Ascari Enoteca

4.7
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CAN$30 and under
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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 839 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.5
Value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We waited too long to try Ascari! The food was exceptional, (the nights special linguine dish with beef cheek was sublime!) the service attentive and very helpful but not intrusive. The restaurant does get a bit loud when full, but not as a result of loud music, just lots of good conversation. We will become regulars!

SY
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely date at Ascari (as usual)! One of our fave restaurants in the east end. The server was awesome, food was delicious, and we had a great time. Thanks!

b
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic restaurant with very friendly and knowledgable staff. Food was delicious and everything from the starter to the dessert was exceptional. I will definitely return and don't hesitate recommending it to others.

GG
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Ascari is my favourite restaurant in Leslieville.
I tell all my friends about it and they love it every time.

K
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

They do pasta. The pasta is made fresh, in house. They only have a few items on the menu, but what they do have is excellent. I’d much rather have this, than lots of items that are just satisfactory. Adding a half litre option to the wine list would add to the overall experience.
Excellent food and service.

EA
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Carbonara is better than all the carbonaras I had in Italy! Delicious food and fantastic service. Can't wait to go back.

SJ
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I booked this for my Moms 60th birthday dinner. From making the reservation, to the manager calling to confirm, to the outstanding service from our server and the best food. The food was hot, size was just enough and amazing. I work in hospitality so I can be a hard person to please since I notice everything....... we will be back for sure!!! Highly recommend.

KS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This is one of my favourite Italian restaurants. Everything is delicious. The service is friendly and efficient. The only thing I don’t like are the cane bistro chairs, they aren’t comfortable!

JA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The whole experience was top notch, they were aware of our reservation and sat us promptly, the Manager came over to say hello, water, drinks and food were delivered in good time and the quality of the food including the presentation was absolutely fantastic

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ascari is always amazing. We will continue to come back.

NS
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

Service sucked. Everything else was fabulous. Must try the carbonara.

Ascari Enoteca
Responded on January 31, 2020

Hello Namita, Thank you for the feedback, and my apologies that you weren't happy with the service when you were here. We pride ourselves on providing an excellent experience to the best of our abilities. If you have time would you mind emailing me directly with any specifics on how things went that night? It would be very helpful, as I'd like to be able to address any issues with my staff. Thanks very much in advance, and I'm glad you enjoyed the food. Blair Bouchard blair@ascarienoteca.ca

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RM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in the city! I've been here over 50 times and I still look forward to each visit.

JB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing, knowledgeable service....Amazon food with beautiful presentation. Nice atmosphere and lighting. Great ‘date-night’ spot!

GB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was delicious, enjoyed our ladies evening. Found it a tad noisy at times, to the point where we sometimes couldn’t hear the person across from us without repeating themselves. Service was wonderful. I am a beer drinker and find in frustrating when dining out, that there isn’t one light (regular ) beer on the menu. Otherwise I will come back again

L
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favourite spot to go for dinner. The food was outstanding, the wine was lovely and we always sit at the bar for the best service!! Thank you, Ascari, for always making our night out perfect.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Gem of a restaurant. They have created their own twist of something different .
Next step would be to get credit card service.

CL
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

Enjoyed the food unfortunately our table was way to close to the front door. The noise level did not make for a pleasant experience.

TT
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great dinner, great service, I’ll be back again for dinner.

PY
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot - food is amazing and the service is always excellent. Thx for accommodating us this week on such short notice!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and warm and attentive service. Great wine list.

HB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Food was very good and the service was extremely helpful about making our decisions.

RM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Interesting menu but food was a bit too salty and service was very poor. There was not enough staff and service was very slow

WT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, impeccable service and the most delicious food.

AS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was delicious as always. The service was a bit slow between the appetizers and the main course (which was pasta)! We bought beers for the kitchen and were sitting right next to them...and they never even waved a thank you...they did not even acknowledge that we treated them all. So that was strange and we would be unlikely to do it again. Didn't want a big deal, but just a thank you would have been nice.

RH
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first time visiting, for our anniversary. Table was wasn't ready due to people not leaving, but we were given glasses of prosecco while we waited (no charge). Very friendly service, excellent food and prices reasonable for Toronto! Would definitely recommend.

GG
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Ascari Enoteca is my favourite restaurant in the ever expanding neighbourhood of Leslieville.
The food is exceptional value and is really more in line with very high end dining experiences. The
staff are also truly great and very professional. They are attentive without feeling intrusive on conversations.
The only downside to this restaurant is the noise level when it's full with the tables being very close together.

RM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favourite Italian joint in the city. I have never been disappointed; the service, food and drinks are all exceptional.

p
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Really delicious and great service! Took my mom for 60th birthday and she loved it

x
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Every time we dine at Ascari we are left very impressed.

JC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Honestly...this place is very cute and it's very possible that there was just a bit of a mishap with one of the cooks that evening - but we found most of the food too salty! Everything would have been 9/10 if the salt had been dialed back even 20%. Otherwise the staff and place is a popular and very charming. I'd consider trying again...

AL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is amazing and the team that works there is delightful, kind and knowledgable . We had a great time and a fantastic meal!!!

JL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Food was delicious and of great value. Tables are a little too close together making it hard to talk to who you are eating with. Overall would eat here again.

CB
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and service. A bit chilly in the beginning, but a space heater helped warm us up quickly. Will return soon!

KM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were outstanding- kudos to wait staff and chef! The ambience was superb, very comfortable with a cool vibe. The only thing I found startling was the price for a glass of wine, $16 for 5 oz. (from an ON winery). Despite this I would definitely go again!
Thanks.

SM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was meeting a friend I haven’t seen in months so we were talking lots and we ended up being the last two in the restaurant. Our server was so patient and super great. Not to mention the food was delicious. Can’t wait to go back with my husband.

DG
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything was fantastic. It’s a little on the noisy side, so keep that in mind if it’s important to you. Would definitely recommend.

CG
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

This was my first time at the restaurant and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Ascari Enoteca. The food was amazing - all of it, the wine delicious, the service friendly and mostly efficient, the ambiance pleasant. I will most certainly recommend it to friends and family and I will definitely return!

CH
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love Ascari Enoteca! They handle my food allergy so well that I never feel like I'm missing out on a thing. Really, this my favourite restaurant in Toronto. The staff make you feel so special and the food is always exceptional. Thanks!!

SJ
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ascari is always a favourite place to go! Absolutely delicious!

CI
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Very little choice for entrees...but GREAT appetizers...

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