Piazzetta Trattoria (Toronto)

Piazzetta Trattoria

Piazzetta Trattoria isn’t a large restaurant, but with strategically placed tables, the dining room can hold a fair number of diners. In the back corner, a huge wood burning oven warms the space and tempts you to try their pizzas. The Calabrese version ($15) had the obligatory thin crispy crust and topped with plenty of ingredients without turning into a watery mess.


Slices of salty Calabrese salami, briny green olives and chili flakes already provided significant flavours. However, if it weren’t enough, a trio of chili sauces makes the pie even better – a vibrant jalapeno paste, a calmer bell pepper and a chili oil that has a rich lingering spice.


Also made in the wood burning oven are a selection of pastas, the baked ziti with osso bucco ($15) a hefty portion for such a reasonable price. The tomato sauce was a tad watery (could be on account of being mixed with the osso bucco’s braising liquid) but was tasty. Adequate chunks of soft lamb was mixed throughout the penne and topped with tons of bubbly mozzarella. It’s a shame that the top of the cheese didn’t get a chance to brown, given the liquidity sauce.



While visiting Piazzetta Trattoria be patient. On our weeknight visit, service was a one man show so getting food (and drinks) can be a bit of a wait. Luckily, a bowl of warm bread drizzled with olive oil, rosemary and olives was presented with the menus to tide us over. Like the overall experience, the bread wasn’t fancy, but was plentiful and satisfying.



Overall mark - 7 out of 10


How To Find Them
 Location: Toronto, Canada
 Address: 3441 Yonge Street

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