Paganelli's Downtown Toronto
Paganelli's Downtown Toronto

Paganelli's Downtown Toronto

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.paganellis.com/
  • Phone: (416) 363-8370
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:30pm; Dinner: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Andrea Boscherini
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: From an intimate dinner between friends to a celebration of grandeur, whatever the occasion, Romagna Mia can cater your affair.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our facilities are available for private functions of all sizes and occasions.
  • Private Party Contact: Eric Sim 416-363-8370x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jarvis & Front
  • Public Transit: Closest streetcar/bus stop is located at King Street and Jarvis Street. Closest subway station is King or Union.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: When you arrive with four or more friends in a car, please give us a call to check if there are available parking spot on our private lot. We will open the gate on a first come first serve basis. Parking is available just one block east of George/Front.
A word from Paganelli's Downtown Toronto
Specializing in Northern Italian cuisine, we offer authentic flavours of Parmigiano-Reggiano, prosciutto di Parma, truffle, risotto, traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena, fresh pastas and piadina. We offer an extensive selection of Italian Regional wines.
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Paganelli's Downtown Toronto reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (12)neighborhood gem (11)fit for foodies (11)good for groups (10)romantic (8)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Something missing!
    Padello
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    On the plus side, their food is delicious and the service was good. What they lacked was any ambiance! Now we dined early on a Friday night and it might have been different later, but there was no music and the lights were very bright. This is not necessarily important, but it made the experience less enjoyable for us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Serge
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This restaurant provides good food & service. Great place to be with friends or family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Best Risottos!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I was recommended by my girlfriend's mother to try out Paganelli's for when I come back from my very long business trip. I was craving some real Italian Food, and Paganelli's formally Romagna Mia's was a very inviting and appealing choice. We had an early dinner at 4:30 pm because we were going to the Toronto Maple Leafs game. It was empty, but as we came to our desserts, the place started filling up quickly by 5:30 pm. Our Waiter. was on top of everything. His service was great, had a great sense of humour, knew the menu well, and knew exactly what we wanted. Catered to our needs quite well. The Rissotto was by far the best I have ever had in my life. I would come back again. The food was top notch, very Romantic, dine in the evening!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MaryKalo
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Excellent Italian Food! Compliments to the chef since we didn't get to tell him. Will be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second experience equally excellent
    foodisgreat
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I was brought to Paganelli's for my bachelorette party and loved the experience - they accommodated our big group and the food was amazing. For my mom's 60th I wanted great Italian food downtown so I booked us in at Paganelli's and it lived up to my high expectations. The service was excellent and the food was totally delicious. We were running late and couldn't stay for dessert (we had a show to catch) so they gave my mom a coupon for free dessert next time she comes in. We will definitely be going back for another wonderful dinner!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellant
    YachtieRWAV
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The pasta was perfectly cooked, and the lamb sauce - superb! The service was friendly and prompt, and there was no sense of "eat quick and get out" that, sadly, seems to be the norm today. The ambiance brought back memories of dining in Tuscany.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a real find close to the centre
    welshvisitor
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    we were in toronto during the film festival when the centre seemed very busy everywhere. Althougho the restaurant is just around from the old market it was very quiet there were only about 12 diners when we were there. this is very surprising as the food was excellent the wine list extensive and reasonably priced and the service very good. I would recommend this restaurant to any visitors to toronto.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Food!
    Jules
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This is a great restaurant if you are looking for a quiet romantic evening or a place where you can take a business client and hear yourself talk. The staff are great. The food is really good. I have been here several times and I love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good find
    Benyboy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had the Caesar salad which was overdressed for our liking. My lamb ragu pasta was outstanding. My fiancé pasta with goat cheese was very tasty. The waitress was not that attentive to us. She forgot to bring us bread and spent a lot of time talking to other guests in her native language. We felt a little ignored. We would go back though because the chef is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Loved the Butternut Squash ravioli and the molten chocolate cake.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 268 reviews are from the Paganelli's Downtown Toronto reviews archive.
  • Authentic, delicious!
    Pascalesmom
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We were attracted to this restaurant by the claims of authentic, traditionnal italian dishes on their Web site. We were not disappointed! My first salad had three ingredients: arugula, artichoke hearts and shavings of pecorino. Light, fresh and wonderful! My husband and daughter had a selection of salamis: outstanding freshness and taste. My lasagna was exactly what I had hoped for. Paper thin fresh pasta, a tasty, traditionnal, perfectly seasonned ragu sauce and luscious bechamel, all in perfect proportion! My husband's pasta dish was also very tasty with well-balanced flavours. Our waitress was a gem: warm and friendly, knowledgeable and...Italian! We will definitely go back to this restaurant next time we are in Toronto.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Pasta
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    All pasta dishes features el dente homemade pasta, arguably best in the city. The sauces are rustic and not trendy, nor fussy. If you're looking for hearty pastas, cannot go wrong here. Thin crust pizza is excellent and worthy of any competitor in the city. The gran Frito appetizer was done to perfection and very tasty. Ambiance and dining room are somewhat tired, but we only come here for the food. Wine selections are varied and reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh...
    rak684VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Not impressed at all. The restaurant looked dated, and the service wasn't great. The risotto was good, but the pizzas are soggy and tasteless. Not to mention that everything is extremely overpriced...Risotto for $30? Small pizza $18-20??
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  • Risotto to die for
    caitcaitlyn
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    food was amazing especially the risotto. Desserts were great as well. service was really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Relaxing Atmosphere
    Jules
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This is a neighbourhood gem. The food is amazing. The service is great and it is a great place to host large parties. I definitely recommend this to anyone that wants a great meal with a relaxing atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    Yiya
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Very good ambience, service and great, great food!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hidden treasure
    Internationalfoodie
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The food at this modest appearing place is truly outstanding. Start with the calamari, go on to pheasant risotto, a steak, fish or osso buco and don't miss the desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing time!
    Amandabannikov
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Visited the restaurant with my family because I am going to have my wedding reception there in September. I was a little nervous because it was a first time visit. But as soon as the food arrived and I took my first bite, I knew I had made the right choice. From there house cured meats, to the pastas, the risotto, the steak and fish, and especially the desserts; it was all more delicious than I could have imagined! The service was extremely professional. This type of service is rarely seen in restaurant anymore. General manager, Eric Sim is also great! Knowledgeable and friendly! And the Chef came out :) He was absolutely excellent! A wonderful experience and I am now really looking forward to September for my wedding reception! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TinaTee
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    One of my favourite Italian restaurants in the city; the food and service are always exceptional :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Italian food!
    chowym
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This restaurant satisfied our craving for authentic Italian food after spending a few weeks in Italy! Would recommend to anyone looking for one of the best Italian restaurants outside of Italy! Amazing food and fantastic service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    Barb
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I had a groupon for 4 and I had a party of 5. I gave the groupon to the server and informed her that we would pay for the extra meal. They charged us for the most expensive entree and tried to charge us for the app and dessert we never had, claiming that everyone at the table had to have a three course meal!! The apps were tasty but the entrees were very poor. The Osso bucco was tough and the lasagna was heated in the microwave and with splatter marks evident on the platter. I was not impressed.
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  • Authentic Italian
    Ellyb
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The food and service here are both very good. Main courses and pastas are tasty and plentiful. However, the appetizers and desserts are a little overpriced for the quantity offered. All in all though, a great find.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AnneVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We've enjoyed Paganelli's for several years but our latest visit was disappointing. Ice cream served instead of gelato. Uninspired lasagna. Slow service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighbourhood gem
    goodbet
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Always good food and wonderful staff. Love that "strangle the Priest"!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay & Overpriced
    FrequentDiner
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Food & service was excellent. I was glad I had a coupon as I think it was priced like a fine dining restaurant and I don't feel you had that kind of ambience. The decor definitely needs a face lift especially for the prices they are charging, a glass of wine was $20, deserts were overpriced at $12. I would not go back again unless I had another coupon.
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  • Decent, but expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food was decent, but overpriced. The cocktails were also overpriced, especially when a restaurant down the street was advertising mimosas for $3.99. However, the service was excellent. Never in my life have I paid that much for a two-person lunch. Unfortunately, the price is what will deter me from going next time. The food is good, but not that high a price good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Caesar Salad was to die for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    My boss and I went to Paganelli's to check out the restaurant for a group dinner that we will be hosting over our lunch hour. We had the Shared Caesar salad, Sea Bass with vegetables, and a Pepperoni Pizza. The favorite part of the food was the Caesar Salad, the best I tasted after a long time. The Sea Bass, one fillet of the portion size is not enough, the menu does say it for the light diner, but, I did feel content. However, to me Sea Bass is more of a meaty fish, but this particular fillet was extremely thin. It was a bit bland as well, could use some more flavour to it, the vegetables were interesting. As per my boss the Pizza was really really good. All in all, we'd definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This was our first time and we really liked , great atmosphere, excellent food and service. the wine was very good as well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Small servings & Expensive
    Jerry
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We've gone here for years and the food is good --- not great but usually good (the last time we went the food was poor and we hadn't been back in about a year). I feel the servings have gotten smaller and it certainly has become much more expensive. It's convenient for us but we won't go very often.
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  • Excellent service and great food
    CrispyBumblebee
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Our waiter was incredible, it's too bad that I didn't get his name. He's very attentive and his suggestions were amazing. For an app we had the 3 choice of Salumi and Carpaccio salad. For mains we had the ravioli and the risotto (mushroom and truffle pate) and for dessert we had the panacota and gelato - all were excellent including the Verradicio wine (I don't think I spelled that correctly).
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Rhonda
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This restaurant was vibrant and the food was good. The wait staff were attentive but there was no rushing you. Generally a nice restaurant to which I will return.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian dishes
    Guru4travel
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    The menu reflects how fresh the dishes are everyday. My challenge is that two dishes are just so good (Twisted priest pasta and lasagna verdi) I always end up hpicking those. I eat out at restaurants all the time and this is my favorite Italian restaurant in Toronto. In many years dining here I have always had outsta nding meals.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid food, nothing special
    GeoffVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Good quality Italian good. A few notable dishes. The desserts were so-so and the service was ok but a bit inattentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing!
    MissPea
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We went in specifically for Ossubuco and Lamb... they were all out! Also very disappointing that we had to ask the waiter for wine twice but never saw any after the initial request. I would not go back although the appetizers were good but mains were less than average.
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  • Excellent but Limited Choice
    Gail
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Two of the entres were not available... unfortunately they were my first two choices. That was a disappointment. However the lamb was excellent (third choice) and the meal very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • overrated Italian but good food
    kfs727
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The service was slow abs wasn't that busy. The food is good at best, bit pricey for what your getting.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian
    Stefano
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    I wanted a place where we could walk to after work rather than spend and hour on the Gardiner getting somewhere. Found this well-recommended place listed and decided to try it out. Calamari and Shrimp appetizer for the wife and I had the "caprese" salad. She had sea bass and I had osso buco. She had tiramisou and I had chocolate mouse. Each course was excellent (she liked the crispy crust on the fish and I liked the saffron rice), well timed and sized right. Service was great and friendly. I always like it when there is nothing on the plate I don't want to eat! I expect we will be back. Quite surprised there weren't more diners, but it was a Monday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good Italian food. Service
    Lepiez
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Very good Italian food. Service was a little stressed at times but recovered very nicely. Servers recommendations were appreciated and enhanced the evening. Kitchen a little slow but worth the wait. Not overly crowded for a Saturday night but still bustling. Two signature dishes are Fungi risotto and pasta with squid ink and lobster. Both quite good but color of the pasta turned off my date...purple blackish from the ink. Risotto has a strong flavor as there are truffles in it. Must love mushrooms to enjoy. Had a nice bottle of Amarone Valpolcella $75. on the heavier side of medium but went very well with the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian food.
    Guru4travel
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    I really enjoy the food here.....very high quality and authentic ! The lasagna with speck and goat cheese is a classic as is the wild boar rage! Outstanding but reasonably priced wine selection. Tables always have high quality clean linen table clothes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    shellonthebeach
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    What a great experience. We went with another couple and we had a great time. The waiter was very knowledgeable regarding the wine list and all of the menu options. My husband had the risotto with pheasant. It has a unique taste and is quite delicious. I tried the halibut and beet risotto, also very good. We will come back to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.