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Born in Cremona, Italy, Massimo started his career in culinary by working at several top restaurants and hotels throughout Italy. After spending several years working in his home country, Massimo immigrated to Toronto in 1982 to work at Archer’s, which was owned by a relative. After mastering English throughout his time at Archer’s, Massimo was offered a chef’s position at Prego della Piazza. Throughout Massimo’s time at Prego, the restaurant became one of the most prestigious restaurants in Toronto. In 1991, Massimo opened Mistura Restaurant, which was well received by the public. The most recent restaurant opened by Massimo was Sopra Upper Lounge, which opened in 2006 and is a popular amongst Toronto’s live music lovers. In addition his restaurant ventures, Massimo is has authored 2 books, One Pot Italian, and Three Chefs, The Kitchen Men. He has also appeared on several Food Network shows and appears regularly as a guest expert on City TV Cityline.