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About Ascari Enoteca

WE WILL BE CLOSED TUES, AUG 15 & WED, AUG 16 FOR KITCHEN RENOVATIONS.

HOLIDAYS & SPECIAL EVENTS: please see our website for current events and menus
PAYMENTS: We accept Cash or Canadian Debit only, no credit cards
PLEASE NOTE: Tables booked before 9PM may have dining time restrictions
EVERY MONDAY NIGHT --- 1/2 price bottles of wine

We love food. We love wine. We love racing. So we named Ascari Enoteca after one of our heroes, 1950's Italian racing legend, Alberto Ascari. He was as famous for his appetite for food and wine as he was for his talent for racing, earning him the nickname "ciccio" – Italian for 'chubby'. Here you'll find homemade pastas made fresh in house every single day, plus a unique wine list.

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!

1111 Queen St. East
Toronto, ON M4M 1K7
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday, Friday & Saturday: 5:30 - 11:00 pm

Cross Street:
Caroline

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
Cash Only

Phone Number:
(416) 792-4157

Website:
http://www.ascarienoteca.ca/

Parking Details:
Parking on Queen St is metred parking, free after 6PM

Public Transit:
Streetcar stop in front of restaurant, Caroline St.

Executive Chef:
John Sinopoli

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine

Ascari Enoteca Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (31)
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Fit for Foodies (24)
Notable Wine List (24)
Authentic (23)
Cozy (23)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Romantic (16)
Hot Spot (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Casual (13)
Worth the Drive (12)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Fun (9)
Seasonal (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Business Meals (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Great Beer (3)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 5 days ago

Have had a number of great experiences at the restaurant from sitting at the bar for 2 to a friend's gathering of 6. Love the food and the atmosphere.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic service. The servicer was expertly able to describe the dishes and drinks. The pasta was delicious and not too heavy.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 16, 2018

I've eaten at Ascari Enoteca on several occasions and it never fails to satisfy and most often delights. On this visit I had the Osso Buco and it was sublime. I'll keep visiting and I'll keep recommending it to everyone I know.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Excellent food and fantastic service! Would recommend this restaurant for sure.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fun
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Fantastic food and great ambiance. Our server Adrienne was very knowledgeable about the menu and wine list, and made some excellent recommendations. Our new favorite Italian restaurant. A hidden gem! We will definitely be back!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Best pasta in Toronto by leaps and bounds. Incredible appetizers as well. They only take cash or debit but the pasta completely justifies repeated visits.

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Seasonal, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Still thinking about the food! So good! Will definitely go again. Thanks Tilly, awesome server!

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Had a great time; excellent service

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The only problem we really had was the cold from the door. Our feet were quite frozen, alas.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Service was much better on our first visit. This time there was a long wait to place our drink order, a long wait to place our food order and then the pasta in one of the dishes was over-cooked rendering it mushy. There was also very minimal checkin about our meal from our server. The chicken liver crostini and rabbit pasta were delicious and perfectly executed through.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 29, 2017

This is absolutely our favourite restaurant! The food and service are always fantastic! The wine list could be more diversified.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Food is good, price is reasonable and the waiters are "awesome."
They should deserve much more tips :)

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Fun, Good for a Date, Great Beer
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Another excellent meal and wonderful experience. Great, warm and knowledgeable service, and as good an Italian-inspired meal as any we had in Italy last year. A neighbourhood fave!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Awesome food and amazing service. Love the ambiance

Tags: Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Went for dinner with the gf, great wine list, great beers from Burdock, real tasty food and our server behind the bar was extremely knowledgeable and very nice. Portions could be a tad larger though. Great place for a night out!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

The food, service, and Wine list were great. I found the tables were way to close together for my liking, I personally just don't enjoy sitting so close to others while trying to have a special dinner with my wife, especially when you're next to someone that talks very loud. If you're not bothered by this, it's my pet peave, than this place is great. Service and food were awesome.

Tags: Tapas, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Awesome establishment. Seated right away. Staff was helpful. Excellent lamb spiducci! Ordered a 2nd round after we annihilated the first serving. The pasta was unbelievably good! Will be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Thank you for a truly wonderful evening. We were six, four from out of town. They absolutely loved Ascari, as we do, for all the right reasons. Adrianne, our server, was the best. The food and wine was fabulous, the ambiance perfect. It was a very memorable night. Grazie, Ascari!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Fun, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Great food, service, wine... all perfect except it gets really noisy when the place fills up!! Hard to chat when you’re shouting. Otherwise perfection.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Absolutely love this place and half price wine on Mondays is a great deal.

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Excellent combination of delicious food, superb service and comfortable surroundings.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Creative and delicious specials.
Great handmade pastas.
Attentive Service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Casual, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Ascari has become my new favourite restaurant. I dine often with clients and Ascari is a perfect mix of casual neighbourhood vibe with impeccable food and service. I love it and having Adrienne enthusiastically welcome me is just the best.

Tags: Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

We celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary and we're so happy to have picked this restaurant for the occasion. The food was amazing and the service was great.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

ASCARI offers as authentic a menu as I can remember but uses them in creative new fashion. The carpaccio is wonderful as are the aranccini, but the star is their pasta dish. rare is it to find rabbit on the menu in this city and their homemade pappardelle with rabbit, cabbage and in a deglazed white wine sauce was excellent, same with the agnolotti stuffed with buffalo mozzarella, lemon, summer grean beans - such unique flavour combinations....the place hops on Monday nights because it's HALF PRICE BOTTLE NIGHT, a well thought out wine list with unique and rare Italian wines from all over the country....great congenial service , and a non's kitchen feeling that permeates the room

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Very noisy. Couldn't hear oneself think! My wife had to send her main course back as it was dry and the pasta seemed to have been cooked ages before it was served. The server did know her Italian digestivi well and was very attentive throughout the meal.

Tags: Spicy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Food was very good but over priced for small portion size. Excellent service.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Amazing food and great service

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The food was amazing. Full stop.

The ambience was great, the servers were very attentive and the wine selection was generous.

As a small recommendation, I would suggest adding some full bodied reds to the wine selection (my personal favourites).

Overall, the evening was magical.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Interesting wine selection and original pasta dishes. Great bartender - very knowledgeable on international wines.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Casual get-together coincided with 1/2 price wine, so we were able to get a very nice bottle at regular spend. It's a bit disconcerting to be told that you have to leave at 8:30 p.m. when you are still spending money, but I guess that's the price you pay for 1/2 price wine. Maybe that's why I thought the service was just good.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy, Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food and wine were delicious. Place has such a great vibe. I hadn't eaten there in a while but will definitely be back soon!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Cozy, Hot Spot
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This was our second visit to this restaurant. The dishes are creative and simply delicious. The restaurant is small and a little cramped and noisy. They have a good selection of wines and the service is friendly. I would definitely recommend this place to a friend.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Quite good overall. Cocktail menu is interesting. Food choices are rather limited.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Great food and lovely service.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Nice little place with great servers. Excellent food. Limited menu.

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Ascari never fails us with it's great food and always friendly and inviting service. Great wine list and a menu that everyone can order from...even our young kids! We've been dining there for years and still love it!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great service and great food. Best meal I've had in a while.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Everything about this neighbourhood gem is outstanding - food, service and ambience. We went on a Monday night and it was packed, for good reason. It's not too often that you can go somewhere and know that the service and food will consistently be great; but it is here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, People Watching
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Researched Ascari online and was pleasantly surprised to find that they make their own pasta daily. We started with olives, bread, and rice balls. All were tasty, but nothing notable. The lamb pasta was delicious, as was the ricotta agnolotti. We were too full for dessert. While I was not familiar with any of the red wines on the list, our server was great at recommending a bottle that we enjoyed. I would definitely return for another meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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