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Jamie’s Italian Boasts Rustic Fare for the Whole Family

CELEBRITY CHEF JAMIE OLIVER’S ITALIAN-FOR-ALL CONCEPT RESTAURANT HAS OPENED IN NORTH TORONTO

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It was about four years ago when one of Britain’s most famous chefs tweeted his admiration for Toronto’s Buca restaurant. “My favourite meal of the year,” wrote Jamie Oliver, he of the myriad television shows, cookbooks and chain of 60-plus restaurants. So it came as little surprise when in the summer of 2014 Oliver announced that his brand would be coming to Canada, courtesy of the King Street Food Company, Buca’s owners. Eighteen months later, Jamie’s Italian is now open at the ever-busy Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Combining the erstwhile naked chef’s well-documented love of regional Italian cuisine with his advocacy for healthy, honestly sourced ingredients, the restaurant boasts an approachable—and relatively affordable—menu designed for the whole family. House-made pastas and pizzas are naturally a big draw, but don’t sleep on the rustic mains either: they range from simple pork and fennel sausage to prosciutto- and cheese-stuffed turkey to pan-fried whole fish. Budding foodies, too, are assured more than standard fare, with meals that balance meats, vegetables and grains to please pint-sized appetites and provide their parents peace of mind.  —Craig Moy

• Jamie’s Italian, Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 416-238-7450; jamieoliver.com
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