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The Toronto Star
Sep. 10, 2005. 01:00 AM
Want to catch a rising star? Learn to eat like one
Cuisine co-stars at Sassafraz `Coppola tasting'of director's wines


So what does it take to be a celebrity magnet?

At Sassafraz, it's the simple things — if you could call gnocchi infused with foie gras simple.

Food, says executive chef Jason Rosso, is what it's all about.

Of course, a long-standing reputation as a star-sheltering haven in the heart of Yorkville hardly hurts.

For the 10-day Toronto International Film Festival, Rosso is preparing a Coppola tasting menu — five courses paired with selections from Francis Ford Coppola's California winery, Niebaum-Coppola.

Offerings include the aforementioned gnocchi and poached Angus tenderloin in red wine consommé.

Not to mention dishes tailored for maintaining the lean, green celebrity machine — hothouse tomatoes and French goat cheese salad with Spanish olive oil and 12-year-old balsamic vinegar.

It's not all star bait, Rosso says. In recent months, the restaurant has made an effort to earn its stripes through its menu and not its clientele.

"We shifted the whole culture in this place. We want the restaurant to stand on its own merit, not just because celebrities come in," Rosso says.

But it's hardly staunched the flow of the rich and famous. Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones, musician Darryl Hall and Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees have all recently come calling. Not to mention Courteney Cox and husband David Arquette

"They take a big table, and they order, sometimes, 10 or 15 things off the menu. They just sit and feast on it," Rosso says.

And there's the perennially undemanding Steve Martin.

"Steve Martin's in all the time. He's a great eater. He usually orders throughout the menu."

"Last time he was in, he had the macaroni and cheese — with six-year-old cheddar sauce."

Still, unlike places such as Planet Hollywood, which live and dine by the celebrity endorsement, Rosso isn't about to name a dish after anyone.

But for anyone whose interest in the film festival begins and ends with star-spotting — or for those who think seeing a celeb might be an added bonus to a fine meal — here's the usual celebrity circuit and the high-profile appetites they have served recently:

Bistro 990 (990 Bay St.): Tim Allen, Margaret Atwood, Graham Greene (the actor), Ted Danson, Marcia Gay Harden, Gordon Pinsent, Larry Dane, Don McKellar, Atom Egoyan.

Bloor Street Diner (55 Bloor St. W, in the Manulife Centre): Shirley Douglas, Rex Reed, Roger Ebert, Norman Jewison.

Flow (133 Yorkville Ave.): Tim Allen, Vivica A. Fox, Coldplay, Steve Martin.

Il Posto (148 Yorkville Ave.): Jay Z, Kiefer Sutherland.

Joso's (202 Davenport Rd.): Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Charlie Watts, Vivica A. Fox, Christopher Plummer, John Leguizamo, Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon.

Kit Kat (297 King St. W.): Isabella Rossellini.

La Bruschetta (1317 St. Clair Ave. W.): David Rasche, Jennifer Dale, Margaret Atwood, Joe Mantegna, Sela Ward.

Lago (Queen's Quay Terminal): Kiefer Sutherland.

Lobby Restaurant (192 Bloor St. W.): South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Adam Shankman, Mark Wahlberg.

Mistura (265 Davenport Rd.): Christopher Plummer.

Morton's (Park Hyatt Toronto Hotel, 4 Avenue Rd.): Kiefer Sutherland, Michael Douglas.

Nectar (488 Wellington St. W.): Dan Aykroyd.

Opus (37 Prince Arthur Ave.): Bonnie Hunt, Michael Douglas, Norman Jewison, Ben Affleck.

Sassafraz (100 Cumberland Ave.): Ron Wood, Bonnie Hunt, Dan Aykroyd, Daryl Hall, Steve Martin.

Sotto Sotto (116 Avenue Rd.): Avril Lavigne, Tim Allen, Kiefer Sutherland, Eva Longoria, Michael Douglas, Bruce Willis, Dennis Hopper, Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth, Tom Selleck, Julianne Moore, Drew Barrymore, Drew Carey, Our Lady Peace, Metallica and Jimmy Smits.

Sotto Voce (595 College St.): Belinda Stronach.

Spuntini (116 Avenue Rd.): Queen Latifah, Erykah Badu, Damon Wayans, Rod Stewart, Forrest Whitaker, Dennis Quaid, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman, Mats Sundin, Sarah Jessica Parker, Nathan Lane, Liam Neeson.

Trattoria Vaticano (25 Bellair St.): Vivica A. Fox.

Ultra Supper Club (314 Queen St. W.): Mick Jagger, Kiefer Sutherland, Vivica A. Fox, Adrien Brody.


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