Best pasta in Toronto

Pasta can be found at any Italian restaurant across Toronto, but there are some top-notch restaurants that stand above the rest. Whether the pasta is made in machines brought all the way from Italy, or found in authentic recipes at a pizza place, all these dishes are worth trying, more than once. Here are the best pasta dishes in Toronto.[Photo of Tutti Matti © Yellow Pages / Pages Jaunes]

Gusto 101

1
101 Portland St, Toronto, ON M5V 2N3

Gusto 101’s pasta menu has four great options, but the Mafalda ai Funghi is the definite stand out. As soon as it hits the table you can smell the aromatic truffle sauce, along with the three types of mushrooms - Portobello, porcini and oyster. Everything about this dish screams comfort food, yet the texture of the pasta is smooth and quite light.

Buca

2
602 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M6

No best pasta list would be complete without the mention of Buca. One of Toronto’s best Italian eateries, all the here pasta is worth a mention. The menu changes with the season, but there’s always five to choose from. The pasta is made fresh every day.

Tutti Matti Restaurant

3
364 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1R7

This award-winning restaurant is home to many stellar Italian dishes, but the standout is The Pinci, a hand-rolled pasta that originates in Tuscany. Preparation of the pasta starts the day before, when the boar is marinated for up to 24 hours. The pasta, made fresh every day, is then lightly boiled to order and topped with tender wild boar ragu.

Stelvio Restaurant

4
354 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2A2

Using Northern Italian flavours, Stelvio serves one of the top pasta dishes in the city. The Pizzoccheri di Teglio is made in house, with hand-cut buckwheat organic short pasta, Valtellina Casera DOP cheese, savoy cabbage, potatoes, butter, fresh sage and garlic.

Piano Piano

5
88 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5

An Italian classic, the Mushroom Cavatelli at Piano Piano is made with truffle scented mushrooms and parmigiano. Or, you can choose the Ravioli con Bolognese, made with ricotta, pork, beef and parmigiano. All the pasta is made fresh daily.

Enoteca Sociale

6
1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1X7

When looking for authentic Roman dishes, look no further than Enoteca Sociale. The Cacio e Pepe, a regional favourite, stays true to the simple recipe. The pasta is made in house and mixed with sheep’s milk cheese and black pepper.

Lil' Baci

7
892 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1J3

Lil’ Baci serves up modern Italian cuisine, and of course, some of the best pasta in Toronto. From the classic rigatoni with slow cooked pork and beef ragu, to the popular ricotta cavatelli, whichever dish you choose is sure to be a good one. All the pasta is made in-house daily.

Annabelle Pasta Bar

8
909 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M6G 2B7

Lil’ Baci recently opened a sister restaurant and the main focus is pasta! The pasta bar showcases dishes from all regions of Italy. Made fresh every day, the menu changes daily, with Annabella offering three types a day. Pasta dishes include potato gnocchi, beet pappardelle, bucatini, semolina cavatelli, spaghetti with verdure ragu and more.

Jamie S Italian

9
3401 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6A 2T9

All the pasta at Jamie's Italian is made in-house and cooked to order. The pasta machines, coloured bright Ferrari red, were shipped in all the way from Maranello, Italy, the birthplace of the famous sports car. With eight pasta options on the menu, the best bet is the Tagliatelle Bolognese, made with Gennaro’s (Oliver’s mentor) famous pork and beef Bolognese sauce.

Levetto

10
68 Sudbury St, Toronto, ON M6J 0B7

The Carbonara at Levetto stays true to the Italian original. It is made with smoked bacon, cracked black pepper, egg, scallion and grana padano. First opened in 2014, Levetto has now a total of three locations across the city, and with an authentic Italian menu at such a great price it’s no wonder people are flocking to Levetto.

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