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5 Best Pasta Places in Toronto

Best Pasta Places in Toronto
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If your go-to solution after a hectic day is to go for a delicious bowl of pasta, then you’re not alone. There’s stress-relieving comfort in the twirl of spaghetti, the cream in carbonara, and the perfect bite into al dente fusilli.

Our list features the best Toronto pasta places that offer this satisfying comfort food – from good ol’ spaghetti Bolognese to fancy squid ink linguine. Brace yourself for a carb-loaded expedition that guarantees a saucy affair with every forkful!

How much does pasta cost in a Toronto restaurant?

Our featured pasta places in Toronto offer pasta dishes that range from $24 to $34.

The cost depends on whether you’re in a casual eatery like Sugo or at an upscale restaurant like Enoteca Sociale.

How We Chose the Best Pasta Places in Toronto

Pasta-Making Skill: We evaluated establishments based on their ability to master the art of cooking pasta to the ideal texture of al dente.
Sauce Quality: We picked pasta places that boast a wide range of flavorful, well-balanced sauces, each enhancing the overall taste profile of the dish.
Culinary Creativity: We chose restaurants that push the boundaries of traditional pasta dishes, introducing inventive and unique twists to captivate the taste buds.
Fresh, Quality Ingredients: We considered the use of high-quality, fresh ingredients, from the pasta itself to the vegetables, meats, and herbs.
Diverse Menu Options: We considered pasta places that offer a diverse menu, catering to different tastes and preferences.
Authentic Italian Flair: We acknowledged the presence of an authentic Italian ambiance and culinary approach, ensuring an immersive experience.
Ambiance: We considered the overall dining ambiance, recognizing establishments that provide a cozy and inviting setting.
Customer Service: We selected restaurants that prioritize customer satisfaction, offering attentive and friendly service.

1. Sugo

Sugo
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WEBSITEhttp://www.sugotoronto.com/
ADDRESS1281 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1N7
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CONTACT DETAILS(416) 535-1717

OPERATING HOURSTue -Thurs: 3 PM – 9 PM

Fri - Sun: 11:30 AM – 9 PM

Sugo is a casual Italian eatery located at Bloor St. Owners Conor Joerin and Alex Wallen pay homage to their upbringing with the Italian term “sugo” or red sauce, symbolizing the iconic red sauce that graced their childhood meals.

Their spaghetti is quite famous in the neighborhood, with its delectable veal-and-pork ragu and savory sauce adorned with a perfect blend of parm and pepper. Don’t forget to top your pasta with one of their colossal sugo-covered meatballs!

If you’re looking for other types of pasta, they offer Italian classics such as gnocchi and rigatoni. You can also complement your meal with classic martinis, Manhattans, or a refreshing Italian bottled beer.

Their ambiance evokes an old-school Italian neighborhood feel, complete with checkered tablecloths, boxing-themed decor, and even a foosball table. As evidenced by their decor, they support the local boxing scene.

Pros

  • Specializes in Italian pasta classics
  • Serves spirits, cocktails, and beers
  • Old-school Italian neighborhood ambiance
  • Has vegan options

Cons

  • Long wait times
  • Reports of rude servers

The food is exceptional

“What a wonderful, cozy place(Italian Restaurant). The food is exceptional with delicious 😋 tomato sauce. All the options are great but the one I loved the most was the plate that comes with chicken. Great service. Very polite, attentive and fun group of waiting stuff. The soundtracks are great creating a very cool ambience. The food tastes 😋 even better. Don’t miss out on this one.”

Julio Fortes, Google Review

I’ll definitely come back for more comfort food

“Tasty pastas, large portions, reasonable prices, and friendly service. I especially loved the rigatoni pesto cream special. The ricotta gnocchi was very good. I’ll definitely come back for more comfort food. The music was too loud though (a fun place to catch up with a friend, but not the best spot for a first date). No reservations. Luckily we only waited for 15 minutes to get a table for two when we went on a Sunday night at 5:30 pm (the usual wait is 1-2 hours). Payment by debit card or cash only.”

Janice T., Google Review

2. Piano Piano

Piano Piano
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WEBSITEhttps://www.pianopianotherestaurant.com/
ADDRESS88 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5
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CONTACT DETAILS(416) 929-7788

OPERATING HOURSMon-Sun: 12 PM–3 PM, 5 PM–10 PM

Piano Piano is the creation of Chef-Owner Victor. The name comes from the Italian phrase “piano piano va lontano” meaning “slowly slowly we go further,” encouraging Torontonians to pause, savor, and get more out of life by taking it slow.

In terms of food, Piano Piano strives to provide the comforting touch of grandma’s cooking. One must-try is their bestselling tortelli con bolognese— pasta stamps stuffed with ricotta and parmesan, luxuriating in a delectable beef ragu.

For those craving a hint of spice, the canestri alla vodka is a crowd-pleaser. The creamy tomato and chili mascarpone sauce is perfectly blended with the spicy pork.

You can pair your meal with an array of wines, beers, and handcrafted cocktails. 

They’re also open for private hire, from birthdays and corporate events, to bar mitzvahs and weddings, offering both indoor and outdoor seating.

Pros

  • Specializes in Italian comfort food
  • Offers wines, beers, and handcrafted cocktails
  • Open for private hire
  • Has outdoor seating
  • Street and bike parking

Cons

  • Does not accept Apple Pay
  • Reports of subpar service

Our go-to spot for family dinners

“Our go-to spot for family dinners. The food is consistently delicious – the mushroom cavatelli is one of our longstanding favourites and the burrata is the perfect sharing appetizer. The service is always friendly, attentive, and quick. The space is beautifully designed with high ceilings and great ambiance. Highly recommend!”

Arielle, Google Review

Food was excellent!

“The food and experience was truly amazing!!! Our server, Natasha, was so personable and helped us navigate the menu. Her service was awesome!!! I highly recommend ordering the lunch special, great value. The atmosphere is cute and clean and the food will not disappoint!”

Kelly Mitchell, Google Review

3. Enoteca Sociale 

Enoteca Sociale
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WEBSITEhttps://sociale.ca/
ADDRESS1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1X7
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CONTACT DETAILS(416) 534-1200

OPERATING HOURSMon - Wed, Sun: 5 PM – 10 PM

Thurs - Sat: 5 PM – 11 PM

Enoteca Sociale, the brainchild of Rocco Agostino and Max Rimaldi, specializes in traditional Roman cuisine. Famous for crafting pasta and salumi from scratch in-house, they proudly boast a Bib Gourmand award from Michelin. 

The restaurant’s original concept is to make the place a go-to spot for those who want an all-night celebration. They kick off the night with antipasti and dinner, and then extend into the wee hours with the amaro cart.

A must-try is their tempting cacio e pepe – a house-made spaghetti with pecorino romano cheese and freshly ground black pepper.

Another crowd-pleaser is their yummy linguine vongole — pasta coated in an anchovy-parsley purée and paired with steamed clams. It’s finished with breadcrumbs and fennel seeds.

For a more intimate experience, Enoteca Sociale also offers a four-seat Chef’s Bar with a Roman tasting menu. 

Pros

  • Specializes in traditional Roman cuisine
  • Received a Michelin’s Bib Gourmand award
  • Has a four-seat Chef’s Bar
  • Offers a Roman tasting menu
  • Has outdoor seating
  • Has a full bar

Cons

  • Somewhat difficult to look for parking
  • Long wait times

Would highly recommend this beautiful spot

“We loved our first time here so much that we came back a second time! Our server made a great suggestion of wine to pair with our food. Such an underrated spot but such a nice atmosphere for date night. We absolutely love all the appetizers (the raw fish and meats are always well seasoned and the combinations used are delicious!). The seasonal lobster pasta was a small portion but rich in flavour. The agnolotti are what dreams are made of. Would highly recommend this beautiful spot.”

 Janice Chu, Google Review

One of the best homemade pastas I’ve ever tried

“One of the best homemade pasta I’ve ever tried. If you fancy pasta plate, this is your place in Toronto. Perfect for a night date. Place is small but cozy. Drinks are good and and the quality of food is excellent. I recommend to order the fixed menu to have the chance to try more plates with your partner or friends. Ordering by the cart may be come out expensive, but still worth the taste.”

Pablo Pérez de Blas, Google Review

4. Famiglia Baldassarre

Famiglia Baldassarre
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WEBSITEhttp://famigliabaldassarre.com/
ADDRESS122 Geary Ave, Toronto, ON M6H 4H1
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CONTACT DETAILS(647) 293-5395

OPERATING HOURSTue - Fri: 12 PM – 5 PM

Famiglia Baldassarre is named after owner Leandro Baldassare, who honed his pasta-making technique in Italy. Originating as a basement venture in 2010, the spot now crafts 27 types of wholesale fresh pasta for some of Toronto’s top dining spots.

In 2017, the doors swung open to the public, revealing a retail fresh pasta shop and a unique dine-in ‘factory’ experience several days a week. The focus is on rich long and stuffed pastas, echoing the flavors of northern Italy. 

Fresh local produce, Italian D.O.P. cheeses, and salumi contribute to fillings, with the option of collaborating with chefs for custom creations.

For a delectable experience, we recommend their tagliatelle al ragu, featuring velvety flat pasta in a rich Mantovan meat sauce. We also loved their ravioli di ricotta e spinaci –  a sinful dish, bathed in butter with reggiano. 

Cheese lovers should not miss their house-made mozzarella.

Pros

  • More than a decade of industry experience
  • Specializes in fresh pasta and northern Italy flavors
  • Offers fresh pasta wholesale to other restaurants
  • Can collaborate with chefs for custom creations
  • Also carries house-made mozzarella
  • Has a TV and outdoor seating

Cons

  • Very long wait times
  • Hard to find parking

Best pasta in the city. Period. 

“Best pasta in the city. Period. Familglia Baldassarre never disappoints. During covid they’re doing a daily (except Monday’s) lunch for $20 which includes a pasta, drink, bread and they toss proceeds to charity. They also have an incredible retail section with the best fresh pasta money can buy, and loads of other staples (sauces, cured meats, cheese etc…) Baldassarre is a rarity and a gem in the city, doing Toronto right.”

 Nate Kogan, Google Review

Among the best pasta in the city

“Among the best pasta in the city. Perfectly seasoned high quality ingredients are what keep me coming back. Pasta is always cooked to a perfect (and proper) al dente.”

Katherine Thornton, Google Review

5. Ascari Enoteca

Ascari Enoteca
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WEBSITEhttps://www.ascari.ca/
ADDRESS 1111 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1K7
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CONTACT DETAILS(416) 792-4157

OPERATING HOURSMon-Sun: 5 PM – 10 PM

Ascari Enoteca has been a local gem since 2011, paying homage to Formula 1 legend Alberto Ascari. The spot draws inspiration from Ascari’s unbeatable racing legacy and his equally legendary appetite, earning him the nickname “Ciccio, meaning chubby.

The menu boasts fresh, homemade pastas crafted daily, complemented by a curated Italian wine selection. 

Speaking of the menu, you should watch out for their scrumptious spaghetti alla carbonara. This classic fare uses house-made guanciale, grana padano, pecorino cheese, and egg yolk. 

Their servers are also trained to give out wine pairing recommendations, which we appreciate.

Chef-owner John is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan. He honed his skills at renowned establishments like Craft and Gramercy Tavern.

He also helped Craft win a James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in the U.S.

Pros

  • Over 10 years of experience
  • Fresh, homemade pasta crafted daily
  • Has a curated Italian wine selection
  • Servers can suggest wine pairing recommendations
  • Chef-owner graduated from the French Culinary Institute 
  • Helped Craft win a James Beard Award 

Cons

  • Does not accept Apple Pay
  • Reports of booking mix-ups

The dining was exceptional

“What a fantastic place. Admittedly we went for NYE, so maybe not the typical experience. The dining was exceptional nonetheless. Our server, David, was welcoming, attentive, more than helpful with questions and points of interest, and just an overall credit to the venue. Obviously the food was exceptional. I highly recommend staggering your selections and sharing bites. The strength of this place really is in the profiles and the techniques. Even a bite of a dish is enough to appreciate it. Anyways, just overall an extremely enjoyable experience. Again, a set menu, and more strictly curated dining than the norm, but they knocked it out. Terrific atmosphere, the menu set a high expectation and totally over-achieved, can’t wait to return.”

 Eric Evensen, Google Review

Demonstrated a genuine respect for the quality of the food

“Enoteca Ascari is our neighbourhood favourite. Our food was top notch – we appreciate the seasonal touches. Service was great and demonstrated a genuine respect for the quality of the food. The head chef was welcoming and accommodated our allergies. Chatting racing with the bartender was also a highlight!”

Daina Petronis, Google Review


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