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BUCA, Toronto, Ontario
Chef: Rob Gentile
Website: www.buca.ca. Cuisine: Italian.
Telephone: 416-865-1600. Twitter:@bucatoronto
2015 Rank: 8
2014 Rank: 7
2013 Rank: No rank
2012 Rank: 31
Price Range: $19-$49 for pasta dishes, entrées and pizzas.
You Must Order: Artisanal Pomodoro e Tartufo Pizza, with truffled burrata cheese and uncinato truffles ($29).
Need to Know from … food and travel writer Gordon Noseworthy: “ Excellent Italian menu with flavourful, beautifully prepared and well-presented food served in a lively, casual setting. Outstanding Italian wine list. Excellent cappuccino. Knowledgable and courteous staff.”
John Placko, Culinary Director of Modern Culinary Academy, says: “There's no wonder Rob Gentile’s restaurant is always on the top of any ‘best of’ list. The greeting is always very welcoming to this unlikely spot for a restaurant. The homemade offerings of this Italian restaurant goes beyond most. Almost everything is done in-house and it shows. Unique ingredients, simple plating and amazing flavour combinations. The salumi bi Buca is always a winner as is the nodini. The texture of the pastas are incredible as is the pizze. It's always a tough decision deciding on what to have as all the dishes I've eaten here are all amazing.”
2014 Judge and Executive Chef David Hawksworth of Hawksworth says: “Chef’s menus are stuffed full of classics with a killer twist — during my last visit to Toronto I had the pleasure of enjoying a superb ingredient-focused modern Italian meal there and the service is spot on.”