Food & Drink

Toronto’s iconic Frankie Tomatto’s is closing after 25 fabulous years

Via @gloriasunrise & @frankietomattos on Instagram

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Another restaurant bites the dust amid growing financial concerns thanks to COVID-19. This time, it’s Frankie Tomatto’s. This iconic Italian-style buffet has been a Markham staple for the past 25 years. Which makes it extra hard to say goodbye. They’re known for their massive 55-foot leaning tower and their all-you-can-eat pasta and Caesar salad.

But sadly, not even those iconic features are enough to keep this place afloat. The restaurant, like many others, originally shut down temporarily in March because of the virus. However, unlike many others, they have not been able to reopen in Stage 3 because of their buffet-style design. Although indoor dining has been allowed for the past month, a buffet-style set up is still considered too risky to move forward with.

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In their heyday, Frankie Tomatto’s was a go-to spot for birthdays and special events. They’d host large groups in their 10 room, 15,000 square foot restaurant. With 15 delicious food stations throughout. Over their 25-year run, this iconic restaurant served up a whopping 11 million meals. Wow, that’s hella impressive. According to their last Instagram post (above and here), Frankie Tomatto’s will be going out with a bang at “Frankie’s Last Supper” happening this weekend.

You can stop by in your car for a free pizza on Saturday any time between 11:30 AM and 3 PM. Plus, for every car that shows up, the restaurant will be donating $1 to Easter Seals charity; an organization dedicated to helping kids with physical disabilities succeed. We’re glad they’re going out with a good deed, but we’re definitely sad to see them go. No other restaurant was quite like them. Goodbye Frankie Tomatto’s!


Where: Frankie Tomatto’s Parking Lot, 7225 Woodbine Ave
Saturday, August 29
Time: 11:30 AM – 3 PM