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Toronto Pearson Welcomes New Restaurants from Top Toronto Chefs and Sommeliers [SPONSORED]


Ever booked a layover at a particular airport just because of the food? Toronto Pearson is going to be that airport! The hub is utterly changing the way people eat when they travel by teaming up with some of Toronto’s best chefs and sommeliers to create dining experiences travellers will cherish. The new food and drink program at Terminals 1 and 3 will make YYZ a dining destination in itself, with new restaurants from such culinary superstars as Guy Rubino (Rain, Strada 241), Massimo Capra (Mistura, Sopra) and Mark McEwan (One, Bymark).

The next two years will bring even more exciting dining options to Pearson. The upcoming additions, opening in partnership with global restaurateur HMSHost, include a French-Asian bistro from celebrity chef Susur Lee (Lee, Bent), a market-inspired restaurant from Food Network star Lynn Crawford (Ruby Watchco), a global comfort food eatery from television host and cookbook author Roger Mooking, and a pair of delis from restaurateur Zane Caplansky (Caplansky’s).

“The airport gives the traveller a deep expression as to what to expect when dining in that city,” says Rubino, the former host of Food Network Canada’s Made to Order. “This is why I am excited to be a part of the exposition of Toronto Pearson airport and the city’s culinary talent.”

Here, we present a list of all the innovative and unforgettable new restaurants, wine bars and cafés travellers can expect at Toronto Pearson:

Acer (Terminal 3): Chef Guy Rubino, whose Japanese fare wowed Toronto at his restaurants Ame and Rain, presents a menu straight from the land of the rising sun, focused on tantalizing fresh ingredients and traditional technique.

Apropos (Terminal 1): Two cocktail bars with vibrant environments offer light meals, beer and cocktails. Brewer Brock Shepherd, master sommelier John Szabo, and chef Michael Coury put together a wonderfully casual food and drinks list that’s perfect for a pre-flight taste and tipple.

Boccone Trattoria Veloce and Boccone Pronto (Terminal 1): Massimo Capra, Toronto’s favourite mustachioed chef from Mistura Restaurant, is bringing his authentic take on modern Italian cuisine to two spots at Pearson. Boccone Tratoria Veloce is a full-service eatery with extensive menus and wine lists inspired by the home country, while its sister spot, Boccone Pronto, will serve quick panini and snacks for Italian food lovers on the run.

Corso (Terminal 3): A traditional trattoria featuring the rustic fare that Torontonians queue for at chef Rocco Agostino’s legendary Pizzeria Libretto. At Corso, you’ll find Agonstino’s signature take on fresh pastas, pizzas, salads and antipasti.

Cibo Express® Gourmet Markets (Terminal 1): These food shops offer freshly prepared foods and bottled drinks that introduce travellers to stunning local products by Toronto culinary artisans.

Fetta Panini Bar (Terminal 1): The flavour-bursting menu of panini, salads and small plates was developed by celebrity chef Mark McEwan, whose famously deft skill with sharing plates is perfect for couples or groups travelling together.

Heirloom Bakery Café (Terminals 1 & 3): For the traveller in search of lighter fare, famed baker Devin Connell applies her incredible skills to Heirloom’s soups, sandwiches, baked goods and salads (including a “Detox Salad” that shouldn’t be missed).

Marathi (Terminal 1): Serving Indian “street food” at its finest, Marathi features dishes from Toronto chef Hemant Bhagwani. Hearty Indian-inspired breakfast items, sweets and beverages are also on offer.

Nobel Burger Bar (Terminal 3): Famed burger master Mark McEwan created the list of high-end burgers at this restaurant, which includes everything from classics to wildly innovative stacks of toppings.

Vinifera (Terminals 1 & 3): These two wine bars were created in concert with master Toronto sommelier John Szabo and chef Michael Coury. For food, there are small plates, salads and panini made with the freshest Ontario ingredients. And to drink, there is a flawlessly curated 85-bottle wine list with selections from Canada and beyond.

Holiday travellers will be pleased to discover that all but two (Acer and one location of Vinifera) of these amazing restaurant ventures are already open, so keep an eye out for them to ensure a delightful trip to, from or through Toronto Pearson!

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