Celebrity Chef Massimo to Open a Restaurant in Mississauga
Look out Mississauga! Chef Massimo Capra and his signature 'stache and big personality are coming our way. Chef Massimo is finally opening a restaurant called Capra's Kitchen in his hometown of Mississauga in the former Villa La Bella space along Lakeshore Rd. in the Clarkson neighbourhood.
Chef Massimo is temporarily operating under the Villa La Bella business name with a (temporary) brunch menu that he’s developed.
You will find a number of Chef Massimo’s signature dishes such as eggs Massimo (2 eggs in a savoury tomato sauce, bacon or sausage, home fries, grilled tomato and toast) and Natale pizza (as seen in photo above has roasted squash, fontina, parmigiano, cranberries, walnuts and roasted onions). You will also find pasta, soup, salad, Panini’s, coffee based beverages and mimosa on the menu.
In the interim, Villa La Bella will continue to be open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm until the renovations start which could be anytime soon. “We are under renovation alert and may shut down sooner [to start renovations] rather than later”, says Chef Massimo.
His plans are to completely renovate the space with an estimated opening date sometime in the spring under the new name Capra’s Kitchen. It will be a brand new restaurant concept with a brand new menu offering lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.
It’s a good time to pop in to try some of his signature dishes and witness the transformation from what it looks like today to what it will become.
Chef Massimo is an accomplished celebrity chef, TV personality, author and Saugaboy who has an extensive resume. Starting from the ground up, his career began when he first started toiling in kitchens in Italy. He made his way to Toronto in the early 80s and worked in a few notable fine dining establishments in the city.
In the late 90s, he opened Mistura Restaurant and Sopra Upper Lounge in Toronto. On the literary front, he is the author of One Pot Italian and co-author of Three Chefs. He has contributed to The Globe and Mail and has appeared on numerous TV shows, including Food Network's Restaurant Makeover and Chopped Canada and City TV's Cityline and Travel + Escapes Gourmet Escapes TV Series.
A few years back, I was working for a specialty foods importer and had the opportunity to connect with some of the best chefs and restaurants in Toronto, including Mistura. I will never forget a conversation I had with Chef Massimo about when we could expect to see a resto of his own in Mississauga. At that time, there weren't any plans to develop a concept in the west end. However, 2016 is the year it’s finally coming to fruition.
Mississauga has become quite the culinary hub, with over 30 new restaurant openings in 2015 and a list of some highly anticipated restaurants scheduled for 2016.
Stay tuned for more details on Capra’s Kitchen.
Address: 1834 Lakeshore Rd West Mississauga, ON L5J 1J7
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