Our People

We welcome you with open arms and warm Italian hospitality! At The Badali we’re committed to “superior hospitality” in fact that’s our mission. We, the management team here at The Badali, represent a committed group of employees who are dedicated to our guest’s total enjoyment. We’re not a big impersonal chain but an independent restaurant that believes in the power of hospitality and relationships. Please contact any of us directly if we can be of any assistance what-so-ever. We look forward to hearing from you.


General Manager

Born in Ethiopia, Wube came to Canada as an international student in the late 1980s, only to fall in love with the Canada he experienced and the kind spirit of its people. From a start as a part time pizza cook and dish washer in Kingston Ontario, to years working in bars and restaurants of all stripes, Wube spent his university years juggling work and school only to find his passion for the hospitality business could not be ignored. As the General Manager of one of the city’s iconic restaurants, Wube is dedicated to ensuring all guests are well looked after in our home and that your time with us is a memorable one.

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Executive Chef

Shane is a talented and upcoming Executive Chef who has worked in various roles in fine dining restos all around town including but not limited to North 44, Terra and One Restaurant. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge from stints in all of this highly acclaimed restaurants, and we are proud to have his culinary insight, palate and dedication to our guest’s experience.

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Guest Experience Manager

Ella is our guest experience manager, a role in which we task her with the hiring, training and scheduling of all of our sales staff as well as ensuring the store is set up and ready for the day. Originally born in Sweden, into a family run hotel business, she met her Canadian husband in her travels. After various stints both in Toronto and outside of the city, including Cibo Yorkville, Ella is now an integral member of our family.

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Jr. Sous Chef

Jacob has been a craftsman all of his life, originally trained in Industrial Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He now spends his time ensuring the kitchen brigade is executing recipes meticulously and providing for the best guest experience.

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Beverage Director

Christina Brown joined the Badali family in the spring of 2017 and is a welcome addition to our team. Previously the G.M. of Origin, Chris has dived into the role of designing artisanal cocktails, developing wine lists and creating an even livelier bar. Come on by and enjoy a fine cocktail or craft beer on her 40 foot marble top bar.

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Events Coordinator

Brittany is our events coordinator responsible for all group bookings and corporate receptions. She frequents the hippest of restaurants and bars about town and we rely on her to tell us when we are acting out of touch and are in danger of losing our hipster image.

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Restaurant Manager

As adept on the restaurant floor as he is on the baseball diamond, front of house manager Doug is an affable fellow who is loved by both the tables we serve and the staff he assists.

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Part time Manager

Not many people can juggle being a new father, a teacher and a restaurant manager all at once. Bobby does just that and more, maintaining the same calm demeanour he employed as a semi-pro soccer player regardless of what’s thrown his way.

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Part Time Manager

Yaseen is a guest focused service professional with many years of experience under his belt in both casual family dining and in more formal settings. You will find him ensuring our service team and kitchen brigade are offering you their very best each and every meal period.

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Part Time Manager

An avid reader and aspiring writer, he is the perfect bartender companion. With his love of all things Blue Jays, Arsenal FC, and his unrelenting curiosity, he is the perfect person with whom a guest can trade opinions on current events and sports.

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About Us

The Badali Bar and Cucina brings the taste of Italy to the heart of Toronto's Entertainment District. We invite you to join us for fine Italian fare, sustainable seafood, great Italian and Local wines, in house made desserts and true Italian hospitality. Whether you join us for a hand crafted cocktail and a sample of our cicchetti menu at our busy bar or for a sit down meal in our Piazza with colleagues, friends or family, we will welcome you with open arms into our home. Situated just steps from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, some outstanding downtown hotels, local theatre and sports arenas. We will strive to exceed your every expectation from your first minute with us to your last.


The Badali is a large, high-energy restaurant with many interesting and comfortable rooms and seating areas. Whether it’s an intimate celebration for 2 or a raucous Business Dinner for 20 or more, we can accommodate every mood and occasion.


We’ve recently renovated the Bar and we’re thrilled with how it turned out. New lighting, bar top, and comfortable seating all enhance our artisanal cocktails, craft beers, Italian and local wine offerings. Great for watching sports, cocktail hour with DJ Michael Williams spinning tunes, or a nice selection of small plate food offerings.

Front Street Lounge

Another great high-energy spot for lunch, dinner, or drinks.