These are the top spots to indulge in meatballs in Toronto

Mar 9 2020, 5:21 pm

There’s little more comforting than a giant meatball swimming in a pool of bright, bold and flavourful tomato sauce.

Which makes it quite fitting that, as winter comes to a close and the season squeezes in one more day totally dedicated to cozy eats, meatballs snag the spot.

That’s right — March 9 is National Meatball Day, making this Monday one that’s ultra-worthy of indulgence. So don’t wait.

These are the top spots to visit in Toronto to celebrate National Meatball Day:



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This Bloor West spot is serving up homestyle Italian that would make nonna proud, and it’s the ideal place to tuck into a massive meatball and some saucy spaghetti. Bask in the sunlight the windows bring in and sip on a Peroni while you pretend you’re far, far away, in the Italian countryside.

Address: 1281 Bloor Street West
Phone: 416-535-1717




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Schmancy and delicious, this downtown spot is a great place to drop by after work for some meatballs and a glass of vino. Rally up your colleagues and pretend this Monday evening is a Friday evening while you share indulgent plates and plenty of stories.

Address: 299 Adelaide Street West
Phone: 416-535-1717


The Good Son


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To celebrate National Meatball Day, The Good Son is offering half-priced meatballs at both its locations. Don’t miss the chance to get in on the goodness for a discounted price.

Address: 1096 Queen Street West
Phone: 416-551-0589

Address: The Shops at Don Mills
Phone: 647-748-0589




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Until March 15, Pusateri‚Äôs is offering it’s “Nonna’s original meatballs” for just 50 cents each. You can get the little bundles of joy on their own, or enjoy spaghetti and meatballs for $7.99, meatballs and two sides for $5, or a meatball sandwich for $7.99. Mix-and-match is also available for $20. This is a great option for dining in, or if you want to grab some eats and head home to enjoy a cozy night in with movies, meatballs, and carbs.

Address:¬†57 Yorkville Avenue; Hudson’s Bay Queen Street — 176 Yonge Street


Bar Buca


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Downtown and uptown, this eatery offers Sicilian style veal and ricotta meatballs that are off-the-charts good. Served with tomato passata, fermented peperoncino, cured grapes, pine nuts, and toasted ciabatta bread, you shouldn’t need any excuse to want to dive into a plate of these. But just in case, today, you have one.

Address: 101 Eglinton Avenue East; 75 Portland Street


Planta Burger


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Offering a vegan version of the day’s adored food item, The Meatball sandwich at Planta Burger consists of farro and roasted mushroom “meatballs,” basil olive pesto, tomato sauce, truffle almond parmesan, and garlic aioli. A solid competitor to the real thing, if we do say so ourselves.

Address: 4 Temperance Street




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In the Junction, Leslieville, and Hillcrest, this spot serves up unreal polpettine. Handmade veal, pork, and beef meatballs are served with tomato sugo and pecorino romano, which is enough to have you fully satisfied before you even order a main. But we know you’ll order one anyway — as you should.

Address: 2885 Dundas Street West; 794 St Clair Avenue West; 1192 Queen Street East


Gio Rana’s Really Really Nice Restaurant


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This spot’s giant meatball with tomato ragu rings in at $11.50 … but the satisfaction it brings is priceless. Stop by the Leslieville spot for some good food and some good humour, too. They’re serving up both.

Address: 1220 Queen Street East
Phone: 416-469-5225


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