The 25 best pastas in Toronto right now

Toronto's 25 best bowls of pasta

From agnolotti to ziti, here’s our ranking of the best of the best

By Meaghan Binstock| Photography by Vicky Lam | Styling by Michael Elliott/Judy Inc | Food styling by Michael Elliott/Plutino group
| January 25, 2017
The 25 best pastas in Toronto right now
25. ARDO’s Torchietti With Sicilian Meat Ragu

A Sicilian ragu of beef, chicken and veal simmered in red wine coats every nook and cranny of the twisty torchietti, which are topped with a generous dose of ragusano cheese. $17. 243 King St. E., 647-347-8930.

 

The 25 best pastas in Toronto right now
24. Campo’s Spaghetti Bolognese

A deeply flavoured sauce of beef chuck, pork shoulder, caramelized onions and roasted carrots is slow-cooked for 36 hours and tossed with house-made spaghetti. $25. 244 Jane St., 647-346-2267.

 

The 25 best pastas in Toronto right now
23. Raca Café‘s Ricotta Gnocchi

Plump gnocchi and pork meatballs bask in chef Ivana Raca’s punchy tomato sauce, which gets a jolt from preserved chilies and teardrop-shaped pickled Peruvian peppers. $25. 1704 Queen St. W., 416-901-9951.

 

The 25 best pastas in Toronto right now
22. Angolino’s Campanelle With Wild Boar

These ruffled whole-wheat twists are perfect for picking up the fragrant San Marzano tomato with braised hunks of juniper-and-fennel-scented wild boar. $19. 1595 Dupont St., 647-748-2426.

 

The 25 best pastas in Toronto right now
21. Montecito’s Orecchiette With Broccoli

The steaming orecchiette are dressed in a vibrant broccoli coating, spiked with chili peppers and balanced by daubs of creamy ricotta. $17. 299 Adelaide St. W., 416-599-0299.

 

The 25 best pastas in Toronto right now
20. Ascari Enoteca’s Trofie con Coniglio

Twists of pasta, tender morsels of braised rabbit, flecks of bright green Castelvetrano olives and a touch of lavender jus make for an unexpectedly lovely combination. $22. 1111 Queen St. E., 416-792-4157.

 

The 25 best pastas in Toronto right now
19. Gusto 101’s Mafalde ai Funghi

Chunks of meaty porcini, portobello and oyster mushrooms give this dish a rich, earthy flavour; a creamy, truffle-infused sauce adds an extra level of umami good­ness. $18.50. 101 Port­land St., 416-504-9669.

 

The 25 best pastas in Toronto right now
18. Gio Rana’s Really Really Nice Restaurant’s Butternut Squash Crespelle

The Italian crêpes at this east-end institution, also known as The Nose, are akin to cannelloni, stuffed with a killer combo of mascarpone and butternut squash in a sage butter sauce. $11.95. 1220 Queen St. E., 416-469-5225.

 

The 25 best pastas in Toronto right now
17. 7 Numbers’ Orecchiette With Ricotta Dura

Mama Rosa Marinuzzi dresses her pleasingly dense orecchiette simply, in her trademark tomato sauce, and finishes the dish with a grating of salty cured ricotta. $12.75. 516 Eglinton Ave. W., 416-322-5183.

 

The 25 best pastas in Toronto right now
16. Woodlot’s Cauliflower-Stuffed Agnolotti

Bundles of sourdough pasta containing a velvety cauliflower purée are smothered in a sauce subtly spiked with crab broth and finished with fresh dill. $27. 293 Palmerston Ave., 647-342-6307.

 

The 25 best pastas in Toronto right now
15. Jamie’s Italian’s Prawn Linguine

A tangle of linguine tops these sweet, garlicky prawns that have been tossed in a saffron-infused tomato broth kicked up with chilies. $21. Yorkdale Mall, 3401 Dufferin St., 416-238-7450.

 

The 25 best pastas in Toronto right now
14. Terroni’s Garganelli Geppetto

This menu stalwart mixes short tubes of pasta with savoury house-made sausage and gooey fontina, and dandelion greens to cut through the richness. $18. Multiple locations.

 

The 25 best pastas in Toronto right now
13. Buca Yorkville’s Calamarata Alla Carbonara di Mare

Rings of pasta form the base for this elegant seafood twist on carbonara, in which a sauce of cured egg yolk and pecorino gains a subtle briny tang from sea urchin bottarga and white fish roe. $28. 53 Scollard St., 416-962-2822.

 

The 25 best pastas in Toronto right now
12. Ufficio’s Lobster Tortelli

Bits of Nova Scotia lobster peek out from between heavenly orbs of braised-leek-and-ricotta-filled tortelli, bathed in an indulgent butter sauce and dusted with paprika bread crumbs. $29. 1214 Dundas St. W., 416-535-8888.

 

The 25 best pastas in Toronto right now
11. Antler’s Ricotta Cavatelli With Wild Boar Ragu

Chewy house-made ricotta cavatelli are immersed in a tomato-basil ragu flecked with fall-apart chunks of braised wild boar and shards of parmesan. $28. 1454 Dundas St. W., 647-345-8300.

 

The 25 best pastas in Toronto right now
10. Fabbrica’s Pork Shank Fettuccine

Coiled strands of fettuccine pair with fantastically savoury moist pulled pork shank, dotted with crispy crackling, which is offset by sharp pickled onion and fried sage. $23. 49 Karl Fraser Rd., 416-391-0307.

 

The 25 best pastas in Toronto right now
9. F’Amelia’s Rabbit Pappardelle

Strands of fresh pappardelle conjure autumn in Northern Italy when tossed with thyme-and-rosemary braised rabbit, honey mushrooms and torn black kale. $24. 12 Amelia St., 416-323-0666.

 

The 25 best pastas in Toronto right now
8. The 47’s Gorgonzola and Radicchio Gnocchi

The Bloordale pub (formerly the French-Italian Ortolan) honours its roots with pillowy gnocchi and ribbons of bitter radicchio in a sumptuous gorgonzola sauce. $12. 1211 Bloor St. W., 647-348-4500.

 

The 25 best pastas in Toronto right now
7. Local Kitchen’s Ziti Pomodoro

These tender tubes of pasta, drenched in a superlative tomato sauce with basil and a hint of peperoncino bite, have been a menu staple since the Roncy restaurant opened in 2009. $15. 1710 Queen St. W., 416-534-6700.

 

The 25 best pastas in Toronto right now
6. Campagnolo’s Spaghetti All’Amatriciana

This Little Italy spot specializes in house-made noodles cloaked in garlicky San Marzano tomato sauce, with crispy bits of guanciale and zingy pecorino. $19. 832 Dundas St. W., 416-364-4785.

 

The 25 best pastas in Toronto right now
5. Buca’s Spaghetti al Nero di Maiale

The addition of pig’s blood to the pasta dough gives this other-worldly combo—pungent ’nduja sausage, luxe smoked burrata, sofrito and bitter rapini—its striking dusky hue. $24. 604 King St. W., 416-865-1600.

 

The 25 best pastas in Toronto right now
4. Enoteca Sociale’s Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

This mecca for wonderfully prepared Roman fare turns a bare-bones combination of black pepper, sheep’s milk cheese and extra al dente noodles into a revelation. $12. 1288 Dundas St. W., 416-534-1200.

 

The 25 best pastas in Toronto right now
3. Mattachioni’s Lasagna Bolognese

Not your typical lasagna, this made-to-order version loosely layers emerald sheets of spinach pasta with luscious béchamel, then the whole outfit is smothered in an addictive pork ragu. $19. 1617 Dupont St., 416-519-1010.

 

The 25 best pastas in Toronto right now
2. Piano Piano’s Ravioli con Bolognese

Ricotta-and-parmesan-filled pouches studded with black pepper perch on a comforting pork-and-beef ragu at chef Victor Barry’s follow-up to Splendido. $24. 88 Harbord St., 416-929-7788.

 

The 25 best pastas in Toronto right now
1. Superpoint’s Reginette With Braised Beef Cheek

At Trinity Bellwoods’ newest pizza-and-pasta hangout, house-extruded ruffled reginette noodles and phenomenal five-hour-braised beef cheeks tangle in a tomato-based sauce with a whack of parmesan. $16. 184 Ossington Ave., 416-519-6996.

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