Trattoria Taverniti

4.4
248 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
Trattoria Taverniti serves authentic and homemade Italian cuisine in the heart of Toronto’s Little Italy. A true trattoria, this cozy little restaurant, features Rosina Taverniti's family recipes. Come try our house specialties: Gnocchi Venezia, Meat Lasagna, or our Calabrese Pizza!
Dining Style
Home Style
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Monday: 5pm - 10pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 5pm - 10pm
Thursday: 5pm - 10pm
Friday: 4pm - 11pm
Saturday: 12pm - 11pm
Sunday: 4pm - 10pm
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Phone number
(416) 537-0078
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mamma Rosina!
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Cross street
College St & Clinton St
Additional
Cafe, Counter Seating, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout
What 248 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CW
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I never write reviews - but my experience at this restaurant was so bad I have to mention. We had a reso for 9pm, showed up for 9pm -> the wait staff said it would be 10 minutes. 45 minutes later, we're still standing in the front of the restaurant waiting for a table (along with 4 other parties waiting for their tables). When I approached the staff to ask how long it would be and why they hadn't checked in with us, she was super hostile and not apologetic at all. We walked out, got into the restaurant next door in 2 minutes flat. In the years I've lived in Toronto, this has never happened to me, as most restaurants in the city are super well run. Won't be going back to Taverniti, and I live in the neighbourhood.

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JA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Italian food!!!! Will definitely be back again.

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DM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a very traditional Italian experience, down to the last detail. The decor, the staff and obviously, the food all reminded me of what it was like sitting at the dinner table growing up. Nonna goes in daily to make the pasta fresh, and it really shows. Some of the best pasta I've had in my life!

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s
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Was really good but an enormous amount of fruit flies were around us while we were eating.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taverniti has the best Calabrese Pizza!! Great food and friendly staff!!

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LS
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Such a cute place, with phenomenal food and excellent at-home-feeling service. It felt like i was in an italian family's kitchen dining room and it was just great! Would recommend!

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QF
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 2ambience 2

The food could have been seasoned better. After being seating took almost half an hour before someone came over and we got to order. Small place.

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VM
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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JA
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was traveling from Chicago and happened upon this restaurant by chance. We had Gnocchi and pizza. Great food with very friendly service. Very small. I suggest a reservation.
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C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

I really like the food very tasty and authentic Italian flavour. The only problem is not AC and was very hot inside my friend was affected by the temperature inside the restaurant for that reason we were not available to finished.

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FH
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greatest authentic Italian cuisine I have ever eaten at - and I eat out a lot!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food and value as always!

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SP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Pasta sauce tasted like it was out of a can. No care put into food. Just churning it out.

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TW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Incredibly hot in the restaurant during the summer months.
Food was great, servers were clearly overwhelmed and not attentive.

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EZ
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Trattoria Taverniti is a gem in Little Italy. The food, service and atmosphere was outstanding. Fresh ingredients, great beer and wine list, and romantic ambiance. I took my wife there to celebrate our anniversary and we both enjoyed the evening and can’t say enough about the hospitality and food.

If you want authentic Italian food in a cozy romantic atmosphere , visit Trattoria Taverniti.

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VM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here a number of times and we will keep coming back - great food, authentic and friendly. Never disappoints!

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LB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Did was excellent and the service was great. Our only issue was the heat. It happened to be a very hot evening and the ventilation was non- existent. Our experience would have been way more enjoyable if there were some fans or even air conditioning!

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KD
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was fast and friendly. The food was amazing and the atmosphere is perfect for a romantic dinner. However you should know they do not have air-conditioning. So if the heat bothers you wait for the weather to cool down

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KH
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Great restaurant with wonderful food and pleasant service. We happened to be there on a hot summer night and no air conditioning. Otherwise would go back many times in the Fall!

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MM
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

No air conditioning. Food was mediocre at best. Expected more flavour and better quality.

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TM
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Experience was great. Quick to get food. A little warm in the restaurant since air conditioning wasn’t working.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was fantastic. This was our first visit. We will be back many more times. Homemade pasta. Everything was amazing. Loved our experience.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian in Toronto!

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MM
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Freshly made authentic Italian. Good service, friendly. Def coming back. Molto bene.

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VM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant - authentic food, great service and fun ambiance with checkered table cloths and all. It is our go-to in Toronto for a good Italian meal.

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DH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food excellent as always but extremely hot inside the place, a couple of fans would cool down the local.

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BL
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No air conditioning and the booth are very small, if you are big or tall you shoild take a table.

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P
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

My friends and I came here for dinner. The food was amazing but it took over an hour to get our food and other people who ordered after us were getting served before us. I had to ask twice on the status of our food. I also had to ask several times for them to bring us the bread. It is a small place and there were only 2 people serving but they were slow and inattentive...they also looked miserable and were not very friendly Also there is no air conditioning and it was a sweat box due to the heat outside. Despite the amazing food, I would be hesitant to return due to the other issues that I mentioned.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, love it!

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v
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Place was full, but our reservation was accommodated right on time. Everything, including the Arancini , was excellent and the sauce was among the best I have ever had. Service was excellent and helpful. We will eat there again on our next trip to Toronto.

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CY
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I liked the food, very cozy atmosphere and staff were very friendly!

Portion was generous as well!

Definitely worth second (and more) visits

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AJ
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Tasty food but very hot inside (super hot July).

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Miami
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Date with family

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DS
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Too hot in the restaurant to enjoy our food. Turn on the airconditioning.

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YM
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with son before 3-week summer camp and it was perfect. Delicious traditional italian food. Mom is really in the back cooking. Some of the best gnocci I've ever had. Thanks for making a mother-son dinner special!

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MB
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taverniti never disappoints! We often bring family members who are visiting from abroad to get an authentic Italian meal. My relatives said that their quattro fromaggio was the best pizza they had ever had - and they have traveled to Italy. I also highly recommend their pasta (funghi, alfredo, vodka - they are all good!). Calamari fritti is excellent. My kids love the nutella pizza. The servers are always very friendly and patient with the kids. I love that the owner Mrs. Taverniti always comes around to say hello. The atmosphere is warm and cozy. I highly definitely recommend Taverniti!

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

Fantastic food and personnel. Lots of veggie options too!

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R
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Trattoria-you feel like family! The service is warm and friendly. The food is delicious. The restaurant is small and feels inviting. Make reservations; you don’t want to miss this!

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N
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I came to Taverniti to celebrate our anniversary. We were looking to have a traditional Italian home cooked meal and we were not disappointed. I got the Gnocchi Gorgonzola a perfect dish for a cheese lover and the best gnocchi I have ever had by far. My partner got the Spaghetti alla Carbonara which I tasted and also really enjoyed. As an Italian growing up with Italian cooking this place provides traditional Italian dishes with quality ingredients. The entire atmosphere reminded me of home. It seemed as though the whole family was there and at one point a tiny older lady came by and asked us how we were enjoying our meal which I thought was very nice and reminded me of my Nonna. The prices were also really good our bill (pasta dish plus a dessert) averaging to around $65 for both our meals together including tip. I would definitely recommend this place if you’re searching for a classic Italian dining experience. I’m happy to know I have this place around the corner from where I live for when I feel like nonna’s cooking!

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LG
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Great food; lovely to meet the owner and reminded me of my Nona

service was slow; the servers were running off their feet.
Slow to offer drinks, extra napkins when offered and milk with coffee. Not intentional, simply too busy. Perhaps more servers needed.

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