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Inside Market 63, downtown’s new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar

By Renée Suen| Photography by Renée Suen
Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
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Downtown dwellers have a new one-stop gourmet-grocery shop. Coppa’s Fresh Market has opened a multi-concept retail space on the second level of the Harbour Plaza complex at 1 York Street. The independent, family-owned grocer’s first downtown location offers a hot table with an extensive selection of prepared foods, a bakery, a gelato bar, a butcher (with a fridge full of dry-aged beef), a fish counter and a deli. Chef and MasterChef Canada host Claudio Aprile (Copetin, Origin, Colborne Lane) has also joined the team as Coppa’s executive chef in charge of the prepared foods kitchen. The on-site eatery, Nonna Francesca’s Ristorante, is run by executive chef Roberto Granata (Mela Café, Il Fornello) and serves familiar favourites like pizza and pasta, as well as some southern Italian dishes. Coming soon: online grocery orders for same day pick-up.

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
Designed to look like it’s located under a bridge, Market 63 is accessible from the street or the PATH via Union Station

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
Welcome

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
There’s fresh produce, of course

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
Quite a bit of it, actually

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
Stations of ready-to-eat stuff line the eastern entrance of the store

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
Like this hot bar

 

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Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
The hot bar also serves made-to-order sandwiches like veal or chicken parmesan, and Montreal smoked meat. $8.99.

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
Executive chef Roberto Granata shows off the eggplant parmesan, also available at the hot bar

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
Rotisserie chickens come in various flavours (barbecue, chipotle, piri-piri, Greek) and are available in regular or prime (raised without antibiotics)

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
There’s a serve-yourself salad bar, because vegetables

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
At the poutine bar, the standard version comes with cheese curds and gravy. $8.99.

 

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Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
There’s an extensive olive and antipasti bar

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
There’s also a sushi counter

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
The cheese section also stocks some cheese alternatives

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
Here’s the fish counter

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
And the butcher station

 

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Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
This fridge is full of dry-aged beef

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
Here’s a closer look

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
The bakery makes most of the products on-site

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
It offers an assortment of treats including pastries, cheesecakes, cream puffs, fruit tarts, zeppole, lobster tails (the dessert kind), cannoli and chocolate-covered strawberries

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
To help customers make quick decisions, Market 63 has adopted a colour-coded tag system that helps identify daily deals (orange), lactose-free products (blue), vegan products (green) and new products (red)

 

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Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
The store also sells a number of nut- and gluten-free products

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
Unsurprisingly, there’s a large selection of Italian pantry staples, including pasta, olive oil and balsamic vinegars that the brand imports from Italy under its own label

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
Coppa’s private-label Nonna Francesca goods include fresh pastas and sauces

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
It also includes snacks, like nuts and dried fruit

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
Coppacino Café serves coffee-based beverages

 

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Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
There are also grab-and-go foods for sale, as well as gourmet coffee beans

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
There’s a gelato parlour, too

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
The florist, bulk candy section and gift shop are down the hall in a separate unit

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
Here’s the entrance to Nonna Francesca’s Ristorante

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
And the dining room and bar

 

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Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
Burrata comes on an heirloom tomato and arugula salad dressed with pistachio pesto. It’s served with grilled bread. $18.

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
The Carpaccio di Salmone tops slices of fresh olive oil-marinated salmon with blood orange, fennel, capers, onions and root chips. $17.

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
The fluffy Ricotta Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina comes in a San Marzano tomato sauce with buffalo mozzarella and basil. $18.

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
For the Strozzapreti al Cinghiale, Granata makes a wild-boar ragu for the twisted pasta and tops it with parmesan. $24.

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
The light Roman-style Funghi pizza is topped with Asiago cheese, wild mushrooms, watercress and truffle oil. $19.

 

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Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
An example of the daily seafood special, seen here, features a fresh 1.5-pound branzino that’s been grilled with olive oil. $MP. (Guests can choose to add sides like rapini sautéed with garlic and chili. $7.)

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
Bistecca Alla Fiorentina is a 34-ounce dry-aged porterhouse steak, seasoned with rosemary, sea salt and olive oil. $110.

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
The Cannolo Siciliano Scomposto features freshly fried cannolo piped full of ricotta and chocolate cream. $12.

 

Inside Market 63, downtown's new 20,000-square-foot supermarket with its own restaurant and poutine bar
The Torta della Nonna fills a sweet pastry crust with vanilla custard and tops it with pine nuts and Chantilly cream. $12.

1 York St., 2nd level, 416-736-6606 (Market 63) or 416-258-6088 (Nonna Francesca’s), coppas.com/market63, @coppasfreshmarket

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