Top Chef’s Janet Zuc­carini is open­ing a spot in Cork­town

Plus a mid­town gym you’ll want to go to; a Miche­lin-starred chef hits the An­nex

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big opens

Chef David Lee’s new PLANTA

QUEEN (180 Queen St. W.) opens up in his for­mer Nota Bene spot in late March, promis­ing plant­based 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 got a cute new Viet­namese grill with the fam­i­lyrun TARA VIET­NAMESE GRILL (87 Green Ln., Unit 4.). Get ready for house-made banh mi and creamy satay soup. Now you can go to the gym with­out break­ing a sweat. THE GYM (782 St. Clair Ave. W.) is a new sports pub in mid­town, tak­ing over the for­mer space of the Pipers Pub. “Honey, I’m go­ing to the gym!” you’ll say. And you’ll mean it.

foodie finds

We spy a new busi­ness com­ing to the for­mer lo­ca­tion of our dearly de­parted Black Hoof. BAR

VENDETTA (923 Dun­das St. W) prom­ises wine and pasta. Some­times in­flu­encers can in­flu­ence for the greater good: Af­ter ac­cept­ing a chal­lenge by Instagram star and Cana­dian model Joel Hansen, FRANK’S PIZZA HOUSE (1352 St. Clair Ave. W.) cre­ated the big­gest pizza in Canada. Com­ing in at 26 pounds (416 ounces –– cheeky!), their 416 Pizza is now avail­able for spe­cial or­ders for any­one with $130, a big party and a fam­ily-sized stash of lac­tose pills. Save your­self the air­fare and en­joy all the flavours of Italy at this year’s

GIRO D’ITALIA fes­ti­val, which will see restau­rants across the city pay homage to spe­cific re­gions of this pow­er­house of a coun­try by serv­ing spe­cial prix fix din­ing menus from April 4 to 14. Restau­rants in­clude Uf­fi­cio, L’Unità, Parcheg­gio and 17 oth­ers. Toronto-bred chef Amanda Co­hen, of New York’s award-win­ning Dirt Candy, will be tak­ing over the kitchen at Uf­fi­cio on May 6, sling­ing a spe­cial Ghana­ian brunch as part of the 2019

TER­ROIR SYM­PO­SIUM. She’ll be cook­ing with Se­lassie Atadika, of Trio Toque in Sene­gal, and Olivia Simp­son, who has worked in some of the finest kitchens in Toronto and New York.

com­ing soon

Top Chef judge and owner of Yorkville’s Trat­to­ria Ner­vosa and LA’s hugely pop­u­lar Felix Trat­to­ria, Janet Zuc­carini has set her sights on Cork­town for her next big pro­ject. GUSTO 501 (King St. E.) is set to open in the fall. The 8,000-square-foot restau­rant is be­ing built by the ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign firm Par­ti­sans (Chubby’s Ja­maican Kitchen, Bar Raval) and prom­ises a more veg­gie-for­ward, in­clu­sive take on modern Ital­ian. Sushi mas­ter Masaki Saito is leav­ing New York, where he earned two Miche­lin stars for his restau­rant Sushi Ginza On­odera, and will be open­ing a new epony­mous restau­rant in Toronto. MASAKI

SAITO (88 Av­enue Rd.) will spe­cial­ize in the new Edo­mae-style sushi he’s fa­mous for. The ink on the lease isn’t even dry from By­b­los Up­town, but Charles

Khabouth’s com­pany Iconink is at it again. SHOOK IS­RAELI

KITCHEN (77 Portland St.), a veg­e­tar­ian restau­rant in­spired by the open air mar­kets of Is­rael, is slated to open in May. Housed in the his­toric 124-yearold C. H. Good­er­ham House, O&B’s new MAI­SON SELBY (592 Sherbourne St.) prom­ises early-to­late food ser­vice in a home­like set­ting –– that is, if your home were a stately Vic­to­rian man­sion with an end­less sup­ply of caviar for daily high tea. If not, this mai­son will be open early April. As­cari Enoteca, the in­ti­mate, lit­tle neigh­bour­hood Ital­ian restau­rant in Les­lieville, is ex­pand­ing west­ward with the new 120-seat

AS­CARI (620 King St.), open this spring. Suzanne Barr’s (Kid Choco­late and Satur­day Dinette) buzzy Queen East brew­pub is al­most upon us. THE AVLING (1042 Queen St. E.) will pair Barr’s sig­na­ture com­fort dishes with sea­sonal brews.

sad to see you go

Chef Doug Pen­fold’s beloved mid­town Moroc­can restau­rant

AT­LAS (18 Dupont St.) served its last meal on March 16 af­ter two years in busi­ness.

OMAW (88 Ossington Ave.), the hip south­ern Amer­i­can joint by Matt Blondin and the Food Dudes, closed qui­etly in late Jan­uary. Thank­fully Sara and Rasa are still around to of­fer their shoul­ders to cry on. The lease ended on COPETIN (107 King St. E.), Clau­dio Aprile’s am­bi­tious modern Cana­dian restau­rant, in De­cem­ber. It was re­cently an­nounced that tak­ing over the lo­ca­tion will be Score, a Van­cou­ver­based sports bar known for its gi­ant cae­sar cock­tails. But Aprile al­ways lands on his feet: he’s hinted that there’s a col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Lib­erty Group in the works on King West.

Clock­wise from left: Dumplings from Planta Queen; a Giro d’Italia spread; Tara Viet­namese Grill’s beef flank fully loaded bowl

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