Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant chain is getting close to opening their first location in Toronto. Jamie’s Italian is collaboration between the British celebrity chef and King Street Food Company that is planned for Yorkdale Shopping Centre.
This hot spot moves people in and out with a ballerina’s grace. While it’s essentially fast food with a Middle’terranean spin, the flavours are on point and the pricing competitive.
Restaurant news and openings, including Loka, Pizzeria Libretto on King, Maker Pizza and the Saucy Pierogi, have picked up to a hectic pace as chefs and owners try to get everything set before the holiday crush of December.
Owner Gary Tsang and chef Richard Andino have opened Tapagria on Commerce Valley Drive in Markham as an ode to their shared loved of Spanish food. The menu ranges from tapas and pintxos to full plates to desserts.
North of Brooklyn and Descendant battle for the title of top ’za in T.O. These contenders bring south-of-the-border flair to their pie. Which pizzeria’s a real slice? You decide.
Loka, Toronto’s first Kickstarter-funded restaurant opens near Queen and Bathurst. Chef Dave Mottershall from PEI and Ayngelina Brogan used the crowdfunding site to take their dream from a popup at Hi-Lo to a permanent restaurant on Queen West.
Kasa Moto is two floors of Yorkvillian luxe in the former Remys; should you wish to drop $200 on a Japanese dinner for two with a lot of pretty people, Kasa Moto is your spot. It’s owned by the Chase Hospitality Group, of The Chase, The Chase Fish and Oyster and the Thompson Hotel’s Colette. Fancy Shmancy.
Before helming the kitchen behind one of Dundas West's hottest restaurants, Patois, Craig Wong was a teenage boy in Scarborough who fell in love with his best friend Ivy. Their first date was a Maple Leafs game, he proposed in the garden at the French Laundry and they were married at Sucrerie de la Montagne just outside of Montreal, Quebec.
Wild edibles, Canadian game meat and foraged cocktails predicate a dining room philosophy that’s rooted in executing on their ideals rather than just preaching them.