In addition to many restaurants run by locally based boldface chefs like Susur Lee and Lynn Crawford, Toronto can now boast of attracting a culinary icon from abroad. This summer, New York chef Scott Conant opens the first international outpost of his well-reviewed Scarpetta. Like Conant’s seasonally inspired menu—featuring his signature spaghetti plus new recipes utilizing fresh, local ingredients—the 150-seat Italian establishment melds old and new, as natural woods, bronze and leather accents, and hand-blown glass chandeliers simultaneously evoke rustic Tuscany and up-to-the-minute Milan. In all, it’s both a complementary space within the new Thompson Hotel, and a dynamic addition to Toronto’s dining scene. Call for hours and to reserve. 550 Wellington St. W., 416-640-7778.