Trattoria Giancarlo

4.8
65 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Neighbourhood Gem

Trattoria Giancarlo is located in Toronto’s Little Italy, and it has been serving the area’s customers with fantastic and authentic Italian food for more than 30 years now. The restaurant has a wealth of options available for those who want to try some upscale fare.



Chef Jason Barato works hard to ensure the menu for Trattoria Giancarlo is full of delicious food. Some of the popular options include the carpaccio and prosciutto for appetizers. The ravioli, risotto and gnocchi are just some of the dinner items to try. When looking for fine dining, you will want to put Trattoria Giancarlo on your list.


Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(416) 533-9619
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Cross Street
College St.
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Parking Details
Public Lot available north of College Street.
Additional
Beer, Wine
What 65 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was incredible !!!! Haven’t been in years and now I can’t wait to go back .. the food is soo delicious

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DB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Giancarlo’s is an exquisite little Italian trattoria that I have dined at for 25 years and keep regularly going back - likely the best in Toronto. The veal chop is excellent + any order any plate of mixed pasta or antipasto of menu + get ready for a treat. The service is very attentive and highly professional. Legitimate 5 Full Stars!
David B.

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m
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and remarkable service. Food is fresh and authentic Italian.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I would recommend you get liquored up, so you and your party can be up there with the loudest patrons. It does get quite loud in there. Not a place for quiet or romantic convos. Borderline rowdy really. Appies were nice. Some of the sauces that accompanied seafood were salty. Staff offered Limoncello and stated it was made in house, later on came to find from staff it was actually store bought when served. Benches comfy, chairs sat quite low in comparison. Bathrooms were clean, located downstairs. I would try it again. If the next experience was any less... I wouldn't need to go back.

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OC
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great experience. High level of food quality and service. Love the option of perusing the wine and hand picking your own bottle. A go to for classic yet refined Italian dishes.

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WB
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

My girlfriend and I were a little skeptical upon looking at the pictures via the website. It’s a little confusing getting there as it is on the corner of an intersection but not quite. The way to get in the restaurant is right by the kitchen. To me that was pretty weird at first but it’s pretty smart. Place was really chic a nice ambiance and really good food. I wish they served bread with their pasta but it was good enough to disregard that. So good my girlfriend and I went there twice during our visit To Toronto! Hope they remember me next time I do come!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Service and food was subpar. Not good value.
Host was rude

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AB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service overall, would highly recommend

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HJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Honestly, I believe I have traveled a decent amount, probably to too many cities for one to name to say the least, including around North America like (New York, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, etc) and parts of Europe and their cities including countries like Italy, Germany, France, Neatherlands, Ireland, England, Spain, Scotland, etc. There is not a single doubt in my mind question that this is one of the best restaurants I have been to in my 30 year life. I would say I almost never write reviews, in general, but this particular restaurant was worth my time.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From start to finish our meal was delicious, and Andy, our friendly & attentive server went beyond the extra mile to ensure we had a wonderful dining experience .

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AA
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place was highly recommended to us and it absolutely delivered.

From the moment we walked through the door, the staff was welcoming and friendly even though it was very busy.

Our server was knowledgeable and happy to make recommendations, the food was awesome, and we had lots of fun. We would love to go back :).

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PH
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

It was only fitting that we'd return to this lovely restaurant to celebrate my son Giancarlo's 30th birthday, as we had named him after it that many years ago! What a lovely meal, ambience and service we experienced to mark the occasion! Thank you for creating another memorable experience for my family! The lemon tagliatelle was divine!!!

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RR
Mexico City
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excelente servicio y comida

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LT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great night out at Giancarlo. The food was out of this world and the staff were knowledgeable and friendly. We can’t wait to go back.

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PP
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Italian restaurant!!! Lovely night with my wife and daughter!!!

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O
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Enjoyed dining with friends.We opted to dine inside because it was a hot day and the patio would be full of noise from people talking. The inside was somewhat quiet. The food was ok. Appetizers were not of good value. I could of easily made them so not very authentic. Pasta dishes were better, howevever, they did not offer a charge for meat should you want that with your pasta. There we,re no Lady fingers in the Tiramisu. The cheapest wine we could find and liked was over $75.00. Overall the meal was pricey compared to better authentic Italian Restaurants.

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L
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff is super friendly. I went here with a friend and we overstayed our visit but never felt rushed to leave. We started off with a shared bruschetta (no tomatoes) which was quite nice and also a shared green salad with local ingredients. The dressing was very tasty. Loved it. I then ordered the ravioli and they were beyond delicious. My friend ordered the linguini aglio e olio and he said they were appetizing and flavorful. I would definitely recommend this quaint restaurant. ❤

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MC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, reasonable wine and the food is always delicious...especially the carpaccio!

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PA
Ottawa
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We live in North York. My friend told me this was the best Italian restaurant in all of Toronto. And after spending the last three weeks in Italy I was craving truly excellent Italian food. The food was excellent. For starters we had the fungi and carpaccio. As a main we had the fish and bietola. The fish was so fresh and the pasta was delicious. I felt like I was back in Italy (except for the fact that our waiter spoke perfect English with no Italian accent). The sommelier paired us with a fabulous wine. And all I can say is that it was worth the drive!

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SR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service + delicious food + great ambience in Little Italy = Giancarlo Trattoria

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Bland, uninspired 'special' appetizers ( the tomatoes with ricotta cheese was almost inedible and a corn dish that looked like it was plated by a three year old) together with massively overcooked pasta as a main had us scratching our heads at what used to be one of the best restaurants in the city. Their traditionally delicious Pasta Parma was what beckoned us to dine from past trips - but it was served on terribly overcooked papparadelle noodles which ruined the dish. We should have sent it back. We might have felt a bit better if the service had been decent. With the sole exception of the wine sommelier, the service was arrogant, uninterested in us as customers, and slow. We used to love it here.

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p
Toronto
54 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The olives were over salted. Way way over salted.
Everything else was perfect.
Quiet night inside for a Friday.
Still my favourite restaurant in Toronto.

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LS
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Fabulous and yummy. It was rainy so we couldn’t sit on the patio. Next time!!

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a
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Have been there a few times. Food was ok but presentation lacked imagination

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JD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the very best restaurants in the province. Spectacular and consistent in every way for the 15 years I’ve been dining here.

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b
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

On arrival we were able to eat on their patio!
The Veal chop is outstanding and was ordered by 3 out of four of us. Do not miss their HOT MOLTEN CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH SALTED CARMEL SAUCE! It was the best
dessert we ever had. The service was average, but the other staffers rounded out the rest. Would highly recommend Trattoria Giancarlo is was a wonderful evening enjoyed by all! Cantor’s/ Bernstein’s

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IK
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was very tasteful and outdoor patio was great.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Retirement

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AR
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

I went to this restaurant for my wedding anniversary after researching it online. I filled out the reservation with seating preference and that it was my wedding anniversary, but neither were recognized.

The food was average (not 4.6 star rating worthy), and took an extremely long time to come out. Our waiter looked at my empty wine glass at least twice and never offered to refill until right before we asked for our check.

For specifics, the tomato soup with a poched egg was good, the bruchetta was essentially garlic bread, the artichoke heart was mostly cheese, our main courses were brought out at room temperature.

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OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We go every year for our anniversary or another special occasion. I love the veal chop. It’s world class. Sit outside if you can

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

The service was abyssal. The mediocre food was poorly presented. The cocktails tasted like they were from TGI Friday’s.

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OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

My husband and I, and our 2 adult children were celebrating our anniversary at Giancarlo. The service was so poor, that it ruined our dining experience. We didn’t have one waiter attending to us, but rather many waiters, each of whom didn’t know what the other was doing. They were all unpleasant and downright rude. When they made a mistake with our order, rather than apologize, they blamed us, the customer. When we asked if there were free refills for the pop, they answered back in a rude manner. There are many wonderful restaurant choices in Toronto.. Giancarlo will not make the cut!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Friends and birhday

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AI
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding, epic, we did not expect anything less. We have had the great pleasure of dining at Trattoria Giancalo for nearly thirty years. Tony, his family and staff are always on their game, truly a pleasure, a great culinary and fine wine experience!

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GS
Miami
57 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We love this place! It never gets old. A go to for great Italian food!

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s
London
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant with excellent food, ambiance and service

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CL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

The restaurant was okay. The service was not stellar just okay. I gather it has been around for years, but my advice would be to not take new patrons for granted as we might have returned. Frankly for the meal we had and the price, I wouldn't return. It was okay.

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NB
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Will not be returning, ever! We had a horrible experience. The Manager was so rude!!!
Don’t waste your time. So many better venues in the city!!!

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CM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, we love this place. The best service, great food, and a lively environment! What's not to love? We appreciate the "old school" idea that the wait staff sits down for a meal at the end of the night together too. Our waiter, Ian, is always attentive and has an impeccable memory for what we ate and drank the last time we were there, even if it is months previously. Very impressive. We consistently get the mushrooms as an app and always get a pasta. We tried the white fish this time too and it was perfectly cooked, fresh, and simply done. Very enjoyable. Can't wait to go back!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always fantastic. Never disappointed

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