Man­gia bene mid­town

Grano owner Roberto Martella’s amaz­ing con­tri­bu­tion to food and cul­ture in our city by Jon Sufrin

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In Novem­ber of last year, a siz­able cadre of Toronto’s most in­flu­en­tial peo­ple gath­ered at a sold-out din­ner to pay trib­ute to a mid­town leg­end. Held at Villa Colombo in North York, the event was at­tended by the likes of Rocco Rossi, Steve Paikin and Mayor John Tory, who tweeted that he was cel­e­brat­ing the guest of hon­our’s “many con­tri­bu­tions to din­ing and cul­ture in Toronto.”

Restau­ra­teurs typ­i­cally aren’t treated with such dis­tinc­tion, but the leg­end in ques­tion is re­lent­less bon vi­vant and front-of-house vir­tu­oso Roberto Martella, co-owner of Yonge and Eglin­ton’s long-stand­ing Ital­ian restau­rant Grano. The im­pres­sive show of sup­port was a concerted re­sponse to the stroke that al­most

Roberto Martella and wife Lu­cia Rug­giero-Martella

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