Belsito Trattoria-Vino is the creation of experienced Chef Gino Guercio. Honoring his Italian heritage, the restaurant was named after his ancestral home of Belsito, located in the province of Cosenza, Italy. Inspired by the innate culinary talent of his mother and many aunts and uncles, Chef Gino spent his childhood in the kitchen, learning recipes that are still prepared for family gatherings. At a young age, Chef Gino discovered his passion in the kitchen, starting his career at age 14. He graduated from the George Brown College of Hospitality, wining several awards, including the Gold Medal in Le Salon Culinaire competition and a Silver Medal in the Taste of Canada. For almost three decades, Chef Gino has held progressive executive roles in the culinary divisions of luxury brands, including the Four Seasons, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Delta and Intercontinental Hotels in Canada, Mexico and Japan, managing a multitude of restaurants with almost every culinary concept.
Chef Gino has relocated from Tokyo to Kleinburg to open Belsito Trattoria-Vino. “I am very excited to see the result of many months of planning, and can’t wait to welcome you to my restaurant.” said Chef Gino. “Belsito offers dinner and lunch right in the charming Village of Kleinburg, steps from the McMichael Art Gallery, the Kortright Center for Conservation and the Humber River Trails. The menu showcases recipes that my family has prepared for generations, and a selection of my favorite Italian dishes and wines.” Chef Gino has travelled to over 50 countries, always in search for the next food trend, while keeping in mind that traditional recipes will always have a special place in the ever evolving culinary world and in his heart.
Menu highlights include baccala fritto alla belsitese (salted cod with a warm tomato, caper & chive salsa), orecchiette alla Calabrese, "Napoléon" di filetto di manzo (8oz. Alberta Black Angus filet mignon layered with rosti potatoes & grilled asparagus, barolo red wine jus), linguine frutti di mare "al cartoccio" (wrapped in a savoury pizza dough and baked in the Napolitano oven) and much more!
Belsito Trattoria-Vino offers a vast selection of wines, with a focus on Italian varieties. The restaurant has 76 seats, in addition to an al-fresco seasonal patio with capacity for 34 guests. The venue can be booked for private events. Catering service available.