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Oscar Valverde is most comfortable at work, and it’s no wonder. The owner of the upscale Il Mulino Restaurant has been in the dining industry since 1979. Tucked into the north side of the Eglinton West strip in Forest Hill, the classic Italian hot spot is his home away from home.

After emigrating from Peru to Montreal to Chicago, Oscar landed in Toronto at age 18 and found work as a busboy at Bangkok Garden. Oscar quickly rose through the restaurant ranks. “Three months after being hired, I became waiter, and six months later, I was supervisor. A year after that, I was manager,” he recalls of his start in the biz.

Next came a string of fine dining stints over Toronto — Centro’s, Splendido, Aqua, Mistura and Sotto Sotto — where he worked alongside top chefs and restaurateurs such as Massimo Capra and Franco Prevedello.

The lessons he learned through each experience were invaluable when he bought Il Mulino in 2008 after falling for the high arched ceilings, fantastic food and upscale vibe. “Working alongside restaurant icons taught me the golden rule of fine dining,” Oscar says. And what is that? “The customer is king. Always.”

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Ratings & Reviews - Il Mulino Nuovo

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  • Atmosphere: 5/5
  • Food: 5/5
  • Service: 5/5
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nehaquinn
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This is absolutel...

This is absolutely the best restaurant in Toronto. It is not as expensive as many believe, and the view is great! Service - impeccable. Good food.

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ypggal18
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Italian Excellence

Mother's Day dinner. Food was spectacular, service fabulous. What a beautiful evening for a special occasion. Amazing wine list, delicious food & totally personalized service. Lovely!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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Need to fix the type of cusine on here...its not...

Need to fix the type of cusine on here...its not japanese. Should be changed to Italian/Spanish/etc. Youll probably drive right by it if you dont know where to look for it, but well worth the stop. Its on the pricey side but if your ready to pay the money, its a great spot to drop the dough. The waiters were all very genuine and personable. Good grappa too!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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It was a rare treat to get such good and...

It was a rare treat to get such good and attentive service here in toronto. The food was awsome, and we plan to return... Often!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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One of my favourite restaurants in Toronto...

One of my favourite restaurants in Toronto! Amazing Gnocci

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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You have to go to this place - run by a small...

You have to go to this place - run by a small family, great food, great feeling, overal great experience.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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May 7, 2018

Everything was perfect, from the food to the service. Definitely, a must go.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 19, 2018

We were there for 3.5 hours and enjoyed every minute. Well done service and food. We will be back. Larry.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

March 10, 2018

Great meal and service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 16, 2018

The Valentine’s Day decor was amazing. It was a Beautiful candle lit dinner. The food was amazing to say the least.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 27, 2018

Fresh clean restaurant, very pleasant service & very good food.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 18, 2017

The service at this restaurant was incredibly slow. Our waiter largely ignored our table. We had to ask several times about our orders and when the food might be coming. The food was okay but nothing special. We will not be returning to this restaurant.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 2/5

November 25, 2017

Excellent neighbourhood Italian restaurant with a great wine selection and excellent, friendly service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 19, 2017

Will be returning soon. Thx for a lovely dinner experience. Tony

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 11, 2017

One of the best dining experiences of my life

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 2, 2017

Great Italian food and service in a neighbourhood restaurant.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 24, 2017

It is always pleasant to be at Il Mulino Nuovo. You can actually have a conversation with friends and hear each other. The service is dependable and very accommodating. The food is very good. The fish was done perfectly, as were the vegetables that accompanied the fish. The server is charming and ready to please. We all enjoyed dinner at the restaurant last night.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

September 14, 2017

We very fond of Il Mulino, especially appreciate the quiet ambiance. Thank you for a fine evening.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 27, 2017

Great service that was very attentive and both the servers paid a lot of attention to details. They ensured that my family had a great experience. Food was fantastic, we shared calamari and one of their specials. Each of my family members had their own dish and all of them enjoyed it! This was my moms first time trying real Italian food and she loved it. I would definetly come back here again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 21, 2017

The server was fantastic. The atmosphere was calming. The food was delicious. We had a wonderful evening!! Thank you!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 9, 2017

Great food and even better service

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 31, 2017

I absolutely love this restaurant!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 29, 2017

Very well done. Atmosphere, food and service were great. We will be back. Thanks for a very enjoyable evening out.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 25, 2017

One of my faves. The bread is the best in toronto. The food is consistently delicious. The service is impeccable. Everyone is so welcoming. Thank you for wonderful meal!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 23, 2017

This restaurant has been a family favourite of ours for years, and the new chef did not disappoint. Food was totally delicious and the chef made me my favourite soup even though it was nit in the menu. Our friends were equally impressed, especially with the duck special entree of the night!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 26, 2017

A great place. We will come back for sure!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2017

Always good food and an enjoyable evening. Staff was very accommodating

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 12, 2017

The food is close to perfect, the service is wonderful, but the acoustics are terrible -- the walls and ceiling bounce the sounds around, rather than absorbing, so it gets noisy very quickly.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 25, 2016

Amazing experience! Visited here with my boyfriend on Xmas Eve! We are from NY and staff was lovely and food was amazing... He is still mentioning Il Mulino today lol!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 1, 2016

The service was excellent and most accommodating. The wine was also good. I enjoyed the fish. It was done just right- flaky and tasteful. There could have been a little less olive oil.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

November 19, 2016

We really enjoyed the personalized service. The presentation of the meal matched our expectations. Definitely recommend going here and yes, we will come back soon.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 4, 2016

Exellent service. Had a wonderful time and the meals were exellent.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 11, 2016

Service was very slow. They claimed it was because of Tiff so they were short on waiters. Food was good just took a long time to come. They were apologetic and offered us gratis drinks after dinner. Will go back to try again as it is one of my favorite special occasion restaurants.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

September 9, 2016

We had a lovely time celebrating my friend's birthday. Food was delicious, service was great!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 21, 2016

One of the best meals I have had in a while. Service was phenomenal!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 12, 2016

I had the feeling that the server was trying to turn the table in under one hour. The wine was poured very quickly. There were just four of us and one person had to wait a long time for his dinner. The restaurant wasn't all that busy so I don't understand this. The food, once all four of us had received it, was very good. I am not too enthusiastic about returning.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

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