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TIFF ’08 Programme

DINE
MANGIA! Twirl a forkful of spaghetti carbonara while discussing the latest film screening at Trattoria Sotto Sotto. Reservations are highly recommended at this romantic hideaway, which has satisfied the famous tastebuds of Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Natalie Portman. Dinner daily. 116 Avenue Rd., 416-962-0011.

DINING DELIGHT A perfect combination of posh and playful makes Ultra Supper Club the place for both a fine dining experience and a celebratory party. For lighter fare, check out the casual grill on the rooftop patio where hipsters enjoy a spectacular view of the city below. Dinner Monday to Saturday. 314 Queen St. W., 416-263-0330.

CLASSIC ITALIAN FARE Chef Felice Vacca at is no stranger to celebrity. His upscale Italian restaurant, Vaticano Trattoria, is famous for catering to the stars, making it the classic go-to restaurant during the film festival. The authentic Italian food—like the pappardelle alla Vaticanus and the antipasto with grilled tiger shrimp, fried calamari, mushrooms, artichoke heart and caprese salad—isn’t bad either. Lunch and dinner daily. 25 Bellair St., 416-924-4967.

TOP TOQUE Celebrated restaurateur and chef Mark McEwan has a knack for opening hot spots. His latest creation, One, is located in the heart of Yorkville where even the toughest of crowds are appeased. Minimalist decor and a tasty menu of such mains as duck and ricotta ravioli or grilled quail draw in the crowds. Lunch and dinner daily. Hazelton Hotel, 116 Yorkville Ave., 416-961-9600.

FAMED HOT SPOT Sassafraz has been known as the celebrity destination for many years. In 2007, a renovation and facelift featuring a 20-foot-tall indoor vertical garden, a new rooftop patio and a revamped menu with a fusion of Canadian and French cuisine has returned this yellow-facade resto to its former glory following a fire. Nibble on Canadian beef tenderloin or grilled red curry halibut between screenings. Lunch and dinner daily, weekend brunch. 100 Cumberland St., 416-964-2222.

DRINK
ARTSY HUB Scenesters flock in droves to The Drake Hotel, a cultural playground for artists, musicians and other creative connoisseurs. Take your pick of prime places—the rooftop patio, the lounge, the restaurant or the live music venue—to rub shoulders with visiting celebs or the next big thing. Open daily. 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042.

GLAM HANG OUT At C Lounge you can not only party like a celeb but look like one, too, thanks to the complimentary hair and makeup services for women. This sexy and alluring setting of cascading waterfalls and an outdoor pool is irresistible to fashionable partiers all year long. Monday, Thursday to Saturday. 456 Wellington St. W., 416-260-9393.

BACK TO THE FUTURE If you retreat to the Roof Lounge for a post-screening drink, you’ll find yourself ensconced in old-world glamour at this cozy, 18th-floor retreat. Refined decor, a panoramic view of the skyline and a signature martini from the bar makes the night as memorable as the movie. Open nightly. Park Hyatt Hotel, 4 Avenue Rd., 416-324-1568.

ROOM SERVICE The name, Lobby, is justly inspired by sleek boutique-hotel lobbies. A world of marble, leather club chairs and long banquettes awaits at this exclusive bar and lounge favoured by visiting glitterati such as Sofia Coppola, Scarlett Johansson, Kevin Spacey and Seal—not that we’re name dropping. Tuesday to Saturday. 192 Bloor St. W., 416-929-7169.

ELEGANT EPICENTRE An elegant retreat in tony Yorkville, Avenue Bar and Lounge is a natural hot spot for visiting celebs. The onyx bar, marble flooring and candlelit environs lend to the sophisticated atmosphere of this posh sipping spot for martinis and people watching. Lunch and dinner daily, late night Monday to Saturday. Four Seasons Hotel, 21 Avenue Rd., 416-928-7332.

SEE
BEHIND THE VELVET ROPE Grab your camera and your autograph book and join the queue of photographers and fans alike at Roy Thompson Hall (60 Simcoe St., 416-872-4255) and the Elgin Theatre (189 Yonge St., 416-872-5555). Hollywood’s A-listers walk the red carpets of these two venues, home to gala screenings during the film festival.

PAMPER YOURSELF Getting red-carpet ready is, well, a day at the spa at the Windsor Arms Hotel & Spa. Located on two floors, this luxurious oasis offers a full menu of treatments—from manicures and pedicures to an aromatherapy facial—to help everyone look their best. Open daily. 18 Thomas Ave., 416-971-9666.

SHOP LIKE A STAR Gawk at beautiful people and clothing alike at Hazel Luxury for Women. Already a favourite of local fashionistas, the boutique’s designer labels and exclusive lines are natural draws for visiting style mavens. Open daily. Hazelton Hotel, 116 Yorkville Ave. 416-513-0333.

—Monica Ainley and Maria Cortellucci

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