Toronto Scene Update: Week of November 23, 2011

The Danforth location of Pizzeria Libretto opened on Monday, after months of patience on behalf of the anxiously obsessive fans of the Napoletana-styled joint. Don’t expect that this second location will do anything to ease getting a spot in the restaurant; instead, chances are a new crop of thin-crust lovers who’ve yet to test Libretto’s deliciousness will emerge from the saucy depths.

The Construction Site, a grilled cheese restaurant that has amassed little acclaim in comparison to its somewhat rival (and we’re using the term loosely) CHEESEWERKS, will be opening tomorrow morning at 7am. It’s edging in prior to the latter – which is more of a restaurant dedicated to cheese and all its glory as opposed to just the wonders of grilled cheese – and will be serving nothing but modern takes on everyone’s favourite childhood classic. This new spot will have a rotating menu of updated selections and boasts a bright and ‘diner chic’ interior.

Everyone’s favourite The Food Dudes are gearing up for the launch of Bloke & 4th mid-December. The restaurant will live at 401 King West, the space left in the wake of the ill-fated m:brgr. The large space, that was quite possibly the downfall of m:brgr (if you remove the overly-priced and subpar burgers from the equation, snap!), is being used effectively in thiscase, with Bloke being the East Wing – with eight VIP tables – and 4th being the West Wing – with 80 seats and three private dining sections. So…let’s just say we’re stoked…

Canada is getting a Piola…why, we don’t know. The Italian chain is opening up near Queen and Dufferin, and will pull thin-crust wonders out of the proverbial wood-fired oven. Okay, we really, truly do love pizza – especially delicious gourmet ones – but we’re craving something different. How about a lasagna place serving 46 different versions of layered excellence?

Finally, and we’re sorry ladies but this one’s for the fellas, or rather, the gentlemen. Vintage collector Jonathon Hagey opened up a pop-up ‘gentlemenswear’ shop, Kingpin’s Hideaway, underneath Cabaret boutique at 672 Queen Street West just about a week ago. The short-term destination – it will be open for one month only – sells gentlemanly wear and accoutrements that will have any kingpin decidedly dapper.