Ascari Enoteca ~ 1111 Queen St. E ~ (416) 792-4157

“We love food. We love wine. We love racing.” Ascari Enoteca is a well-known Italian noodle bar in the heart of Leslieville. Chef John Sinopoli’s menu is simple yet inventive: a variety of interesting apps that are perfect for sharing, fresh-made pasta dishes that range from light to hearty, and one heck of a wine…

Tommaso’s Trattoria ~ 400 Eastern Ave ~ (416) 466-0988

Tommaso Conti’s trattoria is a bit off the beaten track (Eastern Avenue between Broadview and Logan). Don’t let location fool you… this is the best Italian food on the east side of town. Their Italian Hot Plate draws the lunch crowds on a daily basis. I’m becoming a bit of a regular. Pay them a…

Mamma Martino’s ~ 624B The Queensway ~ (416) 251-3337

Mamma Martino’s has been a fixture on The Queensway for over 25 years. Bruno Martino (with the help of his Mamma) opened the doors in 1983, and has been offering authentic Italian dining at affordable prices ever since. To say this place is baby/family friendly is an understatement. Whether you’re into building your own pizza (dine-in & take-out…

Vittorio’s on Avenue ~ 137 Avenue Rd ~ (416) 924-7441

A Yorkville/North Toronto staple forever, I remember my parents taking me to Vittorio’s when they were at their long-standing Dupont and Avenue Road location. Recently moving a couple blocks south onto Avenue Road proper, I’m pleased to say that it’s as good as I remember. Now, an upscale Yorkville restaurant does not usually grace the pages of…

Mangia & Bevi – 260 King St E. – (416) 203-1635

  I ran into a friend this week (@ Dinosaur Jr.) who commented on how he hadn’t seen a new Toronto Food Blog post in about a month. My wife and I were in Barcelona at the beginning of the month, and I figured my next Blog post would be about the amazing food we had…