Ascari Enoteca

4.8
613 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
WE WILL BE CLOSED SUNDAY APRIL 1st FOR EASTER

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:
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday, Friday & Saturday: 5:30 - Late
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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 613 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.8
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

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

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Fantastic food and great service.
Visa's not accepted.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Some of the best pasta Toronto has to offer. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Ascari is a demigh

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

The restaurant staff are amazing, excellent wine selection, perfect menu.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Service was exceptional, food and presentation was outstanding! Thanks for a great experience! Would definitely recommend and will return

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

This place is fabulous! It’s our local and we couldn’t be luckier. The best pasta in the city, and it’s really so much more. The entire Ascari team are awesome (shout out to Tilly, Peter and “Chef”!) The menu always delivers, and the wine list is surprising and delightful. Always excited for the next time :)

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

the only thing that made us uncomfortable was the gentleman behind the Bar (we sat at the bar) Not attentive - not very friendly- just made us feel uneasy. Probably wont return.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Service was very good, good advice on wine choices ..excellent food. Music was loud to start but after requesting a lowering of sound, it was tolerable.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

As always, great food and service

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Always great food and service! Fantastic pastas and the appetizers are amazing.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Incredible and authentic Italian food, unique menu, and exceptional service. A bit pricy but absolutely worth it

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Delicious food in an unpretentious atmosphere. The one thing I missed on the menu was a salad other than their very good variation of a caesar.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Love dining at the bar and service from Mike was fantastic!!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

It was amazing! My parents were visiting from out of town and said it was one of the best meals they’ve ever had.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Best restaurant in the city.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Our server gave some great recommendations, and even though we were the last ones in the restaurant, nobody pressured us to hurry up and leave. Great food great wine!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Wonderful food. They have some interesting starters to share.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This place is a neighbourhood gem. Always a great meal with awesome service.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Excellent food but a bit pricey and no credit cards accepted.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Food was delicious. A different take on the same old same old pastas. Bread from forno cultura great. Apps very good. Service attentive and friendly.
My only caveat was the wine list—pricey! I personally didn’t partake but my friends did.
Least expensive bottle($60) was “ok”.
Overall a definite return to option.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Very good food.Wine list was also far value.total enjoyed the place will be back next trip.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Best carbonara in the city! I'll definitely be back :)

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Best pasta in Toronto. Great wine selection. Waitress was great.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Birthday dinner with Mom. Great food and service was impeccable

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Overall excellent experience. Would go there again.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

First time eating here, our server was GREAT, so knowledgable about wine- it was very impressive. her knowledge made us try wine we never would have normally.
Food was REALLY good and wood definitely recommend to friends and come back to explore more meal options and wine you cant get in the lcbo!

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3.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Great service and atmo, excellent wine list - don't miss the Brussels sprouts, and make sure to buy beers for the kitchen!

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

We'd had the place recommended to us by another couple; so decided to give it a try as a walk in on a Tuesday night. Grabbed a couple of seats at the bar and got settled in. The service was knowledgeable and friendly (good knowledge of cooking techniques and ingredients used as well as the wine on the list). Shared a couple of appetisers: a nice seared heart of romaine with a light touch dressing of oregano and a second dish of some charred rappini. Both very tasty. I had a carbonara pasta - nicely authentic with guanciale and an egg yolk on top that you stir in to cook and add richness to the pasta. They did this with an untraditional twist - some cubed roasted squash. A nice touch. My wife had some pappardelle with slow roasted rabbit. the meat was nicely cooked (stringy and tender). There was some shaved cured egg yolk on top to add a little richness. Good value, nice atmosphere and solid food. Recommended.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The smell once you get in is just priceless. The service was extraordinary. The food was divine.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Amazing as always!

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Great service, tasty seasonal dishes. My friend and I shared everything and had the Brussel sprout salad, olives, liver pate, and the beef cheek pasta special. We shared the cannoli dessert and that was the only thing that was just “ok” to me.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Went for a nice dinner with my wife. Food was delicious and the service was even better. Very cozy little Italian place. We would definitely go back and recommend.

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