Your Guide to Corso Italia

Corso Italia, or rather Toronto’s other (and slightly smaller) Little Italy, is a district that neighbours Hillcrest Village. It’s situated on St. Clair Avenue West, right between Westmount Avenue and Lansdowne Avenue which means it’s just a quick streetcar ride away. Residents of The Nest can consider themselves lucky being so close to some great Italian culture – which of course, includes pasta and gelato!


Here’s a quick guide to Corso Italia:

  • There is not one, but TWO streetcar stops along Corso Italia, and you know how we feel about easy access to transit.
  • Gelato. La Paloma Gelateria & Cafe serves only authentic Sicilian gelato in every flavour you can think of.
  • Great Italian food is everywhere. One of our favourites in the area is The Big Ragu, an authentic Italian trattoria that serves a mean tiramisu and spaghetti & meatballs. They also have a Valentine’s Day special that you can’t miss!
  • If you’re in the mood to bring home authentic Italian pasta brands and cheeses, then Centro Trattoria & Formaggi is where you need to go.
  • There are also plenty of public spaces and community centres in the neighbourhood – including the Joseph Piccininni Community Recreation Centre, Earlscourt Park, and Wadsworth Park .
  • If you’ve ever had a cappuccino from Italy, you’ll agree with us that it’s simply the best you’ve ever had. For the best cappuccino outside of Italy, make your way to Corso Italia. Check out Novecento, an old Italian cafe that serves sandwiches, desserts and other caffeinated beverages.

Have you checked our Toronto’s other Little Italy? Which shops and cafes do you frequent?

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