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Pizzeria Defina

#305 of 6,789 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
West End
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321 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, Ontario M6R 2M6, Canada
+1 416-534-4414
12:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Thu 12:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sun 12:00 - 23:00
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Hudson, Canada
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

.This restaurant came highly recommended by a local vendor where we had stopped to shop. Although it is marketed as a pizzeria, do not be fooled... This is a wonderful place for a casual, laid-back meal of very high quality. The atmosphere when we visited was warm (cold windy day), lively and infused with the aroma of a wood pizza... More 

Thank j0ynpeace
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

My friends and I go to Defina regularly and hands down they have the best Brussel sprouts EVER!!! Wish I could get my hands on the recipe. We all order our own because they are that good and just can't share. Pizza is also fabulous as are many things on their menu. I would highly recommend going.

Thank Gaby C
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

I wish I could give a positive review but I never even got to try the food! We waited for 1 hour and 20 minutes and still weren't seated even after being told 'we were next' and that 'it won't be long' several times. Very disappointed in the lack of communication.

Thank vanessa473
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

This is a hidden gem in Roncesvalles. I find myself returning at least once a month. Everything I've tried on the menu is delicious. From their pizza, to their octopus, right down to their veggies, this kitchen knows how to prepare delicious food. Friendly service and decent prices make this restaurant stand out in Toronto! You will not be disappointed.... More 

Thank cinnachica
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92 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

We were guests at a private party for 30, on the 2nd floor. With a preset menu, open bar & no cheque, there is no basis for a full review. However, with respect to decor, service& food, this was a great experience. The service was respectfully friendly & timely. Courses were brought & cleared at an effective but comfortable pace.... More 

Thank colonelhightower
Toronto, Canada
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

This place has fantastic food. The pizza was great. We had the pesto pizza and the asparagus as an appetizer. We loved the food! The place is really cool too and has a nice vibe to it. Its a little cramped, but because so many people go here because it is so good. We had to wait about 10 minutes... More 

Thank RC19
Toronto, Canada
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448 reviews
296 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Pizzas were unique and tasty, thinking crust. The wine we choose was not available and the recommendation was obviously a more expensive bottle. Service was great also. Table was a little dirty but nothing serious. Enjoyed and will be back.

Thank PeterBruceG
Toronto, Canada
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133 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Great neighbour pizzeria. If you want something a little less traditional, then this is the place to go. Depending on what time you visit, don't be surprised to find you may have to wait for a table. The wild boar meatballs and warm olives are fantastic. The Roncy pizza and the Diavola pizza are yum yum. Good wine list as... More 

Thank Lynne R
Toronto, Canada
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

A small line up out the door and a bit of a wait for a table but it was worth it. While we waited a number of people in the neighbourhood were picking up. The meal was awesome. A charcuterie plate had a great mushroom pate. Loved it. Pizza was yum. Service was friendly and quick. The place is small... More 

Thank lilcoc
Budapest, Hungary
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

We have been in Defina many times and we always had the same impression: very good location, trendi interior and amazing food. The staff however always seemed exhausted and not "smiley" at all. The restaurant is seriously understaffed: the server has no time to give proper service just rushes between tables. They also cannot really estimate their seating layout since... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Full Bar
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 321 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, Ontario M6R 2M6, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > West End
  • Neighbourhood: West End
  • Phone Number: +1 416-534-4414

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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