Visitors to Toronto might not be aware that the city has one of the most vibrant foodie cultures in North America. In part, this is as a result of the wonderful dining opportunities in the city. There is something to literally suit every taste. Toronto offers fine dining, family options or the opportunity to tuck into great bar snacks. It is a city that will reward those in search of authentic local dishes and international cuisine alike.
However, if one really wants to indulge in an authentic culinary experience taking a seat in one of the great Italian restaurants Downtown Toronto offers is absolutely essential. the reason that Toronto has built so an incredible reputation for producing fabulous Italian meals is in part due to the large numbers of Italian immigrants that found their homes in the city during the 1970s. These immigrants from all over Italy realized that the city was ripe for a move away from the standard ‘spaghetti and meatballs’ approach to something a little more rustic, a little more authentic and a whole lot more filled with great flavor.
For those who want to explore the fabulous Italian restaurants Downtown Toronto is a great place to start – and here are some great choices to start on that journey of exploration.
1. Cibo Wine Bar.
The moment diners walk through the front door and are greeted by a space that screams ‘style’ they know that they are in for a treat. The styling of the decor is yet another indication that a similar artistic approach should be expected from the chefs – and diners will not be disappointed. Although the restaurant is billed as a ‘wine bar’ it has taken that dining experience to new heights – with the best of Italian cuisine thrown into the mix. The fresh in house pizzas are delightful. Dishes such as the Veal Milanese, a breaded veal chop is a thing of beauty served with fingering potatoes and rapini take taste to a whole new level. Ignore the pasta offerings at your peril.
2. La Bettola di Terroni.
This is a restaurant that has elevated simplicity to an art form. It serves authentic Southern Italian using fresh ingredients which combine to provide exquisite flavors. The homemade pasta should not be missed. Dishes like the ‘Chitarra alla Norcina’ simply shine with flavors of homemade Italian sausage, Black Truffle shavings, Pecorino Romano with house created Chitarra Spaghetti done just right. Don’t forget to factor in the wine into the experience – it’s essential.
3. Massimo Bruno Supper Club.
If diners are willing to plan ahead they can experience a meal that involves all the best that Italian dining can offer. Laughter, jokes, great food and a sense of community. The Massimo Bruno Supper Club puts diners in the heart of the experience with communal tables where everyone soon gets to know one another. The BYOB policy adds to the fun with people swapping not only life stories and smiles, but also sharing their individual wine preferences. You’re going to pay for the privilege – but it’s worth every cent.
If you are in Toronto head Downtown and indulge in some of the best Italian cuisine that can be found anywhere in the world – and that includes Italy.