Whether you’re a follower of the tasty and healthy Mediterranean diet, or just a fan of the good ol’ Italian pizzeria, you’ll love these dining suggestions for Italian restaurants in Toronto. Check out these hot downtown Toronto drinking and dining spots.
The upscale martini set heads to Coco Lezzone’s new location just north of the Maserati dealership in trendy Yorkville. Join the lively, fashionable crowd at the well-stocked neon blue-lit bar for a rich chocolate martini or a powerful Manhattan made from premium liquors. For dinner, head up a short flight of stairs to the chic dining room where the cool chrome railings and white leather booths are warmed by the wood-accented walls. Choose top vintages from a carefully chosen wine collection to accompany popular dishes such as a grilled Moroccan octopus and calamari heated up with jalapeño aioli before tucking into a perfectly cooked Chilean sea bass.
Regina’s Italian Pizzeria and Trattoria
On the hip and happening College Street strip, you’ll find many of the top Italian restaurants in Toronto. Just follow the tantalizing aroma of roasted tomatoes and pungent garlic wafting out from the back of the family-run Regina’s Pizzeria and Trattoria. Grab a seat on the intimate street-side patio and join the hungry locals for an overflowing bowl of fish soup crammed with shrimp, mussels, and calamari in a light garlicky tomato sauce. Follow this with a homemade pasta dish topped with a basil sauce kicked up with garlic, pine nuts, Romano cheese, and olive oil or a pizza dressed with a rich and creamy Gorgonzola, artichokes, mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes. Are you a vegetarian or do you require a gluten-free diet? Not to worry because you’ll find plenty to eat at this Italian pizzeria.
If you’re looking for more nightlife-friendly Italian restaurants in Toronto, head further east along the strip to the heated rooftop patio of Vivoli on the south side of the street. Here, the super-sized red or white sangria laced with an assortment of fiery spirits will kick off your night. No room on the roof? Head back downstairs past the gleaming white adobe wood-burning pizza oven out to the lively front or side patios. Along with the delicately flavoured thin-crust pizzas fresh from the oven, try the Vivoli salad of spinach, radicchio, mixed berries, toasted pecans, and goat cheese all tossed in bittersweet ice wine dressing or the Romeo & Juliet platter of marinated and grilled calamari and black tiger shrimp served with baby greens and vine-ripened tomatoes.