Shannon Tebb at Basso Pizzeria in Toronto

In early March 2017, I had the pleasure of touring Basso Pizzeria in Toronto (and craft beers and wine bar) at 320 Queen St E and I brought along Shannon Tebb, principle matchmaker at Shanny in the City, who blogged about what makes a restaurant romantic after meeting the owner, Sam Spartan and answering this unique and provocative question.

Ready to learn all Shannon’s wisdom, Mr Spartan changed his shirt just to appear more presentable; he stopped joking around and asked intelligent questions. I think he was genuinely interested in hearing Shannon’s perspective on what young couples, especially Millennials are looking for when they seek out new spots for romantic dinners. He wondered how they go about looking..

Shanny and Sam at Basso Pizzeria

Shannon’s blog has all the details. I stopped listening to the romance orientated restaurant marketing talk when the food arrived. Below is the pizza with arugula…

It was made by this artist – Chef Courtland.  The colour of his hair may change with the season, but the knife on his arm will never fade or lose its edge.

Courtland at Basso Pizzeria
The perfectly tattooed Pizza and Pasta Master, Chef Courtland at Basso Pizzeria

It was right about then another artist showed up and the food was suddenly on display and no longer on deck  for consumption. The plates lined up to be properly photographed by Joel Levy who brought along his oldest friend, a lovely young lady named Katie. And like a true friend she stowed away her hunger and waited patiently to eat whatever wasn’t being shot.

Joel Levy Photo – Joel really gets into his work, standing on the furniture to get the perfect high altitude show of the Americano Pizza pie.

Joel Levy Photo at work in Basso Pizzeria in Toronto

Katie is looking around for something to chew on as Joel captures the very smell of the meal below…

Later I used Joel’s pizza pictures in this piece about Basso Pizzeria on Toronto Guardian. Look how much better his shots are!

Toronto Guardian - Joel Levy Photo - pizza at Basso Pizzeria in Corktown area of Toronto, March 2017
Toronto Guardian – Joel Levy Photo – pizza at Basso Pizzeria, March 2017

And finally we all got to enjoy the meal.

Shannon Tebb eats thin crust pizza at Basso Pizzeria
Shanny eats thin crust pizza at Basso Pizzeria.  March 2017

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