Paese Ristorante Bathurst St.

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609 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
With regulars referring to Paese as their "kitchen away from home", Paese Ristorante has been serving Italian inspired food made from the finest local ingredients for the past 21 years.
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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f
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic meal with really great service.

MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Paese is definitely a favourite place to visit with family and friends.

MS
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

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.

AL
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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.

OT
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

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.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere.

MM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food once again. This is becoming a favourite “go to” destination,

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always such an amazing meal and excellent service. We go every year for our wedding anniversary and will keep going as our tradition.

F
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I strongly recommend the mushroom pasta

OT
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot.
Great service.
Great food.

I shall be back.

TT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

In general good. For the price of over forty dollar but my plate was a bit salty. I would probably go with dishes from the menu, especially pasta dishes.

RE
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I found my experience at Paese to be rather disappointing starting with how chilly the restaurant was.
we were moved from the front of the restaurant to the back with not much difference.
the staff however was both friendly and accommodating.
we found the menu was limited but the wine list extensive .our pizza and salad were excellent although pricey.my friends gnocchi was very small portion .although he requested it without sauce they enjoyed
their pizza.
overall this meal was pricey but the atmosphere was pleasant and as I said the staff did their best to please not sure if we would return.

DM
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it so much I booked my wife's 50th there. Awesome night!

JJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was very good...Portions were adequate...Our waiter Seth provided good customer experience..

F
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Always good food. Service depends on how busy they are.

RP
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was fantastic, the whole restaurant set up is great. We just felt a little rushed. The courses were coming out too fast. We probably should have just told them to slow down, but it looked like everything was already prepared.

i
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We went in March 2019 and it was a great, great experience. Then we went two day ago and we had a totally different experience. They changed the menu (we found out that they changed the chef) and the food was mediocre, the service was mediocre and the noise level was very high. I am not coming back

t
Miami
70 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time at this restaurant, we drive by it all the time! Finally made a reservation for dinner. Absolutely loved it! Why do d we wait so long to try the delicious food. Service was outstanding!
Highly recommend

MB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food at reasonable prices

OT
Toronto
76 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great meal at Paeae! Wonderful food, exceptional service and nice ambiance.

CM
Vancouver
23 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lots of vegetarian choices, which I appreciated. Even my meat-eating companion enjoyed the three dishes we shared. The mushroom "calamari" was delicious! The music was a bit too loud for conversation, but the volume was turned down when we mentioned it. The server was friendly and attentive.

r
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely dinner as usual at Paese. Food was great. Try the mushroom “calamari”!

C
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous ! Great menu!

M
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Food was delicious.

P
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Paese is consistently very good. We were a group of 6 and sat at a square table so that we could see and converse with each other.
There are many daily specials and the menu, even though it’s mainly pizza and pasta is creative and interesting.
Excellent, efficient service.

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great dinner at my neighbourhood restaurant

MW
Toronto
43 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was excellent!!

R
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paese is wonderful

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurent. Fabulous food, lovely service, well priced and easy to park. Would highly recommend.

H
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Veal dish was mediocre. Caesar salad small for the price. Rest was excellent.

GB
Ottawa
15 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful!!

DV
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good staff. Parking in front of the restaurant can be busy, but going to the side helps.

BL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Terrific food with knowledge servers. A great combination!

JM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pasta was fabulous! No wonder their chef is in the pasta competition finals.

FN
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I liked the food very much, but even better was the service. It was exceptional.

OT
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was the first time that our party of two couples had dined at Paese. We ordered off the Summerlicious menu and found every dish to be beautifully presented and delicious. The attentive service was excellent and we will return in future.

MS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. The food was excellent and the servings were quite generous. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner. Loved our waitress

BS
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the staff and the overall ambiance is exceptional. I would highly recommend this place, we sat at the bar, there were other people doing the same thing everyone ended up chatting it was just a wonderful evening.

AP
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New vegan mushroom calamari dish is heaven