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Scarpetta - now open at Thomson Hotel

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ylsf Jul 24, 2010 03:48 PM

Just read on Blogto an interview with chef Scott Conant. According the article the restaurant opened on Friday. I imagine it might have been a pretty exclusive opening but I am hoping some CHers will report back soon!

Here is the interview if anyone is interested (pretty boring questions in my opinion):

http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2010/07/will_scarpetta_toronto_live_up_to_the_hype/

I can't find a website yet for the restaurant but it is located on Bathurst south of King.

EDIT: Hmm, while I was looking more for a website I saw this write up on Toronto Life and in the comments someone mentioned they had a reservation for tonight but it was cancelled because they weren't ready yet.

http://www.torontolife.com/daily/dail...

Anyway, should be open very soon

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    ggom1 Jul 24, 2010 03:55 PM

    Yeah I tried going last night but no luck lol. The restaurant doors were closed, lights were up and two girls looked liked they were doing some sort of work to the wall.

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      dmartins123 Jul 24, 2010 09:44 PM

      I had a reservation set for tonight at 8 however I canceled it. I don't feel like handing a new place $300 for 2 people until its been proven...

      We ended up going to Sidecar and had a great meal. The $18 steak-frites is a great deal...although the meat was a tad under seasoned but cooked perfectly.

    2. jlunar Jul 25, 2010 08:20 AM

      Website for Scarpetta: http://www.thompsonhotels.com/hotels/toronto/thompson-toronto/eat/scarpetta

      To add to the news-bits:
      http://jameschatto.com/2010/07/scarpe...

      Soon!

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        EarlyDrive Jul 26, 2010 05:52 PM

        I went in this evening and was told that the restaurant wouldn't be open until Wednesday. Clearly it was open because there were people sitting at tables and a maitre d' telling people such as me that it wasn't open. I sort of questioned what she meant, but she just said it wasn't open until Wednesday. Looked nice.

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          gregclow Jul 27, 2010 06:40 AM

          It was likely a private event or test run of some sort. Given the issues they've been having getting the place open, they probably want to work out any remaining kinks before a full-scale public opening.

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            EarlyDrive Jul 27, 2010 10:13 AM

            For sure that's what it was.

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              downtownfoodie Jul 28, 2010 10:42 AM

              I live across the street and walk my pup past the window every day. Most of the time when it's full, half the diners are wearing waiter/kitchen outfits so I assume they are doing tastings/training etc. Can't wait to try it though.

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        cuoco Jul 28, 2010 04:16 PM

        Scarpetta will be opening on Friday, July 30th if all goes to plan.

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          EarlyDrive Jul 28, 2010 05:29 PM

          Dunno....I went tonite around 8 and the woman at the door told me they are aiming for Monday.

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            jlunar Jul 28, 2010 06:50 PM

            I assume their launch-date is a moving target at this point... No point in them opening on a set-date if they're not ready.

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              ggom1 Jul 28, 2010 08:00 PM

              Scarpetta: opening eventually

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                downtownfoodie Jul 29, 2010 10:09 AM

                ...maybe :)

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              pinstripeprincess Jul 29, 2010 02:22 PM

              i'm pretty sure their opening is dependent on their liquor license. i can't imagine having had an opening party over a week ago and still working on issues with food/staff/service.

          2. TrishUntrapped Jul 29, 2010 12:44 PM

            I am a big fan of Scarpetta in New York (as you can tell by my CH profile). I hope the food is as good as that one. Enjoy, Toronto!

            1. Food Tourist Jul 30, 2010 07:56 PM

              ylsf, any news on The Counter or Scarpetta today? Wanted a reservation for Saturday but opted for Beast instead (and Hoof Cafe for brunch).

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                cuoco Jul 30, 2010 07:56 PM

                It opened today, like I said.

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