An award-winning Italian restaurant gets a permanent location in Toronto, and you can feast on pasta while taking in stunning views of the city.
Don Alfonso 1890 has just revealed it will open in what was once the Toula space at the Westin Harbor Castle. The restaurant does not yet have an official launch date, but plans to welcome customers as early as the end of June.
This will be Don Alfonso’s first permanent location in the city, as it previously functioned as a pop-up in the Casa Loma conservatory. The venue was named the best place in the world for Italian food outside of Italy by 50 Top Italy this year, and also received the 2022 Meal of the Year award for its multi-course tasting menu.
Located on the 38th floor, the new space at the Westin Harbor Castle will add a whole new experience to your meal, as it offers panoramic views of the city and Lake Ontario.
“The space itself will have a 360-degree view of Toronto,” Nick Di Donato, president and CEO of Liberty Entertainment Group, told Narcity. “We were looking for the right person for Don Alfonso for a permanent location. We are very lucky to have found a spectacular location.”
The new restaurant will have an “incredible” design, including furniture and banquettes created specifically for the panoramic space. It will also feature works by artists such as Damien Hirst.
“We believe art is one of those things that inspires people and really elevates the restaurant experience,” Di Donato said.
As for the menu, you can expect the same Italian cuisine featured at the pop-up. “We will continue to do our award-winning tasting menu, and obviously we have a la carte, and we will change the menu on a seasonal basis,” says Di Donato. “But we’ll start with our award-winning tasting menu which was named the world’s best dinner in 2021.”
“We will continue to ensure that the excellence of the dining experience in Toronto […]we just added a brand new feature which is a world class experience in terms of the place itself.”
Reservations for the restaurant can be made online and seats are already filling up. You can expect to enjoy an Italian meal with spectacular city views at this upcoming spot.
Don Alfonso 1890
Address: 1 Harbor Square, 38th Floor, Toronto, ON
Why you need to go: This award-winning Italian restaurant gets a permanent Toronto location with panoramic city and lake views.
This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.