There are a lot of things to be grateful for in life, and at the top of that list is a heaping plate of fresh noodles and cheese. Shovelling forkfuls of pasta into your mouth with reckless abandon is the ultimate form of self-care and that’s something all of us humans can agree on. Lucky for us, Toronto is home to countless restaurants that serve up a mean plate of pasta, made in-house with the finest ingredients. To make things easier, we’ve narrowed it down to some of the best ones.

Here are 10 of the best pasta restaurants in Toronto that you have to try.

Terroni

 

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If you’re in the mood for delicious Italian comfort food in a cozy atmosphere, Terroni does not disappoint. Terroni only uses fresh pasta made in-house daily with eggs and Italian flour, and many varieties to satisfy all your cravings. With multiple locations around the city, you’re bound to find one in your neck of the woods.

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Mercatto

 

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Also with several locations around Toronto, Mercatto serves up a delicious selection of Italian cuisine, including fresh pasta. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic bowl of gnocchi or fully-loaded linguini di mare, you’re guaranteed to leave feeling satisfied and a few pounds heavier.

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Queen’s Pasta Cafe

This cozy spot has been a Bloor West Village staple for over 30 years. No matter when you stop by, you can always count on friendly service, warm vibes, and of course, heaping plates of delicious pasta. You’ll want to keep coming back to get a taste of every pasta dish on the extensive menu, including smoked salmon Mafalda pasta, jumbo short rib ravioli, and tons more.

Where: 2263 Bloor St W

Piano Piano

Forever busy and bustling, Piano Piano is the place to go for Italian food worthy of a chef’s kiss. There are several restaurant locations in and around the city, including Harbord Village, Mount Pleasant, and Oakville. In addition to the pasta selection, the pizza and main dishes are to die for. And remember to save some room for the Nutella Tiramisu!

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Bar Vendetta

 

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Run by one of the most established restauranteurs in Toronto, Bar Vendetta has to be at the top of your list. This chic pasta and wine bar was a favourite of Anthony Bourdain’s when he visited the city.  You may have to book your table several weeks in advance, but trust us when we say it’s worth it. You’ll want to savour every bite of the flavourful fresh pasta on the menu.

Where: 928 Dundas St W

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Sugo

 

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Sugo’s dressed-down and casual vibe are perfectly suited for the hearty Italian cuisine it serves. Sugo describes itself as a “neighbourhood red sauce joint,” checkered tablecloths and all. It goes without saying that the spaghetti is a fan favourite, with delicious ingredients like classic veal and pork ragu with parm, sprinkled with parsley and pepper. Drooling yet?

Where: 1281 Bloor St W

Sotto Voce Wine & Pasta Bar

 

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Toronto’s very own pasta paradise is of course Little Italy and this spot has been a mainstay in the neighbourhood for decades. The classic Italian dishes on the menu, warm atmosphere, and impressive wine selection are what make Sotto Voce the College St staple that it is. And it goes without saying that the pasta is unparalleled.

Where: 595 College St

Agio Ristorante

Equally as vital to Toronto’s Italian food scene is the St. Clair West neighbourhood of Corso Italia, with some of the best pasta dishes you could ever try. Agio Ristorante is adored by locals for its authentic menu created by Chef Marino, who studied at the famous Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners in Torino, Villa Gualino. Come hungry and get ready to dig into the finest Italian noodle dishes around.

Where: 1351 St Clair W

Oretta

 

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This busy King West spot is one of the most beautiful settings you could ever ask for while filling up on forkfuls of pasta. The art deco-style dining room is breathtaking down to the details, and the dishes on the menu will delight your senses just as much. You could even eat pasta for brunch with a side of bottomless mimosas. Sounds like a match made in heaven to us!

Where: 633 King St W

Tutto Pronto

This intimate spot brings southern Italian flair to North York with a rustic-style rooftop terrace, pasta made in-house, and an inviting atmosphere. There are two locations to choose from, each serving a mouthwatering menu of authentic Italian fare. From lamb pappardelle to cavattelli pugliese, your taste buds will be taken on a trip along the Italian coast.

Where: See locations