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Toronto Restaurant Openings: Mr. Ciao, Rasa Bar, Mata Petisco Bar, The Rolling Pin, La Vizziata, Crepe & Co

Posted by Liora Ipsum / June 19, 2014

restaurant openings torontoToronto Restaurant Openings highlights the latest restaurant openings and closings in Toronto and also gives a preview of what's coming soon. Find us here every Thursday morning.


  • Mr. Ciao, a new restaurant devoted to Italian street food, is now open at 598 Gerrard St. East in Chinatown East. On the menu expect antipasti, pastas and pizza fritta.
  • Rasa Bar, the first brick-and-mortar restaurant from The Food Dudes, is finally open in Harbord Village, offering a menu that ranges from kalbi-stuffed cabbage rolls to beef tartare cradled in bone marrow.
  • Mata Petisco Bar is now open in Keriwa's old Parkdale digs at 1690 Queen St. West. The menu will focus on shareable and snack-centric Latin fare.
  • The Rolling Pin, formerly known as J'Adore Cakes Co., has rebranded and relocated from The Danforth to a bigger location at 3429 Yonge St. between York Mills and Lawrence.
  • Stuffed arepas and ice cream sandwiches are a fixture on the menu at Cookie Martinez's new cargo container kitchen, part of Market 707 at Dundas and Bathurst.
  • Union Jack Pub & Eatery has quietly replaced Porteree Pub at 583 College St. in Little Italy. The seamless facebook takeover suggest management is still the same.
  • House/Maison has taken over Sugo Trattoria and The Vic Public House at 580 and 582 Church, and is now a French restaurant and adjacent cafe.
  • La Vizziata, a new gelateria and dessert bar, opened last week in the Junction at 2986 Dundas St. West.
  • New euro-cafe Crepe & Co. is open for business at 1167 Queen St. West, across from The Drake Hotel.



  • Cafe Plenty is opening a satellite location this July at 1 King West, where Petit Thuet recently vacated.
  • The Tempered Room, a patisserie from chef Bertrand Alépée, is soon to open in place of Brown Sugar Bakery at 1374 Queen St. West. [The Grid]


  • As previously reported, Estrella, the North York taqueria, is presumed deadpool - signs of life have been scarce in recent weeks.
  • Swirl Wine Bar (946 1/2 Queen St E.) has posted a farewell message on its website. After five years in business, the bar's last service will be Friday, June 27.

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Photo via The Rolling Pin on Facebook



Denise / June 19, 2014 at 09:43 am
I need to know where the donuts from the above image are from!
ANTHONY / June 19, 2014 at 09:55 am
Me too, they look amazing
Jax / June 19, 2014 at 09:59 am

all caps cuz that picture excites me.
cathie / June 19, 2014 at 10:09 am
The doughnuts are from The Rolling Pin. Check out her website and the same picture is on their Facebook page.
ohboy / June 19, 2014 at 10:25 am
Looking forward to Mr Ciao.

If its anything as enjoyable as AAA is, then it will be a great addition.

Also love the play on the name, due to its Italian menu, yet Chinatown location. Nicely done.
foodie / June 19, 2014 at 11:22 am
Those doughnuts dont look bad. Nothing compared to Glory Hole Doughnuts in Parkdale. They are hands down BEST in the city, nothing can ever come close. I strongly suggest you try them
Vanessa replying to a comment from Denise / June 20, 2014 at 12:22 pm

They are from The Rolling Pin! We are located on 3429 Yonge Street! We are between York Mills and Lawerence Not only do we have gourmet donuts BUT we have killer homemade pies!
Anto / June 20, 2014 at 12:25 pm
As long as they are fresh and not hard as a rock.... Guess When I went they were old. I prefer The Rolling Pin donuts, It's just my opinion... They are soft and they have more choices!
Anto replying to a comment from foodie / June 20, 2014 at 12:26 pm
As long as they are fresh and not hard as a rock.... Guess When I went they were old. I prefer The Rolling Pin donuts, It's just my opinion... They are soft and they have more choices!
Otis Nixon / June 21, 2014 at 02:58 pm
Not gonna lie...

The Rolling Pin's donuts blew the Glory Hole out of the water! (Pardon the pun...)

It is a must try this summer! I believe the owner was a contestant on Donut Showdown (Food Network). So comparing Glory Hole vs. The Rolling Pin literally makes no sense, as The Rolling Pin offers a $10,000 winning donut.

I'm not saying, but I'm saying... Get real people! lol

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