Basilio Pesce attended culinary school at The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts where he graduated at the top of his class. During this time he was awarded the BCRFA (British Columbia Restaurant and Food Service Association) student of the year. After graduating he started his apprenticeship with Mark McEwan at North 44, where he wrote and passed the Provincial Red Seal Certification. Bas then continued to develop his skills in some of the best kitchens in Toronto, the USA and Asia. Outside of the restaurant, Bas has taught culinary skills at the George Brown Chef’s School. Within Toronto Bas’s restaurant profile includes North 44, Bymark, Canoe, and most recently Biff’s Bistro.
“It doesn’t matter how many great restaurants you might have worked at, you still end up picking the parsley.” - Basilio Pesce
Porzia is an Italian restaurant located in Toronto’s West Queen West neighbourhood of Parkdale. Led by chef/owner Basilio Pesce, our staff believes in building memories around food and eating. It’s simple: We like feeding people.
Porzia uses local, ethically grown and raised ingredients to create menu items that vary depending on the season (our wine, beer, and cocktail lists also rotate). We believe this keeps things interesting for our staff and, most importantly, our guests. If you like to eat and drink, you’ll probably like it here.