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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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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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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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February 13, 2019

A perennial favourite.

Ambiance: 5/5

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 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

December 14, 2018

Jack served us. His friendliness makes it such a positive experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 14, 2018

Great as always!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 14, 2018

Service, food and atmosphere were excellent!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 11, 2018

Great food

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

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