Imagine a hot pizza served right out of the oven, with bubbling cheese topped with fresh basil and chili oil, or actually thick strings of bucatini covered in a creamy Parmesan and freshly cracked pepper or maybe a hunk of burrata served on a bed of herbs and olive oil and crunchy garlic bread. The Italians know food, and Toronto is home to some of the best Italian restaurants.
As difficult as it is for you to choose what to order at your favourite Italian restaurant, you can only imagine how difficult this list was for us to put together. Toronto has some fantastic Italian food, both authentic and with foreign twists that come from living in such a diverse and growing city. The following list is not finite but is a hand-selected guide of Italian eateries that range from underrated gems to nationally-renowned establishments. You could approach this as the TasteToronto Italian restaurant bucket list or something to refer to when trying to impress an impending date. Whichever you choose for dinner, you'll be walking away with a full belly, a great wine pairing, and (hopefully) a doggy bag with some leftover risotto for your working lunch tomorrow.