La Forchetta
La Forchetta

La Forchetta

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.laforchetta.ca/
  • Phone: (416) 534-3100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Roman Kolev
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from La Forchetta
La Forchetta Restaurant is located in the very heart of Little Italy district of Downtown Toronto. The restaurant offers variety of classic northern Italian dishes such as risottos and fine meat and game, while listing some great home made pasta choices from the southern fare. For five years in a raw, La Forchetta has won the prestigious "Best of Award of Excellence" from the Wine Spectator. The wine list offers over 650 wines by the bottle with a comprehensive wine by the glass and half bottle selections. We believe in bringing the best quality food ingredients on the market to the kitchen,and then transforming them with passion for cooking to meals evoking a memorable dining experience. The extensive wine list embraces and complements the diverse style of Italian dishes. Enjoy, and buon appetito!!!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
La Forchetta reviews from OpenTable diners
24 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (17)neighborhood gem (11)romantic (9)notable wine list (8)special occasion (7)great for lunch (3)good for groups (2)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Italian Masterpiece
    Stella
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Last weekend, my fiance and I visited Toronto. He had one dinner planned and the other was up to me. I was very interested in visiting Little Italy area but was searching for authentic Italian food. That's when I found La Forchetta. Some of the menu items had changed from the menu I found online, but most items were still there. The restaurant is small and cozy. We had excellent service and fantastic food. My fiance had the pork marsala and loved it. The mashed potatoes had so much flavor. I had the duck ristotto and the flavor was out of this world. It was also very hot temperature, and I like my food served hot. My only complaint would be that some of the duck was chewy on the edges, but most of it was lean and melted in your mouth. We both had wine and the wine list was huge. I visited Venice last year and I felt like I had gone back there when I walked into this place with the ambiance and Italian waiters. That coupled with the food makes this place a real gem! Enjoy.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    astrocat
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Went here after a film at the Royal. We were seated at a table in the middle of a thoroughfare, so my dining companion had plates whizzing above her head the whole time. Went for the three course price fixe. Nothing terrible, nothing great. Waiter kept trying to remove the dessert from my companion before she was done. Trying to rush us out, then the place was suddenly closed at 10.20 (our reservation was at 8.30). Told us not to hurry, then found it difficult to actually pay once resto was closed and the staff had friends and family in to socialize with. Strange experience.
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  • Check the bill
    mitch4100
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    They don't split accounts if you need to, check the bill several times
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Italy
    Kolada
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great little restaurant on College in little Italy. I have been here twice and both times left satisfied. Good service, good food, good prices - not pretentious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious meal
    foodforcathVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Dinner was scrumcious. I tried the musk ox appetizer for the first time. Very tasty. Service was great. Would definitely recommend if you like Italian food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • louise
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A great place to enjoy a lovely evening with delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow! Talk about Fresh!!
    ModernDayHippie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This is a smaller restaurant that is great for groups 10ppl or smaller. Very intimate with lots of character. Great service, fantastic death food with some interesting dishes that's were just heavenly. My co-workers and I loved it and had such a wonderful time there. We were definitely the noisy ones, otherwise it's a perfect restaurant for a romantic dinner or more intimate if your catching up with family/friends. Loved it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pick!
    KJSteamboatVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Can't believe this restaurant has been here for 12 years! We had an amazing dinner of Caprese Salad, followed by Grilled European Sea Bass Filet! YUM!!! Everything was Delicious! We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best!
    StillhungryVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Pasta was perfect, the sauce outstanding and a lightly grilled bread that has you asking for more. Charming restaurant with a phenomenal menu. Well worth the visit! We definitely did not leave hungry!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening in Little Italy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I was warmly welcomed reservation for two and I was offered a table for 2 but since the Restaurent was quite I was then offered a table for four which had more space. My friend from the USA his first visit to Toronto spoke Italian so he reviewed the wine list but accepted my recommendation of Melot Mapa. The server showed the bopttle and offered a sample for testing My friend approved. It was a very good wine. We ordered salads Mine Ceasers His Greek. The were served very quickly. Our main dinner orders were served shortly after we had fiished the salads. Bread and water refills were offered many times. The main dishes were excellent I had the spegetti La Forchetta. It was an excleent evening The food great and good service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The staff were very friendly and provided prompt service. The food was particularly good, especially the pappardelle. I have eaten my fair share of Italian pasta, and but the pappardelle was one of the best pasta dishes that I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for dates
    cookie222
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Take your date here - it's romantic, intimate and yet not uncomfortable and stuffy. Great in the summer when they open the windows. It's in a great spot on College for post-dinner partying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian in a long time~
    chelse
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    On our many vacations we always look for the "best italian" restaurant. We go on a whim. This one paid off! It was easy to find, we got right in. The menu was eclectic and traditional. We had lots of things we wanted to order. They even made a simple but totally delicious spaghetti and sauce with sausage for my kids! Lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little restaurant
    Kaliber44
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food was great. Service was great. A little too much noise from the street with the open patio, but no big deal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 247 reviews are from the La Forchetta reviews archive.
  • Fantastic!!
    loveroftravel
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    wonderful evening! The service was great! Very enjoyable. Each course was very flavourful and absolutely delicious! Our favourite was the Butternut squash ravioli - never had that flavouring before! Can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We ate in their outdoor area during the recent Taste of Toronto festival. So the staff was incredibly busy and the dining areas were standing-room-only. Even so, the service was fairly prompt, and the food and wine were very good. On a less hectic night, I'm sure La Forchetta would offer an excellent dining experience.
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  • Worth a visit
    Munching
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Small and tables a bit crowded but the food was great. Two of us had sea scallops with baby bok choy and sweet potato mash. Delicious although another scallop would have been nice. I had the risotto of the day which I cleaned up (unusual for me). We also enjoyed the tirumisu and chocolate cake. Waiters hovered a bit too much and one may have been new as the others occasionally stepped in to "help" him, which bothered at least one of us. Right on the street car line, very convenient. We had been to this restaurant years ago. Don't know why we waited so long to come back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A local find
    bigbamboo52VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This is a terrific local restaurant in the Little Italy section of Toronto. Although there are many restaurants in the area, La Forchetta stands out as a place with great food and great service. Highly recommend you try the mussels. All in all a really good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Experience
    Foodchick
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The night started out lovely, the appetizers were delicious, the wine list extensive, and the waiter was attentive. The food portions are a little small, but absolutely fabulous. However, after our mains, the service went slightly downhill. We were waiting for a fair amount of time for our dessert to be ordered, and then again for the bill. However, we still really enjoyed this restaurant and would definitely reccomend to others !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    Fabulous
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Fantastic evening. This is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is great, the atmosphere is intimate yet lively and the service is top notch. I recommend La Forchetta to all my friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice restaurant, bad service
    Faviola
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I took my mom here as an early mother's day celebration and our experience Was ruined by the waiter. He brought my mother a plate she did not order and started arguing with her saying it was she that ordered it wrong. Didn't even apologize or do anythig with the bill. Also, I had the muscles as a starter and they smelled funny. I don't think they were rinsed before being cooked as there was a crunch in my mouth everytime I had one. The layout of the restaurant itself is quiet nice.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place to go with a friend(s)
    FunSmiles
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    excellent service, great food and good wine. Loved it !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    everestgirl
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Good food and table for 10 was set as requested. I would still go back, however, the restaurant should work on their service. Waiter needs to go back to waiter school on how to properly set table with food. They just sort of stand there with the food in the air expecting people to grab it from them rather than place the plates in front of you. Also, no warning till you reach out and grab a plate that it is actually hot from the kitchen. Ouch. Despite that they were friendly and the food was delicious. Just need to work on service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal we have had in Toronto
    Realfood
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    After searching for 2.5 years for a "go-to" Italian restaurant, we discovered La Forchetta - authentic neighbourhood restaurant, filled will a variety of diners (locals, visitors, foodies), all have a wonderful meal. Ambience is quiet and dignified. Service is attentive and low key. Food was outstanding. Better than many "higher profile" and certainly more expensive venues. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • oui oui et oui
    delphine
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Un très bon restaurant italien, oû je rencontre des clients italiens, bon présage! Ambiance décontracté et intimiste à l occasion d'un petit restaurant avant de se faire une séance ciné. Quartier agréable, bonne table, bon prix...service impeccable. Je recommande sans hésitation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sat night diner with family-everyon
    goodfood
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    sat night diner with family-everyone happy,enjoyed the food and wine, great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service! This was
    SydKai
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Excellent service! This was my second fresh made pasta meal and I was not let down.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's
    Thomas
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This was an excellent location for a romantic Valentine's dinner.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Came here for valentines day. Was impressed with great food and service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really well prepared meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    My partner and I found were seated at the table closest to the door. Normally this would be a little uncomfortable with cold air from outside coming in when the door opens. But not in this case. Neither one of us had to unwillingly give up our body heat. He chose the duck, I the veal. Both were perfectly cooked: the veal was thin cut, still tender and juicy, not leathery. The greens were 'chefs choice', very well done but came with both the veal and the duck which I thought was the only downpoint. I loved the homemade Tiramisu, made with actual lady fingers and not too watery. Service was outstanding. We stayed for a considerable time after our dinner immersed in conversation and no-one shooed us away or pressed us to place another order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Weekend Away
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    There were very few restaurants with such an extensive menu that were open on Sunday night. We were a group of 4 with varied tastes so La Forchetta suited our needs. All of us thoroughly enjoyed our dinner which included wine and dessert. Cost was reasonable especially when you consider staff, food, and overhead. The service was attentive and professional. The ambience was pleasant but the tables were a little too tight to one another.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    restaurantgoer87
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    This place was chosen for its great reviews. I chose it to celebrate my boyfriend's boyfriend and we were not disappointed. We were welcomed right away and seated timely. The servers were attentive and wonderful. Questions were addressed with great enthusiasm. The bread was fabulous and tasted fresh from the oven. The food was hearty and wholesome and overall delightful. The restaurant accommodated my request to have a dessert brought out to my boyfriend once our meal was complete. We both had a wonderful experience and are anticipating our next visit.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent service and food
    Alice
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    The food was superb and rich in flavour. The staff was very friendly, nice and attentative. My friends and I ordered their chicken breast, duck breast, spaghetti and another pasta dish. It was delicious! We also ordered the double baked chocolate dessert and that was scrumptious. The chocolate just melts in your mouth. I will definitely return to this restaurant
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice surprise
    Smort
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    This was my first outing to La Forchetta. Friends had told me they had a really good meal there. When we arrived at 7:00 pm the restaurant was nearly empty. By 7:30 it was packed. I ordered the scallop starter, linguine de mare and honey creme brulee. The scallops were absolutely delicious, the linguine was excellent and a good sized portion and the creme brulee was heavenly. Each table gets a plate of wonderful crispy bread swimming in rosemary and oil. It was wonderful. I would certainly give this restaurant another visit. The ambience is lively, the servers are very attentive and the food excellent. The price is a bit high with $15 appetizers but it was worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special little Jewel
    manning53
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    La Forchetta serves wonderful dishes and all 4 of us were thrilled with the quality price and wonderful service. Loved my scallops and the sea food is amazing. Definitely one of our favourites. Great in the summer as there is outdoor dining.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scallops were divine
    iamcanadian
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    The appetizer scallops was seared to perfection and just the right chewy texture inside. The calamari was very good but I've had similar at other restaurants. Spaghetti a la forechetta was delicious and I'm definitely coming back to try the extensive wine list and risotto!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Years Eve 2013
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Went with a group for NYE and the meal was alright and nothing I'd go out of my way to recommend to anyone. This could have been a result of it being NYE but the entree's were a little bland however I would say the mushroom risotto was the best out of the group. The drink menu was great however the service was a little standoffish. If it weren't for the good company I was with, this experience would likely have been fair rather than good.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great dinner on a saturday night
    Jessica
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Rosemary bread was outstanding, Sicillian rolls were crunchy and cheese filled - they were good but boyfriend liked them a lot more than i did. I had the seafood risotto which was delicious and had lots of scallops and mussels -- rice had a great texture and portion was just right. we were 2 of 4 people dining at first but bigger parties soon started to arrive. Attentive service, excellent food, overall great experience. Will be back!
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfortable Boxing Day dinner
    BigmakVIP
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    It was relatively empty. Friendly and attentive service. Fairly priced and appropriate sized entrees. Decent wine list.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and atmosphere.
    lovedinningVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Second time dining at La Forchetta and both times we were pleased. Went in with my boyfriend for dinner, from the notable wine list to the great food selection we had a great time. Staff is very friendly and accommodating and knowledgeable. Scallops are amazing**
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.