Terroni Adelaide

A New Story for Old Toronto

Housed in the historic York County Court House of 1852, Terroni Adelaide takes full advantage of the distinct characteristics of its host architecture and its sorted past. A new story is woven in the form of a series of installations and material ‘linings’ that set the stage for existing grand elements to define the hospitality experience.

The first in the series of GPA’s larger-scale Terroni projects, this multi-storey restaurant creates distinct spaces for distinct functions. Together, all spaces of the restaurant accommodate 450 seats, with an additional 100 seats on the Court Square’s outdoor patio. The design orchestrates various ‘rooms’ of distinct character to come together, in concert, to create a distinctly Terroni experience.

Beginning at the grand entrance, the space is flanked by the Enoteca Bar and the discrete Ufficio, private dining/meeting room. The main dining room defined by the historic coffered ceiling is re-presented as a contemporary space via the destabilizing sinuous order of the Ferrari-red custom chandelier. Inspired by the race-car test track in Fiorano, Italy which boasts a series of curves and hair-pin turns that challenge any Ferrari, the custom designed chandelier provides the important contrast we rely on to transport the familiar court house space into something new and unique.

Beyond the main dining room is the elevated Atrio complete with original court gallery that lines the space above. Opposite the Atrio is the equally dramatic open kitchen. Both grand stairs and ‘secret’ stairs lead to various rooms above and below the main floor, including down to the re-purposed convict cells now transformed into wine cellars and restrooms; and, up to a second-floor ballroom and bar, and further to the circular bar and lounge, Covo degli Artisti in the third floor gallery. This perch above the double-height space of the dining room is the last in a series of ‘overlooks’ throughout the multi-storey experience.

The range of spaces at Terroni Adelaide required a design that not only unifies in spirit the distinct rooms of the multivalent restaurant, but also lends itself to the evolving needs of early morning to late-night hospitality, and from informal daily neighbourhood destination to weekly, formal event-based destination. A space for regular weekend brunch, is also a space for wine tasting event, is also a space for a wedding reception.

Project Facts

  • Client


  • Location

    Toronto, Ontario

  • Size

    10,000 sq.ft.

  • Status


  • Fabricator

    Lighting — Tim Flear
    Mosaic — Ciot

  • General Contractor

    D’Andrea Consulting

  • Photography

    Terroni Restaurants

  • Artist / Graphics

    Graphics — Small Project Design