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#17 Enoteca Sociale

Enoteca Sociale

Sociale is refusing to coast, has upped its game. Still the same beloved southern Italian cooking, but better! The ultimate comfort food: Arancini, deep-fried balls of risotto stuffed with oozing mozzarella du bufula. Cotechino — Tender house-made pork sausage with perfect well-seasoned lentils spiked with puckery marinated and grilled radicchio. Must eat: Bucatini with maybe the best pasta sauce in town, a triumph of three ingredients. Crispy crunchy guanciale, tomato and chile. We also adore the pillowy gnocchi with chile-kissed tomato sauce and lightly smoked ricotta. For dessert, inhale creamy rice pudding with currants and pine nuts. This is the ultimate simplicity.


  • Enoteca Sociale
  • 1288 Dundas St. W., Toronto (map)
  • 416-534-1200
  • www.sociale.ca

  • Chef: James Santon
  • Sous Chef: Sean Gilliland, Nick Morra
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Cost of dinner for two: $80
  • Hours: Mon. to Sun. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 100+
  • BYOB?:
  • Corkage fee:
  • Patio: Yes
  • Private party area: Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Street parking, Green P nearby
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