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This Week in Food: Buonanotte, Forno Cultura, Ben and Izzy's Deli, Food Fight Trivia Night

This Week in Food rounds up the week's food news, restaurants openings and closings, chef movements and upcoming food events in Toronto. Find us here every Friday morning.


  • Nu Bügel hopes to open its doors this weekend at 240 Augusta Ave., bringing wood-fired Montreal-style bagels to Kensington Market.
  • Buonanotte just opened at 19 Mercer Street, the former home of Guy Rubino's Ame. This will be the second location for this 20-year old Montreal restaurant known for serving up decadent plates of Italian cuisine.
  • There's a new Italian bakery named Forno Cultura slated to open beneath WVRST, and it's brought to you by Andrea Mastrandrea, who provides Alimento with its delicious bakery items.
  • Ben & Izzy's Deli is soon to open 3513 Bathurst (south of the 401) next to What a Bagel. The kosher deli has already made promises of kosher house-smoked meat, pickled tounge and corned beef on rye.


  • Belmonte Raw (1022 Queen Street East) hosts a Raw Italian workshop tonight, Friday, January 18th, at 6:30pm. Tickets are $125 for this guided classes that heads into the kitchen to focus on Italian staples like pastas, soups, and cheese, made with raw ingredients.
  • Death Row Meals presents An Evening of Molecular Cuisine tonight--Friday, January 18th--at 7 o'clock. This demonstration will showcase avant-garde techniques and innovative tasting creations from Chef John Placko (Culinary Director of Modern Culinary Academy). Tickets are $70 and extremely limited.
  • The Rusholme Park Supper Club and José Arato (Pimentón) host a Paella Night at The Depanneur (1033 College Street) on Sunday, January 20th. Reserve a seat now for $40 and enjoy this quintessential Spanish rice dish served with Escalivada (grilled salad) to start and Crema Catalana for dessert.
  • Cheesewerks (56 Bathurst Street) presents its popular Food Fight Trivia Night on Tuesday, January 22nd. Preregister your team to compete in teams of 4-6 for a a cash prize and swag. The entry fee is only $2.
  • Local Kitchen and Wine Bar, in collaboration with George Brown Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts, hosts a dinner series inspired by studies abroad in Italy. On special will be 3 courses for $35 (+$25 with wine pairings) from January 24 to February 2nd.
  • Dishcrawl is booking space now for a King West crawl featuring Tapas & 'Tinis. Four locations will offer up small plates and sample sized martinis on Tuesday, February 6th.


  • North of Brooklyn pizzeria now does bike delivery.
  • Black Oak Brewing is set to release a seasonal line-up of beers and for the first time they'll be available at the LCBO. Starting in April, large format, 650 ml bomber bottles of Black Oak 10 Bitter Years Imperial IPA will be released in select LCBO stores.
  • DuWest's The Federal (1438 Dundas Street West) is now licensed for drinks and open for dinner in the evenings.
  • Rumour has it that The Black Hoof is bringing back brunch -- this time at Raw Bar (926 Dundas Street West). Note: This has been confirmed on the Hoof's Twitter page.
  • Midfield Wine Bar & Tavern (1434 Dundas Street West) has launched a tapas-style menu featuring small plates of braised beef tongue and tortilla Espanola.

Photo courtesy of Belmonte Raw

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