Ascari Enoteca

4.7
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806 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
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.

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

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!
What 806 People Are Saying
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4.7
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CB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. A bit chilly in the beginning, but a space heater helped warm us up quickly. Will return soon!

KM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding- kudos to wait staff and chef! The ambience was superb, very comfortable with a cool vibe. The only thing I found startling was the price for a glass of wine, $16 for 5 oz. (from an ON winery). Despite this I would definitely go again!
Thanks.

SM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was meeting a friend I haven’t seen in months so we were talking lots and we ended up being the last two in the restaurant. Our server was so patient and super great. Not to mention the food was delicious. Can’t wait to go back with my husband.

DG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was fantastic. It’s a little on the noisy side, so keep that in mind if it’s important to you. Would definitely recommend.

CG
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was my first time at the restaurant and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Ascari Enoteca. The food was amazing - all of it, the wine delicious, the service friendly and mostly efficient, the ambiance pleasant. I will most certainly recommend it to friends and family and I will definitely return!

CH
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Ascari Enoteca! They handle my food allergy so well that I never feel like I'm missing out on a thing. Really, this my favourite restaurant in Toronto. The staff make you feel so special and the food is always exceptional. Thanks!!

SJ
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ascari is always a favourite place to go! Absolutely delicious!

CI
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very little choice for entrees...but GREAT appetizers...

NL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Amazing service always! Delicious food! One of our family's favorite place in the city!

PR
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great little place with a nice neighbourhood feeling. The food wasn't certainly a cut above and the staff were friendly and helpful. It was a little noisy but I guess that's what a popular place is like.

P
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really good food and fantastic service

KL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Lovely meal with lovely service. The only thing that detracted from the meal was the noise level. We were a party of 4 and literally had to yell to hear each other. If the restaurant can deal with this problem, I would definitely come back.

OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

They definitely want you out within two hours!!

L
Toronto
28 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the place where you go to get fantastic unpretentious Italian food. The service is exceptional and the don’t forget to make a reservation!

EP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Appetizers were spectacular. Great negroni.

C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

One of our favourite restaurants but on this occasion both pasta dishes were disappointing. The ravioli and the pasta with the lemon.

We will be back.

SY
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner with another couple - we split appetizers and a bottle of wine, and ALL got the carbonara! SO GOOD!

B
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Did not like any of the dishes we had and everything was very expensive especially the wine. The service was good though. You could not fault the waiters. The place is very popular but I expect way more for this price.

SL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Other than the volume, everything was great. We have a really difficult time holding a conversation - pretty much yelling at one another to communicate.

DL
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This neighborhood gem is one of my go-to favorites. The food, quality and service never disappoints. The wine list is interesting and lots of options. Highly recommended. You will love it!

EW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and the staff at Ascari. Thank you Ascari and its wonderful staff for a wonderful dining experience.

KM
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food with great service. Highly recommend!

DD
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, really enjoyed eating here. Restaurant is small, so it seemed to be very loud and tables were close together, but overall a great experience. Delicious!

k
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic Italian style "tapas" spot, with great selection of wines and cocktails. Casual, friendly, great flavours and fit for any 'food lover' to visit and enjoy. Will be back soon

t
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, wine list and ambiance are outstanding. This is our go-to restaurant for date nights. The half price bottles of wine on Monday nights is a nice touch and one that we have enjoyed a number of times. :-)

WB
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have no pictures of the carpaccio but it's absolutely fantastic and you must order it if you go there - the bread and olive oil too. Everything was so delicious!

LJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing meal at Ascari Enoteca! My partner can't have garlic or onions, which of course makes dining out complicated. However, with a quick head's up to Ascari, they provide several delicious options for her and she doesn't have to feel limited or left out (except for eyeballing my Carbonara!). The service is top notch: friendly, attentive & accomodating. They introduced us to a fantastic wine - Irreverence - from the Pearl Morissette, and we finished off with an amazing seasonal cannoli. I look forward to coming back again soon.

D
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friendly staff and great food.

TL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service at this restaurant was amazing. The atmosphere is really nice for a date night. Best pasta I’ve ever eaten! Get the beef cheek pasta. So good!!!

T
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Small, intimate crowded space with everyone pleased to be there. Limited menu hits all the high spots, bursted, pastas and desserts. No meat mains and not missed. Pasta carbonara a favourite. Attentive “team” service.

NV
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is amazing. For some reasons it is loud the acoustics or something are not good the music wasn't loud and people were just talking but it was hard to talk to the people at your table.

LM
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food is absolutely fantastic!!! The venue is really tiny so you have to be ok with close quarters. Highly recommend!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall1food4service2ambience3

They don’t take credit cards

TT
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After reading several positive reviews of Ascari, we decided to celebrate our daughter's birthday there. Also, we hadn't been to Leslieville for a few years, and so it was good to get back there. Ascari really is a neighbourhood gem; a good balance of casual and chic. Food was delicious, with a small menu and a focus on fresh local ingredients. Combine that with wonderful service (Matt and co. were super accommodating), and you've got a perfect Saturday night dinner in a cool part of town. I would definitely recommend Ascari, and we'll check out the new King West location at some point very soon.

MC
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carbonara is wonderful and great cocktail/drink selection.

DB
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious, and on Monday's the bottles of wine are half-price. Can't go wrong!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another fantastic meal. Have been 4 times and the food and service has never disappointed. Highly recommended the bbq’d lamb and fried broccoli appetizers. ½ price wine bottles on Monday!

EP
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A great restaurant with house-made pasta and an excellent wine selection.

SY
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Love the burrata - it changes seasonally and is always delicious!

CR
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came in for our anniversary and the staff were immediately attentive. Drew was able to walk us through the menu and help us order exactly the right amount of food for us, steering us away from a few extra dishes that we would have otherwise ordered (it was impossible to choose, they all looked delicious). The wine selections were also spot on. Perfect meal out for celebrating.

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