Last weekend people started to happily return to Toronto patios as Covid numbers continue to fall, hospitals close their Covid wards and more people get their second vaccine doses. Throughout the lockdown, the Paradise Theatre has been of course closed, but there were always comforting messages of hope on the iconic marquee. Seeing this message yesterday was truly the most hopeful of all that we are emerging from the darkness of lockdown.
Yes the Rialto is back. Osteria Rialto is an Italian restaurant located inside the beautiful lobby of the Paradise Theatre, a 1937 Art Deco heritage venue that reopened in 2019 after being abandoned for 13 years. Rialto has been offering a takeout menu as well as a wine and bottle shop throughout the pandemic, but it’s wonderful to see in-person dining return. The restaurant’s Executive Chef Basilio Pesce and his team offer a delicious menu inspired by his family’s Southern Italian heritage. It’s located at 1006 Bloor St W. Rosie 🙂