La Forchetta

4.3
362 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
  • Neighborhood Gem
La Forchetta Restaurant is located in the very heart of Little Italy district of Downtown Toronto. The restaurant offers variety of classic northern Italian dishes such as risottos and fine meat and game, while listing some great home made pasta choices from the southern fare. For five years in a raw, La Forchetta has won the prestigious "Best of Award of Excellence" from the Wine Spectator. The wine list offers over 650 wines by the bottle with a comprehensive wine by the glass and half bottle selections. We believe in bringing the best quality food ingredients on the market to the kitchen,and then transforming them with passion for cooking to meals evoking a memorable dining experience. The extensive wine list embraces and complements the diverse style of Italian dishes. Enjoy, and buon appetito!!!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(416) 534-3100
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Roman Kolev
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Additional
BYO Liquor, Corkage Fee, Takeout, Wine
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4.2
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4.1
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Always spectacular.

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1.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The food is not edible. I would expect an Italian restaurant in Little Italy to have authentic Italian cuisine but the food we received was nearly inedible.
The menus had a smell of a dirty rag because they're being cleaned with a damp dirty rag.
The mashed potato looked like it came out of a bucket.
The pork tenderloin was so incredibly overcooked it was hard to tell what kind of meat we were eating. When we said that it was overcooked, the server argued with us (and so did the manager) about how pork can be cooked. I didn't want to embarrass anyone at the restaurant by showing them Ontario food safety guidelines but quite frankly, they had NO idea what they were talking about. Pork can be served Medium and is safe to eat. Also, the customer is always right.
The scallops were "ok" but all the sides were inedible.
The gelato for dessert was actually ice cream

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

We had the pre-fixed menu great value very tasty food and decent prices on wines.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Very attentive service, excellent food and beverage choices, deliciously prepared.

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3.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Service was excellent but the food was haphazard. The pasta and risotto were both very salty and the lamb was added to the risotto cold. Our creme brûlée was runny.

The base of the food seemed to be good, maybe an off night for the chefs?

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great service, a little bit noisy with a lot of very loud talk all around. But the polenta was delicious, as was the Caesar salad and the veal ricotta. Arctic char was so so, mussels were great. So overall was a very nice experience

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Always delicious! We love the crusty bread w rosemary/salt/olive oil. Unless you like mussels in tomato sauce, though, they were a little too tomato-ey and a bit to gritty for our liking.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food was delicious. We also got dessert and a bottle of wine, both of which were also good. A hidden gem!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Good service. Home made pasta was some of the best I have had.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

It was quite crowded and felt a bit like you were in the way just sitting at the table. The food was good but expensive. Just didn’t quite feel like it was worth the price

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

The food at La Forchetta was delicious - best, was the scallops and the calamari - so fresh.
The seafood linguine was outstanding. Rave reviews for the rigatoni Bolognese as well.
A definite place to enjoy a great Italian meal.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Simply the best Italian in Toronto.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

An excellent, authentic Italian restaurant. Relaxed atmosphere. Outstanding service. Extensive wine menu. Delicious food with great recommendations from the staff. We will definitively be back!

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

As always, excellent meal and service.

The pasta and risotto were cooked to perfection. Our half-litre of wine was reasonably priced (as is the bottle), and the waiter was a true professional.

Toronto needs more of this.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

La Forchetta has never let us down in the 15 years that we have been dining there. They have an excellent wine list, attentive staff and delicious cuisine. This is a gem of a restaurant!

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Really tasty food and excellent service

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5.0Dined on October 9, 2017

Delightful and delicious meal in an intimate and welcoming setting.

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3.0Dined on September 10, 2017

There was an event winding down as we were coming in, and the service reflected it. Even though I booked the table in the app and specified it was our anniversary, there was no special table set for us, not was the anniversary acknowledged. In the other hand, the food was great.

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4.0Dined on September 9, 2017

First time at Forchetta - food was amazing, our waiter was great !

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5.0Dined on September 6, 2017

I've been here several times and always enjoy the creative cooking, service,nice size portions and the ultra-delicious complementary garlic rosemary toast.
Good value too

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4.0Dined on August 23, 2017

We rent here as it is close by our favourite Airbnb when we stay in Toronto and we didn't feel like driving again to another restaurant further out.
I was immediately put off when I was told on their prefix menu I can only have two courses because I booked on open table Weird?! I've never heard anything like that before. So people that didn't plan ahead that walked in off the street were able to enjoy the prefix with three courses .
There was a hair in my soup so I asked for them to put it into a new bowl. No mention of this and no compensation. I didn't make a big deal of it .
The food was fine for what it was. The Decour is a little bit dated . This isn't a trendy restaurant but more of an old-school Italian restaurant that may have had its heyday in the 80s. We had some trendier meals at Figo and Oretta for the same price. Dinner for four of us with a bottle of wine and desserts came to $400 . I would probably go back in a pinch but it's just not memorable. The food was good.

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3.0Dined on August 11, 2017

Appetizers are overpriced and not ideal for sharing.
Main courses and desserts were very good.
Waiter seemed overwhelmed our party of 9 and made the ordering experience slightly awkward.
Request for separate bills was not accommodated.
Good for couples, but not groups larger than 4.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

It was our first time and we were not disappointed. Service, food, and atmosphere all met or exceeded our expectations. We look forward to dining again.

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1.0Dined on July 30, 2017

Salads were overdressed. So many fruit flies flying around the restaurant. One landed in my wine. Told the wait who just took my glass away and gave me a fresh glass. No replacement for the wine I couldn't drink. Seafood main course. The tiger shrimp were not tiger shrimp, the mussels were tiny, most of the dish was over cooked. We will not be returning!!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Had a great meal and a great time with friends. We all enjoyed it

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1.0Dined on July 8, 2017

Food was average at best. Service was terrible. Waiter did not seem interested at all. He didn't even want to split our bill at the end of the night among the couples. He never asked how the food was or topped off our wine glasses ... the whole experience left a sour taste in our mouth and very surprised that others recommended this place ... it leaves me to think that all these recommendations are fake news ..

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2017

Great food and service. Lovely Littlie Italy restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2017

Excellent cuisine done to perfection. Friendly service. Will definitely return

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2017

One of my favourite restaurants. I love the food. I've tried the calamari, mussels, beef carpaccio, steamed clams with shrimp and scallops - very good. Risotto, seafood pasta, rosemary roasted pork tenderloin and orecchiette with sausage were all excellent. Very attentive service and friendly.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2017

Great service, we had a young male waiter who was awesome! The seafood linguine was amazing!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2017

This was our third time visiting La Forchetta. Each time has been great! The wine list is diverse, the restaurant is intimate, the food and service are great. I had a beautiful citrus and cabbage salad and Salmon with lentils entrée. Others at the table had the Sweet Potato Gnocchi and the Linguine with Scallops, Shrimps and Mussels. Without exception everyone loved their meals. I would be remiss to not mention the bread that accompanies the meal...it is fresh served with oil and rosemary and it is wicked!

Love the restaurant for almost any occasion!

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2017

Wonderful dinner good service

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2017

Excellent food! The taste was plentiful and having the cream sauce on my veal stuffed ravioli was to die for! Reasonably priced as well!

Would go back in an instant!

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2017

Ya lo habíamos probado. Es un italiano superior a la media. Maneles y servilletas de tela, comida rica y en su justa medida (no escasa). Muy bueno todo.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2017

Everything was good, our waiter was ok.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2017

I made a reservation based on the reviews from Open Table. I was looking for a restaurant to celebrate a 95th and 10th birthday, so multi-generational. We were a small group of 5. From the moment we walked in the restaurant felt warm and cozy (literally warm rather than cold and drafty) and the waiters were so welcoming and friendly. The waiters are true professionals. The food was outstanding. For starters we ordered a Cesar salad, the polenta and mushrooms (their recommendation) and grilled calamari. Then we ordered seafood linguini (their recommendation), rigatoni bolognes, parpadelle with duck, spaghetti with Alfredo sauce (off the menu made for the kids) and smoked duck risotto. We ended with Americanos, tiramisu and crème brûlée. We ordered wine. The list was really good. Lots of decent options by the glass and half litres. The waiters put candles in the deserts so we could sing Happy Birthday. I was a little disappointed they ran out of chocolate cake though, but the other options were great. I really appreciated the respect between our kids and the wait staff. They treated our kids like little adults and I really felt that they genuinely wanted to make us happy which they did. I will be dreaming about the parpadelle with duck and the crème brûlé and can't wait to return.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2017

The calamari dish was by far the best I've ever had in Canada. The risotto dishes are very exceptionally executed, and the seafood is cooked perfectly

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2017

Bonne cuisine typique italienne. Atmosphère sympathique. Excellent rapport qualité prix

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2017

We had a very enjoyable dinner at La Forchetta. The four of us ordered appetizers, a main course of either pasta or risotto and dessert, which we all thought was excellent. The service was very good and attentive. Because there were no other customers eating while we were there we found the ambience lacking. However, we will most certainly return for another meal.

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2017

My husband and I went for a date here on a Saturday, the meal and service was lovely but I wish I'd not been sitting so close to the window and door on a cold winter evening. That said the wine, service and food were great.

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