Toronto’s newest Italian restaurant is helmed by a top Michelin chef

Opened just last week, DaNico is a new bespoke fine dining concept that’s run by one of Toronto’s most acclaimed chefs.

Located in a heritage bank building at 440 College St., DaNico is a nod to Michelin styled cuisine, service and award-winning design. The restaurant showcases the talent of executive chef Daniele Corona of Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto, and was created in partnership with international hospitality icon, Nick Di Donato of Liberty Group, multi-starred chef Ernesto Iaccarino of the Don Alfonso 1890 Group, and chef Corona.


The menu highlights modern Italian culinary tradition, combining modern Asian influences, while using local and sustainable ingredients. 

The eight course signature tasting menu of distinctively crafted dishes — produced with chef’s expert precision juxtaposing premium ingredients — is plated on one-of-a-kind serving vessels, designed to tell his story of the food in a presentation that stimulates all senses. 

Paired with an exceptional program of curated wines (the restaurant is home to more than 3,000 bottles) from DaNico’s noteworthy repository, DaNico promises an epic evening.The tasting menu costs $225 per person. Wine pairings can be added for an additional $120.

“Opening DaNico is truly my dream realized,” explained Daniele Corona, executive chef and partner. “The concept embodies my culinary journey — from Italy, and under the mentorship of the Iaccarinos in the Amalfi Coast, through the evolution to what inspires my cooking today. Here, I can create my own interpretation of internationally inspired, award-winning cuisine. I am both proud and honoured to welcome my esteemed guests to share my vision unveiled.”

This intimate restaurant is home to just 60 seats, but inside, the historic space is nothing short of amazing. The space, designed by Liberty Group’s VP and creative director, Nadia Di Donato, features the drama and architectural wonder of thirty-foot vaulted thirty foot ceilings, an open kitchen, a chef’s table, intimate banquettes and a buzzy bar, finished with lavish Italian mohair velvets, lush brocades and English leather, gleaming marble, porcelain, Versace ceramics, crystal, and rich warm woods.

DaNico is now accepting reservations for dinner service and is open Wednesday to Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m.