Buonanotte, the famous supper club that has rocked Montreal for over 20 years, has partnered with Charles Khabouth of Ink Entertainment to bring this special vibe to Toronto. I sat down with co-owner Massimo Lecas whose passion for his restaurant was apparent as soon as I met him. As I looked around, I was reminded of Montreal’s Buonanotte by a couple of staple accents including the very open concept, the chairs, and the stand-out gold square ceiling. As we chatted about Montreal’s vibe and style, I reminisced of the days when I used to party the night away at this glamorous establishment on St. Laurent… I won’t divulge how long ago. *winks*
Obviously my first question is how will the Buonanotte in Toronto be different than the Montreal location. As Massimo explained the reasoning behind Buonanotte’s choice of Toronto partners, I was instantly impressed by the research and time he and his Montreal cohorts took to find the ideal strategy to merge this concept into Toronto slowly and successfully. There was no speedy opening, just a lot of due diligence in order to ensure success.
The menu will remain similar yet with some changes that were inspired by Head Chef Davide Ianacci – whom Massimo met on a trip to Sardinia with his wife – and whom he promised he would call if he ever opened a second Buonanotte. Amazing what the love and passion for food does… When I asked him about his signature dish, he says the gnocchi Bolognese, which is still handmade by his father at the Montreal location. So charming!
Buonanotte will be opened for lunch weekdays, and dinner Monday through Saturday. Sunday they sleep. Given that the place always turns into a party to be remembered, it’s a necessary day of rest to be sure. Bottle service will be available as of 11:30pm, and resident DJ M Kutz will spin various genres of music to create an unforgettable electric vibe.
Massimo Lecas is a charming man, and I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with him. Watch the vlog and you’ll understand why…