Last weekend was the Taste of Little Italy in Toronto. For a whole weekend the busy down town street of College West shuts down to all cars and become a walking tour of some of the best Italian food in Toronto.
Little Italy, sometimes referred to as College Street West, is a district in Toronto, known for its numerous Italian Canadian restaurants and businesses. There’s also a significant Latin American and Portuguese community in the area. The district is centered around a restaurant/bar/shopping strip along College Street, the heart of which is the intersection of College and Grace Streets and the adjacent residential area, but spreading out between Bathurst Street and Dufferin Street.
Every year in June for a whole weekend, the better part of College ST West is closed off to traffic and taken over by pedestrians. All of the restaurants on the street expand their patios onto the sidewalks and also serve their specialties on the streets.
As wall as pizza pies as big as the moon and all the traditional Italian favorites, there’s also plenty on the menus if you like things a little more experimental. I can definitely suggest the Beetroot, Goat Cheese Agnolotti at Teatro Restaurant on Palmerson.
This event is also great to bring the whole family to. With lots of rids for the kiddies, live bans every few blocks and great ice cream stands. Plus the very well maintained toilet accommodations and cleanness of the streets made the day really easy to enjoy.
If you missed the Taste of Little Italy don’t worry! There is still time to catch the Taste of the Kingsway and The Taste of the Danforth in August. But if ever in Toronto looking for a good place to eat, College St West is a great place to start.
Toronto’s Little Italy Wikipedia Page