Italian fine dining restaurant reopens on James North in Hamilton

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Published March 4, 2022 at 10:07 pm

One of downtown Hamilton’s go-to spots for classic Italian cuisine is welcoming diners again, now at a primo location downtown.

Claudio’s Ristorante reopened on Friday (March 4) at 191 James St. N., where renovations have been taking place since the summer of 2020. The process of moving into a new spot on the southwest corner of James North and Mulberry has been doubtlessly been affected by both the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent death of the eatery’s namesake, Claudio Andreis, who was the host while his spouse, Kristine Galešić Andreis, was the chef. From the look of it, it is the new location with the same old-country vibe of a fine dining restaurant with white linen tables, with excellent food and personable service.

“Tonight we officially open to the public. Come check out our new digs and say hi,” a social media post from Claudio’s read on Friday. “Oh and we still have the best Italian food outside of Rome.”

Claudio’s was previously in a more off-the-beaten-path location on Jackson Street, but built a solid reputation there from 2010 till ’20. Diners who have posted on Google Reviews are fulsome with compliments about the service, atmopshere and menu items such as bruschetta, cioppino, gnocchi and braised rib, risotto and spaghetti carbonara.

Claudio Andreis died on Jan. 21 at age 67. A native of Rome who came to Canada as a young teen in the late 1960s, he worked in the insurance industry, before turning his sights to fashion retail. He launched nine Benetton stores in Toronto in the 1980s. In the ’90s, he embraced the restaurant industry, which led to he and Kristine Galešić Andreis opening Claudio’s.

“His legacy will live on through Claudio’s,” an Instagram post in his memory reads.

Reservations at Claudio’s are currently being taken by phone at 289-389-6699. In the past, the restaurant rotated its menu each day of the week, but updates are available at claudios.ca.

(Cover photo via Claudio’s/Instagram.)

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