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Montecito Gives Toronto Diners a Seat in the Spotlight

(photos: Steve Krug)

(photos: Steve Krug)

The Entertainment District—home, of course, to the Toronto International Film Festival—has gained even more celebrity cachet with the recent opening of Montecito, the brainchild of Toronto-born filmmaker Ivan Reitman and revered chef Jonathan Waxman, one of the pioneers of California cuisine. That cooking style’s elegant simplicity is the basis for the 280-seat restaurant’s daily menu (So-Cal is also cited in the decor, too, including two large screens that display the view from Reitman’s Montecito home), but farm-fresh Canadian ingredients are the stars of the show. Anticipate such spotlight-worthy dishes as New York strip steak with roasted beets, speckled trout with yellow beans and sauce gribiche, and Waxman’s signature roast chicken with salsa verde. And don’t forget to indulge in the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man baked Alaska—an ode to Reitman’s Ghostbusters—before the curtain falls on your feast.  —Craig Moy

• Montecito, 299 Adelaide St. W., 416-599-0299; montecitorestaurant.ca
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