Michael Morra (centre) is pictured here with his genitori (parents) in Monteleone, Italy in 1960

FOUNDER

MICHAEL MORRA

Michael was born and raised in a small town in Italy. His family, like so many southern Italian families, lived off of their land and livestock. Mealtime was Michael's favourite time of day because it was always a family affair and an opportunity for storytelling. 

Following his eldest sister, Michael immigrated to Canada when he was 16-years-old and immediately landed a job washing dishes in a Toronto restaurant. With a desire to learn English as quickly as possible, he began shining shoes - and chatting with his customers - in a barber shop in what is now The Fairmont Royal York Hotel. 

Making a “practical” career choice, Michael completed hairdresser training in 1957. His entrepreneurial spirit and desire to provide jobs for his younger siblings who were also immigrating to Canada drove him to open two salons, both of which are still in operation today! 

In 1975, with two successful salons and an interest in property development, Michael got his real estate license. A few years later he built the Clarkson Galleria where Michael’s Back Door has lived since its inception in 1981. 

To this day Michael’s immediate and extended family, along with many customers-turned-friends, enjoy dining there together, in keeping with the Italian tradition that every meal should be a family affair and one to be celebrated. 

 
 

OUR CLASSIC DISHES

Since opening in 1981 these classic dishes have been long-time favourites and are still featured on our menus today.

LOBSTER  CAPELLI

Originally named after Michael himself, this pasta dish with lobster meat in a tomato cream sauce has been a fan favourite since the very beginning. 

LINGUINE PESCATORE

This linguine pasta dish (shown in photo) featuring fresh shrimp, scallops, mussels and clams in a white wine garlic basil tomato sauce has been a seafood lovers dream since 1981.

VITELLO SORRENTINA

Veal Scaloppine can come in many forms but this classic Italian dish features tender veal topped with eggplant, capicollo and bocconcini cheese in basil garlic tomato sauce.

CONTACT US

LOCATION

1715 Lakeshore Road West, Mississauga, ON

HOURS

COVID HOURS

Pick-up & delivery only

Tuesday - Sunday: 4:30pm - Close

 

You can also make reservations online. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Image by Lukas Blazek

SPECIALS

Looking to treat the family to a special dinner at home? Check out our new family style takeout menu including all of our fan favourites at a family-friendly price. We hope to see you soon! #rediscoveraclassic

 
 
Grilled Calamari
Steamed Rapini & Navy Beans
Strozzapreti
Chicken Supreme
 
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