Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto named second in Best Italian Restaurant in the World 2023 by 50 Top Italy
Toronto, ON. Dec. 16, 2022 – Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto – the award-winning, contemporary Italian fine dining destination located on the 38th floor of Toronto’s celebrated Westin Harbour Castle Hotel at 1 Harbour Square has been named in 2nd place in the Best Italian Restaurant in the World 2023 international awards by the prestigious 50 Top Italy. Don Alfonso executive chef, Daniele Corona was invited to attend the high profile ceremony Gran Galà della Cucina Italianaat the Teatro San Babilain Milano, to accept the award among his peers this week.
Only the absolute best
A true global mapping of quality Italian restaurants in the world, 50 Top Italy recognizes the best restaurants both inside and outside the country’s borders. Each year, more than 350 inspectors travel the world, respecting anonymity and autonomy to compile the influential list. Liberty Entertainment Group’s restaurant took second prize to Da Vittorio in Shanghai, followed in third place by Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura in Tokyo. Don Alfonso was the only Canadian restaurant to be recognized in the top ten on the world stage; Cioppino’s in Vancouver was ranked in 33rd place, as the only other Canadian destination.
“Once again, we are supremely proud and grateful to be recognized with such a prestigious international honour,” said Nick Di Donato, president and CEO, Liberty Entertainment Group.
“I heartily congratulate Chef Corona and his team for their unwavering commitment on our culinary journey, which began with our collective vision to provide guests an exceptional dining experience and put Toronto — and Canada — on the global stage.”
New home and unforgettable year in review
Since its move this spring to its forever home on the spectacular shores of Lake Ontario in the downtown core, Don Alfonso 1890 has seen unprecedented success and earned five-star reviews and unparalleled global recognition, including its first Michelin star in the inaugural launch of Canada’s Michelin Guide in Toronto. Most recent awards include Open Table’s Top 100 Most Beloved Restaurants in Canada for 2022, and also, 15 Global Restaurants to Add to Your Culinary Bucket List – with Don Alfonso being the only restaurant of three located in Canada, and the only one in Toronto. These accolades follow last month’s Tre Forchette (Three Forks) award from the respected Gambero Rosso, Italy.
Added Chef Corona, “The many notable achievements we are celebrating at Don Alfonso this year further our passion and desire to create the consummate dining experience for our esteemed guests, and we look forward to continuing the journey to excellence in the year ahead. We are thrilled to represent the absolute best of Canada on the international stage.”
Unmistakably Michelin and more
Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto’s cuisine is characterized by its modernity, Mediterranean flare and the exceptional quality of the raw and locally sourced ingredients used, showcasing the renowned cuisine of Chef Corona’s mentor, Chef Ernesto Iaccarino at Don Alfonso 1890 and the fresh flavors of the Amalfi coast. The Michelin style is reflected in the eight-course tasting menu of uniquely crafted dishes; each dish is created with expert precision using the finest quality ingredients available and plated on one-of-a-kind vessels, selected specifically to highlight the food’s characteristics in a stunning presentation; all dishes are perfectly paired with the finest curated wines from the restaurant’s deep cellar.
Since first opening in 2018, Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto has been lauded with multiple honours including Best Italian Restaurant outside of Italy – Prosecco DOC Award 2022 – 50 Top Italy, Meal of the Year 2022 Mulino – Caputo Award, for its multi-course prix fixe tasting menu – 50 Top Italy, Best New Restaurant in the World & Tre Forchette (3 Forks) – Gambero Rosso, Best Italian Restaurant in Canada & Top Ten of All Restaurants in Canada 2020 – La Liste, 2020 International Hotel and Property Awards – Restaurant Design Global (Shortlisted), Distinguished Restaurants of North America – DiRoNA, Top 100 Restaurants in Canada 2019 – OpenTable, Best of Award of Excellence – Wine Spectator, and Best Restaurants in Canada 2019 – Canada’s 100 Best, among others. Holiday dining information and special New Year’s Eve menus and reservations are at www.donalfonsotoronto.com.
lead photo by Nick Wong