Il Covo

4.4
158 reviews
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We crafted Il Covo to be a place where one can easily unwind, relax, escape the routine of life, and feel as though they are cared for by family. Il Covo is a meeting point with a warm, energetic and convivial atmosphere for those who want to enjoy a thoughtfully prepared dinner, accompanied by a large selection of wines by the glass, craft beers and playful cocktails. Our culinary brigade operates a gastronomic laboratory built on solid professionalism and thorough knowledge of Italian food and wine. We wanted to create a casual home with an emphasis on simple Italian cuisine that combines traditionalism and modernity, drawing inspiration from every region within the vast country of Italy.
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Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Very poor service by our waiter. Asked for no beef on tasting menu and was given beef for appetizer. Waiter claimed she thought we just meant no beef for the main. Other multiple small issues by waiter throughout night

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DR
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good, but not spectacular.

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MA
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The place and food were very nice, but the waiters should advise the customer about the size of the dishes. Food was really but small portions.

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SD
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic, flavours, and presentation. Lovely service!

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d
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was good, portions very small, service terrific, wine very good.

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KI
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Very expensive for what u get. Food was good but portions way too small even for a tasting menu. Tables so close together u can hear other people speaking. Very good food but a bit disappointed overall

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AW
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was great!! Great selection of dishes. It would be great to get some ideas on what to order to make the meal flow better, but overall everything was delicious!

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service in attentive and sloppy. Good average to poor. One good course of six. Deeply disappointed.

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JE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Expensive relative to the experience. Too loud for easy conversation.

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CL
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food was sublime. Great service and just a fantastic experience.

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WA
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time over for dinner and this time sat at the bar.
Tried the central Italy menu, and every single dish was perfectly presented and spot on flavor wise.
Big high light dishes were the Cod, soft shell Crab, Cicatielli pasta, tagliatelle al ragù, rabbit and Rice cake.
Service was perfect, and Luca’s drinks amazing as usual.
Have to go back for the summer menu once the summer comes.
Thanks a lot for the great experience!!

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MF
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing service! I really enjoyed celebrating my bday at Il Covo

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GD
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Wine list is great. It is a bit expensive.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is worth every penny. Do the tasting menu it will not disappoint!

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J
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I had high expectations as we required a credit card to make a reservation. The food was tasty but not outstanding. I don’t think the food matches the amount you pay. Portions are very small and the flavours were good but not great. A 4 oz portion of pasta with 4-5 clams should not be $16.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing experience, the service and the food was epic. Everyone was incredibly friendly and the restaurant is lovely. An ideal place for special occassions

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HV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was seriously bland. Cost was way too much for the level of quality.

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BB
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is not your typical Italian restaurant. Dishes are designed like a "tapas" style, small portion dishes, that allow you to try more items on the menu. All the dishes we ordered were wonderfully prepared.

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BS
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The portion sizes are just too small to enjoy

It’s a shame because the two bites were often delicious

At minimum each dish should be twice the size

The service was very offhand. Odd, as the restaurant was not full

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SK
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very unique and exceptionally good culinary experience. Great place for friends to spend time in conversation (even though the place is rather noisy because it's very busy, yet it has a very jovial atmosphere) over great Italian wines (very extensive wine list from every wine region of Italy) and simply succulent flavours from one-of-a-kind combinations of the freshest ingredients from the sea, the garden, the pasture, as well as cheeses and pastries.

Small menu and very small plates (cicchetti), but worth every bite. The fladlesuppe (soft ricotta in a pastry cup in hen broth) is to die for, the boreto alla graisana (pan-roasted pieces of sea bass from Cyprus in a unique sauce) is masterfully simple and tasty and the coda di roapo (monkfish from New Zealand in tomato sauce and other ingredients) is just divine! The richest, and always distinct, flavours jump out of every dish and every bite!

Extremely attentive, informative and friendly service even though the place was jam-packed. Friends can't leave without ordering the "coffee of friendship" at the end of the meal, another surprising and genuinely satisfying experience.

This restaurant is not cheap but prices are reasonable, as every single dish is very unique, labour-intensive, and bursting with quality and flavour.

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IA
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I guess we came too hungry and were disappointed to see such small plates. It’s nice to come for a drink and something to eat. But don’t be too hungry. The food is good but arrives in tiny little amounts..

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LP
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great cocktails, and wine to match. The focus on all things northern italian was so good. Luca and Vincenzo were incredibe hosts all night. A must try.

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R
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic. We have been there several times and it has never failed to impress us. The new spring menu is superb, always enjoy tasting new dishes that the chef and team have created. You never feel rushed.

Food to ambiance to service all spot on. We will be back soon.

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AS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best restaurant there is! Atmosphere, food knowledge of the chef and servers. Such a friendly fun bunch! Can’t wait to go back

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place with great food. The wait staff was thoughtful, funny, and provided great service!

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G
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful, delicious food and the best service I have ever experienced. A perfect evening.

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FS
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding what a dining experience a must go to

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BZ
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Table wasn’t ready at the time of my reservation, noice level is comparable to that of a rave, plastic wrapper found in dishes, food is also subpar. Not coming back, ever.

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P
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was an unforgettable dining experience. A must try!

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VC
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great experience from start to finish. We all had the 6 course tasting menu and all of us loved every bite!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very interesting place to experience differente fine dining

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SC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food! Such attention to detail. From start to finish it was really an amazing dining experience

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MB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was quite good and the service adequate but not outstanding. While I much appreciate an establishment that focuses on quality rather than quantity, which is the opposite of the usual offering, the portions of some dishes were too small: the two cheese selections (Puzzone di Moena and Tajer) were really minuscule. Cheers.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food

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K
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional which is why I'm going back tonight! One of the top Italian wine lists, the plates are small, reminding me of Septime in Paris, Il Covo is in my opinion the top restaurant in Toronto.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. The dishes are always amazing along with the service and an all time favourite for ambience.

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MM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place - only thing that I cannot stand is how loud it gets when the restaurant is at full capacity. You CANNOT hear your conversations, so going forward I will not make a weekend reservation, or rather not go when I am in the mood for great conversation

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r
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food generally very good, although some of it rather salty, and all of it underportioned. Noise level was deafening; drunk scenester tables of face-tattooed somebodies screaming their way through cocktails with dinner as an afterthought. Overall, a handsome place with some delightful dishes. Be ready to spend serious $$ if you want to get enough to eat, and bring your earplugs.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible culinary experience with Chef Ryan!!

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MB
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Interesting Italian. Nice cosy room. Great staff.

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