by Lino Arci
on Thursday, March 21st, 2019 at 9:25am.
There are die-hard Torontonians out there who will insist that you have to go to Canada’s largest city to find a great meal. In Vaughan, we know that’s not true. There are so many reasons to love living here, from our gorgeous green spaces to our top-notch transit. But one thing that frequently gets overlooked is our fantastic local restaurants. From upscale Italian to delicious, no-frills Chinese, you’ll find exactly what you’re in the mood for in our fair city.
Whether you’re moving to Vaughan or you just want to check out our food scene, here are five can’t-miss local eateries...
1) Vivo Pizza and Pasta
If you’re in Woodbridge, you have to check out Vivo Pizza and Pasta. This successful Italian chain has several locations across southern Ontario, and it’s easy to see why. The prices are affordable, the environment is relaxed, and (most importantly) the food is fantastic. Though you really can’t go wrong at Vivo, we suggest trying one of the classics—such as a margherita pizza or a plate of fettuccine alfredo. For dessert, the tiramisu is pure perfection. Part of the restaurant’s secret is its use of incredibly fresh ingredients—and trust us when we say, you’ll taste the difference.
2) Avenue Cibi E Vini
If you’re looking for some Italian food that’s a little more upscale, check out Avenue Cibi E Vini. This Kleinberg hotspot is a neighbourhood go-to for a memorable night out. Step inside, and the first thing you’ll notice is the restaurant’s elegant-yet-modern look. Open the wine list, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the selection in front of you. Of course, the food is the main attraction, and you’ll find no shortage of perfectly-prepared dishes here—from meat, fish, and seafood to handmade gnocchi and impeccably-fried eggplant. To find some vino that will pair well with your meal, ask the restaurant's knowledgeable staff.
3) Our Thai
Put simply, the dishes at Our Thai are exquisite. This Woodbridge eatery serves up meals that are both flavourful and wonderfully-balanced. We recommend pretty much everything on the menu, from the fried-rice plates to the coconut milk curries. Pro tip: start with the fresh rolls. They’re light, delicious, and a perfect primer for what’s to come. The food at Our Thai is so good that the inviting atmosphere and quick service are really just bonuses. Don’t forget that Thai food is perfect for sharing, making it perfect for the whole family!
There’s no shortage of phenomenal Italian restaurants in Vaughan, and they're spread across the city's diverse neighbourhoods. If you live in Maple (or you find yourself in the area one night), consider 9baci your go-to spot for Italian staples. Located on Keele Street, this stylish eatery serves up a mouth-watering selection of antipasti, along with carefully-crafted pizzas and pastas. Whether you’re looking for a light lunch or a dinner that will leave you feeling comfortably full, 9baci delivers. Whatever time you decide to go, consider ending off your meal with an espresso!
5) Wok With Yu
If you love Chinese food, Wok With Yu is about to become one of your favourite places to grab a bite. This relaxed restaurant was once located in Scarborough, but it moved to Woodbridge in 2000. Neighbourhood residents should be grateful for that, because the fare here is definitely a cut above the average. A fusion of Chinese and South Asian dishes make for an interesting menu, where you’ll find kung pao chicken and chow mein next to an assortment of Indian and Thai dishes. Grab some takeout, dine inside, or get delivery—but whatever you do, try the food!
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