PIANO PIANO THE RESTAURANT

Piano Piano is the Italian restaurant you always wished was just around the corner.  Sophisticated and fun, Piano Piano serves deeply satisfying food that comes in just the right size.  The menu features traditional Italian fare that’s been elevated to its most delicious self.  If there’s a common thread that runs through Piano Piano, it’s a deep-seated soulfulness and sensuality that’s at once warm, welcoming and just plain fun.  From the playful mix of patterns and comfy cushions, to the xx and xx


PRIVATE EVENTS

“Looking to book a party?”

Piano Piano offers a fun, casual and versatile space for your next private event.  Birthday & Holiday Parties, Weddings, Engagement/Rehearsal Dinners, you name it... we can transform the layout of the space to work closely with you to suit your event!

Our main dining room can accommodate groups from 36 to 100 guests for a seated dinner reception and our Piccolo Piano Room can accommodate up to 28 guests for a private seated dinner.  For stand up cocktail receptions our main dining room can accommodate up to 150 guests and the Piccolo Piano Room can accommodate up to 60 guests comfortably.  All menus for private functions are pre-set and designed by you and one of our amazing Event Managers.  Depending on the occasion we always love to recommend our Family Style Menu, sometimes the best family style dinners revolve around great company and large platters of food down the middle of the table.

 

Main Dining Room - 90 Seated, 100 Standing Cocktail Reception

Piccolo Piano Room - 30 Seated, 50 Cocktail Reception 


Please visit our events page to submit an online booking form.


THE FOOD

The first slow deep bite of from-scratch al dente maccheroni.  A satisfying chewy crispy crunch of just thick enough pizza.  Rapini, slicked with garlic and grassy olive oil, its sweetness coaxed out with gentle cooking.  Fire-licked lamb, as deeply pink as the banquette cushion piping.  A generous slather of golden hot polenta, strewn with eight hour ragu.  A sticky sweet gelato that tingles ice cold on your tongue.  The food of Piano Piano is soulfully satisfying, tending to your hunger like a nonna’s instinctive touch.  It’s always just enough, never heavy or precious. Every ingredient is on the plate for a reason, combining to make each dish far greater than the sum of its parts.  You leave the table, perfectly full, the world a better place than when you came in, dreaming of the next satisfying mouthful that’s just a visit away.

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THE CHEF

“How do you make that one great ingredient taste even better?”

It’s a question Victor Barry asks himself over and over again.  From the time he was 11 and working in his uncle’s pizzeria, his imagination was captured by the magic of creating food.  The 33 year old chef was born with an Italian soul…

 

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VIC & BRENDAN, N.O.T.L. McNabe Dinner Party  c1998  |  PHOTO Mom “We always knew how to throw kick-ass dinner parties for the neighbours!”  Vic met Brendan growing up in Niagara-on-the-Lake and they have always shared the same passion for “Tasty & f*#kn delicious!” food and hospitality.  Together they have over 40 years experience in the restaurant industry and PIANO PIANO is the first time they will have re-united after their famous McNabe dinner parties.  They always joked that one day they would work together again and throw dinner parties every night and now they do just that!  

VIC & BRENDAN, N.O.T.L. McNabe Dinner Party  c1998  |  PHOTO Mom

“We always knew how to throw kick-ass dinner parties for the neighbours!” 

Vic met Brendan growing up in Niagara-on-the-Lake and they have always shared the same passion for “Tasty & f*#kn delicious!” food and hospitality.  Together they have over 40 years experience in the restaurant industry and PIANO PIANO is the first time they will have re-united after their famous McNabe dinner parties.  They always joked that one day they would work together again and throw dinner parties every night and now they do just that!  


THE VIBE

Piano Piano's space was brought to life by the amazing designer Tiffany Pratt with assistance from Claire Gilbert. Tiffany worked closely with Chef Victor, Nikki and Ern to create a whimsical interior; a place they're proud to call their second home. 
Graffiti rose garden facade design by Tiffany, Ryan & Alex. Original artwork by Victor and Nikki's daughter Charlotte.

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO


A LOVE STORY

FROM SPLENDIDO > PIANO PIANO

It was a dream to own a restaurant like Splendido. I first started at Splendido in 2005, as an assistant pastry chef working under Chef David Lee. In July 2009, I fulfilled my dream of owning the renowned restaurant, at the young age of 26. December 31st, 2015 was our last service and it felt amazing to leave on a high and I am extremely proud of that.

We've created so many memories here and we are looking forward to writing a new chapter at Piano Piano. I love everything about Italian food and we wanted to create a space where people felt like they were dining in my home, after all this is our second home. When people ask me what region of Italy we are cooking, I joke with them...New Jersey. The food of Piano Piano is soulfully satisfying, tending to your hunger like a Nonna's instinctive touch. Every ingredient is on the plate for a reason, combining to make each dish far greater than the sum of its parts. It's "tasty & f*#kn delicious!".

The name Piano Piano comes from "piano piano va lontano", an Italian phrase I love that translates to "slowly slowly we go further". And that's the dream...that if we slow down, take time to enjoy one another, great food, great wine then we all move together further as a family.

Piano Piano is the Italian restaurant you always wished was just around the corner, and now it is.

K I S S E S
Victor Barry

SPLENDIDO KITCHEN c2012 | PHOTO: Catherine Farquharson, Documentographer

SPLENDIDO KITCHEN c2012 | PHOTO: Catherine Farquharson, Documentographer

PIANO PIANO KITCHEN c2016 | PHOTO: Catherine Farquharson, Documentographer

MORNING COFFEE DATES  c2016 | PHOTO: Catherine Farquharson, Documentographer

MORNING COFFEE DATES  c2016 | PHOTO: Catherine Farquharson, Documentographer