Ascari Enoteca

4.7
1044 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Italian
Ascari Enoteca mirrors [Alberto] Ascari’s love for all things food and wine, bringing a rustic wine bar to Toronto’s east end with a simple philosophy of good, quality ingredients. It’s a neighbourhood locale where people come to linger over a simple, delicious meal washed down by a superb bottle of wine. Whether you’re solo, with friends or family, rest assured you’ll always leave here feeling like family.

Ascari has been awarded one of Canada's Neighbourhood Gems by OpenTable and Best Italian Restaurant in Now Magazine. We look forward to hosting you!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1044 people are saying
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HeatherS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Everything was fantastic.

It was just very loud- a little too loud tbh.

Thanks!

MS
MattS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jen and the staff were fantastic! Great suggestions on wines, drinks and food. Atmosphere was fun, lively but intimate. The food from Pete and his team was fantastic. We just wish we were able to eat more but we got too full. Highly recommend checking this place out.

JM
JackieM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We’ve been coming here for years, and it just keeps getting better and better.

KM
KimM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience2

I rated ambiance low as the bench where people sit against the wall is totally stained/dirty. I felt uncomfortable sitting on it. They really need to reupholster it. It ruins the whole ambience.

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AnastasiaW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always an excellent environment and delicious meal. As someone sensitive to sound and bright lights, the staff has perfected a welcoming and intimate environment. I always look forward to dinner and conversations that can happen in this classy, comfortable and intentional restaurant.

KT
KathleenTran
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the linguine ai pulpo and campanelle alla norma. The carne crudo, Ascari beef tartare, was a great appetizer to start. Punset neh! wine was fabulous. Thank you very much to Ascari staff for excellent hospitality service.

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RichardM
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The lady at the front was very rude and not at all helpful. Luckily the manager understood what exemplary customer service means and despite the terrible start we finished strong..

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CatherineM
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was cold outside but the friendly person at the door whisked us through the covid protocol quickly and we sat down to order from an excellent selection of Italian and Canadian wines.
The menu was short and varied with no standard fare making the dinner exciting with a dash of adventure.
The Wisconsin burrata salad was a fantastic assembly of flavours, the octopus ai linguine superb, and the baba au rum a tad different with rich chocolate sauce. My partner had mushroom gnocchi and a delicate persimmon dessert. Overall, we enjoyed a sophisticated dinner that was presented in the warmest of atmospheres. Ascari Enoteca is a place we will continue to go back to for it’s excellent service, food and drink and sense that you are home.

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Jono
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed out time at Ascari Enoteca. I am amazed we had not been there before given its 10 year history and location. We sat at the bar, it was fun and you get to interact with the staff much better. Staff were knowledgeable, pleasant and even knew who Alberto Ascari was!

Food was fresh, delicious and served at just the right time. Small but constantly changing menu keeps the experience fresh. Great wines.

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Ari85
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dinner for my girlfriend’s birthday. We gorged on pasta and even got a second carbonara right after the first because it was good. Didn’t get server’s name but she was awesome too. Will definitely be back - great for a special date or a regular dinner!

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Richard
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Nice neighbourhood eatery. Staff are knowledgeable and attentive. A bit cramped at the bar. Some dishes were a bit over spiced, such as shrimp which may be too delicate. Pasta was well prepared and tasty as was the tuna starter.

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debbiec
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was our second time there. It is an authentic modern, intimate Italian restaurant, with an open kitchen/ bar concept. It was our first time there on a weekend however, and tables were booked back to back. It was difficult to speak to our guests, and waiter, because of the noise level/ music; maybe something could be done with the bare ceiling to help with accoustics...? Would also like to see more fish on the menu perhaps. The kitchen was accommodating with adjusting pastas for those who don't eat meat. This is a very special restaurant, food, desserts, wines, not a large menu, but attention is paid to the smallest details.

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HelenNg
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience2

The server was really nice but overall the food was pretty bad. The toast that accompanied the beef tartare had an overpowering burnt taste. The tuna ceviche texture was off and the flavour too sour. The carbonara was cold and the gnocchi was way too soft and mushy. Would not come back.

MC
MargotC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner on all accounts. We will be back again soon!
Thank you.

NP
NicolaP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian restaurant! The food is outstanding.

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James
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great vibe in the restaurant. Nice staff

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Place too small.

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Nomis
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

comments have none to offer other than it was enjoyable

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Stephanie
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Ascari last night for my husbands birthday. The food was amazing!!!

SK
StevenK
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very friendly greeting, knowledgeable staff.
Food was very good, right from the shrimp appetizer, and beet salad to the three pastas our table had family style.
If I had a criticism (which is difficult here) I would have like to have seen some less expensive wines on the list. That being said, the white and red consumed at our table were both excellent.

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GShandro
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our wait staff were courteous . I was with people who only had a cocktail. The experience felt different from the times before where my guests and I ordered a few bottles of wine for the table. It felt like wait staff weren’t sure how to connect with us if not topping us up. Maybe there’s a different way to connect with non drinking customers. I loved the meal as always. Thank you for asking for feedback.

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suzshi
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their carbonara, I can eat 3 bowls of!

DH
DouglasH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Delicious food and friendly and attentive service. They did a great job making patio seating comfortable on a brisk evening. Overall, we had a great time and will go again.

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vipBar1967
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always.

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Brittany
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening at Ascari. The food is always top notch and consistent. You can’t go wrong with any of their dishes and their cocktail and wine menus are also excellent. We sat outside on a cool fall evening with heaters!

WJ
WanderingJude
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The mushroom gnochhi and ricotta Meatballs were out of this world. Broccoli fried in batter too heavy but still so tasty

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Ms2jla1
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner on the (heated, covered) patio at Ascari - the food was delicious, the wine recommendation was spot-on, and the service was very attentive, despite us being outside on a chilly evening! Fully recommend

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NinaL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and the heaters helped! But the metal chairs were not fun! Bring a cushion or blanket to sit on! Otherwise a stellar resto.

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vipBonAppetit
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ascari never disappoints food and wine always delicious amazing service and the cosiest ambiance .

RI
RICHARDB
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s been a few years since we visited Askari… we made the decision to dine on the patio… the day we made the reservation it was 20 outside. Well…. Friday night it was about 8 degrees…. The air was brisk…. The food outstanding and service great.
I would recommend the outdoor dining experience. Just wear an extra layer
Cheers to fall.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, service and ambience. Looking forward to next visit!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Great date spot; fairly expensive; portions were modest; taste was amazing; service was great (thank you Patrick!)

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was great. Only negative I could point to is there was some sediment in our frist two glasses of wine

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EvaN
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a quiet dinner for 2 on October 20th at 5pm. The service was amazing and so was the food. :)

WJ
WilsonJ
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Dined here on Tuesday evening. This is probably the 4th or 5th time we have visited. Continues to hit the mark. Excellent food, great service and nice ambience made for a great evening get together with a friend/business colleague for my partner and I. A thoughtfully curated wine list. Will visit again.

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SandraP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Limited menu. Dirty floors and bench cushions. Wine by the glass $13+ for less than 5 oz. Firm with amount of time dinners have.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good food!

MK
MegK
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ascari Enoteca Leslieville NEVER disappoints, great place for a first date or catching up with friends as the volume within the restaurant and covered patio is great. The food is outstanding, although the menu is small, what they do they do amazingly! Ive been here three times in the past two months not being able to justify wanting to try a new place. Come here! You will not be disappointed!

SB
SweetButter
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hesitated with the title special occasion. Largely due to the fact that the food is so delicious I would like to eat here every day. My husband and I had a spectacular meal with delicious wines In a perfect atmosphere. I love seeing the open kitchen and watching chef work so hard to make such wonderful food for his guests. Do yourselves a favor and book a table as soon as possible.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely time at the bar! Was served by Peter who is the best, most professional bartender in the city. Also a genuinely kind and engaging person. We ate a lot! Love the new iteration of the arancini with tomato sauce, the carpaccio with honey mushrooms was delightful, and the gnocchi was a welcomed dish to bring on the fall. Noise is always a little high but it was nice to feel a vibrant restaurant after so many lockdowns. Genuinely had such a wonderful time thanks to the Ascari team! Will be a lifetime guest.

FAQs

Ascari Enoteca offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 792-4157.

Ascari Enoteca is rated 4.7 stars by 1044 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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