A Real Italian Joint...Who's Hungry?

There’s a new Italian joint in town that’s bringing back old traditions with exceptional quality. In 1993 Trattoria Spinello opened its doors in an historic building on Colborne Street in the heart of downtown Toronto. That same history continues here…at the new SPINELLO! Who’s hungry?


There’s a new Italian joint in town that’s bringing back old traditions with exceptional quality. An Italian restaurant that once held a thirteen-year residence in downtown Toronto, Spinello has found a new home in Vaughan. Located in at 129 Rowntree Dairy Road, it stands out among the many units occupied by local businesses and small corporations. But for owner Frank Perri, there is no reason to shy away from this institution of authentic eats.

“Everyone tells me to bring the first Spinello menu back,” Perri says of customers faithful to the original restaurant established in 1993. “That was when there was real Spaghettini Pomodoro.”

As someone who loves to work with people and “dreamt of this career as a child,” Perri left a world of corporate banking to open Spinello in 1993 on Colborne Street. Despite its positive reception from foodies young and old, he closed the establishment for personal reasons in 2006.

After a six-year hiatus managing his own contracting company, Perri’s fire for food is back to bring flavour to Vaughan.

“It made sense to come here,” he says of Spinello’s location transition. “The rent in Toronto is crazy, but this great opportunity was presented.”

Many industrial areas surrounding its location are stark, their identical buildings lined up in monotonous fashion. Spinello is spicing things up with an interior reflective of its original elements. The warm colour scheme of deep red, basil green and buttery yellow mirrors a rich version of the Italian flag. Rustic barn board lines the walls, where oil paintings used at the first location make the space welcoming like a Nonna’s kitchen. The head Chef will make Spinello taste like one, too. Bringing back old world recipes with modern twist, the menu will feature a variety of dishes that cover Italian regions North to South. In addition to daily specials, fresh ingredients will compose simple, yet distinctive dishes, like Beef Carpaccio, Rigatoni Vodka and many hot-stone fired pizzas. But if there’s one meal that made Spinello famous, it’s a signature spin Perri has yet to see on restaurant menus nearby.

“Everyone used to order the Veal Chop,” he says with pride.

This simple request built a strong following, which is the primary goal of the hard-working Perri.

“At the end of the day, the best reward is when someone tells you they had a good meal,” the co-owner says of providing stellar customer service. “I used to hear that at the original restaurant all the time, so if I can recreate Spinello in Vaughan to the same capacity, I will.”

Spinello isn’t only a meeting place for family and friends, but a social experience to taste fine Italian cuisine in a setting full of heart. Perri caught up with his passion for real food, shouldn’t you?

Trattoria Spinello

129 Rowntree Dairy Road

Vaughan, Ontario L4L 6C9

905.264.2471 – spinello.ca

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Welcome to Trattoria Spinello

This location is now closed, please stay tuned for new location

address and opening date.