Ascari Enoteca

4.7
678 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 678 People Are Saying
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C
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food! Staff was attentive and knowledgeable . A great night!!!

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JC
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place, great food and service everytime!!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I never leave reviews but this meal was by far, one of the best I’ve ever had and everyone at the table agreed. We had a variety of apps, mains and the lemon dessert and they were all incredible. We were planning our next visit before we finished our meal.
The pastas were jam packed full of flavour! They were simple but so delicious and we all wanted more (even though we were stuffed). I can’t wait to come back.

Service was exceptional!

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DS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing. Not much more to say.
Although it would be more convenient if you would accept some sort of credit card.
Taking clients for dinner with cash or debit is a bit difficult.
Credit cards make things much easier when choosing a restaurant.

Just my opinion.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We’ve passed Ascari often and decided to try it for a Birthday date. We were seated quickly and moved to a quieter table quickly when we asked. Service was excellent and the server was able answer all of our questions and make menu and wine recommendations. Food was excellent. As was the half-priced bottle of wine! We’ve already booked a return visit with the family.

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JC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This intimate neighbourhood Italianrestaurant is a must visit, even if you do not live or work in Leslieville. The menu offers a good variety of choices, the portions are Goldilocks-perfect (not too big, not too small), the flavours are full of character, but never over-powering. The wine list rhymed off a good variety from the various European regions we like. It was date night, and we decided to sit at the bar for our dinner. The purveyor behind the bar offered attentive service, but not overly so. And the direct view into the open kitchen not only showed us the honest cooking that resulted in the food on our plates, but a splendid little performance to go with our meal and conversation. We have visited several times before, and look forward to going back again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A little loud but fantastic food!

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AB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great. Food is amazing and fresh.

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LM
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Tables very close together and very loud....but the service is very good and the food is outstanding.

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S
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Overall a nice evening. But the mushroom risotto special was disappointing. Overcooked rice and rather bland. Not up to this restaurant's standards. Also, noticeably overpriced. Otherwise, lovely service and a very good meal.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

American Thanksgiving.

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AG
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Brilliant! Loved everything about it.

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SY
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful date at Ascari - everything was delicious and our server was funny, thoughtful, and super helpful. We look forward to going back!

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DS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is always amazing. But our server was very special— totally professional yet friendly. Attended to all our needs and was super cool. She was aces!

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JH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really nice dinner with friends.. would highly recommend this restaurant for holiday get togethers!

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S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

It was a disappointing experience. The menu is extremely limited and there is no menu information online. We were at the first sitting and had a gluten free, a keto, and a vegetarian in our group of four. Unfortunately for us there were only 6 entrees and they were all pasta-based. They do not offer gluten-free pasta. There was one pasta dish which was vegetarian. Lamb appetizer kebabs were thin and tough. Debit or cash only. We won’t go again.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

The online menu was completely different than the in-house menu, the server was very nice about it and explained that they had switched to their “seasonal” menu. It was quite disappointing considering we had looked at the menu online beforehand and had a couple of dishes in mind, that turned out to not be on the in-house menu. So we ended up just getting appetizers and going elsewhere for a main course for dinner, as well as dessert.

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TD
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went to Ascari for the first time last night and everything was absolutely perfect. The food was incredible, especially the homemade pasta. The wine list was really interesting and, being Monday night, all bottles were 1/2 price. And the service was truly above and beyond. They were so friendly and knowledgable and made an already great experience one of the nicest dining experiences we've had. I highly recommend this restaurant to food-lovers and wine-lovers alike.

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RD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If they were giving Michelin stars to restaurants in Canada, this would be one of my top choices for a minimum one star rating.

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JM
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

One of our favorite local spots for dinner. Staff are welcoming and attentive. Food is always top notch. Creative kitchen, good wine, nice atmosphere. Decent prices. Worth every penny.

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J
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic meal as always. I recommend only to my friends that are foodies since this gem I keep close to me 🤣

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TB
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I hadn't been to the restaurant in some time + was thrilled to see that it was just as good as the first time I went. We were having a family reunion as my relatives were in town from BC. They had never been and absolutely loved the food!
Would highly recommend this to anyone looking for well presented + extremely "tasty" food.

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LT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This was our first visit and we had a great meal with excellent food and service. We will be back !

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TN
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Went with the wife for our anniversary. They had given us 2 free glasses of champagne to celebrate our anniversary which was a great start! Great ambience, not a huge place more of a nice cozy neighborhood restaurant. Great decor. Alot of reviews we read seemed to favor the carbonara and carpaccio, so that's what we ordered for our meals. As it turns out, the reviews just may be correct in that thier carbonara might just be the best in the city, for certain the best I've ordered and the carpaccio was definately the best I've tried as well. Will definately be heading back to try out all the other delicious looking pasta dishes they offer. Amazingly goooood!!!

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T
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and food! Lots of choices for meat eaters and vegetarians.

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LF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious food, great service. The noise level is a bit high but that is my only criticism!

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BB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, great recommendations. The carpaccio and carbonara the best I have had in the city. Cauliflower dish was a bit disappointing.

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B
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food is always very good, good selection of wines, service is excellent. We have been a number of times, and it s always consistently good food and service.

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F
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food, service and ambience was great. Wish they accepted credit cards though.

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B
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a fabulous time! Food was great! Service was fantastic! We will be back.

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JB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love this restaurant. The space is cozy, the food is wonderful and the service is excellent but not rushed.
We have sat at the bar as a couple, dined with another couple and had 12 for my mother's 80th birthday and never been disappointed. My only hope is that they one day bring back the Perroni and spicy Tagliatelle.

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a
Edmonton
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food! This was my second visit and was not disappointed. And Monday's are 1/2 price wine bottles so how can you go wrong? Good thing I don't live closer to Ascari. I's spend all my money there!

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T
Toronto
86 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Outstanding pasta dishes here and a very good server who assured us she would never work in a restaurant that served bad food!

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N
Toronto
112 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A perfect example of what a neighbourhood trattoria should be. Fresh, Tasty, Interesting and Compelling. Excellent Wine Tasting Events, delicious pastas, but yet so much more. Wonderful resto in Leslieville.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
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
36 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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