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Trattoria Taverniti

178 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Comfort Food
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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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
Cafe, Counter Seating, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout
What 178 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0  Dined 3 days ago

We were annoyed when we arrived to find that there was a set menu for our Valentine’s Day dinner. There was no mention of this ahead of time and so we were forced to spend more than we would have otherwise. This would have been fine had the food been amazing, however I found my bruschetta overly simple and my pasta bland. As well, the tables are very small and too close together such that we were basically in front of the door at a table that couldn’t even fit two place mats. I was disappointed with the overall experience and do not plan to return.

5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

I wish I’d known about this place ages ago as it’s a total gem. Tucked away in a sea of restaurants in the heart of Little Italy it’s definitely worth a try. The food was exactly what I’d hoped for, simple Italian like you’d get at Grandma’s house. My only knock is that they were quite heavy with the salt, overall very good though. The service was great as well. Staff were friendly, welcoming, and attentive with a relaxing, casual demeanour. The restaurant itself is tiny but cozy. Expect to have to squeeze your way past chairs go get anywhere and bump elbows with the table next to you. Pricing was very fair as well at under $100 for 2 people with wine, 3 appetizers, and a main each. All in all a great place and I’ll be going back. Be sure to make a reservation if you’re back planning on going as it fills up quickly.

3.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

February 8th,2018
We had a 4pm reservation upon arrival the cook wasn't there. We were seated and had to wait without any complimentary snack.
The food was fresh but not the best I had. The eggplant parmigiana was too salty.

1.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

The food was awful. Pasta was not well-cooked. They must have used a cheap bottle of tomato sauce from a market. I was so embarrassed to bring my friend over there. I do not understand how they received good reviews. The food just ruined my day. The waiter and waitress were friendly, though.

Foodie (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Ordered a couple of items with seafood...The seafood did not seem to be fresh and it tasted like it was frozen for a while.

Would not recommend.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

I love Taverniti...As a College Street resident, I find it is the most authentic Italian restaurant in the neighborhood. It's all in the sauce, and this place does it, with Nonna's help. Also very nice homemade pasta and gnocchi. I recommend the house salad (shaved fennel and orange in spicy dressing) as a refreshing appetizer.

OpenTable Diner (Montreal)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Great location. A real authentic Italian restaurant. Excellent selections of pasta and pizza.
If you look for the food and not for the show-off, come to experience this place.

OpenTable Diner (Ottawa)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Trattoria Taverniti is a small, authentic style Italian Restaurant. Service is attentive, food is delicious, and to have Mama tour the restaurant and ask how your meal is...just like when we were in Italy!

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

Great ambiance, cozy, delicious food, feels like home. Love, love, love this restaurant!

Peeps (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

$ of us all enjoyed our various pasta dishes with the gnocchi being the slim favourite. Bruschetta was excellent as was the tiramisu. Service was great. Very cramped quarters and it was a cold night so constant opening of door made the temperature uncomfortable.

RobinToronto (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Great neighbourhood restaurant with authentic, tasty Italian food. Family run, friendly, with great food. A nice combination.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

We had a reservation , however the table was not ready and we had to wait more than 20 min. We were seated on a booth ( 4 people- not enough space, but ok )
The food: they run out of burrata cheese so we ordered caprese instead, with prosciutto aside- was ok; arugula salad- not fresh, supermarket look, a few parmigiana flakes, not enough dressing, the bread was good!, main meals: spaghetti carbonara- “ok, not fantastic, as we used to have in the past “, margherita pizza -ok”, chicken parmigiana was soaked in a bath of tomato sauce - tasted “ok”, eggplant parmigiana was served in a bath of tomato sauce, too salty, did not have any flavor ! Overall the food tasted like supermarket frozen food warmed up and served to the table!
The wine : a few choices of white and red, would suggest a larger selection of Italian wines from different regions of Italy, to complement the meals!
We did not have dessert.
This small family restaurant was on our favorite list, but our last experience was quite disappointing!
We will think twice before going back !!!!

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Noted as Sister’s birthday on reservation, nothing acknowledged by restaurant.

Door to restaurant needs to be quick release and close. Was extremely cold and unpleasant to dine with cold air constantly being forced in from outside.

Misprint on menu in type of pasta not mentioned until dish delivered to table and we pointed out to the server.

Overall experience was actually disappointing and mediocre.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Absolutely amazing! The food was amazing and the atmosphere was suberb!

OpenTable Diner (Jackson Hole)
5.0  Dined on December 18, 2017

Best Pizza I have had in Toronto