Vita Sociale
Vita Sociale

Vita Sociale

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://vitasociale.ca/
  • Phone: 4164832211x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Symon Abad
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between Erskine and Castlefield
  • Public Transit: Just north of the Eglinton Subway Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking
A word from Vita Sociale
VITA SOCIALE is a fun and approachable neighbourhood restaurant. We are open for lunch and dinner, 7 days/week!



Our recipe for success includes great servers, good people and an incredibly talented culinary team.
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Vita Sociale reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.5
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
68% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (18)good for groups (18)notable wine list (12)great for lunch (10)fit for foodies (9)kid-friendly (8)special occasion (7)great for outdoor dining (5)romantic (4)hot spot (4)great for brunch (4)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Not worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The worst service I have had in a restaurant in a long time. The food was good but small portions and over-priced.
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  • No no no!
    chictraveler100VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Very mediocre in all aspects...food, decor, service. Too bad Centro is no longer because it is a great space and location. Will not return. Unclear about format....some mains were too big for one but not advertised or explained as family style to share. Pizza was awful...way too much cheese. Overall, very poor offering.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still a great spot
    HGR70
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We dined there last year and were impressed. This year we came back on our annual Summer trip to Toronto and are glad we went back. Service and atmosphere aw even better and the menu was superb. Will return again before we return home to Australia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Friday night spot
    12cSpiderVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    As always, our experience at VS was wonderful. The staff are friendly and attentive while the food is always wonderful. Great dinner - thanks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WHAT A PLEASURE TO DINE HERE!
    Howard
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Our group of 8 had a fine business luncheon here. Our table was close to the big open windows, and it felt as if we were dining al fresco. Jeremy, the "front of the house" and knowledgeable sommelier took care of the wine service impeccably. The resto's menu comprises inventive spins on traditional Italian themes, foods: beautifully presented and servings: generous. My lunch comprised buffalo mozzarella with heirloom tomatoes, then pasta with Italian sausage (all delicious), followed by the veal entrée, thick slices, divine in both texture and taste! Service was attentive, glasses filled promptly, and plates cleared in a relaxed, yet timely, manner. All desserts that came to our table received accolades. Our luncheon was a huge success.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for leisurely lunch
    TOFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Met a friend for a leisurely lunch. Was great. No rushing, decent service, amazing food. We hung out all afternoon. Perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wouldn't go back to eat
    winedine788
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Atmosphere and service was excellent. Food was terrible. Would not return to eat. Maybe just for drinks.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Italo1985
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This is our second time at Vita Sociale. Friday night and place was dead. No ambience. Service was average and the all male service team looked bored. Food was average and over priced $14 for a salad that was terrible. Main course was a pasta dish that was overlooked and piping hot that almost got burned. Much better choices in the area. Same last time. That's two x's in my books. We will not return again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for friends and family
    Huey
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This a great place for a casual get together with friends and family over an awesome pizza or great bowl of pasta. It is always on our " go to" list.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • torontiffVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Veal striploin special was terrific-- Looking forward to menu change scheduled for Fall. If you want to be able to hear your table conversation, ask for table closer to the open French doors.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Moderate
    Luvfood
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Nothing to get excited about. Quality of food was avg as was service
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  • Not What It Used To Be
    GiGi
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food lacked flavour and presentation appeal. Service was mixed; Slow in the kitchen even when place 1/4 full. Took 45 minutes to get a board of salmi and toasts were like rocks. Even the wine menu is screwed up - the page of half bottles... were not halves. Go Figure. Only the young hostess was excellent, on top of things all the way but after that it was all downhill.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Lunch in Midtown Toronto
    Howard
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    From the moment that we arrived for lunch, I knew that everything would be perfect. The staff is very friendly and attentive throughout, and the seating is very comfortable. The menu is filled with many of the usual Italian delicacies, most of them have been "modernized" so as to introduce up-to-date variations on a theme. The wine list was filled with affordable and interesting selections. Our group ordered a lot of different items, and the presentation of each item was beautiful. Pasta perfectly cooked, fresh salads, and both the veal and chicken entrees were delicious, so too, the lightly fried calamari, yummy! The desserts are fantastic as well. In sum, it doesn't get any better than this.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.5
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 107 reviews are from the Vita Sociale reviews archive.
  • mediocre
    knuckleduster
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Was recommended by a friend. Maybe it was an off night for the chef, but the food quality was just mediocre. Roasted beet salad tasted like canned beets, NOT roasted. All grilled veggies were overdone to the point of taste-unrecognizability (a word??) Mussels were tiny, not plump. Pretty much every dish came out disappointing. Not at all worthy of the fine-dining prices, and we are more than willing to pay top dollar for deliciousness!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SassySam
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Staff not trained. Food was as if someone prepared in a hurry and poor presentation. Sauce on pasta was lifeless. Furniture looks tired. Certainly not what Franco had before.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Menu Inconsistencies!
    torontiffVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Yikes, the pork BBQ ribs were NOT up to the standard of the rest of the menu. The only UNtasty thing I've ever had at your restaurant! Would delete. Dry and vinegary. The bufala mozarella salad was outstanding, however.
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  • Surprisingly disappointed
    younglady
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    This was my third time dining here and the first time that I have been truly disappointed in the experience. There were 5 of us in the group and we all commented how unfortunate it ended up. We had a 7:30pm reservation on a Tuesday and asked to be seated near the front patio, but were told the tables were all reserved. So, we were seated at perhaps the furthest possible table. Service was awful. SO terribly slow and the waiter could not answer any questions about the food or make suggestions. Ultimately, the food was very good (we all had different dishes, all of which were tasty). We had to keep asking for more water/drinks rather than being offered. Lights were too bright and the place was empty (even though most tables said reserved).
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missed the sandwiches
    EvM2304VIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Have been to Vita a few times for lunch and dinner and always enjoyed it. This time for lunch however they changed the menu and no longer offer the great sandwiches they used to have. Instead just pizza and big pasta's, small salads, expensive. Weird.... Also, the place was empty, not a good sign.
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  • Food was disappointing
    LoveGoodFood
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Overall service was good and our appetizers (salads) were good but the mains and desserts were terrible. Generally low quality Italian food reminded me of an Olive Garden type quality. We will NOT go back and have since spoken to others who have had the same experience. Disappointing as it is a good location but they really need to work on quality.
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  • foodie
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Excellent service and food! Would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • surprised
    torontiffVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    This was my first time disappointed at Vita Sociale. Our server seemed too overwhelmed by the lunch crowd. My dining partner's second course came out 30 minutes after our primi. NOT good for working people having a lunch break together.
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  • Skip this overrated Yonge-Eg casual
    GourmetChaplain
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Joanne Kates was wrong. The food here is below mediocre (tough veal, undercooked pasta). Save yourself the $200 and eat elsewhere. Our Italian lady server was good but other servers kept (3 times!) dropping and breaking plates and glassware around us.
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  • Great Room!
    Appalled
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The food at Vita Sociale is good - a bit spicy at times, but what really makes this place stand out is the room. Large space, but not noisy, with a tall ceiling. It turns a nice dinner into a memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything Right but the Food
    bbdelb
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Great venue, great location. Attentive, friendly service. But the menu is one of the most limited I have encountered. Very little choice and all very basic. We will likely return because it is walking distance and has a fun atmosphere and the food is fine for what it is but it could be SO much better. We were there on a Wednesday night - not sure if there is more choice on the weekend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Jackson
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We tried Vita Social after hearing such great things. First off, the ceilings are high so the noise level was very loud. They charge $16 for a martini that filled half the martini glass. Server said their pour is 2 1/2 ounces...change the size of the glass or pour more. The server did come and replenish the glass at no charge as he seemed embarrass by the pour. We were sitting at the table for at least 15 minutes before anyone came over. Ordered drinks and that took another 15 minutes. The food was very good but we were so put off by the service. I would not go back for dinner. Probably a better place to try for lunch....
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • At the bar
    Beats
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Saturday night, sat at the bar with my wife, the place was very busy. Service was very good. Our waiter/bartender was very attentive. One downfall for me was the pizza I ordered,was not to my liking. It almost had the taste of a frozen pizza and did seem It had been cooked in a wood burning oven as I was told. Other than that the restaurant was good. I wouldn't Recommend the pizza.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very slow service
    UptownDiner
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Have been to LaVita on a number of occasions and the service has been fine; unfortunately, we found a waiter who was extremely inattentive and very slow to take or place our orders. We sat for 10 minutes before being visited by anyone, and then went through two bottles of wine before our main course was served. Very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not for us thanks
    Charles
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Service while attentive, somewhat brusque. Clearing table before the last bite.. Loud music, not at all our scene.
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  • Two times a charm
    Stephen
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    My first visit to Vita Sociale was with a group of 10 people. The staff was great and recommended a sampling of their most popular dishes. Especially notable were the Tosacana pasta and the pizzas. My second visit was more intimate. Again, the staff was terrific and provided just the right balance of attention without being intrusive. I was recommended a very memorable bottle from the impressive wine list and for dinner we chose the specials. Everything was delicious and the grilled and then baked Sea Bass was particularly good. I would recommend this spot for both big friendly get-togethers and fun romantic nights out. The ambiance and service very much enhance the culinary experience, which is expertly delivered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really fine
    Turner
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Rather than blather on just go there and experience for yourself a really fine meal.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New menu. Just as good.
    BryanGregory
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    My wife and I went with another couple on Friday night and had a great time. The place was buzzing (if not, a little too loud -- lots of hard surfaces, nothing to absorb the sound) but the service was attentive and the food was great all around. It had been a while since we'd been and were pleasantly surprised to see a refined menu. Lots to choose from. My wife had a gluten free pizza, I had the duck confit special. One friend had the gnocchi and her husband had the short rib. All happily devoured and everyone sated. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • If your looking for a casual
    GGlove2dine
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    If your looking for a casual dinner spot with good food, you have to try Vita Sociale! Food was fantastic but since the restaurant was very busy the service was a bit slow. On another note, the staff was aware of the tardiness of our food and the owner offered us a drink on the house which I thought was very nice! We will definitely be back! For anyone with or without a sweet tooth, you MUST try their "beaver tail" type dessert with Nutella and Banana's its AMAZING!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'd go again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Food and service was executed well. Portions where on the large size. The ambiance is very relaxing and all the staff was very attentive. We had a few challenging people at our table and substitutions were made without a problem. All in all I will be back!
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  • The molten chocolate cake
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The molten chocolate cake is to die for. I'm going to go back just for that. But all the food was amazing. The only weird thing was the music - it didn't seem to fit the restaurant, and I went with my bf for Valentine's day, and we were seated in a couples section - so the music seemed particularly odd.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    iwish
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Really enjoyed the food though it's a bit pricey. Waitress was awesome. Liked that we were able to eat without feeling like we were crammed in like sardines as is the case in some restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vita Sociale was closed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Unfortunately I can't tell you how Vita Sociale would have been. We arrived at the restaurant to find it dark. There was a sign on the door saying that the pipes had burst. I would really have appreciated a phone call to let us know before driving to the restaurant.
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  • Great Menu and Food
    Roman
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We had high expectations for this restaurant; The quality and presentation of the food met those expectations but it took a long time bewteen ordering and receiving the food (1 hour), which dampened our overall experience. Would still recommend as a very nice restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pasta was great hard the carbonara,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Pasta was great hard the carbonara, past I've found in the city so far, our serving was amazing, he did take away my wine glass before I finished it without asking, assistant server kept coming up to our table to see if there was anything to take away, could of easily seen from farther back. Will revisit again to try the gnocchi.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional Service
    JP17
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    Took a group of relatives for dinner, 7 in all. A relaxed meal with exceptional service. This is my third time at Vita Sociale and each time the food was well prepared. There is something on the menu for every taste.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I very much enjoyed my experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    I very much enjoyed my experience at Vita Sociale! Great food, location and atmosphere. I will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.