Massimo Capra

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Massimo Capra
Born (1960-05-24) May 24, 1960 (age 54)
Soresina, Italy
Culinary career

Massimo Capra (born May 24, 1960) is a restaurant consultant and celebrity chef based in Toronto, Canada. He is known for his appearances on CityLine, and Food Network shows, Restaurant Makeover and Top Chef Canada which is seen in over sixteen countries worldwide.


Capra was born in Soresina, Italy, but grew up mostly in Sesto, Cremona. During his youth, he developed an interest in food through helping out in his mother’s kitchen and his father’s garden. After attending culinary school and enlisting in the army, Capra moved to Canada, following a job offering from a distant cousin. This led him to the now defunct Archer's Restaurant in Toronto.

After seven years at Archer’s, he moved to Prego Della Piazza, owned by Michael Carlevale. Situated in the fashionable Yorkville area of Toronto, Prego became popular with A-list actors attending the Toronto International Film Festival.

In 1989, he met Michael Carlevale of Prego della Piazza and was offered a position as chef. “Prego” became one of the most important restaurants in Toronto during his nine-year stay there. Working with Michael Carlevale, Massimo helped develop the concept of Carlevale’s Black & Blue Restaurant and Byzantium.

In 1997, Massimo felt the urge for something different, and he merged forces with Paolo Paolini, formerly of Splendido Restaurant. Mistura Restaurant was opened in October 1997, to a very receptive public. The exclusive SOPRA UPPER LOUNGE is the latest addition to Massimo’s list; since August of 2006, Sopra has become a favorite among many Toronto live music lovers. Sopra his 2nd venue at 265 Davenport Road in Toronto recently closed its doors to exclusively host private events of all kinds because of the public demand for an upscale dining venue that is downtown, and has the highest quality of food and service.

Author of One Pot Italian and the newly released Three Chefs, the kitchen men, Chef Capra regularly writes for The Globe & Mail Life section, and appears Massimo is the brand ambassador for Samsung Home Appliances; he recently completed the opening of Fraticelli Italian Grill and is working on the re-branding of the restaurant “The Rainbow Room” in the Crown Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls.

Massimo's television work is lengthy and it includes appearances as a regular guest expert on City TV, Cityline, and as a chef host on the series Restaurant Makeover on the Food Network. He is developing a new show called Gourmet Escapes and has appeared on several cooking shows including The Beer Buddies, The Movable Feast, Buddies of the Vine, Christine Cushing Live, Three Takes and many others. (upcoming TV shows include Top Chef Canada, and Restaurant Takeover)

Chef Massimo Capra is (in 2014) working on a new restaurant venue modeled after his successful Toronto airport restaurant - Boccone's in Doha, UAE and several other ventures.


Capra has a monthly column in the Globe and Mail’s “New Life” section. Various of his recipes have appeared in print.

His first full cook book, One-Pot Italian, ISBN 978-1-74175-333-2, is due to be published by Allen & Unwin in September, 2007.

Massimo Capra is the Brand Ambassador for NEW Buitoni Pizza launched in Canada in 2012.

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