Nighttime entertainment vets Charles Khabouth of Ink Entertainment and Toufik Sarwa of Amber have announced a new collaboration that will take over the space of Sarwa’s former College Street bistro Cinq 01. The new restaurant, Briscola Trattoria, will be a casual Italian eatery, and is set to open next Friday, February 18 (Cinq 01 closed in January).
In the kitchen, executive chef Sean Reeve—formerly of Toronto’s Via Allegro and Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill and Enoteca in Vancouver—will turn out traditional southern Italian cuisine with a modern touch (think eggplant parmesan or slow-braised veal ragout with porcini mushrooms and egg pappardelle). The wine list will lean toward Italian and Californian selections.
Commute Home (the people behind Nyood’s design) is giving the interior a facelift with a communal table in the back, three VIP booths and a mix of wood, marble, and metal tables.
Briscola Trattoria, 501 College St., 416-964-1555, briscola.ca.