Friday, April 17, 2015


Caught just before heading out to taste some wine, Giuseppe Pelligra stops to say Hello. This warm and hospitable chef & owner of Fusilli Ristorante is a constant in this ever-changing city.

Born in Canada but moved to his parents home in Sicily when he was eight years old, Giuseppe grew up inspired by the land, the people, the wine and food of Italy. After university and meeting his wife, we wanted a change and to explore the country of his birth. He moved back to Canada. 

With two children, he has had a successful neighbourhood restaurant in Toronto's downtown east side for the last 27 years. Given Toronto's fickle restaurant culture, he is a survivor. Fusilli's has been serving savoury classic Italian food here since 1988. Though he has been here for a long time, he is always experimenting with new dishes and new wines.

When he is not wearing his apron, he is socializing with friends, camping, enjoying family walks and sports. He enjoys golf but says he's not very good - but plays for the enjoyment of getting out with friends and to enjoy beautiful surroundings.

Next time you are in Toronto's Corktown neighbourhood and have a hunger for good Italian fare in an intimate restaurant, Giuseppe will welcome you and make you feel like one of the family.

GIUSEPPE FUN FACT: When he is not working the restaurant, he rarely eats Italian food! "Its food I already know! So he explores and enjoys the tastes of other countries.


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