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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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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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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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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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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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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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April 14, 2019

Always good. Always friendly Always hospitable.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 11, 2019

Service is excellent. Food is good.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 11, 2019

Everything was almost perfect, when I did my reservation I mentioned that we were celebrating our anniversary so we erroneously expect a detail from you, but the rest was fabulous, the food, the service Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 6, 2019

I hadn't dined at Grazie for quite sometime but found that the food & service was still excellent. It was an enjoyable experience!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 2, 2019

Had a great evening. A favourite Place to dine when we visit Toronto

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 1, 2019

All excellent as usual. Had a lovely pizza this time. Party of 8 everyone loved their meal

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 31, 2019

We meet here regularly to celebrate birthdays etc - always great & friendly service- excellent food and wonderful desserts

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 31, 2019

Always the best food! Never disappoints!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 23, 2019

Food is amazing, service is awesome, and price is great! If you want a great meal without spendinging an arm and a leg this place is it!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 21, 2019

Will come again!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 19, 2019

Food is great as usual, hard to impress mom, she loved the veal Parmesan and overall affordable for the quality of service and food.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

March 19, 2019

Great place to have dinner, good food and excellent service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 18, 2019

Warm bread would be nice. Pasta was amazing!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 17, 2019

Excellent food and service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 15, 2019

drinks were slow to arrive (20 minutes) but restaurant was starting to get busy

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

March 13, 2019

Everything was fantastic! The service was great and our food was delicious! We are from out of town and Grazie is our favourite Toronto restaurant!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 10, 2019

Incredible service and exceptional food!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 5, 2019

Smiling staff, smart timely service, tasty food, good value

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 1, 2019

It was a lovely evening out! My favorite Italien restaurant in town!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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

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

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