Lovely dinner in a small package!
Love the intimacy of the room here - although quiet and romantic it is not. Energy is great and every time I've been here, the service has been wonderful. Sommelier is incredibly knowledgeable and I love the uniqueness and thoughtfulness of the wine list. Tried my first Georgian wine here (not the Georgia USA)..it was a huge surprise and a lovely mouthful of deliciousness. I wish they would update the menu a little more frequently - as a neighbourhood place the selection can get a bit ho-hum given that it is a pretty focused menu. Variety would be great. Otherwise, food is tasty and I love a night out here.
1/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good, limited, menu with a daily special. It differed from what was on their site, but it mattered little—all the options sounding incredible. Primarily pasta as mains, but when it's fresh made like this, there's no reason to order anything but.
Small room, with a friendly and attentive wait staff.
Everything really was grand with the tiny exception that I thought it was a tad bright given the intimacy of the space. We arrived at 7:30 and they dimmed the lights at 8, but it was still a bit bright.
3/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
We were three women out for
We were three women out for a girls night and had a wonderful time at Ascari. The food was very good and the service was fantastic. We had a wonderful time and would all recommend the restaurant.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fantastic Little Gem
This was our first visit and we were very pleasantly surprised. Annette greeted me with a very friendly smile and we got the table we asked for in our online reservation! Since we had recently been to Monaco and Italy we had quite a bit to talk about as the restaurant is based on the life of race car driver Alberto Ascari. The appetizer bowl of olives was fabulous and well displayed. The lady who seemed to be in charge of wine came over and explained the selections and suggested a pairing with what I was ordering for my meal and it was perfecto! Our dinners were nicely displayed and my linguini pasta with a gentle sausage was absolutely delicious !! We shared a chocolate dessert which was also wonderful!! Thank you, we will return!!
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
First place, checkered flag!
Love this restaurant. This is the real deal. Real Italian cooking and ambiance (better than my mother's cooking). There is nothing bad on the menu. Honestly there is nothing negative I can say about this place, except maybe don't sit by the door on a cold night. I only wish it was closer to my home! Good work guys and consider me a regular. BTW, I love the name and logo too!
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food and dining. Had
Great food and dining. Had read that the sitting was tight, but it seemed comfortable to our table. Really great service!
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Ascari Enoteca offers a unique
Ascari Enoteca offers a unique dining experience. Although the menu is limited, the appetizers, salads and mains contain interesting ingredients and are well prepared and presented. The wine list is quite remarkable and the prices reflect that. Very good service in a comfortable environment!
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great place but very noisy
The food and service but, oh my, the noise level! We couldn't hear ourselves over the din. It's a small space so not much can be done about conversations but turning down the background music would probably help. No one can really enjoy it anyway, believe me.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Probably the best homemade
Probably the best homemade pasta I've had in Toronto!!
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went for my birthday. It was
Went for my birthday. It was my second time and I loved it. It feels like a little New York Italian eatery - very busy and live.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
As always, awesome food, great
As always, awesome food, great wine list, charming ambiance and delightful service!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Neighbourhood (and beyond!) Gem
This was our first visit here, and it won't be our last. The chicken liver crostini were great as was my wife's appetizer (forget exactly what it was; a large fried ball with some sort of meat filling and a tasty sweet sauce), but the highlight was my pasta main (the special of the night, pasta with lemon and capers). Wine pairings were also great. Overall a great meal and didn't break the bank. Definitely a place to return to.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went on a Monday when wine bottles are 50% off, which is an incredible deal. Our server was very knowledgeable about wine and helped us pick a great bottle. We ordered both crostinis and they were alright, but both of our pastas were exceptional. Some of the best pasta noodles in the city served in very flavourful dishes.
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
love the apps
Stick to apps, and you won't be disappointed. The mains are good, but the apps rule! Service is amazing!
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
The place is a bit small but comfy. The energy is great, a little loud at times but I could still have a nice conversation. The food was delicious, very nicely presented. I had the brussels sprouts which were very good and my boyfriend had the spaghetti, as well as chocolate cake with goat cream cheese for dessert. All very tasty given in a reasonable amount of time. No complaints about the service, and the atmosphere was very relaxed.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ascari Enoteca needs your support
Great food and wine selection and our server was amazing. The space is enjoyable, a bit noisy and the music did NOT suit the ambiance but overall it was GREAT. We were there on a Wed night and there were about a dozen other people so please get out and enjoy a fantastic Italian meal and support having such a fine restaurant in the neighbourhood before it gets replaced by some trashy fast food joint.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good, creative food.
Very good, creative food. Noisy and crowded, too difficult to hold conversations.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always have a great meal. Menu is a bit on the small side, but what is offered is very good.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Would go there again
Took my wife & a friend there and we'd go back. The food tastes very true to authentic, service was good, so overall enjoyable.
Crostini tuna loin to start for sharing. Very good.
Wife & friend both had their pasta special, a fettucine with sausage in rosemary tomato sauce. Delicious.
I had the cavatelli with lamb, very good.
Peroni on tap, cocktails were good. Very solid, would go there again.
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Italian Fair
The fresh pasta at Ascari was incredible! Terrific wine list too. I would recommend this restaurant to pasta lovers.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
I thought the food was amazing
I thought the food was amazing but the portion sizes were a little small.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great little local spot. Food and service is very good, love the fresh pasta, simple and delicious. The only downside is the wine list is overpriced for the most part, and the space is small so they cram you in (noisy)
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ascari Enoteca Rocks!
This is our go to place! The food is outstanding, the best pasta in town and the specials highlight incredible combinations of tastes. We always look forward to hearing about the special of the day! The chefs know their business! Staff are incredibly knowledgeable about wine and helpful in making choices to pair with the food. The lead sommelier is amazing. Friendly staff to top everything off - love the two bartenders so ask to sit at the bar if there is no table space! Enjoy!
7/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good food, fine apps
Very good food, fine apps and pastas, but the noise level became almost unbearable. A large table behind us was full of yelling people, and we were literally driven out. This is the second visit here and i regret it will be my last.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, portions are tiny!
My husband and I finally got a chance to check out Ascari Enoteca and we enjoyed the meal...but left hungry after 2 appetizers, a "small bite" and 2 main dishes.
We had the scallop (note: you get ONE scallop for around $12) appie, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus (decent size), small dish of olives (nicely warmed)
Pasta with sausage and peppers
Both were 'primi sized' which I don't understand because, how much is pasta to make? A dollar?
After getting back home, we had a snack so paying a $120 bill and leaving hungry, we likely won't be back.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a wine list!
Two friends and I went to Ascari for dinner last week. It was my second visit and their first. I didn't see the wine list the first time I was there so when I started reading it this time, I was very impressed by not only the very interesting selection but by the well-written descriptions. Each one was like poetry, and for the two wines we tried, bang on! With two of the three of us being wheat-free, we ordered almost every non-pasta dish on the menu and were not disappointed with any of them. The arugula salad and the halibut were especially yummy as was the Spritz!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food. Amazing staff. Perfect interior.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Butter and Taragon are now friends.
They did not like each other for years, but now butter and Taragon are friends. We all rejoice!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ascari Hits the High Notes
Had a wonderful overall experience the other night at Ascari - Monday when they bring in the dj was a great night to get out with a friend - half price wine didn't hurt either but they don't need any incentives to bring people back.
The food is fantastic - I'm in love with the apps but the home-made pastas never disappoint either!! Interesting and unusual wines and staff who really know their stuff and take amazing care of you - all the way through.
Great atmosphere - you feel like you are in a happening space much larger than Ascari actually is but the intimacy of the room makes it all that more special since you don't get lost in the shuffle but rather caught up in it.
Check it out - I bet you you'll be back...
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service were great, a little cramped if you don't get the right table and I think just a little pricy.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food! Pastas to die for! It's a small restaurant so it can get a bit loud in there for conversations.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great experience, as per usual!
Our bartender Peter was very attentive and his food and wine knowledge really enhanced our experience. The food was incredible. The broccoli fritti was to die for!! Please don't ever take it off the menu!! I loved the wine list. The descriptions were very playful and fun! I would eat there again in a second!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Real neighbourhood gem
Great as always . Simple and delicious food. Outstanding personal service that is relaxed,knowledgable and friendly - with a touch of humour.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, shame about no credit
I've been to Ascari a couple of times and the food has been consistently very good. The wine selection is good, though definitely on the expensive side.
The only reason I'm not likely to return, or at least not often, is that they don't accept credit cards which makes it a bit of a hassle. This is mitigated to a degree by taking debit.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
a truly great neighbourhood gem...
This is the 4th time I have been to Ascari.
It will now be on my "list"...of great places to eat without attitude and a huge parking nightmare
I recommend that you take a long look at the daily specials.....you actually could never look at the regular menu and go with these limited but amazing selections
A true GEM.
9/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Delicious & romantic
Went on Monday night for our 7th anniversary dinner, and it was absolutely wonderful. The food was delicious from start to finish. Cannot speak highly enough of the fresh pasta - I had the homemade sausage which had just the right amount of spices to leave a lasting impression. Every plate went back to the kitchen clean. If it wasn't rude to lick one's plate in a restaurant we just might have done that! The apple fritter zeppoles were fluffy balls of cinnamonny goodness served with a rhubarb-ginger-apricot sauce that we ended up eating with our forks once we finished off the doughnuts themselves. With such an extensive wine list it was great having the descriptions. And 1/2 price bottles on Monday? Who could ask for anything more!
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
relaxed dinner with friends
we had a fun night out with friends.
the service was very friendly and food was delicious
favourite appetizers were the salami plate and tuna crostini.
also enjoyed the homemade sausage and pasta
the desserts were also good
we have been a few times and have enjoyed it every time!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Celebrating my wife's 50th. Based on Open Table reviews we took a chance and had a fantastic time.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Makin' it Right
The food is wonderful, and the staff are very knowledgeable. Great at making suggestions. They are very passionate about their food. We had a bit of a situation where we were asked to leave our table early, prior to finishing our meal, because the next reservation had arrived. The restaurant was very good at rectifying the situation, and turned, what could have been a very unpleasant experience, into a very pleasant experience. We will definitely be back!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Neighbourhood Spot
We love Ascari Enoteca for it's great and simple menu and lovely selection of wines. It is our go-to spot for celebrating special occasions.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was delicious, the
The food was delicious, the service was great, but it was NOISY!!!!!!!!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of my favorite restaurants currently. Love the ambiance, the food, the people etc. Hard to find better pasta in the city, all made in-house, very seasonal. The pate is the best I've had, the Brussels sprouts are unbelievable. Really interesting well put together wine list, some real gems. Servers very friendly, well versed in wines/menu.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was a good dinner, dessert was the best part.
The menu is limited but well done and the service was friendly
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Leslieville should be honoured!
...To have such a place as Ascari. This is a true gem in the very popular 'hood! The food was excellent. Service was brilliant! I can not wait to go back again to sample other items on the menu.
Thank you for making our experience so enjoyable!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
On a cold November night what a warm and welcoming little spot to find. Great ambience, attentive service , interesting wine list and delicious food ....2 days later and I am still dreaming of that perfect pasta dish!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Menu is very small. However everything on the menu is amazing! A must try if you like authentic Italian food with an amazing wine list!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM