Giro d'Italia, AKA Italian Restaurant Week, returns to Toronto this month

Feb 9 2018, 10:46 pm

Italian Restaurant Week is back to fulfill all your carb-laden, wintertime cravings in Toronto this February.

Also known as Giro d’Italia, the 2018 winter edition is presented by The Consorzio di Ristoranti Italiani, and runs from February 15 to 25 and 16 of Toronto’s top Italian restaurants, each showcasing the cuisine from different regions in Italy via multi-course prezzo fisso (prix fixe) menu priced at $49.

Participating restaurants include:


Chef Roberto Marotta will offer Sardegna-inspired menu at his King East restaurant. Expect to find fava bean soup, Carciofi all’Oristanaon (artichokes), and roasted lamb sirloin on the menu.

Address: 243 King Street East, Toronto
Phone: 647-347-8930

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The kitchen at this Italian restaurant in the Financial District will be cooking like they do in Emilia Romagna. Look forward to menu standouts like Lasagnetta Verde, and Parmigiano Reggiano served with walnuts and sweet balsamic reduction.

Address: 25 York Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-363-2742

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Bricco Kitchen & Wine Bar

The Junction-area wine bar is doing dinner Lazio style and offering up braised artichokes, potato gnocchi with chestnuts, and roasted lamb shoulder among its selections.

Address: 3047 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-901-4536

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Celebrating the regional cuisine from Umbria, this DuWest restaurant is doing a menu featuring dishes like cappelletti filled with capo in prosciutto broth with brown butter, and pickerel with lentils and celeriac.

Address: 832 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-364-4785

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Enoteca Sociale

Expect a menu featuring dishes from Sicily at this enoteca. The menu boasts cod ravioli, bucatini with fennel, saffron, sardines, pine nuts, and bread crumbs, and grilled octopus with cous cous.

Address: 1288 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-534-1200

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Start with sourdough bread with chestnuts and lardo before moving on to dishes like braised rabbit with savoy cabbage and speck over creamy polenta at this Avenue Road restaurant offering a menu inspired by Valle D’Aosta.

Address: 134 Avenue Road, Toronto
Phone: 416-964-8686

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Local Kitchen

Showing off dishes from Piemonte, this Queen West kitchen and wine bar will offer a menu featuring dishes like Brasato al Barolo, brisket with polenta, pancetta and mushrooms, and Fontina Fonduta,  served with carrots, fennel, and radicchio.

Address: 1710 Queen Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-534-6700

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Locale Mercatto

A menu inspired by dishes from Calabria is on offer at this downtown restaurant. Among the enticing selections, find roasted cauliflower with raisins and anchovy vinaigrette, Spaghetti alle Vongole, and porchetta with roasted potatoes.

Address: 15 Toronto Street, Toronto
Phone: 416- 306-0467

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Address: 265 Davenport Road, Toronto
Phone: 416-515-0009

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Doing Trentino-Alto Adige proud, this Queen West restaurant is serving up wood-fired polenta with porcini mushrooms and Grana Trentino, ravioli stuffed with cabbage, bacon and parmigiano, Trentino cake, and more.

Address: 875 Queen Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-504-3463

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Repping the region of Puglia, this King West restaurant will be serving menus featuring selections like cod fritters, burrata with marinated tomatoes, cavatelli with eggplant ragù, and more.

Address: 633 King Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-944-1932

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Tour the region of Liguria with your tastebuds at this restaurant on Bathurst Street. On the menu, find selections like Carciofi Fritti, crispy artichokes with lemon aioli, veal-spinach ravioli, and Ciuppin, a Ligurian fish stew.

Address: 3827 Bathurst Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-631-6585

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Celebrating dishes from Campania, this Port Credit restaurant is dishing out stuffed calamari, paccheri pasta with a medley of seafood, braised rabbit with potato crostata, and more.

Address: 31 Lakeshore Road East, Unit 102, Mississauga
Phone: 905-891-0193


Quanto Basta

Featuring dishes from Tuscany, this Rosedale restaurant is serving up pappardelle with braised wild boar ragu, braised short ribs with soft polenta, and Torta di Mele with mascarpone gelato.

Address: 1112 Yonge Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-962-3141

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Showcasing specialties from Lombardia, this Queen West restaurant will offer hearty selections such as deep-fried polenta, beef stew with tomato sauce & oven roasted potatoes, and tagliatelle with tomato meat sauce.

Address: 354 Queen Street West, Toronto
Phone: 416-205-1001

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Enjoy a taste of the Veneto region at this midtown restaurant serving Cichetti, traditional Venetian bar snacks, beef cheeks braised in red wine and served with soft polenta, and more.

Address: 2150 Yonge Street, Toronto
Phone: 416-488-5774

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