Restaurant Review: Osteria Giulia – Where Every Bite Tells a Story of Italian Elegance

RestaurantOsteria Giulia
Address134 Avenue Road
Dinner for four with drinks:$500

It’s a chilly Saturday evening in Toronto, but the warmth emanating from Osteria Giulia on Avenue Road is palpable. As I push open the door, I’m instantly enveloped in an ambiance that seems a world away from the bustling city outside. The soft glow of candlelight and the murmur of contented diners set the stage for an evening of culinary exploration.

Chef Rob Rossi’s Italian haven, Osteria Giulia, has made waves since its opening in 2021, and was awarded one Michelin star in Toronto’s Michelin Guide. It’s not just the food that draws in the crowds–it’s the entire experience. Rossi’s passion for food and creating the perfect atmosphere is evident in every detail.

Guided to my table by an effortlessly charming server, I’m struck by the understated elegance of the cream-colored walls and blond-oak tables. The stage is set for an unforgettable culinary journey.

The wine list immediately catches my attention—a curated collection that leans heavily toward the Old World. Each bottle seems handpicked to complement the delicate nuances of Chef’s dishes. From Tuscany’s rolling hills to Sicily’s sun-kissed vineyards, the selection spans Italy’s length and breadth. The sommelier, with encyclopedic knowledge of each vintage, guides me through the list with ease. At Osteria Giulia, wine bridges the food and Italian viticulture’s rich history.

The meal begins with the Crudo di Tonno, a flavourful medley of fresh Pacific Bluefin tuna with the citrusy notes of Sicilian blood orange, complemented by the subtle heat of pink peppercorn and the crispness of fennel.

Next, the Burrata e Caviale presents a cloud of creamy burrata, longing for just a tad more caviar to balance its richness. It’s a dish that’s beautiful in its simplicity, yet yearns for a touch of intensity.

The culinary journey continues with the Ravioli Doppi, where sweet corn, ricotta, and Nova Scotia lobster unite in a comforting yet luxurious embrace. The corn’s sweetness perfectly complements the lobster’s brininess, though a pinch more seasoning could elevate this dish to new heights.

As I twirl my fork through the Lorighittas al Mare, I’m transported to the Ligurian coast. This hand-braided pasta, a testament to the art of Italian cooking, harmonizes wild squid, Bay scallops, chili, garlic, and anchovy in a melody of flavours.

The Truffle Gnocchi special offers a warm embrace on a cold night. The hand-rolled ricotta gnocchi are pillowy soft, and the pronounced truffle flavour from white truffled sourced from Piedmont makes this dish truly unforgettable. The $120 price tag also leaves a lasting impression!

On the side, the rapini provides a simple yet effective counterpoint. The broccoli rabe’s bitterness is tempered by the heat of the peperoncino, though a touch more could add an extra layer of complexity.

The meal’s crescendo arrives with the Branzino della Patagonia—a masterpiece where the sea bass is cooked to perfection, accompanied by Gamberi Rosso, mussels, and a depth-adding roasted tomato brodo.

To conclude, the Millefoglie al Cocco is a dreamy dessert. Layers of white chocolate and coconut mille-feuille are light and airy, with tropical fruit providing a refreshing burst that leaves me longing for more. It’s simply stunning.

As I sip my espresso and reflect on the meal, I’m filled with gratitude. At Osteria Giulia, the ambiance, service, and food meld to create an experience that’s about more than just dining—it’s about savoring life’s simple pleasures.

In a city brimming with Italian restaurants, Osteria Giulia stands out not just for its Michelin star, but for its ability to transport diners to a place where every bite tells a story. It’s a reminder that sometimes, the best stories are those told around the dinner table, with a glass of wine flowing and good company by your side.


Mme. M.


La rubrique de Madame Marie

1 étoile – Run. Before you get the runs.
 étoiles – Mediocre, but nothing you couldn’t make at home.
 étoiles – C’est bon, with some standout qualities.
 étoiles – Many memorable qualities and excellent execution. Compliments to the chef.
 étoiles – Formidable! Michelin Star quality. Book a reservation immediately.