Ascari Enoteca

4.7
644 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Up Close and Personal with Eduardo Ruiz, Export Manager at Finca La Emperatriz from Rioja, Spain on Wednsaday Sept. 19

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

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.

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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Dinner
Mon, Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(416) 792-4157
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Payment Options
Cash Only
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
John Sinopoli
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Cross Street
Caroline
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Parking Details
Parking on Queen St is metred parking, free after 6PM
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Public Transit
Streetcar stop in front of restaurant, Caroline St.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Wine
What 644 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Everything was great except for noise level. Way too loud. Couldn’t hear each other.

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S
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food great service!

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L
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If you are looking for authentic Italian food this is the place. A small but seasonal menu allows for high quality ingredients to be used to make delicious meals.

The quality of service is exceptional and when your date is lactose intolerant and the chef creates meals and desserts just for him you can’t not visit here. And by the way my date LOVES this restaurant for all the reasons mentioned above- quality of food, service and taste.

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KF
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

This was our second visit to Ascari. Overall we had a nice dinner/evening but have a few comments and suggestions:
- The food is very good, but it would be nice to see more main course options on the menu, such as dishes with chicken or beef.
- Drink orders were very slow to arrive at our table throughout the meal and our coffee arrived after we'd finished our dessert. More bar staff seems to be required.
- The noise level was uncomfortable - it was impossible to have a conversation across the table with my husband without having to shout. Perhaps consider noise-absorbing ceiling tiles to improve the ambiance.
- The tables are very close together so I spent a good deal of my dinner with a server's butt in my face as they attended to the table next to us. I'd suggest a reconfiguration of the tables to allow a bit more space between.

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LT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Loved the family style dinner. Great service will go many more times.

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CK
New England
35 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I love the food at Ascari. Simple but so tasty. Service is great. My only issue is the 90min seating - although I understand why - I always feel rush.

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U
Toronto
46 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Love this place! Great”local” with laid back vibe and a great hand in the kitchen! Special kudos to our waitress, Laura! Made an enjoyable evening even more so! Shaved Brussels sprout salad amazing and shareable! Lovely pastas! Thanks for a wonderful evening!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We went to ascari on a Thursday night and were greatly impressed. We had been once before shortly after it opened and left quite disappointed, but this most recent experience will have us coming back for sure. Every dish we had was great. Arancini, broccolini, brussel sprouts and the tagliatelle were all full of flavour. Our server was amazing. Knowledgeable about the menu and suggested some great wines for us. We finished with the steamed lemon pudding. A great night out

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g
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

The place was way too loud, I could not hear my guests. The service was extremely rushed as they wanted to turn the table over asap, I hardly sat down and they wanted to take my order---really ? Finally the servings are very small, and the food was okay / not acceptable in any way, maybe a bit too greasy. This was my third visit to this restaurant, we will not return as this visit is consistent with the other times we've been there. We are always open to giving a place another chance, but 3 times this place as been the same.

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C
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible as usual. Food is consistently spot on and the lemon bedino was a near perfect cap to the night. The carbonara is probably the best I’ve had and the pasta is fresh. A+++

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BT
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Thank you for helping celebrate my daughter’s birthday. The food was excellent. This was a new restaurant for us and we were not disappointed.

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S
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This was a perfect spot for a catch up with a special friend. great food and service. Only down side is our table for 2 was way too close to the next table for 2. It almost felt like a table for 4. Tables need to be at least another foot apart. Thanks!

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CL
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

My daughter was in town for three days and we went there so it was a special occasion. I had never been there before. The service was wonderful but the pasta was a bit dry for both of us.

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T
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love this restaurant and go often . Lots of attention to the details that make dining a pleasure

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BN
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Couldn't recommend Escari enough!! Such talent and authentic flavours made with local products. Amazing experience!

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LH
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent. Already planning our next dinner there. We loved the food and the half priced bottles made us just order more bottles! Great service at the bar.

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KH
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favourite Italian restaurant in Toronto. Outstanding pasta, and delicious everything else. Can’t recommend highly enough.

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SH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

Super loud and unremarkable food. Fantastic service.

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R
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We went here for the first time for my boyfriend's birthday and we were both very impressed by the service and the food was delicious. I ordered the pasta special but my boyfriend ordered the carbonara and said it was the best he's ever tasted! Very fresh food and well priced. We will definitely be back.

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The wine list is really good and changes frequently. The food is always fresh and delicious. Just a note, the portions aren’t overly large (which I like), so if you’re going in expecting an Italian feast, I would order one extra starter or share two or three mains.

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NC
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Every thing was very enjoyable. The food was very good with many unique tastes and thoughtful presentation. Our server was very helpful and attentive. But it was very noisy.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Busy on a Monday with half priced bottle of wine. Food is fantastic and the servers are too.

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RG
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is the best Italian restaurant in Toronto, love it

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

The food was outstanding, well presented and with some unique twists.
The service was rushed , drinks and plates were taken away while their was still a bit left and we were pausing , while in conversation.
The server took away the wine list before we ordered , so we had to ask for it back. Server also came by our table at least 7 times during the meal to see how everything was. I do appreciate attentiveness but this was overkill as they kept interrupting our conversation.
We will return, but being rushed though a meal ( 50minutes) during a special occasion ( birthday dinner) was uncalled fo

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JC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This establishment has their act together on so many levels....quality & synergy of ingredients compliment every course. Our go to place whenever we opt to dine out. Highly recommended and with our compliments. MKoM, Toronto

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S
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I decided to eat at the bar solo because my companion couldn’t make it. The restaurant was very accommodating, especially nice since it was Giro d’Italia week. Acari was featuring food based on the Emilia-Romagna region.

I wanted to experience the Giro menu but couldn’t decide so I left it to the staff to decide for me. I was not disappointed. I started with the antipasto of pork belly and rhubarb - a great start. Next was the pappardelle alla vincigrassi - essentially a deconstructed lasagne. This was very rich but oh so good. Next came the coppa con mondorla - grilled pork neck. This was also very good and rich. A bit of rich overload - the pork neck would be a fantastic appetizer. I ended with the crotonese aged cheese. Great finish to an awesome meal.

Staff and ambiance were great as usual. Can’t wait to go back.

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DA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The server and service was exceptional and truly engaging

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J
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and excellent wine list. We asked how the pasta carbonara was made as it was so good. The chef came over and personally talked us through the prep. A real star this restaurant should be proud of!!

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BU
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing service. I have no complaints about this place.

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A
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing wine, incredible food and awesome service! It’s one of our favourites for date night!

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WJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Great food and wine. Music too loud if you are looking for conversation

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CD
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food, would go there again in a minute. Good service and lovely wine selection.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We especially loved the Budino di Limone!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

There was a new special which I told the server could be tweaked a bit. The lemon juice in the sauce could have been replaced by lemon zest instead, making it less acidic in taste. I also think there is room for improvement in their desserts

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GG
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I have entertained several friends and clients at Ascari Enoteca and each time those guests leave the experience telling me that they will return. Part of reason for this is that the food is really good, of course, but the other part is the wonderful service from an exceptional staff. The staff is quick, inobtrustive, knowledgeable about food and wine and clearly enjoy life. There are dozens of places to eat and entertain in our great city of Toronto and Ascari is always on my list. Always leave happy.

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NV
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing time at Ascari! From the food to the atmosphere-- highly recommend!

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KP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thank you so much Jen for your hospitality, also the Chef with curly hair (forgot her name) THANK YOU!!!!!! Wonderful service, great recommendations.

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LB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic food and great service.
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a
Edmonton
9 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfection. Our server was beyond knowledgeable, had a great wine suggestion, clearly loved what she was doing. The food was spectacular. I cannot wait to go back.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal atmosphere and service. Will go back for sure.

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