Teatro Ristorante Celebrates 25 Years

Join in the festivities as one of Calgary’s most legendary restaurants marks its silver anniversary.

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It was back in 1993 when Teatro Ristorante first opened its doors to Calgarians. From the outset, the restaurant promised a quality experience with a focus on warm hospitality. Twenty-five years later, Teatro continues to reign supreme in the fine dining scene.

“It’s an escape for Calgarians [to] relax and enjoy the finer things in life,” says Devin Morrison, the director of operations at Teatro Group.   

Indeed, Teatro aims to ensure that each person entering the restaurant is treated as though they’re being welcomed into a home. “Everything that we do, every day, is with hospitality in mind,” says Morrison.

Since its first venture with Teatro, the Teatro Group has created six more establishments in Calgary: Vendome Café, Cucina, Eighth Avenue Trattoria (E.A.T.), Ca’Puccini, Alforno Bakery & Café, and Royale. While the restaurants range in style and offerings, each one is rooted in Teatro Group’s belief that a welcoming attitude and atmosphere are the keys to success.

This warmth and welcoming atmosphere extends into the group’s kitchens, as well, creating places where chefs can feel free to experiment and create. Teatro Ristorante, in particular, is known for its innovative kitchen and detailed service — numerous culinary stars in Calgary can be counted as alumni, including Brendan Bankowski, responsible for The Beltliner and Gorilla Whale (along with Dean Symonds, another Teatro veteran); Thomas Dahlgren, founder of Bar Von der Fels; Karen Kho, creator of Empire Provisions; and Andrea Robinson, general manager and part owner of Two Penny Restaurant and the Tea House.

As a part of its anniversary celebrations, Teatro Ristorante will be highlighting its innovative legacy through an alumni dinner. Past and present will collide when chefs Michael Allemeier, John Michael McNeil and Jason Barton Brown return to make dishes that represent their time at the restaurant.

“[The alumni dinner is] the perfect example of how the systems, the training, the core values of Teatro transcends not only our seven properties, but are also the things that people have taken away from their experience and incorporated into their own properties” says Corporate Executive Chef Matthew Batey.

In the coming years, Morrison hopes to bring Teatro’s special touch to some new spaces. He emphasizes that the people are what have made — and continue to make — Teatro a success in a precarious industry. “We have the most incredible people who work in our organization. Our primary focus is to continue to grow our team of like-minded quality people that have the same passion for hospitality that we do," says Morrison.

As for Chef Batey? He has another anniversary in mind. "I'm looking forward to Teatro turning 50."

Interested in helping Teatro Group celebrate its silver anniversary? Here are four can’t-miss events to attend:


Rosé Bebe 

Partake in unlimited rosé and nibbles while jamming to live music.
When: Friday, August 24
Where: Royale Patio
Tickets: $75/person on Eventbrite.


East Side Dario’s 

Enjoy this cheeky take on American Italian cuisine, served family-style.
When: Friday, September 28
Where: Teatro’s Opera Room
Tickets: Please email: info@teatro.ca


Alumni Dinner 

Past chefs Michael Allemeier, John Michael McNeil and Jason Barton Brown return to create dishes that are emblematic of their time at Teatro, along with current chefs Dave Bohati, Matt Batey, and Daniel “Papi” Ramon.
When: Thursday, October 4
Where: Teatro Ristorante
Tickets: Please email: info@teatro.ca


Batey’s Boozy Brunch

Indulge in Champagne bottle service while dining on Chef Matt Batey’s brunch creations. 
When: Sunday, November 18
Where: Teatro Ristorante
Tickets: Please email: info@teatro.ca



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