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SSP Canada to partner with famed Chef Massimo Capra at Toronto Pearson Airport

July 9, 2012

Partnership to bring two Italian concept restaurants to Canada’s busiest

LANSDOWNE, VA, July 9, 2012 /CNW/ – SSP Canada, the Canadian division of
SSP, the leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel
locations worldwide, is delighted to announce today its partnership
with celebrity chef, Massimo Capra, in opening two Italian restaurants
at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

Pat Murray, Executive VP of SSP Canada, commented, “Massimo Capra is a
celebrated chef, outstanding restaurateur, noted author and much loved
television personality. We are honoured to be working with someone of
his caliber, and are absolutely delighted to be showcasing his passion,
creative force and incredible food to the passengers of Toronto

“Having Chef Massimo bring his expertise and love of food to Toronto
Pearson is very exciting for the airport,” said Pamela Griffith-Jones,
Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer for the Greater Toronto Airports
Authority. ”The energy and passion that comes with Chef Massimo is
contagious and we are thrilled to be working with him to open two great
restaurants for our guests to enjoy while at the airport.”

Chef Massimo is the chef and co-owner of two Toronto mainstays – the
Zagat-rated Mistura, and the exclusive supper club, Sopra Upper Lounge
– as well, he is the creative force behind the recently re-launched
Rainbow Room in Niagara Falls’ Crown Plaza Hotel. In addition to
regular appearances on CityTV’s “Cityline”, penning a column for the
Toronto Globe & Mail, and host of Food Network Canada’s “Restaurant Makeover” and Travel &
Escape’s “Gourmet Escapes”, he has also authored One Pot Italian and worked in collaboration on the newly released Three Chefs: The Kitchen Men, which made Massimo a Gold winning author.

Capra has established deep roots in the Toronto region and is now
perfectly positioned to introduce the bounty of that region, in a truly
Italian-style, to the 33 million annual passengers of Toronto Pearson

“Since my arrival in Toronto in 1982, I have been on this amazing and
wonderful path, of being able to share my passion with so many people
across Canada,” commented Massimo Capra. “When the opportunity to
partner up with SSP Canada and branch my passion to Canadians and
international travelers alike, it was a no brain-er. It was a perfect
fit – SSP brings my same passion for food to travelers all over the
world. Their attention to detail and quality is equally matched to mine
and together, I believe we will deliver a new and exciting change to
Toronto Pearson and its travelers.”

The authentic taste of modern Milan created by of one of Toronto’s most
beloved Italian chefs will be offered at two locations in Toronto
Pearson’s Terminal 1.

Boccone Trattoria Veloce will be a 2287 sq ft full service, casual
dining restaurant with a carefully created menu by Chef Capra. It will
take passengers on a pre-boarding voyage through Italy’s finest
culinary combinations complemented by an extensive wine list. The
second location, Boccone Pronto, will act as the quick service
counterpart and will entice passengers on the run with a broad
selection of fine Italian fare and freshly brewed coffee to go.

Boccone Trattoria Veloce will be located in Terminal 1′s domestic
departures and Boccone Pronto will be in Terminal 1′s US-Transborder
departures area. Both will open later this fall.

About SSP
SSP is the leading dedicated provider of food and beverage brands in
travel locations, operating restaurants, bars, cafés, food courts,
lounges and convenience stores in airports, train stations, motorway
service stations and other leisure locations. With a heritage
stretching back over 60 years, today SSP has 30,000 employees, serving
over a million customers every day. It has business at over 140
airports and over 250 rail stations, and operates more than 2,100 units
in 30 countries around the world.

SSP operates an extensive portfolio of over 200 international, national,
local and speciality brands. These include Upper Crust, Starbucks,
Caffè Ritazza, Burger King, M&S Simply Food, Millies Cookies,
O’Learys, Caviar House & Prunier, and leading Asian brands Ajisen Ramen
and Saboten, as well as stunning bespoke concepts such as the Montreux
Jazz Café in Geneva and the award winning Center Bar at Zurich.

Its brand portfolio is tailored for each specific location, depending on
variables such as passenger profile, consumer need states, location
type, size and design.

About SSP America/SSP Canada
SSP America operates in more than 40 airports across North America
bringing a variety of local, regional and national brands to the
traveling consumer at a vast array of price ranges. Third party brands
in the company’s broad portfolio include The Palm Restaurant, Einstein
Bros. Bagels, Gordon Biersch, Panda Express, Tigín, Peet’s Coffee &
Tea, T.G.I. Friday’s, Tim Hortons, The Great American Bagel and Buffalo
Wild Wings. SSP America’s brand portfolio also includes strong, local
award-winning icons such as Laurelwood Public House & Brewery, Harry &
Izzy’s, Nonna Bartolotta’s, and Mill Street Brewery Pub.

About the Greater Toronto Airports Authority
The GTAA is the operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport,
Canada’s biggest airport and one of the largest airports in North
America in terms of passenger and air cargo traffic. In 2011, Toronto
Pearson handled 33.4 million passengers and is ranked 4(th) largest in international passenger traffic in North America. The focus
of the GTAA continues to be on competitiveness, growing the airport’s
status as an international gateway, meeting the needs of our guests and
ensuring the long-term success of the organization, our airline
customers and the regional economy. Join Toronto Pearson on Facebook
and Twitter (@torontopearson).

SOURCE Toronto Pearson

Source: PR Newswire