Attention, foodies of Toronto. A highly-anticipated new restaurant called Bar Prima is opening its doors on Queen Street West this month.

Headed by famed chefs Craig Harding and Julian D’Ippolito, as well as Chef de Cuisine Nicholas Iaboni, Bar Prima will surely be an instant hot spot when it opens on October 20th.

It’s described as “the neighbourhood Italian restaurant you’ve always dreamed of,” with a “luxurious atmosphere that evokes a sense of timelessness and nostalgia.”

“From Italian disco-inspired music to vintage design touches, Harding and D’Ippolito have curated a space that feels as though it’s been there forever,” says a new press release from the restaurant.

The dimly-lit dining room will have a charming old-school feel, the perfect setting for gathering with friends over delicious Italian cuisine.

Even the eye-catching amber glass facade of the restaurant was hand-made in Murano, Italy.

Bar Prima will be serving up elevated and refined takes on Italian classics, crafted to suit the elegant surroundings.

Situated in West Queen West next to The Drake Hotel, the location is pretty ideal too.

With the opening just days away, new photos of the refined space and delicious culinary offerings have been released.

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Get ready to indulge in tantalizing dishes like the Pasta al Forno, Sea Bream Acqua Pazza, and Stone Fruit Jubilee — then, toast to the good life with a glass of classic wine from Italy and around Europe.

“Bar Prima is a refreshing twist on a classic Italian restaurant,” said Chef Craig Harding in the press release.

“We’re excited to offer Toronto something new that we haven’t seen done before – elevated Italian cuisine with a backdrop of old-school charm.”

To generate some buzz, Bar Prima has released a curated playlist from renowned artist Martina Sorbara of Dragonette — you can listen to it here.

If you love authentic Italian cuisine and timelessly beautiful restaurants, then start counting down the days because the opening of Bar Prima is just around the corner.

Bar Prima

When: October 20th, 2023
Where: 1136 Queen Street West