We’ve done our homework so you don’t have to search. Here are our top 10 favourite Italian restaurants in Mississauga:
1. Alioli Ristorante
Located at Burnhamthorpe Road and Confederation Pkway, Alioli Ristorante does Italian right, and with class. Experience casual dining like you would in Italy. Alioli has been around since 1996, and diners feel right at home in this Italian atmosphere. On Fridays and Saturdays, experience live entertainment while dining.
Located on Lakeshore Road E. (in between Hurontario Street and Cawthra Road), Aielli offers a warm, intimate fine dining experience. Be sure to check out their wine room featuring a state-of-the-art facility storing over 10,000 bottles.
Located on Dundas Street West and Mississauga Road, Piatto has been offering true fine dining for over 25 years. Great food, friendly experience and fresh, local ingredients all create a recipe for a authentic Italian experience.
4. Villa Sorrento
Located on Lakeshore Road E (near Dixie Road), Villa Sorrento has been serving customers for over 20 years. This restaurant has a unique interior with hand-painted murals to give you a taste of Italy. You can find some of the best Italian cuisine here, with an impressive wine list that features some of the world’s most treasured wines.
5. Michael’s Back Door Restaurant
Located on Lakeshore Road W and Clarkson Road N, Michael’s Back Door Restaurant offers award-winning Italian cuisine. If you’re looking for a casual dining experience, romantic night out or a group event, Michael’s Back Door has you covered.
6. Scaddabush Italian Kitchen & Bar
Located across from Square One Mall (on Rathburn Road), Scaddabush offers a true Italian-style cuisine. Their specialty is making anything food items from scratch. Anything from hand-stretched mozzarella, to their own pasta, focaccia bread and meatballs.
7. Rogues Restaurant
Located at Dundas Street W and Mississauga Road, Rogues Restaurant has been around since 1985 – they know Italian cuisine. You can expect traditional fine dining, elegance and friendly staff here. The food is inspired by northern Italy and the Mediterranean, with a great selection of rare, exotic wines.
8. Tu Casa Fine Dining
Located on Lorne Park Road (near Lakeshore Road W), Tu Casa (which means “your home” in Italian) is nestled in the prestigious Lorne Park area in Mississauga. Offering a tasteful, sophisticated vibe, Tu Casa provides a truly unique dining experience. The sophisticated menus and specials are offer a wide array of traditional and contemporary meals.
9. Papa Giuseppe’s
Located on Lakeshore Road W (just west of Hurontario Street), Papa Guiseppe’s offers a casual dining experience. They are not known for being ‘fancy’, their food speaks for itself. It has been a local, Port Credit favourite since 2011. Check out their wide variety of pizzas, pastas and antipastos.
10. Mondello Ristorante
Located on Queen Street South (in Streetsville), Mondello Ristorante offers fresh and creative Italian cuisine. A delicious menu featuring some of the best Italian dishes made by a great selection of Chefs. Try out their delicious food creations in an upscale, friendly atmosphere.
How to create an Italian experience at home
Italian cuisine is loved by many people, especially in Mississauga with all of the Italian restaurants popping up everywhere. Many people choose Italy as a vacation spot because of its culinary experience. Here is are some tips to help you make the best Italian dishes, right at home!
It all starts with the Tomato
Most Italian dishes are dependent on tomatoes. Make sure you are choosing the ripe and juicy tomatoes whether you are making a sauce or salad. Softer tomatoes are generally better for sauces, while stronger tomatoes are perfect for salads. Also look for a nice colour and delicious smell.
Basil – a key ingredient
Basil really gives that unique, Italian flavour that pairs so wonderfully with tomatoes. When selecting basil, look for leaves that are green, bright and smell delicious. Basil only lasts a few days, so be sure to use it before it goes bad!
Don’t forget the garlic!
Garlic is a main ingredient used in Italian cooking. When making a sauce for your pasta, garlic will give the flavour and enhance the tomatoes and basil (a perfect pairing all together). Look for larger, clean bulbs when choosing the perfect garlic.
Last but not least – cheese
The most used cheeses are mozzarella and parmesan. Mozzarella is used for pizzas, while parmesan is used for pastas and typically grated from a fresh block. Mozzarella can be extended to many other dishes, especially fresh mozzarella (moist and packaged in water).
Pair your meal with an Italian wine
Italians are more known for their red wine selections, but also have great white wines. There are nine Italian red wine grapes: Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Lambrusco, Montepulciano, Amarone, Valpolicella, Primitivo, Negroamaro. Have a look at these grapes, as each one offers a different taste – from light, sweet flavours to strong, rich full bodied wines.