Located in Etobicoke, this trattoria is ranked among the best Italian restaurants in the Toronto area. Its combination of genuine ingredients, dishes ... More
Via Allegro Ristorante
Located in Etobicoke, this trattoria is ranked among the best Italian restaurants in the Toronto area. Its combination of genuine ingredients, dishes made from scratch, warm hospitality and festive surroundings keeps customers coming back. The decor definitely tells you you're in an Italian restaurant: wrought-iron wine racks, cantina, antique urns, and wood-burning pizza ovens. The kitchen prides itself on preparing all its food from the ground up. Aside from the assortment of pizzas and pasta dishes, the restaurant offers 18 antipasti, all laid out for the customers to see.
I recently had dinner at Allegro with a group of 5. We had reservations, yet were told to 'double up' on one side of the 4-person table, as they did not have a table for 5. The menu was quite odd - several times we questioned each other on what the dish actually was - horsemeat carpaccio is not our typical fare! The waiter was awful - forgetting and mixing up drink orders, and never coming back to ask for re-fills. It seemed that everyone found their main courses to be 'ok', but not worth the hefty price tag. The sorbet between the appetizer and main course was a nice touch, but not nearly enough to make up for the overall rudeness of the staff, poor seating arrangement and overpriced meals. My suggestion: unless you like being abused and paying for it, don't waste your time or money on Allegro.
We've dine with another couple on a Sunday nite (a good choice as it is not as busy), and was fabulous! We've celebrate the guys 40th and our mood was skyrocket anyway :-) The atmosfere was very romantic, with shinning cherry furniture,and iron decorations, more like an art gallery. The wine selection is impressive...over 4000...The seafood was brought in masive plates, looking like boats...all plates were white and very modern (ovalled, squared..etc)and a beautiful orchid....It was the first restaurant I've ever been without table cloth...I guess to show the beautiful furniture...for ladies they even had a small leather chair to put your purse...overall a chic experience. The food selection is quite exquisite...on the pricy side though.
this was by far the worst experience we have even had. the staff was extremly rude and they did not have a bloody clue as to what tey were serving. Our waitress was oblivious and snotty. it was our first and list time evr coming here again and we would not reccomend this restaurant to our worst enemy. the menu was also over priced. the only good thing we could possibly say about this place is that the atmosphere was nice. it looked as though the owners put in alot of time and money to make their place look good. other than that it was horrendous.
There were four of us on a Weekend in September and we had a greast evening. The Food, Wine selection and energy. Everything was great. The only downside was the manager at the front door. We arrived 10 minutes late and this haughty european gentleman let us know that it was not allowed to be late. My advice. lighten up. Fortunatly we had a very relaxed server who made up for the greeting at the door. Wendy the Sommelier is charming and realy knows her stuff. Slow service, no way. Relaxed no pressure is what I call it. Last time at north 44, I was virtually kicked out of half empty room.
I' ve been to Via Allegro twice, so as you can see I am definitely a return customer. My husband took me there after proposing to me in 2004 and we celebrated our 1st Wedding Anniversary there a few weeks ago. The food was great, the wine was great and we went on a Sunday so there were no extra waits, we were seated right away and served right away as well. The service was great.
I would recommend this palce to any one celebrating a special occassion, because it is a bit pricey, but well worth it. To the person with allergies, chances are yuo are going to be upset wherever you go waiting for explanations on every ingredient there is, but for the person without the allergies...YOU WILL LOVE IT.
An over the top decor with a diverse menu that has somthing for everyone. I find it hard at times to find a restaurant that will satisfy all my business clients with their different tastes. Probably one of the best veal chops I have ever had and great vegetarian dishes as well. And then I was blown awy by the wine and scotch list. The wine I expected, but not the malts and bourbons. It simply blew away my guest from the states when he had a bourbon that he has never been able to get outside of kentucky, and I had a malt paired with an old cheese of all things. I have been several times and have never had a problem with service. I usually ask for Joseph as he is their scotch expert.
We have had two fabulous lunches and are going there for dinner tonight. The food is exquisite and plentiful. Some people complain about slow service; it does have a plus side... you don't feel pressure to finish the meal and get out and we didn�t find it that slow, anyway. It is a restaurant that for most of us is "special occasion", but it is well worth the visit for that occasion!
We have to agree with a previous review titled overpriced and underwhelmed!
We went on a Saturday night and it was very busy, always a good sign that the food may be good. We had reservations but waited another half hour before we were seated. We were a party of 4 and sampled each other's meals. Veal was cooked nicely but no flavour. The $47 price tag for the filet mignon was outrageous and was cooked nicely but again, absolutely no flavour. Risotto was undercooked and flavour was overwhelming. We don't mind paying high prices for excellent quality and for great service but prices were exorbitant for average food and below average service. Overall, a very expensive and disappointing experience. Toronto has so many other excellent restaurants to choose from with exceptional service and food at better prices so definitely would not return nor would we recommend it to anyone. The only positive was the extensive wine list and the ambiance.
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