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Dining Makeover at Toronto’s Pearson Airport Has Foodie Flavour

By WAHEEDA HARRIS

Rendering of Mark McEwan's Fetta Panini Bar

Layovers at Toronto’s Pearson Airport are about to become a lot more enjoyable, with 13 locally inspired dining options by highly esteemed and some celebrity chefs coming to the airport.

Slated to open in late 2012 and early 2013, the new restaurants and bars are being developed by the who’s who of Toronto’s food scene:

Mark McEwan (Bymark/Food Network Canada) will oversee two restaurants, Fetta Panini Bar and Nobel Burger Bar; Rocco Agostino (Enoteca Sociale) will offer Italian trattoria faves at Corso; Guy Rubino (Ame/Food Network Canada) will show off his contemporary Japanese cuisine at Acer; and Claudio Aprile (Colborne Lane) will open Trillium, a global tapas bar.

Plans also include a gourmet market carrying local products and an Indian street food restaurant from chef Hemant Bhagwani of Marathi.

Want to whet your whistle pre-flight? Master sommelier John Szabo and brewer Brock Shepherd have been tapped to oversee cocktail bar Apropos. Szabo will also lend his expertise at wine bar Vinifera.

And for those on the hunt for the new hot spots, Pearson will be installing 2,500 iPads in the gate areas of Terminals 1 and 3 to make the search easier.

Watch a video with chefs talking about the new food options:

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