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Cafe Bar Pasta Celebrating Their 1 Year Anniversary!

By on September 20, 2014


This fall, Cafe Bar Pasta celebrates its one year anniversary as the west end’s hottest non-Italian, Italian place. As husband-wife team Tom Bielecki and Christine Vieira recount the numbers, they don’t just celebrate pasta: the couple awakes sleepy-eyed locals withReneka-brewed espresso and house-baked pastries in the a.m. and dishes out Chef Jay Scaife’s simple yet unique creations at night. Drawing from tradition while embracing the playful, Cafe Bar Pasta offers quality food and an eclectic modern atmosphere reminiscent of a European bistro.

The last year has been a wild ride,” said Bielecki, co-owner of Cafe Bar Pasta. “Our neighbourhood – Dundas West – is exploding and our kitchen has transformed with Chef Jay at the helm. Each day, I wake up excited… we have big sights for Toronto and the energy here is propelling me forward.”

Kicking off the season with a new 16-dish fall menu, Chef Scaife draws inspiration from his formal training in French, Italian and Japanese cuisines. From chilled octopus and chicken liver-stuffed bone marrow to sweetbread saltimbocca, an 80-day aged rib eye to lobster and corn lollipops, this fusion brings an element of the unexpected to a restaurant with pasta in its name.

The experience doesn’t stop with the artfully-plated dishes: Cafe Bar Pasta features six wines on tap, a selection curated by one of only two Master Sommeliers in Canada,John Szabo. Bielecki sourced industry expert Szabo to hand-pick the list of premium Ontario wines for two reasons: he wanted his patrons to enjoy top quality estate and single vineyard red and whites at lower prices, and to reduce the waste and carbon footprint of his restaurant.

We were aiming to prove to Toronto that you can find upscale food and service in an engaging atmosphere without an unrealistic price tag, and I think we’ve accomplished just that,” adds Cafe Bar Pasta co-owner and established fashion stylist and interior designer Vieira. “The experience of our guests is our priority.”

In the lead up to opening over a year ago, Vieira transformed her father’s former office into a classic, modern space, injected with graphic artwork. The couple commissioned an acrylic piece by internationally-exhibited Toronto-based artist, Jose Ortega, and also incorporated a Maharam wall covering of his design, inspired by organic molecules. Romantic lighting is cast from Flos, Foscarini and Fabbian chandeliers atop white-painted exposed brick and elements including a cork-filled gallery wall (filled from more than 10,000 bottles), a photo gallery featuring over 100 celebrity shots from Dundas West local, George Pimentel’s archives, and a Calacatta marble bar weighing 4000 plus pounds.

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Coming Up

The Pig & The Pasta presented by Cafe Bar Pasta and Böehmer – Wednesday, September 24

               Where: Cafe Bar Pasta, 1588 Dundas Street West, Toronto

               When: 6 pm – 10:30 pm

               Cost: Six exclusive menu items priced from $15-$24 a dish

What: Join us for a collaborative evening of food, as two of Toronto’s west end kitchen warriors serve up delicious delights including a 100lb pig roasted by Chef Boehmer and artisanal pasta made by Chef Scaife. Sponsor, Camerons Brewing Co. will also be launching a new beer, Deviator Dopplebock.

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Cheese Boutique – Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19

               Where: 45 Ripley Avenue, Toronto

When: 2pm – 4 pm

Cost: Free

What: Join Chef Jay Scaife at one of Toronto’s most renowned cheese shops for live pasta making demonstrations and mouth-watering samples. Don’t miss the chance to take some of CBP’s house-made pasta home.

The Thursday Crush – Beginning on Thursday, September 25

Cafe Bar Pasta has a crush on their neighborhood, so every Thursday night they invite guests to come in and crush some incredible pasta and wine for only $20.00.

Holiday Event Bookings – Available Now!

Custom party menus and exclusive bookings of the two floor venue are available, standing capacity is 100. Contact us below.


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Jessica Strickland

About Jessica Strickland

I’m a lady whose ordinary, needs that ‘extra’. With a background in corporate communications, I love the thrill of connecting with audiences and engaging with their interests. I’m fairly certain in a past life I was a mermaid…ok, I’m totally certain. One day I’ll be living ocean side again. I love animals, and my golden retriever puppy Briar, is my pride and joy. @pr_in_heels