March 29, 2013

Chez Sophie Closed... TOTO Cucina Italiana is now Open (Restaurant Closed)
Casual Dining

Check out the new menu and those unique exclusive  first pictures until I pass by TOTO for a review... soon


Chef Sophie Tabet and her husband Sommelier Marco Marangi have decided to take a break for a while to learn more and expand their knowhow and passion in the culinary world. Their first stop will be Paris, where Sophie will work alongside chef David Rathgeber at the L’Assiette Restaurant, followed by a trip to Tokyo, where Marco will be fine-tuning his knowhow in wine at the famous Enoteca Pinchiorri, while Sophie masters her culinary skills further. Montreal may be their third stop from what I could gather. Hopefully their journey will not exceed a year and half, before the couple comes back to Lebanon with loads of interesting things that will surely impress us with the opening of a new restaurant.


Expect to see a major transformation where the same location has been changed into a cozier 50?s ambiance for the opening of TOTO, a fine Italian restaurant and Pizzeria – something never been seen before in Lebanon.

Prince Antonio Focas Flavio Angelo Ducas Comneno De Curtis di Bisanzio Gagliardi, best known by his stage name Totò or as Antonio De Curtis, and nicknamed il principe della risata (“the prince of laughter”), was an Italian comedian, film and theatre actor, writer, singer and songwriter. He is widely considered one of the greatest Italian artists of the 20th century. While he first gained his popularity as a comic actor, his dramatic roles, his poetry, and his songs are all deemed to be outstanding; his style and a number of his recurring jokes and gestures have become universally known memes in Italy.


Toto, the new Italian restaurant is managed by Samir Tabet, Sophie’s brother and will host Mr. Antonio Tolva, a famous Pizzaiolo who won the European championship a couple of years ago.

Antonio is bringing the first stone bake pizza oven to Lebanon, said to revolutionize the industry.


The average cheque at TOTO will be $30 per person, where Chef Fady Alameh, Sophie’s second in command will handle the furnaces of this new creation.

Suitable For: Casual Dining





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