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!
Mon, Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Everything was great except for noise level. Way too loud. Couldn’t hear each other.
Great food great service!
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.
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.
Loved the family style dinner. Great service will go many more times.
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.
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!
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
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.
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+++
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.
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!
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.
We love this restaurant and go often . Lots of attention to the details that make dining a pleasure
Couldn't recommend Escari enough!! Such talent and authentic flavours made with local products. Amazing experience!
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.
My favourite Italian restaurant in Toronto. Outstanding pasta, and delicious everything else. Can’t recommend highly enough.
Super loud and unremarkable food. Fantastic service.
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.
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.
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.
Busy on a Monday with half priced bottle of wine. Food is fantastic and the servers are too.
This is the best Italian restaurant in Toronto, love it
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
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
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.
The server and service was exceptional and truly engaging
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!!
Amazing food and amazing service. I have no complaints about this place.
Amazing wine, incredible food and awesome service! It’s one of our favourites for date night!
Great food and wine. Music too loud if you are looking for conversation
Wonderful food, would go there again in a minute. Good service and lovely wine selection.
Excellent food and service. We especially loved the Budino di Limone!
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
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.
Amazing time at Ascari! From the food to the atmosphere-- highly recommend!
Thank you so much Jen for your hospitality, also the Chef with curly hair (forgot her name) THANK YOU!!!!!! Wonderful service, great recommendations.
Fantastic food and great service.
Visa's not accepted.
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.
Great meal atmosphere and service. Will go back for sure.