The eatery is the brainchild of Toronto chef Zane Caplansky, and it is the first of two new locations that are being brought to Canada’s busiest hub by F&B operator HMSHost.
Caplansky’s is located in Terminal 3, and the second location, Caplansky’s Snack Bar, will then open later this year in Terminal 1.
Scott Collier, vice president, customer and terminal services at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), explains: “At Toronto Pearson, offering culinary choice for our passengers who crave local flavours and familiar brands is what it’s all about.
“Caplansky’s Deli serves up the same delicious homemade food passengers will recognize from Zane’s popular deli, and I’m pleased to say that this brings not only an authentic taste of Toronto to the airport, but an authentic Caplansky’s experience which is priced to match Caplansky’s downtown.”
The menu includes Jewish-style dishes with deli favourites like The Rubenesque, with smoked meat, swiss cheese, Russian dressing and sauerkraut grilled on fresh rye bread, and the meatloaf sandwich.
Others include meals with smoked meat gravy, salads, and breakfast plates (like the Leaning Tower of Caplansky – three pieces of thick cut challah French toast with layers of cream cheese, blueberry jam, and beef bacon).
Zane Caplansky, says he couldn’t be more excited to work with HMSHost and GTAA to bring “authentic flavours” to travellers and airport workers, and cannot believe he has come from just a pop-up sandwich shop in Little Italy to an international travel hub in a few short years.
Caplansky’s is one of several new restaurants that HMSHost is bringing to passengers at Toronto Perason over the next year, and others include The Hearth by Lynn Crawford, LEE Kitchen by Susur Lee, Twist by Roger Mooking, and Paramount Fine Foods (which opened last month).
HMSHost will also open Bar 120: Cuisine Transformed with a menu developed by Modern Culinary Academy chef John Placko.