TORONTO ― Toronto restaurateur Janet Zuccarini has established Gusto 54 Global Restaurant Group to encompass the growing roster of her restaurant and hospitality ventures.
Under its umbrella, the new Toronto-based group comprises the award-winning Gusto 101, Trattoria Nervosa, a partnership with Pai Northern Thai Kitchen and its newest venture, Gusto 54 Catering and Commissary Kitchen. “Creating Gusto 54 was the natural evolution of my 20 years of experience as a restaurateur,” said owner Janet Zuccarini. “With the growing demand for our food, we are excited to bring the Gusto restaurant experience directly to our customers through our catering offerings.”
Located in downtown Toronto, Gusto 54 Catering will offer Southern Italian dishes with a twist. It will also house the wholesale production of pasta, bread and gelato for its family of restaurants, while also serving as a testing ground for new menu items and retail products.
Meanwhile, Zuccarini is bringing the Gusto 54 experience south of the border with the launch of Gusto in Los Angeles. There are also plans to remodel the 100-year-old Trattoria Nervosa building to double the capacity. And, the construction of Gusto 501 will break ground in 2016 in Toronto’s Corktown neighbourhood, where the team is scouting a location for Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen, another restaurant concept.