Sometimes I wonder if my love for the place has a little to do with the fact that I grew up in the neighbourhood, love nostalgia, and in 1989 was engaged (in a schoolyard way) to a boy named Filippo, but I think it has more to do with the food.
Sure, if you don't like Italian food, you won't love it, but if you do, and you're willing to come to the St. Clair West area, you won't be disappointed.
Though pizzas abound, the carbonara is, in my opinion, the best thing on the menu. Portions are large, and the carbonara is both rich and light at the same time. The first time I ordered it, when the waiter (actually, owner or manager, I'm sure) brought it over, the only thing he said was "Eat! Is perfect the way it is." He was right. Usually, I feel a bit dismayed when a restaurant doesn't have salt an pepper shakers on the table -- only because so many foods need perking up -- but at Filippo's everything is flavoured perfectly. No additions necessary. Not even parmesan. If you're not sure what to order, ask for a recommendation. It's that sort of place
The antipasto plate is all about salami-like meats and cheeses and is massively superior to the one offered across the street at the more popular restaurant, Ferro, and the pizzas that I've tried have all been yummy, though in some cases, they come with each topping isolated on one portion of the pie, rather than mixed up in the traditional way.
744 St. Clair Ave. W. (at Rushton Rd.)
Toronto, ON M6C 1B5
*Photo by Osamu Kazama from Stock Xchng.
UPDATE 2012: Dudes, Filippo's is closed. I heard it was bought by the same folks who own the Rushton, are reopened as Catch, a seafood place. It will be missed.