The Social Distancing Weekly: May 29, 2020

The Social Distancing Weekly: May 29, 2020

Did you see that Osteria Rialto was named #7 on Toronto Life's list of Best New Restaurants 2020? Now is your chance to try it out!

For our local friends (and those willing to travel), we're delighted to announce Osteria Rialto's new Neighbourhood Dinner.

This dinner is available for pick-up only. Help us avoid delivery fees, and we'll help you eat well! For only $65, the Neighbourhood Dinner includes:

  • House-baked focaccia (it's incredible)
  • Ontario Buffalo Mozzarella and in-house pickled vegetables
  • Your choice of two handmade pastas from: rigatoni with asparagus al limone; ricotta cavatelli with spicy sausage ragu; and tonnarelli with red shrimp and livornese sauce
  • Polpettone ragu, a.k.a. beef meatballs in tomato sauce
  • Chocolate-caramel cake cup

Add a bottle of our house red or white wine for $20, and make a Paradise occasion of it!

Order your neighbourhood dinner now

Today in the newsletter, we present:

  • Food & drink
  • Virtual Paradise Theatre
  • Festivals online
  • Fun things from isolation
  • What's next for...

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Food & drink:

Free arancini

Arancini Quattro Formaggi comes free on orders of $40+ on the apps. A fried rice ball with Taleggio, Cantal, Pecorino Romano and Parmigiano Reggiano—what's not to love?

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Paradise Party Pack

Four popcorns with Paradise special seasoning, plus four candies and batched cocktails of your choice! Order our negronis and rent the movie Caro Diario for an Italian night in.

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Prima Donna cheese

Aged for 24 months, this aromatic cow's milk cheese from the Netherlands is a guaranteed hit on any cheese plate. Order it with your wine, spirits and cider, today!

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Virtual Paradise Theatre 

When you buy a ticket to one of the movies below, you're also giving two tickets to front-line workers to enjoy a well-deserved escape to Paradise when we re-open. More info.

Zombi Child

This audacious zombie thriller blends “political commentary, ethnography, teenage melodrama and genre horror” (Screen).

Watch Now

A White, White Day

In this hypnotic tale of vengeance, an off-duty police chief in a remote Icelandic town has obsessive suspicions.

Watch Now

Lucky Grandma

A chain-smoking grandma in New York's Chinatown lands herself on the wrong side of luck in this crowd-pleasing comedy.

Watch Now

Caro Diario

A hilarious and intimate self-reflective comedy set across Italy—from riding a Vespa around Rome, to writing in the Aeolian Islands.

Watch Now

We're delighted to continue offering:

Festivals online:


StayOutLate brought Dumpling to Paradise in February, and this weekend they present a festival with a music panel, showcase and dance party!

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Hot Docs

It's not spring without Hot Docs! Check out There's No Place Like This Place, Anyplace, a documentary about Bloor Street icon, Honest Ed's.

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Toronto Jewish Film Festival

Now in its 28th year, TJFF presents new films, Q&As, and an excellent selection of free programs.

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Winnipeg Folk Festival

Formerly of Hey Rosetta!, Tim Baker celebrates the release of his new single with two online concerts presented by the folk festival.

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Fun things from isolation:

Challenging Squirrels

One man has gone to extreme lengths to make a squirrel-proof bird feeder, and the results can only be described as extremely entertaining!

Watch Now

Mapping Marvel

A dedicated fan has mapped out the precise chronological order of all the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies.

Read The List

Recreating Favourite Scenes

A dedicated Animal Crossing player has faithfully recreated the "I Want It That Way" cold open from Brooklyn Nine Nine.

Watch Now

What's next for...


Armed with a wide breadth of new ideas and examples from around the world, Vulture asks: What will make us feel comfortable going out to the movies again? 

Read More

Live Music Venues

Now gets specific on possibilities for the future of live music in Toronto, talking to local musicians, promoters and venue operators.

Read More


Glimpse into the future with this Atlantic piece, combining reports from Hong Kong restaurants today with economic predictions about the future of the industry. 

Read More

Learn More

Paradise photo

Do you love what we do, and look forward to our re-open? There are many ways to support us:

We'll be back with another Social Distancing Weekly next week. 

Until then, email with any questions, requests or inspiration. We're all in this together. 

The Social Distancing Weekly

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