Toronto Restauranteur Receives International Recognition: “Felix Trattoria” Named #1 Best New Restaurant in America

TORONTO, Nov. 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Gusto 54 Restaurant Group, based in Toronto, is proud to announce that its Los Angeles restaurant, Felix Trattoria, has been named as the #1 Restaurant in America by Esquire Magazine.

Each year, the international publication issues its highly anticipated list of the country’s Best New Restaurants.  The list, which is assembled by Food & Drinks Editor Jeff Gordinier, ranks higher than any other list issued throughout the year.

Felix Trattoria, owned by Gusto 54 Restaurant Group, took home the top spot on the list.

The visionary behind Gusto 54 is Janet Zuccarini, a Toronto entrepreneur who is the restaurant group’s owner and Chief Executive Officer.

“To be part of Esquire’s list for Best New Restaurants in America is truly an honour, especially to be named alongside these phenomenal restaurants including The Grill, The Pool, Flora Bar, Han Oak and Olmsted,” said Zuccarini. “This recognition also rightly sets very high expectations, which Felix’s talented Executive Chef & Partner, Evan Funke, and our dedicated team are committed to surpassing.”

Making it on the esteemed roster is no small feat. Each restaurant is rigorously evaluated, reviewed and set against the highest standards before being considered for a spot.

Janet’s LA restaurant is not the only one receiving accolades, her Toronto group of restaurants which includes Trattoria Nervosa, Gusto 101, Pai Northern Thai Kitchen and Kiin, have all been recognized as being amongst the top cocktail and food destinations in Toronto. Janet is not showing any signs of stopping while she’s ahead with another restaurant slated for this November called Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen and Gusto 501 which will be introduced to the Corktown neighbourhood in 2018.

“We have been blessed with a clientele who continues to come through our doors,” said Zuccarini. “I believe this is because across all of the Gusto 54 properties there is a commitment and dedication to creating unique experiences complete with delicious, honest food and soulful hospitality.”

Toronto has been receiving notable attention from around the globe as it continues to shape and influence new trends in the food and hospitality space.

“It is an exciting time to be a part of this industry,” said Zuccarini, “the food landscape is full of existing and emerging restauranteurs who are delivering a depth of culinary sophistication to cities across North America, which is something we can all be proud of.”

For the full list of Best New Restaurants for 2017 by Esquire Magazine, please visit

About Gusto 54 Restaurant Group
Gusto 54 is anchored in Janet Zuccarini’s three passions: business, food and travel. The restaurant group is a tribute to family, innovation, food, and design that respects the past while rewriting the rules. In addition to FELIX Trattoria in Venice, Gusto 54’s restaurants also include: Trattoria Nervosa, Gusto 101, Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen, and Gusto 54 Catering. In partnership with Jeff & Nuit Regular Gusto 54 owns Pai Northern Thai Kitchen, Kiin, and Same Same. In the upcoming year, Gusto 54 will launch Gusto 501 in Toronto’s east end.

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