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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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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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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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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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February 18, 2019

I’m sorry, I forgot to cancel my reservation

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

February 18, 2019

Delicious food in a wonderfully warm family restaurant. Service is very good, and accommodating to special requests.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 18, 2019

I had an awesome time as I always do at Grazie. What’s really throwing me through a loop is how bookenda knows anything about my dinner. I didn’t make formal reservations. They do not accept reservations during peak hours. So how the fuck do you know 12 people were attending Grazie at 7pm?

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 19, 2019

Always friendly service and great food!!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 13, 2019

We loved the pasta and dessert! Friendly staff makes every effort to make your visit terrific!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 13, 2019

A perennial favourite.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 12, 2019

Pasta was delicious!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 11, 2019

One of my favourite restaurants. I never tire of their pizzas, but everything is delicious. And the staff are great. Although I didn’t have one, it being lunch, they have a paper plane cocktail which is hard to find and absolutely the best.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 30, 2019

My only quibble is the "no substitution" policy. There are growing numbers of Paleo/keto/Atkins adherents and a lot of the protein entrees come with potato. Would the kitchen cease to function if they threw some greens on the plate instead?

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

January 27, 2019

Excellent food and service and great value

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 25, 2019

Everything was excellent!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 22, 2019

Great food and amazing server!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 18, 2019

Amazing food and service

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 14, 2019

The best Italian restaurant in the city!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 7, 2019

I came with a group of 5 people reserved at 1PM yesterday. You guys were very accomodating even though all of us didn’t arrive at the same time. Also your level of patience was good considering it took us probably another 30-45 mins to finally order our food. Then our waiter, he was very friendly but everytime I’m at your location I never have a problem with the staff not being friendly anyway. I think in general Grazie is just such a good Italian place to go to and I would definitely recommend it to friends and family.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

January 6, 2019

I was once again very pleased with choosing Grazie Toronto. As always, the service was excellent. The servers are very polite, pleasant, and eager to answer any questions we had. The food was delicious, although I would like to suggest that customers are asked about how they would like the fish cooked. I never ordered the salmon and was surprised to get it undercooked (raw in the middle). The server was very nice and took it back to the kitchen to have it grilled again, but I would have liked to know when I placed the order. Thank you once again for a memorable evening. We will definitely come back to Grazie Toronto.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 31, 2018

Great service and great food. We had a lovely time

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 29, 2018

absolutely delicious

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 28, 2018

Pretty flippin' good.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 24, 2018

Friendly, comfortable, good value

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 23, 2018

One of the best seafood pasta that I have eaten. Great sause perfect choice for seafood. Large helping lots of mussels'

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 23, 2018

Excellent Customer Service and the food was really delicious ¡

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 21, 2018

The food was good, however, they love mushrooms at Grazie's, If you don't like mushrooms, make sure you ask if there are any in what you order (menu won't tell you)

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 21, 2018

We booked for our Christmas dinner and our waiter Jamie was amazing

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 20, 2018

Busy, loud restaurant. Excellent food and service. Tables very close together. Would not recommend senior patrons on a busy night d/t high volume noise level.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 20, 2018

Absolutely amazing experience. Service, food, friendly staff and owner.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 19, 2018

ALWAYS OUTSTANDING! WT

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 18, 2018

Consistently excellent food and service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 17, 2018

I celebrated my husband's birthday on Saturday evening. The restaurant was perfect in every sense. The food was amazing, the service was outstanding and the wine was delicious. We had a great time and can't wait to come back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 16, 2018

This is my 3rd year taking my staff (RBC) to our annual Christmas lunch at Grazie, the service is fantastic the food spectacular, and the atmosphere simply outstanding, Love this place!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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