Nodo Junction: Italian Restaurant on Dundas Street West in Toronto

Nodo Junction is one of the best Italian restaurants in Toronto. Located on Dundas West, the popular neighbourhood eatery specializes in handmade pasta and wood-fired pizza.

Step Inside Nodo Junction

Formerly an antique shop, white-walled Nodo restaurant is big and bright featuring checkerboard floors and lofty ceilings. The posh Italian eatery is located in Toronto’s west end Junction neighbourhood.

The space is decorated with an eclectic mix of salvaged finds and contemporary pieces, offering guests to this 70-seat intimate dining room a perfect place to sip and nibble.

Nodo is the brainchild of high school friends Vito Tomasicchio, Gianmarco DeZorzi and Charlie Giordano. Dining here feels as though you’ve been invited to a larger-than-life Italian dinner party. Considering the sweet smells wafting through the room one would assume Nona is cooking up a storm. Don’t let your nose fool you.

Nodo Junction offers a charming private dining room downstairs. The underground space can seat 12-15 diners. It’s one of the best private dinning rooms in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood.

The dinning room at Nodo Junction.
The dinning room at Nodo Junction.

Nodo Junction Menu

Sicillian chef Roberto Marotta (formerly at Parkdale’s Enoteca Maialino) cooks Italian comfort food with contemporary flourishes. Two of the restaurants most ingenious dishes are vegetarian (shocked and impressed says this carnivore).

Craft cocktail fans should make a point of arriving early to dinner to hop up at the bar. Once you’re seated be sure to sample a few glasses from the restaurants Italian-only wine list. Grappa is also served chilled or with complex infusions such as chamomile or honey.

Craft cocktails at Nodo Junction's bar.
Craft cocktails at Nodo Junction’s bar.

Nodo Junction Assaggini

  • Spiducci d’Agnello: ontario lamb skewers, gremolada
  • Olive Calde e Nodini: spicy, warm olives, toasted bread knots, garlic, oregano
  • Arancini Siciliani: crispy rice balls filled with mozzarella, peas, ragu di carne
  • Polpettine: handmade veal/pork/beef meatballs, san marzano tomato sugo, pecorino romano
  • Coccoli: fritters fiorentini, melted three cheese crema, proscuitto crudo

Nodo Junction Salumi e Fromaggi

  • Salumi: assortment of aritisan cured meats served with in-house giardiniera, pommery mustard, taralli, herb-onion cracker, parm crosini
  • Formaggi: selection of gourmet italian cheeses with orange marmalade, truffle honey, candied nuts, duo of house baked chips
  • Un Po’ e un Po’: chefs selection of salumi and formaggi with la bardatura assortito
Carpaccio e Rucola at Nodo Junction.
Carpaccio e Rucola at Nodo Junction.

Nodo Junction Insalate

  • Caesar Leo: crisp romaine, double-smoked bacon, grated grana, corn, garlic-ciabatta croutons, caesar vinaigrette
  • Rucola Pera e Gorgonzola: baby arugula, bosc pear, crumbled gorgonzola, poppy seed vinaigrette
  • Cavolo e Cavoletti: chopped black kale and brussel slaw, toasted almond, dried cranberry, pumpkin seed, popped farro, grainy mustard vinaigrette
  • Burrata-Pomodoro: fresh burrata, assorted vine-ripened and cherry tomatoes, seedless cucumber, basil oil, white balsamic

Nodo Junction Antipasti

  • Bruschettone: fresh tomato bruschetta pizza with garlic, shallots, fresh herbs, olive oil
  • Fritto Misto Gamberi e Calamari: crispy, dry-rub shrimp and calamari, quattro stagioni aioli
  • Polipo e Patate: grilled octopus, crispy potato, grilled zucchini, extra virgin olive oil, salmoriglio
  • Carpaccio e Rucola: canadian beef tenderloin carpaccio, toasted pine nuts, fried capers, arugula, shaved parm, lemon zest
  • Mussels: steamed PEI mussels pomodoro cotto, grilled garlic crostino
Cavolfiore Gratinato at Nodo Junction.
Cavolfiore Gratinato at Nodo Junction.

Nodo Junction Pasta

  • Fettucini Pasta Al Pomodoro Fresco: garlic cherry tomatoes, olive oil, fresh basil
  • Tonnarelli Carbonara: sauteed pancetta, pecorino romano, farm fresh egg, cracked black pepper
  • Rigatoni Trinacria: garlic cherry tomatoes and zucchini, basil, smoked mozzarella, arugula, shaved ricotta salata
  • Cavatelli Rucola Pesto: garlic-arugula-pine nut pesto, parmigiano, extra virgin olive oil
  • Rigatoni Bolognese: slow-cooked veal, pork, beef ragu, grana padano
  • Garganelli Cavolfiore Gratinato: grana padano-fontina breadcrumb crusted cauliflower cremoso, green peas, italian parsley
  • Orecchiette Rapini e Salsiccia: italian sausage, garlic rapini, chilis, mascarpone
  • Pappardelle Ragu D’ Anatra: slow roast seven-spice brome lake duck ragu, parmigiano, crispy sage
  • Pappardelle Ragu di Cinghiale: slow wild boar ragu bianco, cremini and porcini mushroom
  • Gnocchi Crema Tartufata Funghi e Mais: pan-seared potato gnocchi, wild mushroom, corn, truffle-garlic crema, padano, diced tri-colour peppers
  • Linguine Adriatico: prawn, mussel, clam, extra virgin olive oil, roasted crushed garlic, basil, pomodoro cotto, fresh chili
  • Risotto Girotondo: rotating seasonal selection
U Chiurito Pizza at Nodo Junction.
U Chiurito Pizza at Nodo Junction.

Nodo Junction Pizza

  • Sul Sarno: san marzano tomato sauce, olive oil, oregano
  • Regina: fior di latte, san marzano tomato sauce, basil, olive oil
  • Gustosa: fior di latte, roasted crushed garlic, basil, pomodoro cotto, pecorino romano
  • Tesis: anchovy, black olive, onion, caper, tomato sauce
  • L’Americana: pepperoni, wild mushroom, green pepper, tomato sauce
  • Ruliano: fresh mozzarella, prosciutto crudo, mushroom, tomato sauce
  • Poggionino: goat cheese, mozzarella, sun-dried tomato, artichoke, fresh arugula, tomato sauce
  • Quattro Stelle: fresh mozzarella, mushroom, artichoke, black olive, prosciutto cotto, tomato sauce
  • Caura: fresh mozzarella, hot sopressata, onion, black olive, peperoncino nodino, tomato sauce
  • Avezzano: fior di latte, smashed potato, ground italian sausage, rosemary
  • Allegro: arugula with olive oil and balsamic, shaved grana padano, prosciutto crudo, sun-dried tomato
  • Gio Gio: torn black kale, charred cauliflower, garlic, melted gorgonzola, lemon zest
  • Ortobon: slivered asparagus, spicy zucchini, goat cheese, basil, torn mint
  • Barrua: gorgonzola, pear, walnut, honey, mozzarella
  • Oltraggioso: mozzarella, prosciutto cotto, spiced and scorched pineapple, basil, spicy green chili oil, tomato sauce
  • Monterotondo: creamy gorgonzola, speck, shaved almond, roasted garlic, truffle oil
  • Ca’ Dominin: pancetta, corn, wild mushroom, truffle oil, roast garlic crema
  • Milazzo: mozzarella, mascarpone, shaved cantaloupe, prosciutto crudo, torn basil
  • Madunnio: pulled burrata, italian sausage, rapini, peperoncino nodino
  • Lele: fior di latte, spicy n’duja, crispy kale, taggiasca olives, pomodoro cotto, oregano
Panna Cotta at Nodo Junction, an Italian restaurant in Toronto.
Panna Cotta at Nodo Junction, an Italian restaurant in Toronto.

Nodo Junction Dolci

  • Chocolate Torta: warm, flourless chocolate torte, artisan vanilla gelato, spiced panna fresca
  • Caramel Budino: sticky, caramel bread pudding, banana gelato, berries
  • Cannoli Siciliani: crispy, homemade sicilian cannoli filled with ricotta crema
  • Tiramisu: classic Italian tiramisu with fresh mascarpone
  • Panna Cotta: strawberry coulis, frutti di bosco alla vaniglia, orange zest
  • Torta Della Nonna: ricotta custard pinenut pie, panna fresca, orange marmalade
  • Gelato: trio of assorted Italian ice cream

Nodo Junction Hours

Sunday to Thursday: 12-10pm

Friday and Saturday: 12-11pm

Nodo Junction Reservations

2885 Dundas Street West, 416-901-1559

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