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“Brings back memories of Italy!”
Review of Boccaccio

Ranked #3,152 of 8,996 Restaurants in Toronto
Price range: $16 - $32
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: North York
Description: At Boccaccio, you can experience authentic Italian cuisine inspired by Italy's regional diversity, prepared with seasonal simplicity and true to our traditional preparations but with a decidedly modern touch. Attentive and knowledgeable staff will enhance your dining experience and transport you on a genuine and memorable culinary journey. Open on Sunday for special events only. Ristorante Boccaccio is proudly part of the Villa Charities family of organizations.
Reviewed September 23, 2012

We had no idea a little taste of Italy was waiting for us in a Community Centre at Dufferin and Lawrence. We only found out about this hidden gem after my son and future daughter-in-law looked at the wedding venue in another part of the Columbus Centre. We booked dinner reservations at the restaurant to check out the quality of the food and service before booking the wedding - the same chef that's at the restaurant provides the catering for weddings held at the centre.

We started the meal with a shared antipasto platter for six and a decent bottle of pinot grigio. The platter was good, if uninspiring, and included typical fare including calimari, olives, grilled eggplants, bocconcini, and tomatos, and drizzled with good Italian olive oil and balsamic.

As my primi course I tried the risotto ai funghi. OMG! Now this is what risotto is supposed to taste like! Although it was so good and I wanted to eat it all, it was also so good that I wanted everyone else at the table to try it. Everybody loved it. This is definitely going to be one of the courses we serve at the wedding!

Other primi courses ordered were two different gnocchi dishes, one in a cream based sauce and the other in a tomato sauce. The cream sauce version was the clear winner as the tomato sauce, surprisingly, lacked seasoning.

The main courses (chicken supreme, veal, swordfish, tagliatelle, etc.) were quite good but nothing compared to the risotto. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

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4  Thank Helen T
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

When I take people to this wonderful Italian restaurant, the joke is that I am inviting them to eat in an old folks' home. Then they see the restaurant, and taste the food, and get the great service, and somehow the venue is forgotten.

Ristorante Boccaccio is not really in an old folks' home. It is at the bottom floor of the Columbus Centre, an Italian community centre in the heart of one of the older Italian areas of Toronto, at Lawrence and Dufferin. True, there are a number of programs for seniors there (as well as a daycare and a very nice fitness club), but this is a community centre, and it is usually bustling with activity.

Off the lobby, and a little downstairs, is an elegant Italian restaurant in the old school tradition. The decor is rich with dark colours and Renaissance art, a large room with good sized tables, well spaced, and a long bar in the centre.

Service is also old school, waiters in starched whites who know the food and the wine, and have deserved pride in their professionalism. They are both knowledgeable and friendly, and give you just the right amount of personalized service. (The second time I came there, they greeted me by name, and asked if I wanted to sit at the same table as the previous time.)

And the food? Everything I've eaten there is top of the line. The pastas done in the traditional style, so much so that you wonder if someone's grandmother is in the kitchen. The meats are well selected and cooked perfectly.

Perhaps most surprisingly, the wine list is enhanced by wait staff who really know the wines, and can assist in getting exactly the right choice for your palate and your meal. Not the cheapest wine list I've ever seen, but a decent selection at reasonable prices.

Toronto vies with New York for having the best Italian restaurants outside of Italy, and as a Torontonian I'm probably spoiled that way. There are many wonderful Italian restaurants. This is my new favourite. That's saying a lot, in a city where stiff competition means it is not enough to be just very good.

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2  Thank jshepherd
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Reviewed December 19, 2010

Great from start to finish...Pasta always coked to perfection. Seafood dishes are exquisite. Meat dishes are hardy. Wine choices are plentiful. Waiters are old school but hip. You will return again and again. Oh! Just try to leave room for dessert...

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2  Thank Ben M
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Reviewed March 12, 2013 via mobile
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1  Thank Mialriso P
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