Based on a commitment to the cultural and economic revitalization of the community his ancestors called home, Summer 2016 marked the opening of Born & Raised restaurant by Vittorio Colacitti, Top Chef Canada Season 4 finalist and executive chef/owner of The Good Son in Toronto.

For Chef Vittorio, Born & Raised is a childhood dream made real. Born & Raised is a homage to his Ital-Canadian roots growing up in Burlington, to summers on the family farm in Lowville and to travels to Europe, Asia and all over North America.

Located on James Street North in Hamilton’s lively Art Crawl district, Born & Raised nestles in the heart of the action amid modern art galleries, charming boutiques, cozy cafés and old-fashioned mom ’n pop shops.

Honouring the Niagara Peninsula – where soil is fertile and rich in nutrients – Chef Vittorio conveys love for old-world cooking techniques learned from his Italian roots alongside his fond and evolving passion for global flavours.

The 80-seat restaurant and raw bar features a wood-fire oven to prepare dishes using local, seasonal ingredients to charm and excite all five senses.

From after-work libations to being THE place to watch UEFA Euro Cup finals to casual date nights, Born & Raised’s take on hospitality is simple: humble and approachable food, drink and service in a warm, vibrant and inviting setting. All are welcome.

Photo credit:
Theresa Tayler
Dong Kim


Publicity & Promotion

Marketing Communications

Media Hosting


My experience working with Jessie has been a PR game-changer.

As a marketing professional promoting a destination to media and influencers, relationships with restaurants matter to me and my work. Jessie took that relationship to a whole new level by facilitating visits like a gracious dinner party host – always ensuring her visitors were taken care of and felt valued. Our media guests not only got a great meal – but had background info and materials in advance, face-time with Chef Vittorio and everything they needed to tell a great story about Hamilton’s food scene. Always responsive and generous with her time and expertise, Jessie is a door-opener and deal closer. Her willingness to support us made BONAFIDE a “go-to” resulting in consistent coverage in high profile, national media. A win-win for all.

– Dana Borcea, Tourism & Culture, City of Hamilton