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Cory Vitiello splits his time between the Harbord Room and THR & Co. (the side-by-side restaurants he co-owns) and his newly opened Flock Rotisserie + Green. The chef about town – catch him dishing up the classics at Taste of Toronto from July 2 to 5 – serves up his favourite spots in the city.

Toronto tour - Cory Vitiello

Photo: Raina + Wilson


01 Sweet Pete’s Bike Shop

I switched out my one-speed vintage Peugeot fixie for a cushy spring-seat cruiser with seven speeds and a big bell. It looks like I’m out for a joyride, which I am, and it’s perfect for getting to and from work without breaking a sweat.
1204 Bloor St. W., 416-533-4481, sweetpetes.com

02 Bar Isabel

When you work late nights, your circle of friends ends up being mostly restaurant guys. Bar Isabel is open until 2 a.m. and serves extremely well-prepared food until closing time. My favourite late-night snack is the grilled octopus.
797 College St., 416-532-2222, barisabel.com

03 Dailo

The upstairs bar, LoPan, is my go-to late-night wine bar. The sommelier, Anton Potvin, put together an exceptional wine list. It’s extensive and eclectic with a stimulating by-the-glass selection. I often go for the Australian whites when I’m here.
503 College St., 647-341-8882, dailoto.com

04 Zane

This is one of my favourite retail shops, with a collection of beautiful everyday luxury accessories from Toronto and international designers. The owner has helped me find the perfect present for my girlfriend on many ­occasions, including last Christmas, her birthday and Valentine’s Day.
753 Queen St. W., 647-560-0511, visitzane.com

05 Good Egg

I’m a huge cookbook collector, and I love independent stores. As a restaurant owner, when you depend on neighbours to support you, it’s important to pay it ­forward. They have a really good selection; I recently picked up the two Plenty books.
267 Augusta Ave., 416-593-4663, goodegg.ca

06 Garrison Bespoke

It’s a bit of an addiction; I must buy two of their shirts every time I pass by. I wear them in the kitchen and cook in them, so I end up destroying them. It’s the only button-up shirt that really fits me properly.
26 Wellington St. E., #101, 416-566-2041, garrisonbespoke.com

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