Ah, Italian fare–arguably one of the world’s most well-known and beloved cuisines. A great Italian meal is equal parts hearty and flavourful, as the country’s signature dishes often boast generous servings of succulent meats, filling heaps of pasta, refreshing salads and light, warm soups.
An Italian meal can be romantic or casual, augmented by linen tablecloths and flickering candlelight or the loud, charmingly chaotic atmosphere of the packed pizza parlour. All in all, it’s a cuisine that’s as versatile as it is famous and Brampton offers a ton of memorable Italian joints that offer diners everything from relaxed counter service to the elegant dine-in table experience.
Here’s a look at the top 5 best Italian restos in Brampton.5) Bucatini Restaurant and Wine Bar
Located on Bovaird just east of Main is a chic and modern Italian resto that has been around for four years named Bucatini Restaurant and Wine Bar. When you walk in, you can’t help but notice how contemporary the interior is—and the sign that says ‘Bucatinis’ in right the middle of the restaurant, which is an interesting touch. Whether you want to go on a casual date or a fancy one, this place is good for both. There are high top tables that can seat up to eight people as well as sit down booths for more romantic dates. The menu has everything from pasta to pizza to some great apps, so this restaurant wins by offering a lot in the way of both food and experience.
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If you’re looking to enjoy a romantic date or a sophisticated dinner, Antica is more than worth a try. This Mayfield Road restaurant pairs warmth and sophistication, wowing guests with a classic wine bar and comforting earthy tones. While a great deal of attention has been paid to the setting, the restaurant is better known for serving fine Italian fare. The resto’s website calls attention to the fact that the establishment occupies “one of the most prestigious indoor spaces in Snelgrove” and the enriching ambiance is apparent as soon as you walk in the door. This restaurant is ideal for a special occasion and the menu doesn’t disappoint, offering such classics as Gnocchi con Pera e Gorgonzola, Penne alla Vodka, lamb and more. If you want to be wowed, try the homemade gnocchi or any of the tender, succulent veal dishes available on the menu.
This sophisticated wine bar, located right in Brampton’s downtown core near the Rose Theatre, is ideal for dates, special outings and business meetings. It also offers live music on Friday and Saturday nights. The resto, which boasts the talents of executive chef Angelo D, offers French and Italian dishes with memorable flavours and top-notch presentation. The resto is also well known for its house-baked desserts, including tiramisu, creme brulee, torta di limone and more. In terms of entrees, diners can treat themselves to charcuterie, escargot, homemade gnocchi (which is absolutely on point), lamb rack chops and more before shows at the Theatre (or any night just because they want to enjoy something a little nicer). The space also offers generous portions, so prepare to take some food to go. The resto also boasts a refreshing selection of surprisingly affordable wine bottles, including merlots, chiantis, sauvignon blancs and more.
Located just around the corner from Williams Parkway and Torbram, That Italian Place is a very busy spot with an authentic Italian feel. A word of caution when you visit: order early or have time to spare. This absolute gem of a restaurant appeared on The Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here in 2013 and for good reason—every item on the menu looks and tastes authentically delicious. If you’re in the mood for a hearty veal sandwich with all the toppings, you can get there here. If you want to stick with pizza, you can do that too (and you won’t be dissatisfied). In fact, the resto boasts a gorgeous wood fire oven surrounded by chic stonework that churns out some exceptional Neapolitan pizza. Sit near it if you’re staying in to better enjoy the ambiance. This place also offers fresh coffee beans, so you can grab a bag and a cannoli to go if you want to treat yourself to some of the best Italian grub in the city at home.
La Capannina is a family-run gem that’s been operating since the 80s and has more than stood the test of time. The downtown Brampton resto, tucked away on George Street North, offers charming, vintage appeal and a classic menu full of such delicious Italian mainstays as spaghetti bolognese, homemade gnocchi, manicotti and veal parmigiana. It also boasts a few unique offerings, such as oysters rockefeller, mushroom caps stuffed with lobster, shrimps, scallops and hollandaise sauce and a rotating list of decadent specials (the mixed meat and cheese board was a sweet surprise and came with a tender brie and flavourful capicola). The service is informative and attentive and the homemade gnocchi is fall-apart tender, not to mention generously portioned. The manicotti is also incredibly fresh, allowing the diner to taste each ingredient. There’s a reason this resto has lasted as long as it has and that reason is fresh, memorable food served by friendly, helpful staff in an inviting atmosphere.
What is your favourite Italian restuant in Brampton?