Trattoria Taverniti

4.6
276 reviews
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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!
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AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic Italian food. Service was great and friendly and the ambiance is nice and romantic. Really great experience :-)

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e
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

For the warmth of the service & the greatest gnoccsi!

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TL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic italian food! Best pizza I ate in Toronto (la Rosina). A lot of the food is handmade and you can feel it. Would recommend 100%

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KZ
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best pizzas in town, great service and great ambiance with background music that does not impact conversation (which unfortunately is an issue at many restaurants in this City)

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JG
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BEST gnocchi I've every had! Can't wait to go back! This is the real deal when it comes to Italian cuisine.

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j
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I found this gem at the top of my search in “best restaurant in little Italy” and I do not disagree - though this opinion doesn’t really matter as it is the only one I’ve been to.
The staff first off is Italian which already made me feel at home - it reminded me of meals with my family. It is also a good sign as who knows better Italian food than an Italian??
Furthermore, the exposed brick and arched windows provide a beautiful atmosphere reminiscent of my childhood. The music is a mix of Italian and more mainstream stuff, which I enjoyed thoroughly.
Now for the food. I ordered the straciatella soup, one of my favourites, and it was amazing. I try to make it at home constantly and I just can’t seem to get it right. We also ordered the arancini - Italian style rice balls stuffed with mozzarella and risotto. These were delicious and paired nicely with the sauce provided. For dinner we split the Venezia pizza and the rigatoni bolognese. The pizza was good, and the rigatoni was amazing. You could tell the sauce was done in the traditional manner. For dessert, we enjoyed a lovely piece of tiramisu, another favourite.

Overall, you can’t go wrong if you go to this place. The staff is lovely, the atmosphere is great, and the food is to die for. 100% would recommend.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First restaurant that has ever turned me into a regular!

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L
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always excellent. The atmosphere is casual and cozy.

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I
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was really good and the hole team was really kind. The only bad thing was that we have a booking for 7:45pm and it was full at that time so we had to wait for 15min to be seated.

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BW
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favourite. Great service always. Delicious food!!

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JB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The pizza was delicious... Just like in Europe. I had the one with Gorgonzola cheese and it was amazing. I enjoyed every bite, and it was big enough for leftovers. The place is very charming and cosy .The Polish server we had was absolutely lovely. My best friend took me out for my birthday dinner there and it was absolutely amazing. :)

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D
Toronto
29 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there. Loved the ambiance. wonderful server. Great pizza perfect Arancini. Authentic drinks. Fresh pasta. Excellent olive oil. Accommodating kitchen. Will go back.

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

This place is a must try! Their gnocchi Venezia is amazing!! The gnocchi is made each morning and you can taste the quality and the authenticity. It is such a small yet cozy restaurant, perfect for any occasion.

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DS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delicious food and outstanding service

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DM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

New years Eve was busy with many turned away. Some initial confusion with the reservation - name recorded wrong Meal was great with homemade noodles . Nice bread With salad & all no way we could look at deserts. Owner is from Calbria & continued to run after husband died. Also operate a second place on King. Lesbian couple provided the entertainment!

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F
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is our favorite Italian place, and we've been coming here for years.

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S
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I are really thankful that you made us a Nutella Pizza even though it wasn’t on the menu. That was great customer service. Our dinner was also really tasty, hot and fresh. We will definetly come back for more when we visit Toronto again.

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GT
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Cozy atmosphere!

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DM
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had s wonderful meal at Trattoria Taverniti! Fabulous pasta and pizza, outstanding service and intimate authentic atmosphere.

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M
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great homemade and fresh taste. Well informed staff provided great service.

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A
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian food. Great service and atmosphere.

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AP
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love this place! Amazing service, fantastic atmosphere and terrific food!

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VM
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love, love this place - can't beat it for authentic, simple, warm and friendly experience. We keep on coming back!

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MC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had an amazing experience at Trattoria Taverniti. The food was top notch. Everything tasted fresh and we even had a 15 min conversation with Rosina Taverniti, who makes all of the sauce and many of the dishes herself to this day. It was a small but welcoming dining room. Our waitress was a lovely Italian woman, I don’t recall her name, but she made our meal seamless. Probably my new favorite restaurant in Toronto.

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D
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The food was not worth the price, the spaghetti was not cooked enough, the salad was DRENCHED in olive oil and was the same salad quality you get from boxes at Sobey’s. And it cost 11 dollars. The wine selection was overpriced for its quality.

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RT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 1

Delicious food. Bad service. Terrible table!

We had to wait to be seated, despite our reservations. Then we waited 15 minutes and had to ask before we were finally given menus. No mention of the specials. The entire order took an hour to arrive.

But the biggest problem was that we were seated right at the door with 6 to 10 people standing there crowded around us for most of the meal. The 2 servers were trying their best but it's too busy. If there was a sign outside on the door that said, "We're not able to accommodate anyone without reservations until 9 pm," it would have saved having the door opened constantly and people crowding around, waiting to ask if they could be seated as walk-ins.

The Italian food was as good as I've ever eaten but it was the worst dining experience I've ever had.

Really disappointed!

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w
Toronto
63 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a good and tasty meal. Reasonable price. Excellent pizza and pasta. In winter can be a bit draughty because it’s a small place. But I go there anyway!

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JT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food at a reasonable price - my favorite restaurant to go to when we go to Toronto

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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
2 reviews
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.
JoeA

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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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