In a food scene as big and diverse as Mississauga, it’s a rare treat to find restaurants that have been a part of the community for a long time — like Alioli Ristorante, an Italian restaurant located in the heart of Mississauga (350 Burnhamthorpe Road West in the City Centre area).
Alioli Ristorante is one of Mississauga’s best when it comes to delicious, authentic Italian cuisine. For those who regularly dine downtown, the restaurant needs no introduction — it first opened its doors in 1996 and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
The owners attribute this 20+ year success to the high quality of the food, consistent service, and well-respected staff. In the restaurant’s 25 years, the owners (and much of the staff) haven’t changed, contributing to Alioli Ristorante’s close-knit family dynamic and making the restaurant feel like a home away from home for its regulars.
While the restaurant has a deep history in Mississauga, the real question in 2021 is: What’s new for Alioli?
With COVID restrictions finally easing up enough to allow restaurants to open for outdoor dining, it’s a great opportunity to check out Alioli’s new 70-seat patio — one of the few patios in the downtown core that you can enjoy no matter the weather.
The modern patio is fully covered with an aluminum roof that can open and close, making it perfect for rain or shine. As an extension of the restaurant’s beautiful interior and dining experience, the patio boasts modern decor and white linen tablecloth for the fine dining experience Alioli is known for. Be sure to book a reservation as space is limited.
While the patio is a relatively new addition to the restaurant, Alioli is no stranger to new and exciting changes. Their last big renovation, which happened in summer 2017, massively reworked the restaurant’s interior and added a private room for special events.
Their menu of authentic Italian dishes is made with high-quality ingredients, from pasta to seafood and more. The grilled calamari serves as the perfect appetizer to any one of their main signature dishes, such as the Rack of Lamb, Orata Fish, and Penne alla Vodka.
Other popular menu items include the freshly baked Focaccia bread, the Spaghetti Pescatore (served with shrimp, calamari, mussels and crab legs in a light basil tomato sauce) and the homemade Tiramisù, a traditional Italian dessert of espresso dipped Savoiardi cookies in a delicate mascarpone cheese mixture. The Chocolate Bomb and traditional Crème Brûlée are also fantastic dessert options.
Alioli’s offerings go beyond what’s listed on the menu — the restaurant is more than willing to cater to any off-menu requests, allergies, and special food accommodations (such as low carb options). Simply let them know what you want and, provided they have the ingredients on hand, their chef will whip it up for you.
Alioli Ristorante boasts a massive selection of cocktails as well as wine, from red to white to sparkling, available by the glass or bottle, and the staff are well versed in wine and cocktail meal pairings in case you needed any recommendations.
Once the restaurant is permitted to fully reopen, there will always be something happening at Alioli! Wine lovers will especially appreciate the restaurant’s private wine tastings and event wine tastings; four times a year, they hold a ticketed event featuring a four course dinner paired with the finest wine made from Italian winemakers.
Alioli’s gorgeous interior and atmosphere make it a great spot for any kind of social gathering, with live entertainment every Friday and Saturday. For those interested in planning their own event at the restaurant, the private party room is perfect for parties, corporate events, religious ceremonies such as communion and baptisms, and more.
Alioli Ristorante is downtown Mississauga’s premier destination for contemporary Italian cuisine for 25 years and counting! Make a reservation today, or visit alioli.com for a full look at their menus and other info such as their gift certificate offers.