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We love food. we love wine. we love racing.

INFUSED WITH HIS FAMOUS FATHER’S RACING TALENT, ALBERTO ASCARI WAS ONE OF ITALY’S GREATEST RACE CAR DRIVERS. HE HAD UNPRECEDENTED INTUITION BEHIND THE WHEEL, LEADING HIM TO BE THE FIRST DRIVER TO WIN THE FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BACK TO BACK IN ‘52 AND ’53. WHILE HIS JOY AND TALENT FOR RACING REIGNED, SO DID HIS CELEBRATED LOVE OF FOOD AND WINE

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About

“We’ve been fortunate to have developed strong and lasting relationships with so many of our guests, both from the immediate neighbourhood and further afield,” says Joyal. “It’s one of the things John and I are most proud of.

There’s an honest, familial quality to the Ascari experience that’s felt by both guests and employees. We look forward to bringing that same sensibility to our new location on King Street West.

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Erik Joyal

In 2001, after a 4-year stint in the UK working for a small sports/racing car manufacturer, Erik attended New York University, where he enrolled in the Masters program for Food and Hospitality Management. During his two years studying in New York, he also worked on a number of restaurant-related projects, developing new marketing strategies for a post-9/11 marketplace. In 2003, Erik returned to Toronto and began developing a concept and raising funds for what would become Izakaya.

Shortly thereafter, he teamed up with John Sinopoli and, in the spring of 2005, together they opened their modern Japanese pub, one of the first of its kind in Toronto. 2008 saw the opening of Table 17, with John heading up the kitchen and Erik running the day-to-day business operations.

Three years later, inspired by the continuing evolution of Toronto’s east end, and Italian food and wine, Ascari Enoteca was brought to life in December 2011. In 2013, Erik and John partnered with a long-time member of the Izakaya/Table 17 fraternity to open Hi-Lo Bar, just a few steps away from Table 17.

Throughout, they have continued to grow a comprehensive catering operation for both corporate lunch clients and intimate, highly refined evening events and dinners. In 2015, Erik drove the force behind the team developing the food and beverage program for The Broadview Hotel, which includes 58 guest rooms, a 90-seat casual fine-dining restaurant, a lobby cafe & bar, an expansive rooftop experience, and a 4000-sq.-ft. wedding and event venue.

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John Sinopoli

After completing an honours degree at McGill and a year of travels in Japan, John attended the French Culinary Institute in NYC and went on to work at the venerable La Caravelle. He then moved on to Craft, Tom Colicchio's flagship, where over the course of almost two years John learned the successful business practices and incessant demand for high quality that won the restaurant the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in the United States. Upon John’s return to Toronto, he joined the team at the acclaimed Splendido where, under Chef/Owner David Lee, he helped to develop sophisticated tasting menus and was proud to be a part of one of Toronto’s best kitchens. In 2005, John was presented with the opportunity to open Izakaya with owner and partner Erik Joyal. At Izakaya, John and his team developed a style of Japanese food that spoke to his experience in Japan as well a demand for quality products and precise execution.

June of 2008 saw a shift back to John’s and Erik’s European roots with the opening of Table 17. John led the kitchen at Table 17 in creating an ingredient-driven menu where the influences of European tradition and modern American sensibility were readily apparent.

In 2011, John and Erik opened Ascari Enoteca, an Italian wine and pasta bar where there is a focus on “off the beaten path” wines as well as Italian classics. Handmade pasta and inventive shared dishes rule the menu. This was closely followed by the birth of Hi-Lo Bar, a fun neighbourhood rock-and-roll bar featuring great beers, cocktails and snacks, and good times.

In 2015, Sinopoli and Joyal developed the food and beverage program for the Broadview Hotel for a number of years, as well as assisted with design and facility planning for the project. This 58-room boutique hotel will is home to 3 different food venues, as well as a 4000-sq.-ft. event venue.

 

Ascari Hospitality Group

 
1190 Dundas Street East

1190 Dundas Street East

Gare de l’est brasserie

We are an authentic, modern French brasserie that celebrates the Parisian dining experience in the heart of Toronto's vibrant east end, and direct neighbours to Crow's Theatre. We are open 7 days a week including a cafe that offers full coffee service. Our dining room is open from 5:00pm to close and includes reservable Chef's Bar seating (select "counter" seating on Opentable). We are open for Brunch and Dinner. - @gdlbrasserie.com

753 Queen Street East

753 Queen Street East

Hi-Lo Bar

Located in the heart of Riverside. We serve Craft brews, snacks & cheeses served in homey digs decorated with rock posters & pinball machines. Open 7 nights a week with good music, great beers, and even better times. - @hilotoronto

Location

King west

620 King Street West
Toronto, ON
M5V 1M5

info@ascari.ca
416-366-3673
@ascari.kingstreet

Hours

Monday 11:30a-2:30p / 5:00p–10:00p
Tuesday 11:30a-2:30p / 5:00p–10:00p
Wednesday 11:30a-2:30p / 5:00p–10:00p
Thursday 11:30a-2:30p / 5:00p–11:00p
Friday 11:30a-2:30p / 5:00p–11:00p
Saturday 10:30a-3:30p / 5:00p–11:00p
Sunday 10:30a-3:30p / 5:00p–10:00p

 

contact us

PAYMENTS: we accept all forms of payment
FOR GROUPS OF 8 OR MORE: please call the restaurant or send us an email to make a reservation
PLEASE NOTE: tables booked before 9PM may have dining time restrictions

Dove regna il vino non regna il silenzio

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