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chef chris

Since I was seven years old, I can remember loving to cook!

I was born and raised in an Italian household where being around the dinner table was an expression of family. Food brought us together and strengthened our bonds.

At the age of ten, I knew I wanted to become a chef and use food as a means to bring people together. I worked in the kitchen of several local Italian restaurants, first as a dishwasher, and then when I graduated from Sault College's Culinary program in 1996, I began cooking my own signature dishes.

While experimenting with different food groups, I dreamed of owning my own establishment where people could visit, eat, and "feel at home."

In 2007, I opened the doors to Solo Trattoria, an 80 seat restaurant that became well-known for taste savouring meals prepared fresh and from scratch.

Our Risotto has been a frequently ordered and a favourite dish ever since. The meal is often referred to by customers as a "must-try!" Such recipes stem from the authentic, homemade dishes of my grandmother, Frani Lepore. Above all, she valued the importance of preparing meals fresh and with ingredients that captured flavour. It is an honour to be able to continue in my nonna's footsteps and to be able to express my passion for cooking in my hometown of Sault Ste. Marie. Located in the heart of the downtown core on Queen Street, tourists as well as locals have the opportunity to visit many surrounding businesses and even catch a Greyhound Game as the Essar Centre is conveniently located across the street.

In 2010, Solo Trattoria expanded to offer an additional 60 seats in a private dining area which is often booked for corporate dining engagements or special occasions such as bridal showers.

In July of 2017, Solo Trattoria will be celebrating our 10th Anniversary! We look forward to continuing to offer the community of Sault Ste. Marie and visiting tourists with flavourful and fresh Italian cuisine prepared at the time of order. Be sure to try other top-rated menu items such as our Grilled Panini’s and various seafood entries.

We look forward to calling you "family!"


Chris Lepore 
Solo Trattoria