Meet the owner

When Joe Brancatella was growing up, he had lots of friends from different cultures. “I’m from a big Italian family that loves to eat and at my friends' houses, I discovered there's a whole world of food from different cultures out there,” Joe recalls. His culinary interest just grew and, at 19, he enrolled in the Chef’s Apprentice program at Humber College. To make extra cash, he took a job as a limousine driver on the side.

One night, after Joe mentioned to a passenger that he was training to be a chef, the man introduced him to a friend, Franco Prevedello. Franco was the owner of Toronto's "it" restaurant at the time, Pronto, and he offered Joe a job. “I had the great privilege of working with two great chefs,” says Joe, referring to Raffaele Ferrari and Arpi Magyar. As luck would have it, Joe would also get the chance to work with a young Mark McEwan, who bought Pronto before opening North 44 nearby.

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  • Atmosphere: 3.6/5
  • Food: 3.8/5
  • Service: 3.6/5
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nylorac
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Great fresh pasta, fast service and all around good dining experience. They are always busy and it's a bit loud, but well worth a short wait and some noise to enjoy their food.

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Restaurantica12
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One of my favorite Ristorante

Grazie is one of my favourites restaurants in Toronto. I love the food and I purchase their (Cook) Book "A Recipe Of Memories" so sometimes I try the recipies at home on Sundays. I you like italian food, try it.

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Restaurantica12
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TERRIBLE

My dad took my sister and I out to Grazie for our birthday. We were very excited to go out for some amazing italian food. We had heard a lot of good things about the place. When we got there they were packed..the man at the front told us half an hour TOPS. We waited for an hour and 10 minutes and then was braught to a table in the back corner that was for 4 people, not 5. They put a chair at the end and we were very squished. We were not happy with this at all and saw a table for 6 set up. I told the man at the front that we waited for over an hour and now are squished in a corner and if we could please have the nice table for 6. He gave so much attitude to us and said FINE. So we got the nicer table.. we then ordered our meal. The server was helpful.. but overly helpful.. talked wayy to much and was obviously only pointing out the expensive things. I ordered the gnocchi and was very excited about it..not to mention STARVING. I got my food, took one bite only to find out it was the exact same gnocchi you buy at the grocery store..nothing different! This was not homemade. The chef came out and assured me it was homemade.. but I am italian ,and my nonno has owned an italian banquet hall for over 40 years .....they can lie to me all they want. I didnt end up eating it and completely lost my appetite.. What an amazing birthday dinner.. NOT !! Dont ever go here !!

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Restaurantica12
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Great ambience, exquisite authentic italian food.

The restaurant is packed as hell. Fortunately, this can be attributed to their above-average food quality. I would definitely recommend people to visit and give a try their pizza.

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Restaurantica12
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First Time's A Charm, Second Time Not So Great

I had gone to the Grazie location in Vaughan on Jane Street last year for a Valentine's Day meal. I was pleasantly impressed as the meal was excellent and our server was very pleasurable. I went once again a few days ago to the same location and didn't feel the way I did the first time. We actually had the same server as the first time which I was happy about. However, the food and service wasn't up to par as the first visit. After we ordered our salads, it took about 30 minutes for them to come. The couple beside us came 15 minutes after us, received their main meals after 10 minutes, and left even before we received our appetizers. I wasn't too happy about that. Then our main meals came about 30 minutes after our appetizers came. The tortellini I ordered wasn't that great, it tasted too hard. The server was great and I would go back just to have him serve us again, but the food wasn't as great as I had hoped it would be.

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Restaurantica12
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so so experince

Tried their pasta which was ok. The salad was far better than the pasta. I love the atmosphere of this place so much. The servers should really donate some smiles to the customers.

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Jennifer T
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Disappointed

I am not sure why this restaurant is so busy. The food was absolutely bland. Complete lack of flavour. Way overpriced. Service was slow and the tables are on top of each other, I could hear the entire conversation at the table next to me.

Atmosphere: 2/5
Food: 1/5
Service: 1/5
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tolin
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grazie! Grazie

dont expect to go there every week even if you are right on the same block! they food is awwwwwesome! the menu is fascinating with fancy italian names. cheesecake is a must try! but if you pockets are not deep enough, this is not very cost friendly.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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Will never eat pasta anywhere else again! My husband & I were in pure bliss the first time I took him there. This was after a weekend in TO with less than memorable eating experiences. The best cream sauces. They can make a plain olive oil pasta taste divine! And the bruschetta pizza is simple and yummy.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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Went to the one up in Vaughan and was thoroughly...

Went to the one up in Vaughan and was thoroughly disapointed. This restaurant is waaay overrated. Everyone in my party found the food to be completely void of any flavour and not at all worth the wait. Also, our dirty dishes remained on the table for nearly 20 minutes after we were finished eating. None of us will be visiting again.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 1/5
Service: 2/5
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Restaurantica12
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went to the new one next to vaughan mills on jane...

went to the new one next to vaughan mills on jane st. it was a 40 minute wait and the place was filled with screaming little kids. not how I want to enjoy a meal. i can stay home and have that.

Atmosphere: 1/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 3/5
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Restaurantica12
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I thought this place was great. You should go in...

I thought this place was great. You should go in with the expectation that you will have to wait a little bit of time because the place is always full. I would say thats a indication of its food, and would agree with that statement. Lots of great tasting options, had the basil chicken pasta dish and my date had the sundried tomato pizza. So as long as you have an extra 15mins in your night, its a great spot for decently priced italian food

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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Good food at best - good service if you’re lucky...

Good food at best - good service if you’re lucky and very patient – staff and customers could be very pretentious… Very young crowd of “wanna be’s… “Typical clientele of Yonge & Eglinton… Owner could be very obnoxious and like to flirt with customers – even when they know it’s your wife… so guys, be aware !!! No reservation and always packed !!!

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 2/5
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Restaurantica12
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all our nonno's drank vino in a "water" glass!!

Where else can you go to feel so incredibly comfortable, that the customers just break out into song, good old fashioned food,drink and entertainment. The staff is outstanding always smiling and curtious. The food, and we've tried many if not all dishes, is excellent. Now there's a new location in Vaughan, the only place in the area where people are actually made to feel really good inside and out. What a great night out, cant wait to enjoy my lunches there aswell. GRAZIE! TO GRAZIE RISTORANTE for coming to Vaughan

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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The food was ok, nothing to great, the restaurant...

The food was ok, nothing to great, the restaurant was very crowded but the wait wasn't to bad, I would suggest anyone who enjoys wine, to either avoid this place or bring your own glass, as they think drinking wine out of a water glass is "the way Italians are supposed to". the lack of a good glass of wine with the meal really disappoints, and shows that they are more concerned with appearance that quality.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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The food was Good but I wouldn't recommend this...

The food was Good but I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone who enjoys Wine with a meal, This is another one of those restaurants that thinks its cool to drink wine out of a water glass, if you know anything about wine stay away. I think they try to hard to be "authenic" Italian.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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My friend mentioned this restaurant to me a few...

My friend mentioned this restaurant to me a few times. So when she took me to the restaurant last night I had high expectations. The calamari, salad with balsamic reduction was excellent. When we got to our mains, I was very disappointed. The Roberto Pizza that I had ordered was unsatisfactory to my taste buds. It was very bland, it tasted like the ingredients were just slapped together and did not compliment each other. For a pizza that is almost $14 I expected much more. The service was excellent; our server was super nice and the food came out at reasonable times. However, I wouldn't eat here again.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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This restaurant is by far the best Italian...

This restaurant is by far the best Italian Restaurant in the GTA. The service is amazing, food is always fresh and consistent, the price is very reasonable and the atmosphere is lively and upbeat. I have been eating here since they opened. About the bad reviewers here... You obviously need to have your taste buds and your heads examined. The line ups out the door on Friday and Saturday nights are a testament to how awesome this establishment is. P.S. it's worth the wait.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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This was the most hyped let down I've experienced...

This was the most hyped let down I've experienced in years. The waiter said the Milano pasta is there best and it tasted average at best!

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 3/5
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This restaurant was fabulous. We just happened...

This restaurant was fabulous. We just happened upon it as we were looking for a place to ear (in town for a conference). We were warmly welcomed, the food was fantastic and we even returned two nights later for a second meal. I have recommended this place to Aussie friends and hope that we will return to Toronto to have the opportunity to eat here again!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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November 17, 2017

Our server was the best. Friendly and funny.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 12, 2017

We were in from Buffalo, NY and just had to return to Grazie as a great place we remembered from previous visits to Toronto. We weren't disappointed. I fact, the food was even more delicious than we remembered! We had a chance to visit with the owner and reviewed how we have followed Grazie over at least a 20 year period. We even have Gracie T-shirts purchased from years ago! This is still a "go to" place for us whenever we are in Toronto!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 9, 2017

This is an amazing place to eat! All five of us had the Penza which is a signature dish of theirs. All of us couldn’t stop saying how delicious it was. It will knock your socks off! Soooo Good! Also amazing was their bruschetta pizza as an appetizer for the table. Wow!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 7, 2017

Cheap wine for high prices, bread was not toasted, and had a swiss chalet atmosphere. Pasta was fine

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 3/5

November 6, 2017

Needs proper parking space for customers! Got a $60 ticket

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

November 3, 2017

Was very noisy at the outset and we asked to be moved to a table near the back. It was quieter but still very difficult to hear across the table. The service was good, not excellent and the food as good with a large selection. Overall thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

November 1, 2017

First time at this restaurant. Our beloved friend has been a regular customer. She loves this place. As for me, the service was phenomenal; the food is nothing to brag about. Nice restaurant but I wouldn't go there again.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

October 30, 2017

The restaurant is great for couples, families, and even for those dining by themselves. The food was amazing and very rich in flavours. I can't wait to go back to try all the pastas.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

October 29, 2017

Brought my family here for lunch, two were elderly ! Staff were extremely friendly and attentive ! Would go back with the family !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 27, 2017

Very noisy. Clam chowder lacked enough clams although flavour good. Lovely decaf cappuccino.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

October 27, 2017

20+ years and I have never had anything but great service and great food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 26, 2017

Great service. meal was delicious. Server was excellent and efficient. will be back!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 25, 2017

Absolutely fabulous evening. Fresh cooked individual meals. Fabulous service. Could not have had a better evening. Will return again soon

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 24, 2017

Extremely welcoming, conscientious, useful, caring, patient, courteous, hospitable service, Staff was most friendly. I was a challenging customer, being in a bulky power wheelchair. Thank you!

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

October 21, 2017

It was my fiance 's birthday and the staff made it special . Perfect timing with the cake and group singing . Very impressed. Thank you

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 13, 2017

Nice place with fabulous service. You pay a couple bucks more for that authentic feel, which is fine if you're there for a reason (birthday, wedding etc...)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 9, 2017

Loved the food, very distinct, and the service was excellent

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 28, 2017

Very nice admosphere, lovely homely service. Basic food. Overall perfect for a simple meal.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

September 22, 2017

We spent a wonderful evening with you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 16, 2017

The food was amazing. Our waiter Jack was incredible. Very Friendly and made us feel like family.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 13, 2017

Thanks!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 13, 2017

They will not make any changes to your order.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

September 12, 2017

Great restaurant, great food.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

September 11, 2017

Reserved an area for 40 people, for a business lunch. We all ordered and paid separately- which is a recipe for slow service and ques to pay. But, the staff were great, the food was delicious, and the service was fantastic. All our staff were complimentary of Grazie Restaurant. Would definitely recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 8, 2017

Very good service and meal. Will return for other occasions.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 7, 2017

Great meal, great service. Still great after so many years

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 5, 2017

This place has such a traditional italien feel ! The food is always freshly made. I love their spinach pasta. You can't go wrong with anything on their menu. Also the staff was very welcoming and sat us before our reservation time!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 31, 2017

Excellent food, wonderful service ... the kids and I ordered pizza and pasta and devoured every dish! Will definitely return ....

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 28, 2017

Great place with a warm and welcoming server and good, filling food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 25, 2017

Andreas was our server. He was patient and very helpful. The food was served in a timely manner and was delicious. We will definitely be back !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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