iL PADRINO is the first Restaurant from Concetta Amaral, a Bari born chef who attended culinary school in Italy.
Concetta’s passion for food started at a very young age, as she watched her mother Domenica creating all the wonderful dishes from Bari. This is what sparked the love and passion for cooking. As Concetta grew up her and her mother had a dream of one day opening their very own restaurant working together as a team. Concetta’s family migrated to Canada in 1986, as the life of new immigrants brought many challenges, Domenica always made sure that her daughter never lost the passion of cooking. Though hard times and struggles Concetta went back to Italy to study and perfect her culinary art of Italian Cuisine.
Concetta returned to Canada to start her culinary art, with many years of hard work Concetta and her mother were finally ready to commence their dream of owning their very own restaurant. Unfortunately Concetta’s mom fell to extreme illness, their dream was put on hold. After a long battle, Domenica passed away in April 2018. This left Concetta heartbroken as she had lost her mentor and best friend. As time went by Concetta had decided to live out the dream that they shared, which has become the creation of iL PADRINO. The name iL PADRINO means “The Godfather” Which to Concetta is the meaning of “FAMILY BEING TOGETHER AND BEING UNITED”. Concetta’s goal is to bring back what has been lost The Authentic, Rustic; Home Style Italian Food that Concetta feels is missing from the landscape. iL PADRINO Italian restaurant will serve Unique dishes from the Southern Italian City of Bari, including Pasta and Pizza, also fresh home made Gnocchi, along with so much more.
iL PADRINO…… THE GODFATHER OF ITALIAN CUISINE! In the heart of Little Italy. 579 College Street