinks and food. Atmosphere was fun, lively but intimate. The food from Pete and his team was fantastic. We just wish we were able to eat more but we got too full. Highly recommend checking this place out.

JM
JackieM
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We’ve been coming here for years, and it just keeps getting better and better.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is delicious every time! My favourite local Italian place!!

KM
KimM
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

I rated ambiance low as the bench where people sit against the wall is totally stained/dirty. I felt uncomfortable sitting on it. They really need to reupholster it. It ruins the whole ambience.

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AnastasiaW
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Always an excellent environment and delicious meal. As someone sensitive to sound and bright lights, the staff has perfected a welcoming and intimate environment. I always look forward to dinner and conversations that can happen in this classy, comfortable and intentional restaurant.

KT
KathleenTran
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love the linguine ai pulpo and campanelle alla norma. The carne crudo, Ascari beef tartare, was a great appetizer to start. Punset neh! wine was fabulous. Thank you very much to Ascari staff for excellent hospitality service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great, as always!

RM
RichardM
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

The lady at the front was very rude and not at all helpful. Luckily the manager understood what exemplary customer service means and despite the terrible start we finished strong..

CM
CatherineM
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was cold outside but the friendly person at the door whisked us through the covid protocol quickly and we sat down to order from an excellent selection of Italian and Canadian wines.
The menu was short and varied with no standard fare making the dinner exciting with a dash of adventure.
The Wisconsin burrata salad was a fantastic assembly of flavours, the octopus ai linguine superb, and the baba au rum a tad different with rich chocolate sauce. My partner had mushroom gnocchi and a delicate persimmon dessert. Overall, we enjoyed a sophisticated dinner that was presented in the warmest of atmospheres. Ascari Enoteca is a place we will continue to go back to for it’s excellent service, food and drink and sense that you are home.

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Jono
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed out time at Ascari Enoteca. I am amazed we had not been there before given its 10 year history and location. We sat at the bar, it was fun and you get to interact with the staff much better. Staff were knowledgeable, pleasant and even knew who Alberto Ascari was!

Food was fresh, delicious and served at just the right time. Small but constantly changing menu keeps the experience fresh. Great wines.

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Ari85
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome dinner for my girlfriend’s birthday. We gorged on pasta and even got a second carbonara right after the first because it was good. Didn’t get server’s name but she was awesome too. Will definitely be back - great for a special date or a regular dinner!

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Richard
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Nice neighbourhood eatery. Staff are knowledgeable and attentive. A bit cramped at the bar. Some dishes were a bit over spiced, such as shrimp which may be too delicate. Pasta was well prepared and tasty as was the tuna starter.

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debbiec
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

This was our second time there. It is an authentic modern, intimate Italian restaurant, with an open kitchen/ bar concept. It was our first time there on a weekend however, and tables were booked back to back. It was difficult to speak to our guests, and waiter, because of the noise level/ music; maybe something could be done with the bare ceiling to help with accoustics...? Would also like to see more fish on the menu perhaps. The kitchen was accommodating with adjusting pastas for those who don't eat meat. This is a very special restaurant, food, desserts, wines, not a large menu, but attention is paid to the smallest details.

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HelenNg
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience2

The server was really nice but overall the food was pretty bad. The toast that accompanied the beef tartare had an overpowering burnt taste. The tuna ceviche texture was off and the flavour too sour. The carbonara was cold and the gnocchi was way too soft and mushy. Would not come back.

MC
MargotC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic dinner on all accounts. We will be back again soon!
Thank you.

NP
NicolaP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best Italian restaurant! The food is outstanding.

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James
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and great vibe in the restaurant. Nice staff

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Place too small.

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Nomis
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

comments have none to offer other than it was enjoyable

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Stephanie
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to Ascari last night for my husbands birthday. The food was amazing!!!

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StevenK
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very friendly greeting, knowledgeable staff.
Food was very good, right from the shrimp appetizer, and beet salad to the three pastas our table had family style.
If I had a criticism (which is difficult here) I would have like to have seen some less expensive wines on the list. That being said, the white and red consumed at our table were both excellent.

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GShandro
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Our wait staff were courteous . I was with people who only had a cocktail. The experience felt different from the times before where my guests and I ordered a few bottles of wine for the table. It felt like wait staff weren’t sure how to connect with us if not topping us up. Maybe there’s a different way to connect with non drinking customers. I loved the meal as always. Thank you for asking for feedback.

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suzshi
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Their carbonara, I can eat 3 bowls of!

DH
DouglasH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Delicious food and friendly and attentive service. They did a great job making patio seating comfortable on a brisk evening. Overall, we had a great time and will go again.

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vipBar1967
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome as always.

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Brittany
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful evening at Ascari. The food is always top notch and consistent. You can’t go wrong with any of their dishes and their cocktail and wine menus are also excellent. We sat outside on a cool fall evening with heaters!

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WanderingJude
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The mushroom gnochhi and ricotta Meatballs were out of this world. Broccoli fried in batter too heavy but still so tasty

FAQs

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

Ascari Enoteca is rated 4.7 stars by 1055 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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