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Embrace the Flavor and Warmth: The Benefits of Supporting a Small Family-Owned Restaurant

In a world dominated by corporate giants, it’s essential to recognize the hidden gems that small family-owned restaurants offer. These intimate dining establishments are often the heart and soul of a community, providing not just delicious meals but also a unique and personal experience. In this blog post, we will explore the numerous benefits of supporting a small family-owned restaurant, from savoring authentic flavors to fostering a sense of belonging and helping local economies thrive.

1. Authentic and Time-Honored Recipes:
One of the primary advantages of dining at a small family-owned restaurant is the opportunity to indulge in authentic and time-honored recipes. These establishments often cherish culinary traditions that have been passed down through generations, ensuring that every dish is prepared with love and care. From secret family recipes to regional specialties, the flavors you’ll encounter are a reflection of heritage and cultural identity. By supporting these restaurants, you not only enjoy mouthwatering cuisine but also contribute to the preservation of culinary traditions.

2. Personalized Service and Warm Hospitality:
When you step into a small family-owned restaurant, you’ll likely be greeted with genuine warmth and hospitality. Owners and staff members take pride in their establishments and strive to provide a personalized dining experience. From friendly conversations to attentive service, you’ll be treated like a valued guest rather than just another customer. The personalized touch creates a warm and inviting atmosphere, making you feel right at home and fostering a sense of connection.

3. Community Support and Local Economy:
Supporting a small family-owned restaurant goes beyond satisfying your taste buds; it also has a positive impact on the local community. These establishments often source ingredients locally, supporting nearby farmers and producers. By patronizing these restaurants, you contribute to the growth of local economies, helping to create jobs and opportunities for local residents. The ripple effect extends beyond the restaurant itself, as the money spent in the community circulates and supports other local businesses.

4. Unique and Diverse Dining Experiences:
Small family-owned restaurants often offer a refreshing departure from cookie-cutter chain establishments. Their menus are crafted with creativity and passion, showcasing unique and diverse culinary creations. Whether it’s a fusion of flavors, innovative twists on traditional dishes, or seasonal specials, these restaurants strive to surprise and delight their guests. Each visit becomes an adventure, allowing you to explore new flavors and expand your culinary horizons.

5. Preservation of Cultural Heritage:
In a rapidly changing world, small family-owned restaurants act as custodians of cultural heritage. They celebrate the customs, flavors, and stories that have shaped their cuisine, creating an immersive experience for diners. By supporting these establishments, you play a role in preserving and promoting cultural diversity. Each bite becomes a journey that transports you to different corners of the world, allowing you to appreciate and celebrate the richness of our global culinary tapestry.

Supporting a small family-owned restaurant is more than just enjoying a delicious meal—it’s about embracing the flavor, warmth, and unique experiences they offer. From authentic recipes and personalized service to community support and cultural preservation, these establishments provide a dining experience that cannot be replicated by larger chains. So, next time you’re planning a meal out, consider supporting a small family-owned restaurant and discover the joy of being part of something truly special.

We look forward to having you visit That’s Italian Ristorante. You can view our menu, order online and reserve your table at  Hope to see you soon!

Mother’s Day At That’s Italian

Mother’s Day is a special occasion celebrated worldwide to honor and appreciate the sacrifices and hard work of mothers. It is a day dedicated to expressing love and gratitude towards mothers for all that they do. As Mother’s Day approaches, it is essential to make plans to spend quality time with your mother and make her feel special. Taking your mother out for Mother’s Day is an excellent way to show her how much she means to you.

Firstly, taking your mother out for Mother’s Day is an opportunity to spend quality time together. With our busy lives and hectic schedules, it can be challenging to find the time to spend with loved ones. Mother’s Day provides the perfect opportunity to slow down and enjoy some quality time with your mother. Whether it’s going out for brunch, taking a walk in the park, or going to see a movie, spending time together is a great way to strengthen your bond and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Secondly, taking your mother out for Mother’s Day is a way to show your appreciation for all that she has done for you. Mothers work tirelessly to provide for their children and families, often putting their own needs last. Taking your mother out for Mother’s Day is an excellent way to show her that you recognize and appreciate all that she has done for you. It is a way to say thank you for the countless sacrifices, support, and unconditional love that she has given you throughout your life.

Thirdly, taking your mother out for Mother’s Day is a way to pamper her and make her feel special. Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate all the hard work and effort that mothers put in every day. Taking your mother out for a special day of pampering, whether it’s a spa day or a fancy dinner, is a way to make her feel special and appreciated. It is a way to show her that she deserves to be treated like royalty and that you are willing to go the extra mile to make her feel loved and appreciated.

Finally, taking your mother out for Mother’s Day is a way to create lasting memories. Memories are something that we cherish for a lifetime, and Mother’s Day provides the perfect opportunity to create new ones. Whether it’s trying a new restaurant, going to see a show, or simply spending time together, the memories you create on Mother’s Day will be cherished for years to come. These memories will serve as a reminder of the special bond that you share with your mother and the love and appreciation that you have for her.

In conclusion, taking your mother out for Mother’s Day is an excellent way to show her how much she means to you. It provides an opportunity to spend quality time together, show your appreciation, pamper her, and create lasting memories. With Mother’s Day fast approaching, it’s time to start planning how you will make this day special for your mother. Whether it’s a simple picnic in the park or an extravagant day out, the most important thing is that you make your mother feel loved and appreciated on this special day.

Join us for a very special menu that day.

The Benefits Of Italian Cuisine

Italian cuisine is one of the most popular and beloved cuisines in the world. It’s a cuisine that’s based on fresh, simple ingredients that come together to create complex, flavorful dishes. From pizza and pasta to lasagna and risotto, Italian cooking has something for everyone. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the benefits of Italian cooking and why it’s a cuisine that’s worth exploring.

1. Fresh, simple ingredients

Italian cooking is based on fresh, simple ingredients. The focus is on using fresh, seasonal produce, high-quality meats, and fresh seafood. Italian cuisine is all about letting the natural flavors of the ingredients shine through. For example, a classic Caprese salad is made with just fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and a drizzle of olive oil. The simplicity of the dish allows the flavors of the ingredients to shine through.

2. Healthy and nutritious

Italian cuisine is generally considered to be healthy and nutritious. Many Italian dishes are based on fresh vegetables, lean meats, and seafood. Olive oil, which is a staple in Italian cooking, is known for its heart-healthy benefits. Italian cuisine also features a lot of whole grains, such as whole wheat pasta and bread, which are packed with fiber and nutrients.

3. Versatile

Italian cuisine is incredibly versatile and can be adapted to suit a variety of tastes and dietary requirements. For example, there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan Italian dishes, such as spaghetti with tomato sauce, pesto pasta, and minestrone soup. Italian cuisine also features gluten-free options, such as risotto, polenta, and grilled meats and fish.

4. Family-friendly

Italian cuisine is perfect for family meals. Many Italian dishes are designed to be shared, such as pizza, pasta, and antipasto platters. Italian cooking also encourages sitting down at the table and enjoying a meal together as a family. This can be a great way to bond and connect with loved ones.

5. Delicious and satisfying

Perhaps the biggest benefit of Italian cooking is that it’s simply delicious and satisfying. From creamy risottos to hearty lasagnas, Italian cooking is all about comfort food. Italian cuisine features a lot of carbs, which can be incredibly satisfying and filling. When you combine that with fresh, flavorful ingredients, you have a cuisine that’s hard to resist.

In conclusion, Italian cooking is a cuisine that’s worth exploring. It’s based on fresh, simple ingredients that come together to create complex, flavorful dishes. Italian cooking is healthy and nutritious, versatile, family-friendly, and above all, delicious and satisfying. So the next time you’re in the mood for some comfort food, why not give Italian cooking a try?

Christmas & Holiday Parties 2022

The holidays are just around the corner and what better way to celebrate with your friends and family than with a party. After a ‘crazy’ few years, it’s time to get back to normal. We’ve got a few menu packages to help make choosing your menu a little bit easier this year. If you have some guests with allergies or specific requests, we can always customize our menu to suite your taste. Give us a call at 416.482.5426 extension 2 and speak to one to one our party specialists. Alternatively, you can email and get a detailed quote. If you dine in or decide to have it catered, you’re sure to love or food and service. Thank you for supporting local, small businesses. Looking forward to a happy and healthy 2023!

Christmas And The Holidays 2019

It’s hard to believe but Christmas is only 8 short weeks away.  If you’re in charge of planning your staff party, it’s always a good idea to book as soon as possible as most places quickly fill up.  Reward your staff for all their hard work during the Christmas and holiday season.  Nothing beats a nice meal, a glass of vino and some laughs to get everyone into the spirit.  It’s great for team morale and it show’s that they’re appreciated.

We still have a few good spots available and we’ve also got some delicious menu packages that we’re sure you’re guests are going to love starting at just $39 per person.  We also have plenty of vegetarian, vegan, halal and gluten-free options so that all of your guests can enjoy!

Give one of our event specialists a call at 905.856.5600 or email at

If you really want to make your event memorable, you can book a photographer from Bianco Nero studios. They’ll set up a photo-booth for you and your team and you’ll have some keepsakes to take home with you.

Our main floor can comfortably accommodate up to 65 guests and our lower-level private room up to 33 people.  We’ve got plenty of FREE parking and we’re conveniently located near highways 400 / 407 and 27.

Mother’s Day Menu – Book Now To Avoid Disappointment

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and many of us are always scrambling to find that perfect gift for the special woman in our lives.  This year, why not bring mom to That’s Italian on Mother’s Day for a delicious, 3 course meal starting from $45 per guest.  We have a little something for everyone including vegetarian, halal and gluten-free choices.  Space is limited as we always sell out.  Seating times are available at 12pm, 2pm, 5pm and at 7pm.  Reservations can be made by either calling 416.482.5426 or online at

We’re offering $5 Mimosas plus a few other specialty cocktails that day.

We’ve got plenty of free parking and we’re easily accessible from all major highways.  If, for whatever reason, you can’t come to us, you can always order some food to go.   We offer convenient online ordering and tons of different menu items that we’re sure you’re mother will love.

Hope to see you soon!

Mother’s Day Lunch & Dinner Menu

Christmas Parties At That’s Italian

Christmas Parties At That’s Italian

It’s sad to say, but the holiday season is just around the corner which means the year is almost up. What better way to show your staff that you value their hard work than by throwing them a party. This year, why not make it a ‘theme’ party? An ugly sweater party is always a fun, easy event to organize. Simply ask your guests to come with the ugliest, holiday-themed sweaters they can find. You can even give prizes for the best ones. This year, at That’s Italian, we’ve enlisted the help of a local-area photographer who would be more than happy to take pictures of you and your staff. You can even order custom frames and gift them to your staff as a keepsake.


We’ve created several holiday menu packages for you to choose from. Each one can be customized to suit the needs of your group with vegetarian, halal and gluten-free choices available. Complete packages start from a budget-friendly $39 per guests.

Our restaurant is divided into two separate areas and our main floor can accommodate up to 65 guests comfortably. Our lower-level private room can seat up to 33 guests. There is plenty of FREE parking available onsite.

To book your party, simply call one of our event specialists as 905.856.5600 or email them at Space is quickly filling up, so it’s better to call sooner before your date gets booked up.

Christmas and Holiday Parties

Christmas and Holiday Parties At That’s Italian Ristorante

Now is the time to book your company party as the holidays are quickly approaching.  We’ve created several menus that will satisfy your colleagues.  We offer vegetarian, gluten-free and even halal options upon request.  Our lower-level private room can accommodate up to 35 guests and our main floor seats up to 65 people comfortably.

You can call one of our event specialists at 905.856.5600 or by email at We have some sample menus here.  Visit for more information.

Holiday Party Menu At That’s Italian Ristorante

PastaLicious is back at That’s Italian Ristorante

PastaLicious Is Back At That’s Italian Ristorante

Did you hear the great news?  Pastalicious is back at That’s Italian Ristorante! The summer is almost over and you’re too busy to even think about cooking. If your entertaining kids or hosting visitors, we’ll definitely have something for everyone.  After all, who doesn’t love pasta? For a limited time, we’ll be offering a budget-friendly $25 pre-fixe menu which includes an appetizer, main course and a decant dessert.


We’re offering a selection of appetizers that include roasted garlic pizza ‘knots’, truffled french fries with Parmigiano Reggiano and Portobello mushroom crostini with Italian mascarpone cheese.

Main Course

Guaranteed to satisfy your pasta cravings with choices such as rigatoni alla vodka, gnocchi al pomodoro, lasagna and Fettuccine with shrimps and porcini mushrooms.  All of our portions are huge and tasty!


Finish off your meal with a decadent dessert such as nutella mousse. We also have Tartuffo Affogato which is a ball of dual-flavoured ice cream that’s been dusted in cacao and then ‘drowned’ in hot espresso coffee. You should also try our lemon sponge cake with sweet mascarpone cream cheese frosting and a hint of limoncello liqueur.

To avoid disappointment we always recommend making a reservation.  Guests can call 416.ITALIAN / 482.5426 or reserve online from our website.


PastaLicious is back at That's Italian Ristorante


United Way Lunch From That’s Italian

If you’re at Scotiabank in Vaughan today why not come in for the United Way lunch.  If you’re in the area of 7600 Weston Rd #3 in Woodbridge why not come in?  That’s Italian Catering has delicious wraps for sale for only $5 each.  Grab a chicken, steak or grilled veggie wrap with all proceeds going to the United Way.

That’s Italian Ristorante has always been a proud supporter of local charities.  It’s very important to support the community you live in.  The great thing about the United Way is that they support hundreds of charities across a broad range.

We will be CLOSED on Monday May 22nd.
 Have a FUN and SAFE long weekend!