Nonna-approved: The best lasagna in Toronto

Looking for a delicious pasta dish that layers noodles, ground beef, tomato sauce, and béchamel sauce? Skip the frozen grocery-store lasagna and dig in to Nonna-approved Italian comfort food at these Toronto restaurants.

Seven Numbers Restaurant

1
516 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M5N 1A5

It’s easy to feel like part of the famiglia at this friendly Italian restaurant with locations on the Danforth and Eglinton West. Chef Rosa Marinuzzi specializes in home-style Southern Italian cooking and changes the dinner menu on a nightly basis (you’ll find it published online at 5 p. m.). Her homemade lasagna is filled with ground veal and mozzarella cheese and can be ordered as a small primi course to start or in a larger entrée-sized portion.

Vesuvio Pizzeria and Spaghetti House

2
3010 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Z3

Little ones are always welcome at this family-friendly restaurant in the Junction. The casual pizzeria might be known for its fully loaded pies, but there are also 15 hearty pasta dishes on the menu. The house-made lasagna is available in a beef or vegetarian version; both arrive drenched in tomato sauce and sprinkled with fresh parmesan cheese. The labour intensive specialty takes a little longer to prepare, but your stomach will thank you for your patience.

Terrazza

3
1-372 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M6G 1H9

Owner Frankie Lasagna (yes that’s his real name) has created a cozy Italian trattoria on the western edge of Harbord Street inside a converted three-car garage. The service is always warm and friendly and the exterior windows roll up during the summer months to give the entire space an al fresco feeling. The two-bite appetizer lasagnas are available in a meat or veggie option and make a tasty warm-up to your main meal.

The Brownstone

4
601 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y 1Z5

This family-owned restaurant has been a Yonge Street landmark for over 15 years. The dining room received a funky revamp in 2012 (courtesy of the hit TV show Restaurant Takeover) and today the kitchen serves up a varied menu of crowd-pleasing fare. The lasagna features beef ragu, creamy béchamel sauce and a blend of mozzarella, parmesan and cottage cheese. The hearty dish is served with garlic crostini and Caesar salad on the side.

Bumpkins Restaurant

5
21 Gloucester St, Toronto, ON M4Y 1L8

You’ll find this venerable Toronto dining room tucked away on a residential stretch of Gloucester Street inside a converted mansion. The comfortable-yet-elegant restaurant is marked with crystal chandeliers, plush armchairs and a marble fireplace. Diners have a wealth of options on the menu, but the Lasagna al Forno is a local favourite. Layers of pasta noodles, freshly ground beef, cheese and tomato sauce are baked and served to the table bubbling hot. Enjoy the four-layer lasagna a la carte or as part of the three-course prix fixe menu, which includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert for $34.

Seven West Cafe

6
7 Charles St W, Toronto, ON M4Y 1R4

Lasagna lovers can satisfy their cravings at all hours of the day and night at this 24-hour restaurant tucked away on a side street just off Yonge Street. The three-storey space features glowing chandeliers and red drapery, making it an ideal late-night hideaway for cozy couples and night owls. The house lasagna features fresh pasta layered with meat sauce and mozzarella cheese. Be sure to save room for dessert; the late-night cake menu offers a number of sweet indulgences.

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