Had a great meal at Paese.
Had a great meal at Paese. Our server was fantastic and the food was solid. My only complaint is that it is so loud in the restaurant. I felt like I was screaming all night to compete with the noise. That being said, I would still recommend it!
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
A gem in the Entertainment District
The food is excellent, well-presented - we especially enjoyed the ceasar salad, thin, crispy pizza, meatballs and parsnip fires. Our server was very attentive and knowledgable about the food and the wine. The atmosphere is cozy, we sat in a very comfortable boot. Music is not too loud which we really appreciate! WIne list is very good and reasonale prices.
In this area packed with so-so spots I would go back here for sure
4/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved this restaurant as a whole. Great ambiance, excellent decor, friendly and professional waiters ... and the food to die for. Will come back for sure because there are a few dishes that I must try.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were a bit early for our
We were a bit early for our reservation, but we were seated promptly. Our waiter was new to the restaurant and despite the early arrival and modest crowd, the service was a bit spotty. We waited a considerable time for water, our drink order was checked twice before our drinks arrived. My partner had the roasted tomato soup, a nightly specialty which seemed to take forever to arrive. Our wine, ordered by the glass, only arrived with about 2 bites of dinner left. Tony would have been disappointed with the performance. The young waiter was very friendly & pleasant, however needs some help in understanding the service aspect of the business.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service is good!
Excellent service from the waiter to the reception .. Perfect for a relax lunch !
Food was great too!
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything you could ask for.
We were going to the theatre & requested a booth and speedy service. We got both. We also had a very good meal, a lovely wine suggestion, and very pleasant service from our waiter and other staff. This was a first visit and we'll definitely go back.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and service as well as
Food and service as well as price were all very good. The atmosphere was comfortable and casual. We were 7 in our group and the food arrived all together.
A positive experience overall
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
You have to try this restaurant!!
The food is exciting and delicious, the staff delightful, the premises spotless. You must try the strawberry-rhubarb tiramisu!!
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had the Roman greens salad, Beet caprese salad, Pizza and steak & poutine. Everything was delicious. The server was excellent. We came before the theatre and finished in plenty of time. We really enjoyed our wine selection. We will be back.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is fantastic! Need
The food is fantastic! Need to be a little better organized and have more wait staff on for the lunch crowd.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, poor service
The food was great, I had the orecchiette, it was delicious!
Disappointed with the service, we were practically ignored by our server who took a very long time to get our drinks, and take our order. We are pretty understanding, but it was not busy at all. We also had a credit card on the table for a long time before they came back to cash us out.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Should be busier............
Paese has an uptown location that is well known for its great food. The downtown location is not packed, and it should be. The food is amazing. The service this night, while attentive, was a tad slow between courses. If you are on the King Street restaurant strip and want a great meal, this place is the spot.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great before the theatre
Very convenient if you're going to one of the theatres on King St or to the Symphony.
The server was very attentive, starting out by asking whether we were going to a show and on a deadline. He was also very knowledgeable about the menu. He recommended the in-house Sommelier to discuss wines, but we had brought our own - big feature, BYOB with no corkage fee ! Check the web site, I think no corkage is only Mon-Thurs.
The wild boar sausage pasta had tons of flavour, but my dinner companion was a little disappointed by her pesto based asparagus pizza, reporting it to be a little bland and in need of salt. The pizza did come with three house-made pizza dips though, which were fresh, creative and tasty. Good dessert.
Definitely recommend it.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Will be back for more!
I ordered the mushroom panini for lunch and I cannot describe with words how absolutely delicious it was. The service was just right: waiter and host were both very kind and welcoming. If you're looking for a chic place to dine with a unique and exquisite menu, this is the place to go. Not to mention, the ambience creates a very intimate setting, which, I think, is perfect for a date. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to my friends and family, and for anyone who would love to try unique dishes.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was terrific, although I would skip dessert. The staff was wonderful. The waiter and bartender made our experience that much better. We will return and we recommend Paese to anyone who is thinking of trying.
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Try the meatballs
This was the first time I ever ordered meatballs in a restaurant in my life- I had them for an appetizer and were better than my from Italy friends mom that cooks for me once a week. hope she does not read this review! The description of them tempted me to give them a try for an appetizer and they were the best I've had. My wife ordered a lamb shoulder special and still talking about that dish 2 days later. I reviewed several other restaurants online that evening and the concierge at the hotel- Ritz Carlton- said oh no to my choices and recommended paese- we were glad when we return to Toronto will look forward to dining thre again.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were pleasantly surprised by how attentive the wait staff was. The food was very different and tasty. We started with a cold ttomato crab soup with chunks of watermelon in it. This was a creative combo that worked. Next was a yummy lobster and rice dish followed by olive oil lemon cake with fruit CV compote. Outstanding.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely loved the chilled tomato soup. So many summer flavors! The rissoto however lacked flavor. The service was great! The appetizer took a while to get to our table but 7 girls in one table were able to preoccupy ourselves! We weren't rushed at all the whole time we were there. The servers were very friendly and accommodating
7/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love this place because the food is simply outstanding. Competing with a number of restaurants catering to the theatre crowd, Paese is unique in the quality of its menu, the beauty of its dishes, and the fact that it doesn't try to gouge you in pricing despite its great location. Meals are properly priced between $18-24 (the tuna steak is the bomb) and the starters are fresh fresh fresh (chilled soups on a hot day anyone?) The servers (and there seem to be many) take care of you without a million interruptions. If you want fresh food, with an italian undertone....this is one of my favs.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
I came here with my colleague for summerlicious lunch and we lived the decor and ambience. What's more is the excellent service and the delicious food.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went there to celebrate a birthday and tried the summerlicious menu, the grilled shrimp, steak, and albacore tuna dishes were fantastic! Have been here 3 times previously and every time have been extremely pleased with the food and service. I hope they keep up their consistency and I look forward to the next time I dine there!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I would highly recommend this restaurant to all my family and friends. The food was awesome and the service was great. The only real negative that I had was that the tables were pretty close, so if you wanted to have a private conversation, the table beside us could hear it.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really good food
We dined at Paese before going to see a show at the Princess of Wales theatre. We were greeted at the door warmly and sat promptly. Our server was extremely knowledgable about the menu and was able answer our questions and offer suggestions. The restaurant is an excellent choice for theatre goers because they provide speedy and efficient service, without making the patrons feel overly rushed. The food was very tasty and the presentation was lovely. On the down side, the wine list, while extensive, is over-priced, especially when trying to purchase by the class. $12-$16 for a 5 oz. glass is outrageous. Stick to beer. Otherwise, thumbs up!
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Definitely worth a revisit
Great for a pre-theater dinner, Paese on King is a real gem. With the bottle of liquid nitrogen, the bar is one of the more inventive bars in Toronto and you're going to want to watch them prepare your drinks. The pizzas were excellent, as were everything else we ordered. The service was extremely attentive.
8/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
First Visit Was a great lunch
This was the first visit based on a recommendation. I would definitely return next time i was looking for Italian in the area. The Pizza was great and the Meatballs were also very good.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, great service
Went to celebrate an anniversary and found the service to be excellent as usual and the food to be good. We ordered the grilled shrimp and beet salad as appetizers which were both excellent. We also had the fish which was okay and steak and poutine which was good. We were surprised it wasn't too busy on a Friday night.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went for dinner on the recommendation of the hotel concierge with our family, older teens and 2 adults. The pizza was unique with hand made crust, fresh ingredients and novel combinations. Excellent thin crust. Unique condiments to add. Our boys had pizza with arugula on top and enjoyed it. Great spot for families with adventurous appetites. Good local beer and wine. Service was exemplary. Nice modern decor. We would go back.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Don't miss it
One of the beat on King St. Lunch or dinner you won't be dissipiointed.
9/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
What a great surprise to find this interesting spot on the restaurant strip on King Street West! Comfortable Italian but with interesting twists that elevate the offerings well above the ordinary. Leave room for the pudding. Seriously!
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Walked in and they were ready to serve, had made online reservations with a request to be completed by a certain time and they over achieved. Food was awesome, prices were fair with respect to the quality. Would certainly return.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Found this spot on-line and
Found this spot on-line and upon arriving was a little concerned because it seemed more casual than what we wanted - pizza, pasta....glad we stayed. The food was delicious, creative and the service was outstanding. Had the grilled octopus and a pasta dish that had deep fried chick peas on top - amazing. Pasta can be ordered in half sizes which was great. The waitress suggested that the portion might be too small but it was perfect.
Décor was simple and the ambience was cozy.
Okay wine selection. Food and wine were modestly priced.
Would absolutely go back and highly recommend.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I wasn't expecting such a good meal on this resto strip. Pizza and pasta were both first rate as was the service.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent meal. Tea and coffee
Excellent meal. Tea and coffee service a little slow at the end.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The ricotta gnochi W's fantastic. Melts in your mouth.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Both locations of Paese are outstanding. Will definitely return.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Girls night out
We were dining before a late show at second city. Service was good and we had plenty of time so did not feel pushed out once we were done. Love the half portions of pasta as we could also enjoy a starter and have plenty of room. Wasn't my first visit but was for the others in my group and everyone said they would return.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best for before the theatre
Handy for quick quality dining before the theatre on King St or at any time.
Saturday night was very busy and the pasta dish my partner chose was very skimpy on contents and sizing.
However, the server brought the manager without being asked and he immediately resolved it to our satisfaction by removing the charge for the dish.
First time we've had an issue and will go again no problem.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food. Recommend ordering 1/2 portions so you can try many of their great dishes. Dishes are very well priced. Love the reservation system.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Nice Surprise !
We were warmly welcomed and the place makes you feel like you are in New York. The servers had suggestions for the wine and how a pizza could be served as an appetizer and split between the group. You can order a half size entrée and they charge just half the price.This allows you to try even two things without feeling guilty. The pasta and the pizza are very imaginatively planned and the desserts and teas are of the highest standards. There is lots of parking at the Hyatt Regency across the street, and it is easy to use their parking lot if you are going to the Princess of Wales or Royal Alex theatre. They even have a place for ladies to put their purse on, to keep them clean. Run, don't walk to this place as it is absolutely fabulous.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I started with the rich and creamy Pumpkin Soup - scented perfectly and with whole cranberries! A delightful surprise. I moved onto the Tuna Bianco salad (seared tuna on greens) and the tuna was grossly over salted and fish tasted old. It was presented well, but that only works with good food - very disappointing. The Margherita Pizza was followed and unfortunately was missing the basil; any Basil. Service was friendly but inattentive.
10/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food, lovely wine....excellent (and unobtrusive) service! Our out-of-town guests were wowed!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Pizza reminded us of our
The Pizza reminded us of our trip to Rome, the meatballs were fantastic and the ceaser salad was unique. Overall a fantastic experience, and we were done in time to catch our show.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
My cousin and I attend went to Paese this wednesday before seeing Les Miserables. I had been there before just for drinks (which are amazing and designed by their bartender). This time I had the ravioli and she had the gnocci. The food was amazing and the wine selection we fabulous.
Our service was excellent, they were quick to seat us, take our coat and very attentive throughout. Of course they made sure we made it out in time to get to the theatre and get in our seats.
Overall great experience, I will recommend and go back!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Special Place for a Special Night
We were celebrating a major achievement (my partner received her PdD) with a group of 8. The service, food, drinks, and atmosphere at Paese were all top notch. A few members of our party used to live in Italy and raved about the meatballs, octopus, and veal. The highlight for me were the cocktails, especially the cask cocktails.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
So nice to find a good restaurant open for Sunday dinner. It is a challenge to go out for anything other than brunch that day. Very creative and well crafted food. I will be back.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Again, a delight!
This was the second time we dined at Paese on King within the past month. Once again, every aspect of the evening was perfect. The service was particularly attentive with excellent suggestions for menu choices.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have been to this location
I have been to this location of Pease 3 times and it never fails to impress. The pasta is yummy as are the meatballs. If you are going to see a play, I would definitely come here first!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Yummy and priced right!
Food was very fresh and service was good. Was recommended a white wine and it was fantastic.
Would definitely go again. Only thing was they brought us the check thinking we were part of the theatre crowd and needed to get to the show, which we weren't. Even if we were, I think that's up to us to be on top of that, and they could've just asked. Can't wait to try more of their extensive wine collection.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
The servers were pleasant even though we were the only ones in the restaurant, we wii go back.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our Revlon VIP guests from
Our Revlon VIP guests from Latin America had a FANTASTIC time during their dinner - feedback was that the ambience, food and service were all outstanding. Thank you.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM