Coming Soon: Ascari Enoteca, an Italian wine bar from the team behind Table 17

Wasn’t everything better in the ‘50s? Actually, having seen Midnight in Paris, we know that we’re just inherently dissatisfied with the present. Still, we’re intrigued by the latest project from Table 17’s Erik Joyal and John Sinopoli: an upcoming restaurant and wine bar in Leslieville that’ll offer up lots of house-made pasta while paying homage to a bygone Italian era.

A new photo series depicts restaurant life in lockdown

Jody Shapiro, co-owner of lumberjack-chic hipster hotspot Antler, has partnered with the Stephen Bulger Gallery to create Lockdown 2.0, a photo essay series aimed at raising funds for the hard-hit restaurant industry. Featuring 14 Toronto restaurants, including Ascari, Blackbird Bakery, Canoe, the Federal, Skippa, the Skyline and Uncle Mikey’s, Shapiro’s photos depict some of these

How five Toronto restaurant owners plan to reopen their patios

With the announcement that Toronto will move into phase two of reopening on Wednesday, June 24, restaurants across the city are getting ready to reopen their patios to dine-in guests. Five Toronto restaurant operators share how they’re preparing for the new normal of patio dining.   Gusto 101 and Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen Juanita Dickson, President

Five more Toronto restaurants are transforming into grocery stores

As the era of social distancing drags on, more Toronto restaurants are transforming into grocery stores, supplying home cooks with pantry items, produce, and proteins. Whether you’re looking to avoid a trip to the supermarket or to mix up your home cooking routine with ingredients you might not find in a traditional grocery store, these

Toronto restaurants band together to demand government help to save industry

The new coalition of independent restaurants representing some of Toronto’s top establishments are banding together to lobby all levels of government for immediate help to stave off what has already been an economic disaster of the highest proportion.  An email newsletter sent from Erik Joyal of the Ascari Hospitality Group outlines a way forward for

Toronto restaurants are starting to close in response to COVID-19

Many restaurateurs across Toronto are making the difficult choice to temporarily shut down amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.  On Sunday afternoon, Toronto restaurateur and celebrated author Jen Agg took to social media to express her reasons for shutting down all her locations (Grey Gardens, Bar Vendetta, Le Swan, Rhum Corner).      View this post on

Hot new restaurants opening in Toronto for June

A chic bar and restaurant is taking over a former abandoned piano factory. The Parlour (642 King St. W.) was started by two Vancouverites who got their start at B.C.’s Cactus Club and have brought their experience and style to this new spot. It’s been 18 months since the terrible fire that ravaged Oakwood Hardware (337

Hot new restaurants opening in Toronto

Chef David Lee’s new Planta Queen (180 Queen St. W.) opened up in his former Nota Bene spot in late March, promising plant-based interpretations of chef’s favourite childhood dishes. After a closure due to storm damage last summer, Drake’s sushi bar Pick 6ix reopened late March as Pick 6ix Sports (33 Yonge St.). Thornhill just

First Look: The Civic is the showpiece restaurant inside the Broadview Hotel

Eastside restaurant veterans John Sinopoli and Erik Joyal (Ascari Enoteca, Gare de L’Est Brasserie) have been quite busy over the past little while. They built four kitchens in the span of a year, half of them are in the Broadview Hotel, where the duo manages the entire food program from the café to the rooftop patio to the hotel restaurant, The Civic.

Restaurant Review: The Broadview Hotel’s glassed-in rooftop eatery is all about grown-up bar eats for cool cats

Erik Joyal and John Sinopoli, who’ve opened several restos together, are in charge of the food at the Broadview, a project of Streetcar Crowsnest, which put $26 million into a three-year reno of the old pile built in 1891 — now a boutique hotel with three restaurant/bar spaces. Bye bye Jilly’s strip club, hello hipsters. They’re calling it the Drake of the east end.