Paese Ristorante Bathurst St.

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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.
What 596 People Are Saying
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DM
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

F
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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

RP
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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
64 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food at reasonable prices

OT
Toronto
74 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

CM
Vancouver
23 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

C
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous ! Great menu!

M
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Food was delicious.

P
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great dinner at my neighbourhood restaurant

MW
Toronto
41 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was excellent!!

R
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paese is wonderful

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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

GB
Ottawa
15 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful!!

DV
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Terrific food with knowledge servers. A great combination!

JM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

FN
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner. Loved our waitress

BS
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
23 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New vegan mushroom calamari dish is heaven

JK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 4

I went to Paese on Sunday evening and I can confidently say that there is still no good Italian up in North York. I was intrigued by the menu with its heavy emphasis on seafood and atypical dishes, but my lobster ravioli (a whopping $28) had only 6 rubbery pieces of ravioli with even chewier lobster inside. If I didn't know it was lobster, I would have thought they had filled the ravioli with imitation crab -- which might have tasted better and cost much less.

We also tried the mushroom calamari as an app which was good, but it's very hard to mess up deep-fried dishes.

The worse thing about this place, however, is the incredibly rude server - a portly, tall, bald, and aggressive older man whose demeanor is like a prison guard or perhaps a down-on-his-luck car mechanic.

I thought he was just rude to me because I'm young and Asian and this restaurant attracts only the whitest and most geriatric of crowds. But no -- I was relieved to find out this guy is rude to even 80-year-old grandmothers who have trouble remembering the specials; he was literally yelling at them in a loud staccato as he bellowed out the specials once more.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Diner and ambiance fabulous as always. Another great meal.

SS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, healthy vegetarian options were enjoyed by everyone in our party.

GC
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favourite go to places! The food is fabulous and the staff is amazing!

F
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We are regular dinners and Finally Update the menu , added more choices to the menu, but the main dishes still don’t come with starch and small amount vegetables

CH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal with outstanding service! I recommend this for business, couples and children.

LS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, people and atmosphere. I love this please

RL
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

E cellent menu and the food was fabulous. It was too chilly in the restaurant that evening and that took away from the experience. But would definitely go back. With an extra sweater.

TH
Toronto
29 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The waiter kindly agreed to accommodate my diet with no salt and no oil on my dinner. The fish was fishy and did not taste fresh. The vegetables of the day were only green beans and not with the potatoes as mentioned in the menu. The waiter eventually brought them. They were salted. Then after we were done our main course potatoes were oily with no seasoning at all. Very disappointed. The waiter did not come to see if we were content with the meal nor did management make an effort to improve our experience. Dinner for 2 with 1 glass of wine, no coffee or dessert was over $100.

S
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again we had a fabulous meal and evening at Paese. Thank you!! ❤️

ME
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, and food was great. A little pricey but well prepared. Their entrees could come with things rather than having them on the side. The beef side ribs were excellent but a little fatty.

C
Toronto
55 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Authentic and delicious Italian food with great combinations of tastes and seasoning. Always friendly service.

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