TORONTO — Born in Florence, Italy, Ditta Artigianale has opened its first international location in Toronto. Located at 612 Richmond Street West in the Harlowe condominium, the new 40-seat Italian café currently serves coffee and pastries, with signature cocktails, brunch and shareable plates to be added to the menu in the coming weeks.
World-renowned and award-winning barista Francesco Sanapo first launched Ditta Artigianale in 2013 alongside fellow coffee expert and entrepreneur Patrick Hoffer. Design elements of the new location have been carefully selected in partnership with Florence-based q-bic and Toronto’s The Design Agency, and features the same Italian-made brass handles and custom three-pull Nuova Simonelli espresso machine. The restrooms were designed with floor-to-ceiling ceramic and porcelain tile.
Soon, guests will be able to enjoy brunch classics like ricotta pancakes and avocado toast, Italian favourites like crostini or panzanella salad and charcuterie boards. Additionally, guests will enjoy beverages from a refined cocktail menu, such as the Italian negroni featuring Peter in Florence’s artisanal Tuscan gin.
“To us, coffee is more than just a beverage. It’s an art, carefully crafted by a team of producers and artisans along the way,” says Sanapo. “It’s always been our goal to bring the Ditta Artiginale experience of high-quality and sustainable coffee beyond our humble home of Firenze, and Toronto’s diverse food-and-beverage scene made it a natural place to put down international roots.”
The launch of the Toronto café marks Ditta Artigianale’s fifth location, and the beginning of a new specialty coffee era in Canada.