Bar Buca, Toronto

Bar Buca was designed after many research trips to Italy by Buca Executive Chef Rob Gentile and his team, in an attempt to discover the foods that are served, not in the touristy joints, but to Italians themselves in casual eateries, those special places that speak to both the heritage and...

backhouse, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

No matter where he’s been, Chef Ryan Crawford has celebrated Food Day Canada every year since its inception; once to the point of nearly getting arrested for doing a pop up restaurant at midnight on the main street of Niagara-on-the-lake. Five years ago he and his team took over the location...

BUCA Yorkville, Toronto

BUCA Yorkville is the sister restaurant to BUCA, the osteria that has defined Italian dining in Toronto by sourcing Canadian ingredients and creating stunningly imaginative menus. But the Yorkville location has a mind of its own.  It’s very-open-kitchen is downright inspiring as the team of...

Buca Osteria & Enoteca, Toronto

In spite of the restaurant’s Italian name and it’s food voice the speaks full blown Italian, Chef Rob Gentile cooks more “Canadian” than most chefs in the nation. In fact, Buca is one of the finest examples anywhere in Canada of how our restaurants have evolved. He, his...

Restaurant at Redstone, Niagara

In his quest to explore terroir, Moray Tawse leaves no stone unturned. First came his namesake winery in Vineland. For his second major project he went further afield to found Marchand-Tawse and Domaine Tawse in Burgundy. And now, back on home turf, he has created Redstone Winery, in Beamsville,...

Harmony Lunch, Waterloo, Ontario

“It cost us A LOT just to make this place look like we’d left if alone.” Nick Benninger sat with me at the Arborite counter on the original Naugahyde-topped bar stools watching the cooks sauté heaps of the Harmony Lunch’s signature fried onions to go atop the seared...

Proof Restaurant, Waterloo, Ontario

Executive Chef Jeritt Raney was born in the small town of Tobermory, Ontario at the top of the Bruce Peninsula where he worked with his father at the family fishing business. But like most small town kids, staying really wasn’t an option. Both Jeritt and Proof’s General Manager, Laura...

Marbles, Waterloo, Ontario

Marbles has been part of the Waterloo uptown shopping area for decades. The building now nearly 150 years old was originally built as a livery stable for the Alexander House, a hotel that once stood on the corner of King and William. The hotel was built in the mid 1870s by David Kuntz, the owner...

Scozia @ The Breadalbane, Fergus, Ontario

The Breadalbane Inn has been a fixture in the food life of Wellington County for decades. The food is what owner Peter Egger (at left), has dreamed of…interesting and delicious.  The country-style dining room has recently given way to Scozia, (Pronounced “Scot-zia”) is Italian for Scotland....

Nota Bene, Toronto

Chef David Lee has been on the forefront of culinary creativity in Toronto for years!   He has garnered copious praise for his amazing cuisine.  When it opened it was quickly named Canada’s Best New Restaurant by Toronto Life, and voted as one of Canada’s top ten new restaurants by...