Trattoria Giancarlo

4.8
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124 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian

Trattoria Giancarlo is located in Toronto’s Little Italy, and it has been serving the area’s customers with fantastic and authentic Italian food for more than 30 years now. The restaurant has a wealth of options available for those who want to try some upscale fare.



Chef Jason Barato works hard to ensure the menu for Trattoria Giancarlo is full of delicious food. Some of the popular options include the carpaccio and prosciutto for appetizers. The ravioli, risotto and gnocchi are just some of the dinner items to try. When looking for fine dining, you will want to put Trattoria Giancarlo on your list.


What 124 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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S
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We came for the Carpaccio and it didn’t disappoint!! The ‘shopping’ for the wine was a novel and fun experience. Medium rare duck breast was the best ever, one of the pasta dishes was the best ever also. The noise level was rather high but somewhat enjoyed as it meant everyone was having a good time!! We would recommend. It was not our first visit and hopefully will not be our last.

OT
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal. We had the duck and ravioli and the carpaccio to start. Great wines.

LR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I’ve been to Giancarlo several times now and the incredible food keeps bringing me back. The carpaccio is super fresh and delicious, and all their pastas are rich and flavourful.

The one complaint my table had was about our waiter. He was weirdly touchy with us (kept touching our shoulders) and when my (clearly) pregnant friend asked if there was alcohol in her dessert, he assured her it “wasn’t that much and she’d be fine”. The menu didn’t state there was Prosecco in this dessert. As a result we didn’t give a super generous tip and after that he started acting rude and took 10 minutes to grab our jackets on our way out. Put a bit of a damper on the meal/restaurant but I will go back hoping I don’t get served by that waiter again.

E
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our visit to Trattoria Giancarlo and would definitely recommend it to others!! The only somewhat negative thing we can say is that we were surprised to be charged $4 for bread. Bread is usually always complimentary at most restaurants so it was surprising to have to order it and be charged for it.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always. AMAZING.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was for an Anniversary dinner and they didn’t disappoint!! I would highly recommend this restaurant for anyone!! The ambience and the food were amazing!! Would definitely come again!!

GF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic Italian using only the freshest ingredients. Great wine selection and friendly professional service. A neighborhood classic for decades.

L
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an amazing little restaurant with exceptional food and a great atmosphere in Little Italy. Was a great find for a first visit and will definitely return. The Lemon Cheesecake was a great way to top off the meal.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

William was great! We were treated very well even though it was our first time in. We will be back and will bring friends and family with us! Thank you for a very nice evening

CF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It was our 25th Wedding Anniversary, we have been coming to Giancarlo for many years .
The Food was Amazing the Wine selection was excellent.
Unfortunately we felt a little rushed ( no one was waiting for the table) @ the end
And most disappointing the Maître was short with us, he could not care less it was a Very Special Occasion for us.
Really miss Tony he made all patrons feel special especially for a milestone.
We came away not really feeling great by the whole experience.

r
Toronto
33 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious. Will definitely be back

CB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go! No, really, Go! Stop reading this and Go! It’s not good, it’s incredible. Not only is it incredible but it’s been incredible for YEARS!!! I still don’t understand why you’re still reading this and haven’t gone to make a reservation. GO!!!!!

KR
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

If the service matched the food, this place would be in my top 10 favourite in Toronto. The only person who was remotely polite and showed any kind of care was the man who greeted us and said good bye as we left. I’m going to give the restaurant a call to discuss further - it could have just been this one server but it tainted the entire experience for me and the person I was with.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

HO
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall4food2service3ambience4

Consistently good with very fresh & tasty ingredients. Wine, appetizers eye-wateringly expensive. No need to RIP OFF patrons with $12 bruschetta that turned out to be salted toasted French bread with olives! Or $15 a glass for wine. Service was snooty and lacklustre. But mains outstanding and a nice patio so worth the aggravation. Generally dislike an establishment where staff work hard to make patrons feel as if THEY are doing you the favour of serving you. Due to super high cost - this is a “special event” establishment only.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Food has gone down hill and is terribly overpriced

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as usual. Food to die for. Our favourite place in Toronto.

RU
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant

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T
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Consistently among the best restaurants in the city for its cuisine

P
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

The server was rude and seemed extremely annoyed.
He was not welcoming by any means.

T
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place in the city!! Beautiful place, great atmosphere. Can wait to go back!!

MM
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a lovely birthday dinner at Giancarlo! Thank you to the kind staff :) The lobster pasta and chocolate cake were delicious!

ES
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Nice night but the pasta came a little too quickly after ordering. It was par boiled and finished off, making the pasta somewhat gummy. This place should be about SLO-food.

I
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

I asked for a table outside and was turned down - even though it was empty and remained underpopulated all the time I was there. Food was so-so and the wine was overpriced. I won't be coming back.

V
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great patio. Unlike most in Toronto,must be Prebooked! (News to me).

Food and wine very nice. Old school Italian. Great lamb and veal chop

L
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite restaurant, best carpaccio I've ever had!!

HP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We've been to Giancarlo several times before, but the food just wasn't as good as previous visits, in particular the tiramisu

OT
Boise
9 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Pasta was stoggy and inedible and ordered by 2 of the guests. The waiter graciously accepted us returning it then we had to watch an altercation between him and the manager. Then deal with sarcasm from the manager. One guest ordered the replacement pasta as is. Marginally better but poor. Chef and owner seem to have changed been going for 20 yrs.

L
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Service was a bit slow and items were missed or forgotten. However, the server provided a free drink to compensate and the fabulous food definitely made up for it.

WS
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were underwhelmed with the restaurant. The food and the service was good but compare to other restaurants in the same price range Giancarlo didn’t compare. We will not return.

DV
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food good but expensive for pasta and wine.

CH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

This restaurant used to be good. It is past its prime. Our waiter was not interested in serving us and was outright rude by the end of the meal. There was 6 of us at dinner and none of us will go back.

M
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants in the city!!!!
The beef carpaccio melts in your mouth.
I always look forward to my next visit

RG
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Lamb asked for medium was close to well done
Tiramisu way too heavy. Far away from a real Italian one.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The food was just plain terrible. Haven’t had a meal so bad in a long time. Food was over cooked, undercooked and all sopping in oil. We sent back the fish which was rubbery but it was all bad. The restaurant must be under new management or have a new “chef”. We won’t be back.

KR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here anytime we are in Toronto. I am never disappointed!!

OC
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you love classic Italian cuisine, a fantastic range of wines, and great, personable service - this will be your go-to place for a truly exceptional evening. Giancarlo has been at the very top of my list for over a decade.

JL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, beautiful ambiance.
Thank you for a lovely dining experience.

OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food, amazing wine cellar. Excellent service. What more do you want?