My name is Johnny Di Benedetto, owner and operator of Di Liso’s Fine Meats since 2003. I have two beautiful children whose health and well-being are my top concern.  In my business, I follow the same health conscious rules with my customers as I do with my own family.


My clients include some of Toronto’s finest chefs and Ontario’s most honest and reputable family-run farms. In my many years of butchering, I have found that by ensuring each piece of meat has been handled with the strictest attention, from farm to fork, we can achieve the highest standards.  This has created long lasting personal relationships with many of our satisfied customers.  I keep current with farming processes in order to deliver the best products to my customers.


Please contact us with any questions, as our staff is both friendly, knowledgeable, and eager to help!




    Johnny Di Benedetto

    President, Di Liso’s Fine Meats

Di Liso's owner Johnny Di Benedetto


Francesco Di Liso was born in 1947 in Moduginio, Italy where farming was a necessity. With eleven brothers and sisters, there was very little food to go around. Frank lost his father to cancer when he was very young, leaving his mother to raise the family on her own. Frank understood his mother's struggle, so at the age of seventeen he made the difficult decision to leave home knowing that one less mouth to feed would help his mother immensely.


Arriving in Canada in 1964 he began his career at the meat cutting company F.G Bradley and Co. Under the watchful eye of Mr. Bradley, he quickly accelerated through the ranks to become a plant supervisor.  The plant employed some of the best cattle pickers, butchers, portion cutters, and salumerie from around the world.  Frank embraced the teachings of these master butchers giving him the confidence to create his own unique and highly respected style of meat cutting.  His expertise is the reason for the success of Di Liso’s Fine Meats in the Greater Toronto Area.


Frank is still an active part of the business, teaching only the most privileged  his art from the ground up.  In 2003, Di Liso’s Fine Meats has been passed on to John Di Benedetto who has been involved in the business from the age of 10.  John studied extensively under Frank for more than 15 years before becoming a master butcher himself.


Frank Di Liso teaching Johnny Di Benedetto


Located in the historic St. Lawrence Market in downtown Toronto, Di Liso's Fine Meats has served its customers for nearly 30 years.

Come on by and get a taste of what the National Geographic ranks as the #1 Food Market in the World!

We'd Love to See You!

ground floor map of St Lawrence Market
St Lawrence Market building
Di Liso's Fine Meats shop at St Lawrence Market


Hi there!  We're the team you can trust to provide you with the best quality of meat.

We're passionate and knowledgeable...and we're more than happy to assist you.

Johnny - owner of Di Liso's Fine Meats
David - Sales & Operations Manager
Ernesto - Head Butcher


  • I've owned and operated Di Liso's Meats since 2003.
  • Proud dad of two amazing kids
  • I like to torture myself by participating in Tough Mudder and the Spartan Race.



  • Worked for 8 years at Di Liso's Meats
  • Loves hockey and football



  • Been in the meat industry for 15 years
  • Love my wife and daughter
  • Enjoy playing Battlefield 4 on the Playstation during my down time




Johnny with The Food Network  Celebrity Chef David Adjey


Johnny with The Food Network

Celebrity Chef David Adjey

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The Fairmont's Royal York Hotel Chef Tom Phuong with Johnny


The Fairmont's Royal York Hotel Chef Tom Phuong with Johnny

"I've never actually bought meat outside of my usual grocery store weekly visits.  But after visiting my friend in Toronto, and a trip to the St Lawrence Market, and trying out several items from Di Liso's Fine Meats... I am now a convert!  I can taste the difference, and it's good to know where they actually come from!  I spoke to the owner John and you can tell he knows his meat.  Let's just say I plan on visiting my friend in Toronto more often!"


- Kate (Markham)

"My wife and I have been shopping at Di Liso's for years.  They've actually become part of our weekend routine.  Saturday mornings at the St Lawrence Market and picking up our week's worth of meat from Di Liso's.  John and his crew are so pleasant to deal with.   They're like that 'honest' mechanic that you find (which is rare) and you stick to them like glue!  We've gotten a lot of our friends going to Di Liso's as well."


- Rick (Toronto)

"OMG is their stuff ever so goooood!  I love stopping by during the week to grab their already marinated meat so I can just pop them in the oven for dinner.  Keep up the great work guys!"


- Dawn (North York)

"I had to write this only because I was very impressed by their customer service.  I didn't actually buy any meat during this visit because I was going to be out all day and had nowhere to store my purchases had I gotten anything.  But I did have a question about corned beef which I did purchase the week before.  You would not believe how much time John dedicated to answering my question even while knowing I wasn't going to buy anything from them at that time.  That is what I call amazing customer service!  Thanks John!"


- Tara (Toronto)

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