LANO cafe wine bar to open at The Ritz‑Carlton, Toronto

The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto has announced the date of the grand opening of LANO, a cafe and wine bar located within the elegant confines of the hotel's lobby. Set to debut in September 2024, LANO, the latest addition to The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, promises to enrich the hotel's culinary experience.

LANO RCT Press Release V2 2024

LANO, a contraction of Milano, pays homage to the rich cultural heritage of Northern Italy in a cafe and wine bar setting. An authentic Northern Italian experience will be led by the expertise of Ignatius Prinsloo, executive sous chef and Alessandro Panattoni, chef de cuisine (who hails from the region), sourcing Italian ingredients and with a commitment to authenticity, freshness, and quality. From morning to night, guests will be transported to the bustling cafes of Milan or Turin, engaging their senses from the aroma of freshly brewed espresso to the last sip of wine.

LANO’s menu is thoughtfully crafted to evolve seamlessly throughout the day, offering a diverse array of culinary delights paired with a unique selection of 30 Italian wines, and also features traditional Italian cocktails. Whether it's a quick grab-and-go espresso and pastry, a leisurely lunch featuring salads and antipasti, or a pre-theatre rendezvous for a glass of wine, there's something to satisfy every palate at LANO. “LANO is a testament to our team's dedication to constantly create unique and authentic experiences for our guests, inspired by storytelling and delivered through service, design and craftsmanship,” said Guillaume Benezech, general manager, The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. “LANO's varied offering and inviting atmosphere will enhance our existing culinary options, meeting the expectations of both our local community and hotel guests.”

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Designed by leading design firm Chapi Chapo Design, the design inspiration for LANO was drawn from the rich cultural tapestry that defines the city of Milan. The design inspiration was also drawn from both the physical insights of the property's location and the social insights of its refined glamour. Situated in a city known for its vibrant culture and lush green spaces, the hotel's design incorporates elements that reflect Toronto's unique blend of urban sophistication and natural beauty.

The new design for The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto lobby, rendering.

The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto boasts a beautiful park-like back terrace complemented by a park in the front, enhancing its ambiance as a city within a park and a hotel within a park. These natural retreats offer havens amidst the city's noise and bustling energy. "We envisioned a chic culinary stop that seamlessly fits into the fast-paced lifestyle of the city. The design draws inspiration from European aesthetics, offering a refined atmosphere where guests can enjoy a quick yet delightful experience,” said Tatiana Sheveleva, partner of Chapi Chapo Design. “Every element has been carefully selected to enhance a quick dining experience,” continued Loris Ognibene, project director. “From the delicate lighting to the sleek furniture, our goal was to design a space that feels approachable and timeless, much like Toronto itself."

This innovative concept marks a pivotal moment in The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto’s journey, symbolizing its commitment to redefining luxury experiences and hospitality for its clientele as part of an overall hotel refresh, including a newly designed lobby, that will be unveiled with the opening of LANO.

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