About Aria Ristorante

Aria offers genuine Italian fine dining in a contemporary urban setting. Aria is owned by Guido Saldini and Elena Morelli the proprietors of Noce Restaurant, which for almost 20 years has helped set the standard for Italian cuisine in Toronto. Just as he did in the kitchen at Noce, Aria’s Executive Chef Eron Novalski spares no expense in sourcing the freshest, highest quality ingredients to create dishes of elegant simplicity.

25 York St.
Toronto, ON M5J 2V5
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday:
Lunch 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner 5:00pm - 10pm
Saturday:
Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Event Sunday: Open for Concerts/ Games at Air Canada Centre

Cross Street:
York and Bremner

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 363-2742

Website:
http://ariaristorante.ca/

Entertainment:
Located directly beside the Air Canada Centre and walking distance from the Rogers Centre, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Roy Thompson Hall and the Sony Theatre.

Catering:
Catering available for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Parking Details:
Underground parking is conveniently located in the Telus Building, 25 York St. Aria is located on the ground level.

Public Transit:
We are directly connected to the PATH system, Union Station, TTC, Go Station and UPExpress.

Executive Chef:
Eron Novalski

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Aria Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

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Authentic (10)
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Creative Cuisine (9)
Casual (9)
Romantic (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Cozy (6)
Hot Spot (6)
People Watching (6)
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Healthy (5)
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Local Ingredients (4)
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Live Sports (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 2 days ago

My first dinner at Aria was ok. The wait staff was extremely nice and attentive. The food wasn’t anything memorable, but not bad in the least. I think the best this this place has going for it is the location. But it could be packed every night with either a revised menu or a different chef.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined 6 days ago

Wine list is very good but expensive. Shared porterhouse with two veggie sides was delectable! Port and cheese the proper finish. A lovely valentines dinner with my love.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 8, 2018

usual terrific quality food and service. wine list is terrific. people are friendly. atmosphere is great if you are in main part of restaurant -- a little closed in if you are in the back by the bar -- would avoid.

Overall terrific. its my go to place down by the ACC

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

As always, dinner here on Tuesday night was excellent.
We were warmly welcomed by the Owner Elena and were seated at a lovely table.
We dined prior to the Raptors game so it is always challenging to get the timing right but we enjoyed a great meal and we weren't rushed.
Look forward to another amazing meal soon.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Authentic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 6, 2018

great food with great service, super friendly staffs

Tags: Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great service, terrible food. Would not recommend this for winterlicious.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 2, 2018

I don't think our server smiled once and seemed a bit annoyed when we asked for things. The one thing that stuck with me was the smell...it seemed the whole time we were there we could smell burning food and that smell stuck with me the rest of the day.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 31, 2018

It wasn’t our first visit but we were disappointed this time .

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Great food and the space was very nice as well, though we felt a little rushed. This would be a great spot for lunch but I'm not sure about dinner.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We had Winterlicious menu (3 options on each category). Good food and good ambience.
The only advice to improve: waiters to get more training on how to serve and not to mix up dishes.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We attended Aria for a 30th birthday party celebration during winterlicious. The menu selection was interesting, and the food was delicious. Our concern was the service. Our service was professional and friendly but was often nowhere to be found. We had to ask multiple times for items such as the bill, and were kept waiting for quite an excessive period of time. The restaurant was not busy, but the food took much longer to arrive than other tables who had been seated after us. This was not a pleasant experience.

If I had to recommend this restaurant, it would be on the merits of the food. The service, however, was lackluster at best, and can't imagine myself going back there in the foreseeable future.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Totally enjoyed our meal; everything was tasty and Home-Made; would recommend and go again. Location is fantastic, right in front of Air Canada Centre - Maple Leaf Square. Thank you to all the staff for a memorable evening.

Tags: Scenic View, Business Meals, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Healthy, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Live Sports, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Direst is not good, however, the main was really good. I like pasta and lamp even know I can not remember the whole name about these two courses

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Got us in and out quickly for the Leaf game but didn't feel rushed.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Service was good however the food was not. The place had no ambiance at all, no energy, no vibe, was also quite empty for a Saturday night- which made the food come out promptly, unfortunately it was undercooked and over seasoned. Wouldn’t recommend and wouldn’t go back.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 9, 2018

I just wish there were people there when I go. They deserve to have better attendance. I was VERY pleased to see their Veal Milanese chop back on the menu!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 9, 2018

My go to restaurant near the ACC. Great food, wonderful atmosphere and superior wine list.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We went to Aria to celebrate my birthday. There were 14 of us and though the food was good, the service was not. Our server wasn’t very friendly and was not on top of what was going on. For instance, my niece’s food didn’t come out with the rest of the food and we waited for a while and only after we inquired did he go to the kitchen to find out that there had been an “incident”. We waited another 5-10 minutes for her food. He didn’t realize they were out of gnocchi until after we all ordered and then we had to change our orders. Some of us got pepper and cheese while others had to wait and when we asked, we were made to feel like we were imposing. We often had to ask for things more than once. It wasn’t busy so there was really no excuse. Generally, he just didn’t make us feel very welcome and when an 18 percent gratuity is included in the bill, it stings when the service is sub-par.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I have walked by Aria a number of times and never considered it. I will now. The food was amazing. We had Arancini, Gnocchi, ravioli and the pork chop. Absolutely delicious. Good place to eat for a nice meal before q concert or a game.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 5, 2018

I have eaten at Aria many times before. Ideal if you’re going to the ACC right after. This time our waitress was rather rude / unfriendly. Also our pasta (that I’ve ordered in the past) was not fully cooked - too hard and the sauce was runny. Seems like the meal was rushed. After this experience I probably won’t be back as the bill was about $200 for 2 (including alcohol). Quality was most definitely not worth it for that price tag.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Went with wife prior to a concert at the Air Canada Centre. I was pleased they were able to accommodate us as we were coming into the GTA from out of town and hit some significant traffic delays which caused us to be 30 minutes late for our reservation. Even though we were late and the venue appeared full, we were seated promptly. My wife had the mushroom ravioli and I had the veal chop. We also shared a salad and the diced potato dish as a side. We may have been hungry from the trip in and skipping lunch could have skewed our perception, but we both were in agreement the dishes were of high quality. My veal chop may have been a bit over seasoned but it was cooked to perfection. Is it slightly overpriced? Perhaps. But more so for the cocktails then the food and what do expect for being located directly across from the arena?

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 4, 2018

I bring customers here before the game. Service and food great all the time. However my food was too salty and could only eat half. Although waitress took it off the bill, it was a surprise to have this experience this time around.

Tags: Business Meals, Live Sports
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Good place to go for business meal or to see a game.

Tags: Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The meals were overpriced.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great location for those visiting the city. The food was good not great- outstanding services though!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Waiter wasn’t great. Fries were terrible and burger was well done and supposed to be medium. Topping were extreamly limited.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 11, 2017

I always been happy with my food at Arias but last week was disappointing.
Amatriciana pasta was nothing better than a left over Friday night fix at home.

Tags: Happy Hour, Quick Bite
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Never disappoints. Service was great even though with leaf fans before game. When really full it's too noisy for intimate conversation. Perhaps soft surface dropped would help

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I have eaten here many times but this time our food was over an hour to be served, one of the meals was wrong...they prepared another meal free of charge but one of my quests had to wait while the rest of us ate.
Very unlike times before, but maybe it was because we were there on a Sunday before a Leafs game.
The staff made every effort to make up for the mess up on the order which I would give them a 10 on .
Will still go back again as the food was good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great restaurant and very good food. Great ambiance.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Our server was neither personable nor prompt. We waited for our bill for 30 minutes and she passed by our table numerous times. It was not a great experience.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great food, service felt rushed but at least they let us linger for a bit after clearing. Restaurant was very busy so I get they're trying to get people in and out quickly.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Good food and ambiance, not too loud, good for conversation. They were out of the one pasta dish I wanted to order, on a Saturday night.... Dish I ordered was good though. Will go back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Amazing food and service. Staff were very friendly. Service was prompt without being too fast.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Romantic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Hosted several clients for a business lunch, very convenient location and fantastic ambiance for an event, great wine list, good service, tasty food and noise level perfect for conversing.

Highly recommend.

Matt

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 20, 2017

I liked the restaurant. There were not many vegetarian options. Another guest was looking for either chicken or beef but they didn't have anything on the menu. That said everyone was happy with the meal they got.

We went prior to a Leafs game so it was busy, but it was still a nice place.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Excellent authentic Italian food, great wine list, professional service, would go back

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Regular at this restaurant.
Was seated at table by kitchen door and bar. Very high traffic area. When I asked if we could move to another table was told they were all reserved for larger parties. A few minutes later another couple was seated by the window at a table that had been set for four!

Staff were incredibly rude.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 17, 2017

There for dinner before a Raptors' game. Our friends were delayed but the servers ensured we all had great meals and a great experience, AND got us out in time for the game. Excellent menu, simple, enough variety to satisfy all types of eaters. Looking forward to returning.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Live Sports, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a very sweet server who was helpful with the menu. In addition, other servers were also very attentive when filling up water, taking plates and etc. We had the reservation for 8:30 and left at 9:00, their service was quick but not in haste, the food was good but not plentiful. The rose cocktail was amazing! The atmosphere of the restaurant was nice and elegant with dim lighting and spacious. The complimentary bread was dry, however and getting seated was a bit confusing because we were standing there a little confused waiting for the server. But the servers and everyone were very nice.

Tags: Quick Bite, Authentic, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation
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