Ascari Enoteca
Ascari Enoteca

Ascari Enoteca

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ascarienoteca.ca/
  • Phone: (416) 792-4157
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:30 - 11:00 pm
    Monday: 5:30 pm - 12:00 am
  • Payment Options: Cash Only
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: John Sinopoli
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Caroline
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Ascari Enoteca
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'.
Ascari Enoteca is a neighborhood locale where people come to linger over a simple, delicious meal washed down by a superb bottle of wine (or two). Here you'll find homemade pastas made fresh in house every single day, plus a wine list featuring well-known varietals from across Italy and more than a few undiscovered gems.
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Ascari Enoteca reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (51)fit for foodies (49)romantic (33)special occasion (26)notable wine list (26)hot spot (15)late-night find (6)good for groups (4)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Fabulous meal, wine and room.
    CMD1
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    I would not hesitate to recommend Ascari Enoteca. The pasta is innovative and unlike other restaurants. The wine list is impressive and half price "wine killas" on Monday evening is brilliant. The room and service are great. Like all Toronto restaurants, they need to keep the music to a minimum. Nonetheless, our server promptly turned the music down when I encountered difficulty hearing my dining companions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Monday night dining with wine at half price !
    Andy
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Wine at half price is a definite plus, but I am finding the dining experience here a bit of a "hit and miss". The comment mostly applies to the menu (regular menu changes from time to time plus daily specials). Once or twice I have had a dish I quite liked, but then the next time I come it's off the menu and the new selections don't inspire and the pick I make is average.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stellar
    Jane
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food was eyes-roll-into-the-back-of-your-head unreal. Our server was super professional, but also extremely funny, knowledgable and super personable. The way our appetizers and main were spaced out was perfect- enough to take our time and enjoy what we were having, but never a moment of "uh...hmm...is our food coming yet?" The dining room is beautiful and has a really nice vibe. This place, for lack of a more eloquent way to describe it, totally rules.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the gems for sure
    MG23VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I need to use at least 50 characters to describe this restaurant, but it could be easily accomplished with just one word - GREAT! Exclamation mark. Seriously... everything is on point - food, service, ambiance, location...etc. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The best part of the evening was the main dish. I had the pasta special with chicken livers and it was really superb. But the whole thing was too expensive. I consider a dinner for 4 with one bottle of wine, a couple of beers, one desert and a couple of after dinner drinks, costing $290 with tip to be too much. To me that's not sufficient value and unfortunately I'll not return. Also the olive oil served with bread before the meal lacked the pleasant taste I would expect from a fine Italian restaurant. Maybe a different brand, or include a vinegar perhaps?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not impressed
    Johnny5
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The appetizers were fine and the mains (pastas) were solid. The service wasn't good and te tables are very close to each other. I think your money is spent better elsewhere. 140 with tip for two people, there are other places I would rather spend my money.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pastagirl
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We love Ascari and keep going back. The food is unique, inventive and the restaurant lively and fun. One of our favorites
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and delicious food
    DanYYZ
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Second time at this Leslieville spot. The service was perfect: knowledgeable, friendly and unobtrusive. The food is sensational. We started with the cheese broccoli and to my surprise it was scrumptious. Our pastas were beautifully presented and just perfect for a cold November night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • authentique and creative
    Ital4me
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Traditional Italian cuisine with a twist…a select few dishes that reflect a flair for innovation. The charcuterie platter was so tasty - each selection distinct from the next, as was the liver pate crostini dish - although three of these was not enough. Rabbit (plenty of it in the cannellon in broth with baby carrots and green beans) was light and so fresh…while the carbonara was rich and filling - loved that egg on top. My 'Tuscan' cocktail was also quite delish with a refreshing citrus zing. All in all a wonderful meal with excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Great food, great service, great ambiance. Only beef = no credit cards accepted.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A long wait
    Sadsad
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Despite confirming a reservation that day, we had to wait almost an hour for our table. Staff were apologetic and comped 2 apps for 4 ppl but it was still pretty awkward and we still had to wait 10 mins for menus after that. Food is pretty good but hard to enjoy when it's such a long wait and your guests are complaining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jeff
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    As per usual, both service and food were great. Have been there many times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ssss
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    A bit overpriced for quality/ quantity. Dishes are not executed to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Ascari is simply one of the best restaurant experiences in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, cozy setting
    luv2eat
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Enjoyed a delicious dinner with great service in a cozy atmosphere. Reasonable prices for appetizers and mains. The fresh tomato salad was simple but delicious. The pasta's are the perfect size and packed full of flavor. Looking forward to eating here again and would recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Billy
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food is delicious! Would like to see entrees that are more protein, not just pastas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing good and service
    Simplepleasures
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Limited but excellent and well executed menu. The team is friendly and knowledgable. These folks take pride in their food and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wow
    RogueComic
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was top shelf and the staff were on top of everything. They had no problem accommodating my 6 year old and his very select pallate. Going back next weekend for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighbourhood spot
    Hadzipes
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food is excellent, a definite for past lovers. Some twists on classics, the smoked cod puttanesca was outstanding! I'll be working my through this menu over the next while!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    OscarVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The menu is deceiving ... We live near by and always liked the look of the restaurant but never got that excited by the look of the menu. But we decided to try it and it was great. The food was fantastic ... Menu hadn't changed but everything was brilliant, perfectly cooked pasta and risotto. The apitizers were awesome too. Definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent.
    fleshrum
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Ascari offers unique arrangements of food and flavours and excellent, timely service. We visited twice toward the end of the summer season, and it was fairly busy, but we were neither rushed nor cramped in the sleek bar room. Absolutely going back next season.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always!
    DanNan
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We love to keep going to Ascari. Never let down with the food or service. Always a treat to try something new or try one of our tried and true favourites. Carbonara is the best we've had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great italian, friendly staff
    jhass
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We had a fantastic time. Thanks to the staff, cooks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed it. Again.
    TimWVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Fresh made pasta, not the dried stuff. Pure ingredients, it's what real Italian food tastes like. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food
    goodfood
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    awesome nteresting food. We used a Groupon and found it was good value in a hip part of town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • promotion evening?
    totorotakaVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I didn't expect full house in this restaurant on a Tuesday night. Normally, their services is very friendly. However, the waiter seems a bit impatient on that night. It may be caused by the crowd. Food was good, but not as good as usual either. Some dishes didn't seasoned evenly. The fish appetizer was a big fishy. The pasta was still very tasty and al dente. When we paid, the waiter asked us if we have coupon. Then I knew some promotion was going on. Hope they can keep their friendliness and food quality even during the promotion period.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A local resto worth checking out
    xmtlerVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great menu and a good wine list in a stylish, fun space. The staff are always in fine form to make sure your evening is great. Been several times and will certainly return. Grazie!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Gem
    Simplepleasures
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Outstanding food and excellent service. This place has a great vibe and will make you come back again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 235 reviews are from the Ascari Enoteca reviews archive.
  • Great food and service
    Highhopes
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our meal was better than what we ate in Italy! Definitely pricey, which makes it more suitable for special occasions rather than everyday dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    Foodstar8
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This restaurant never fails to deliver on good food, wine and service Daily cocktail is always a treat
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice little gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Good food...prices are a bit steep. I would recommend this restaurant only if a groupon or special offer was in place otherwise the prices are high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dissapointed
    Panetone
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Huge disappointment compared to past visits. I hope this was a one-off experience and not the new reality at Ascari. Food was mediocre and the special, which I had, wasn't at all special - rubbery under-cooked seafood. The music gradually got louder as the evening progressed which made it impossible to have a conversation. This is/was one of the best dinner spots in Leslieville so I hope it was just a bad night for them.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Andree
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    All excellent, food-service-ambiance, everything! All really well-done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2devine
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I have been to this restaurant twice now and look forward to my next and many future visits The staff are knowledgable, helpful and friendly. The menu choices are wonderful - it is hard to make a choice as everything sounds good. The wine selections are excellent and the suggested pairings with the meal are outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth returning to
    CRSJM
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    A taste of Italy in Leslieville. True authentic very tasty Italian dishes. Great value for the money. Customer service was excellent - knowledgeable staff who provided us with recommendations for both food and wine. Highly recommend dessert after meal, felt like being in Italy with espresso and cannoli. We were extremely pleased with our dinner for two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • poor experience
    cheeseandrice
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We've gone to Ascari many times before, and had wonderful experiences. However, had our first time been the dinner we had this week, I'd say that we probably would never go again. Further, if just one thing had been off, we would have shrugged our shoulders and understood. However, from start to finish the evening was poor! Our server (who perhaps was new/training? we'd never seen her) was very lax, and the food, once it arrived, was swimming in oil. There was so much oil in mine that it looked like soup! The place was really noisy, which in and of itself would've been bearable; the combo of really awful service (our food was dropped off and that was the last we saw of her!), poor food and noise made it a regrettable experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • For Pasta Lovers!
    memiss
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    I tried Ascari Enoteca on Monday with a friend (half price on wine bottles on Mondays). The service was excellent, and the menu offered many very unique items. We tried fried risotto balls as an appetizer, delicious. Both our main dishes were also fantastic; the sauces were simple but had a very special twist to them which made them absolutely unforgettable. Will definitely go back! A must-try in Leslieville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fantastically, consistently delish
    AlbertoLogan
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    As always Ascari served up a great meal. The cocktails were divine, the starters quick and tasty and the mains were sophisticated and sublime. Topped off with an amazing canolli dessert, this resto can't be beat!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place needs hospitality
    Squinter
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Got to the restaraunt on time, ordered cocktails, wine, apps, and mains. Finishing up our bottle of wine at 8:14 the waiter says he needs us to settle up he has an 8:30 reservation. Their were 10 empty seats in the place. I've come to restaurants and they've told me your table isnt ready it will be a few minutes but I've never been asked to leave with wine in my glass and empty table available.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    sniderbd
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The food at Ascari is excellent. Every dish looked great and tasted even better. The fresh made pasta is as good as you'll find in anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.