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Il Covo - Toronto
Our first time at Il Covo. Great little place. Everything started out good. Service was attentive and we received our cocktails and apps - they were good. When our apps were cleared, service somehow stopped. Our server no longer visited and we sat there and waited 35 minutes for entrées (both pasta dishes). We asked two servers when our food was coming and was told 4 mins...it took another 10 for a total wait time of 35 mins between app and entrée. When our food arrived, service somehow started again - refills on water, asking if we need more wine, etc etc... Two pasta dishes were ordered - Bucatini and Risotto. The bucatini was amazing but the risotto was an embarrassment and came out on a flat dinner plate vs a risotto bowl and was soupy-watery vs rich and creamy. A man did come and tell us that they lost the order chit in the kitchen. At the end of the meal, another told us they were using a 'new system' and it caused issues and delays. We finished our dinner, skipped dessert and ordered two espressos and asked for the bill. The manager/lead server returned and offered dessert/drink (we were done) and gave us a drink mix to go instead. We're happy that they addressed the issue but they really should've comped the pastas as we only ate a quarter of the risotto and waited so long. I'm sure we'll eventually try Il Covo again, but not for a while.
Incredible experience from the food to the friendly staff!
Gracious, helpful and fun staff. Innovative and delicious menu. A wine list curated by one of the owners that always offers fantastic non-LCBO selections. My wife and I love Il Covo!!
Giuseppe and his team always ensure the evening is a special one. Great food and wine selection.
Wonderful restaurant! The pasta is freshly made, and absolutely incredible!
Food was very good tasting and the wine was also great. was disappointed that our pasta came cold.
Great service and a delicious menu. Would recommend.
Average service, subpar food.
Food and service was great. Will be back!
Great, fresh, traditional Italian food. The staff are wonderful and the drinks are delcious! Highly reccomend!
Lovely place to eat! Food was amazing, service was amazing and everyone was so friendly and lovely! Great atmosphere and really nice sidewalk patio! Will absolutely be returning!
What a lovely spot! The food was delicious and the service was great as well. Will definitely go back !
Second time dining here. We had to wait about an hour to get any of our food, even the bread. So, we were starving when the food did come around finally. Restaurant apologized for the delays but didn’t do anything to actually make it better. Food is delicious, but the wait was unbearable.
Food was excellent. Not many choices of mains but very fresh and very good.
Service was friendly but we waited for drinks and apps and the. We’re rushed with mains. Didn’t take our wine order until after main was served.
Service was good. Portions small and food arrived warm to cool at best. Left feeling hungry and extremely unsatisfied with what I was hoping would be an amazing authentic Italian dinner.
We ordered the antipasto for 2, the pesto pasta and the risotto. The meal was great! Simple, straight to the point, just great food. Perfectly cooked, beautifully presented, good portions. Unfortunately we followed up with desserts…. We had the raspberry sorbet and the cannoli’s. The sorbet was beautiful in colour but lacked in flavour. The cannoli filling was a chocolate mousse texture with cocoa nibs on the outside. It was missing a richness and a sweetness I expect from a cannoli. It felt like they were trying to be “healthier” with their desserts. Next time we go back, I’ll stick to the cheese for dessert.
Celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary. No issues with Food, Drink and Service. It was a very pleasant experience.
Definitely will come back
Perfect outdoor covered table. Great service and food from Guiseppe , Ryan and team!!
Absolutely fabulous night. The best branzino in the city, amazing pastas and outstanding service. Run don’t walk!
Just absolutely spectacular. Food was awesome and delicious.
Delicious food and cocktails, courteous and friendly service. A wonderfully authentic Italian evening. Highly recommend!
Best calamari and espresso martinis I’ve had this summer
Excellent Italian cuisine, service, wine and even amari selection. Ottimo!
Food was great, service was friendly, but the tables on the patio were a bit too close to one another for comfort. We only had about 3 feet between our table and the neighboring table.
The service: SUPERB! We got extremely friendly and helpful waiter and server.
The food: The Raviolia Alla Norma and the Maccheroncini Al Pesto and the shrimp Rissoto were fantastic. The starters were average, I expected something more special, the lamb skewers were okay, the calamari was good, I didn't have the antipasto but my friends on the table liked the meats. Overall mains are AMAZING appetizers are good.
Drinks: We ordered some cocktails that weren't on the menu and the bar tender was more than happy to make them and they were delicious.
The food was quite yummy and the price was very good
Fantastic experience! Both the food and quality of service exceeded expectations! Definitely worth a return!
All I can say is that if you want great authentic Italian cuisine in a intimate setting, this is the place to eat. .Even though it took a little bit longer for our food to come out of the kitchen..it was worth the wait ! you wont be disappointed
The food was good but portions were small
Staff seemed a little flustered
The food and the service were amazing! The inside of the restaurant is so beautiful and it was the perfect place for my birthday celebration. I would have given the place 5 stars but something weird happened at the end of the night. The service was incredible, and I want to emphasize that it was, until we had to leave. We dined with 10 people and the waitress refused to split our bill even though she told us earlier she would split it “no problem”. She told us that this is an old school Italian restaurant and they do not split bills. They expected one person to cover the cost of 10 people which, given that this is a fine dining restaurant is extremely expensive. I wish we were told ahead of time that they are unable to split bills because we felt very pressured for one person to cover the entire cost. We were rushed out while paying and it left a poor taste in our mouth.
We had great service! We ordered the antipasto for two, it was good. We then had the ravioli and sausage pasta. It was ok. Not very flavourful. Margarita was delicious.
Incredible birthday dinner! Thank you
Food and service were both excellent as always.
I've been to Covo twice in the past 3 weeks, and planning to come again soon. I always ask for a tasting selection for the simply the best flavour parade in my entire city, along with exquisite wines and amazing cocktails. See you soon guys!
Unfortunately, quite disappointed. Although our waitress was nice, the service was extremely slow, almost short staffed. Food was good but nothing exceptional for the price asked.
Squids were full of oil, the salad way too salty. Lamb skewers almost cold. the fish was good, too bad we waited that long.
Service was super slow ... somewhat apologetic but the only 'ok' food didn't help matters. Risotto was tasteless ... pasta as good. Wine was cold .... that helped.
Food was amazing, staff was kind but was stretched thin, they werent the most prompt on service. The evnvironment was very loud but the food was amazing. Would go again
Azzurri won. No complaints, great place
Date night - great food and great service. We had appetizers and pasta. It was all wonderful. Thank you!
Il Covo - Toronto is rated 4.4 stars by 304 OpenTable diners.
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