Paese Ristorante Bathurst St.
Attention to quality of ingredients and healthy alternatives sets Paese apart. Paese Ristorante"s food philosophy, as directed by owner, Tony Loschiavo, is driven by a passion for bringing a modern twist on traditional favorites to North Toronto. Paese also boasts one of the city's most diverse lists of major producing wine regions. Paese also has three sommeliers on staff to assist with creating the perfect marriage of food and wine.
Whether you're in the mood for a delicious meal, share a pizza at the bar with a glass wine from the list of 10 glasses, Paese Ristorante's elegantly contemporary environment offers the idyllic backdrop for a truly tempting evening.
Wine Spectator 'Award of Excellence'
from 1997 - 2010 consecutively.
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Kale salad was amazing!
I have a food allergy and always have a safe and delicious meal at PAESE. The chef Kelvin, was most attentive and made me a wonderful pasta dish that I shall return for, it was soooo good!
Food is fabulous. Service is hit and miss. Always ask for a certain waiter. Very knowledgeable about wines.
Always consistent. Never a bad meal. Amazing vegan and gluten free options.
Extremely disappointed! As I was being taken to my table another patron complain about their table. A server then stopped me on the way to my table and gave me the table that the other patron did not like, which was located at the entrance. BTW, I have gone to this restaurant no less than 14 times in the last 12 months! The manager did offer to pay for my meals which I refused as I was not looking for a free meal but rather just to be served equal to all the other patrons. However, there actions this evening left me with the knowledge that I am not equal which is very disappointing in light of how loyal I have been to this establishment.
Excellent service and food. Always one of the best meals and experience in Toronto.
Great food! Order the mushroom pasta, it is absolutely fantastic!!!
Live in the area and have been there a handful of times. Overall great experience. No corkage on first bottle which is a big plus for me. Will be back.
Pizza was delicious. The restaurant was busy so it impacted service. Drinks were slow to non existent.
Packed extra tables in for Valentines Day
Server was awful - never had him before
Party of 7 and restaurant added a 20% tip
Had dinner there 25 times before
Will never go back
Was there twice. Nothing bad, just nothing special.
Waiter was rude. Food was so so. Prices were high.
We came on the final day of Winterlicious. The choices offered for the price fixe menu were great. We got there for a 6:00 PM reservation and there were only a handful of tables seated with guests; but by 6:45-7:00 PM, it was packed! Our female-server was attentive, courteous, welcoming and very helpful. The Aperol Spritzers were very good. We got some very fresh bread at the beginning with a humus-sumac spread. Lovely! Meatballs were the best I've eaten anywhere. Veal Scaloppini and Branzino were excellent. While our experience was excellent, I can't say the same for the table next to us. The male-waiter was rude to the five women who were having dinner there. He was trying to rush them in making dinner choices when they had sat down. He told them that given how busy they were that they needed to make their decisions. No idea how the rest of the evening went for them as we left shortly after. We were gone by 7:00 PM.
Wonderful dining experience! Excellent service, ample parking, extensive wine list!
Amazing winterlicious menu, was great!
The restaurant was very busy with the Winterlicious lunch crowd, so I am not sure how it is on just a regular week day. The food was good but I think I would prefer this restaurant for dinner. Parking is at a premium, but luckily some of the nearby side streets are okay.
Great food. Fun night out with family. Would recommend to others.
Our party of 4 enjoyed great service and food. Although we have been here many times last night was the best ! Food was very fresh and tasty and even though it was winterlisious the timing and quality of everything was wonderful. It’s always great to come here but even more so when the food was so good ! Thank you !
the service was really slow. There were only two waiters for the whole restaurant that was full.
Our reservation was at 6.45 pm and we leave the restaurant at 9.45 pm. Three hours of dinner with two kids from our party. It is a long night. The food is not very good. We ordered the Osco Bucco and it was really salty and we left half the plate uneaten. This is a birthday party and we brought our own Birthday cake. They took out our birthday cake at the end in a rush to cut the cake while 2 or 3 people were in the washroom, So not everybody was in the picture while cutting the birthday cake.
Visited Paese on the weekend with my best friend. I can say I was very disappointed for the scale of restaurant it is supposed to be. No host at the front, 3 groups were standing there waiting to be seated, the restaurant has too many chairs in a small space, one can hardly twist without bumping your seated neighbour. Talk about the waitress, OMG, she is not happy with her job, she didn’t greet us, didn’t explain the menu about recommendations, didn’t offer pepper or Parmesan for our pasta meals, never asked about how our meal was going, meanwhile we observed that other tables were getting that service. This could be that she didn’t care to serve 2 dark skinned clients. The service was horrible, I will never go back nor will I recommend it. I wasn’t going to tip the waiter but I tipped minimum. Such a shame in 2020!!!
Terrible service. Very pushy waiter, no hello or anything, first thing he said was you need to leave by 8:00. Seedlings service and food is average
Delicious food! My entire family, kids and adults, thoroughly enjoyed the meal!!
Good food & good service. We have been here before and we will return.
As usual, our dinner at Paese was delicious and the service was wonderful. I had the salmon special which was delicious but a little overpriced at $34 given the portion size. Otherwise all was perfect !! We will definitely be back!
Our “go to” local restaurant.
Great vegan options, always fresh. Excellent staff.
A solid 3/5-star establishment. Service was okay but not really attentive. Food was tasty but average at this price point. Wine by the glass selections were mediocre at best. So, take advantage of the $25 corkage for BYOB. Came at the recommendation of friends who really hyped it up.
When I reserved our dinner I mentioned it was to celebrate my parent's 60 anniversary. I didn't expect anything free but thought maybe it would be acknowledged (possibly writing in chocolate on their dessert plate or just verbally) but it wasn't. Grilled octopus appetizer was delicious, cornish hen was good, mushroom pasta was excellent but the veal limone was awful (4 people tried it and all agreed). Would go back but wouldn't rush back.
We thought the food portions were very small , although somewhat tasty. And that the lunch menu was very limited. Quite a surprise from past visits.
Wonderful place !! especially for a party of 8 with large square tables. Everyone was able to enjoy the conversations and lots of sharing. Everything was delicious!
We were there for lunch....Food was excellent, service was awesome. Coffee and dessert amazing!
We got there early so we were able to get parking but I could see that being a challenge if the restaurant was busy when you get there. I would definitely go back!
Very pleasant as always !
Great service and food. Seating was a bit cramped by the front door but not terrible. Very nice evening.
LOVE that there is no music !! My biggest peeve ;)
I think the server was amazing but there needed to be another I think for our section .. it was very busy
I had the braised beef and was really looking forward to it but have to say it was a little dry .. LOVED the kale salad. My friend said she wouldn't order the pasta dish she had again ... Spaghetti Con Le Sarde (Chef Kshitz Barilla Pasta Master Winning Dish)
Having passed this place many times and not really known what it was made our visit even more outstanding. Staff were amazing, attentive, knowledgeable and made us feel like long time guests within moments of arriving. Food blew us away. This very quickly became our favourite local restaurant. If you have not been go, if you have been, book immediately and go again.
A fantastic meal with really great service.
Excellent as always. Paese is definitely a favourite place to visit with family and friends.
Gnocchi was mushy and tasteless.
Linguini Frutti Di M -Mussels had fishy taste, pasta was bland.
We invited people to join us for dinner and we didn't want to make a scene.
We hadn't eaten there in a while, but remembered the food to be much better.
We came here on a busy Saturday night so that probably had an impact on our impression. We came in because we had a coupon. The place seems to attract a crowd that is interested in celebrating special occasions and we were just interested in a local place. Regardless, there are some things we think they could have done better:
1. Reservation - we (and several others) were seated right by the door. It would probably be nice to hold tables inside the restaurant for reservations, and save these for walk-ins. As it is tables were packed and a bit too close to each other.
2. Service was very friendly, but overwhelmed by the number of guests, so too slow in making the rounds. Another staff person would have been great.
3. Menu - it seems it is a new menu, and again it may depend who is the intended audience. For a special occasion it makes sense, for a regular Italian meal less so. There are also some quirks such as charging extra for the vegetable sides, or holding back on the price of the specials...
Paese probably needs to decide what kind of restaurant they want to be, certainly on a Saturday night it seemed it was difficult for them to be everything for all people. We are wondering if our impression would be different had we come in during the week.
I had asked for a lightly dressed Caesar salad and it had way too much dressing so I didn't enjoy.
also, the shrimps I ordered were not great.
Usually I am very happy with the food.