La Forchetta

4.5
378 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
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
What 378 People Are Saying
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Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food and well priced.

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JO
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable. Very good food and service. Was Friday night and pretty jammed so make a reservation.

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L
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Not what we expected. Clearly the whole place was taxed by poor planning on a holiday that according to your site was fully booked and should have been accommodated. Meals were poorly structured and sauces were lacking.

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DD
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Small and quaint with an amazing Italian food experience.

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T
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

they squeezed 3 people onto a table for 2 with no room around it so the waiter had to keep sticking his butt on our table to serve the table next to us

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A
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food beautiful.
Well done.

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f
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Will definitely go there again

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EK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary there, as we have done every year! Never disappoints. We love going there.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Fantastic service, great food at good value... , however, it’s a tired place and one that could use a really good cleaning. The windows in the restaurant were ridiculously dirty, which we wouldn’t have notice accept we were seated right beside them.

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SM
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was great and service was friendly, attentive and overall excellent. Prices were reasonable. Would definitely return.

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M
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food!

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B
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here multiple times and never disappointed! Great food, service, and owner is very friendly!!

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h
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

we enjoyed even though tgheresdtaurnrt was empty at 7:30 picked up a little after

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LM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were in town for Yankees games and saw the reviews for La Forchetta and decided to try it.
We were a party of 4 and we all enjoyed our meals.
My husband and I had the special soup,Tomato and Red Pepper.Delicious.One friend had the Sicilian rolls,which looked like little egg rolls.He liked them.
For entrees 3 of us had the Rigatoni Bolognese.Very,very good.
I had the special fish,which was Cod with a Puttanesca like sauce,with green beans on the side.Terrific!
I had a warm chocolate cake with vanilla gelato on the side.Great.Everyone else had gelato.
The restaurant is small and cosy inside with some outside tables.The wait staff was very,very nice.We heartily recommend La Forchetta.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The risotto funghi was perfectly prepared. The grilled calamari with veggies was tasty and a delicious alternative to breaded.

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MC
Toronto
34 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious as usual. The calamari which I order almost every time I've been here has gone down a bit since 8 years ago but still good overall. The duck breast risotto was amazing and so was the butternut squash pasta.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always spectacular.

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LF
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

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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Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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C
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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RO
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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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F
Naples
15 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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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k
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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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AS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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CT
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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w
Calgary
74 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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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OT
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best Italian in Toronto.

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MN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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G
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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C
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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AS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really tasty food and excellent service

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JR
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful and delicious meal in an intimate and welcoming setting.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

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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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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w
Toronto
56 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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London
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

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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Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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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Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

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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