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Corso Italia

Corso Italia, Toronto's other Little Italy, is lower-key then its more famous namesake and absent the seemingly growing list of martini bars that now shape College Street. The Italian community here is more focused on the food. Some of the best pizza in the city can be found at spots like the Big Ragu and Marcello's. Many feel you can't do better than La Paloma's gelato and anyone would be hard-pressed not to wander into Tre Mari Bakery after getting a whiff of the bread and pastries baked fresh daily within.


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Axe Capoeira / Fitness Clubs

1069 St. Clair Ave. West 647.340.2293 Website
Axe Capoeira

Axe Capoeira on St. Clair west of Dufferin teaches classes in Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art. Youth, introductory, beginner, and mixed classes are available, as well as dance classes, boot...


Benkei Sushi / Restaurants

1238 St. Clair Avenue West 416.658.1238
Benkei Sushi

Benkei Sushi is a Japanese restaurant in Little Italy known for its generous portions and cheap lunch specials....


Blood Sweat and Tears / Services

1081 St. Clair West 416.656.3434 Website
Blood Sweat and Tears

Blood Sweat and Tears is an appropriately named tattoo parlor located at St. Clair West and Dufferin. Visit the shop's website for photographs of their work, pricing and artist biographies....


Centro Trattoria & Formaggi / Grocery Stores

1224 St. Clair West 416.656.8111 Website
Centro Trattoria & Formaggi

Centro Trattoria & Formaggi has been the place to go for imported Italian foods on St. Clair for over 30 years, and it's exactly what you would expect from an...



ChocoSol / Grocery Stores

1113 St. Clair Ave. West 416.923.6675 Website
ChocoSol

ChocoSol isn't just about making chocolate. Its philosophy, Mathieu McFadden tells me, is about "community, social enterprise, and traditional methods." UPDATE FEB 2014: Chocosol is now at 1131 St. Clair Avenue...


Churrasqueira BBQ Grill House / Restaurants

1623 St. Clair West 416.653.1623
Churrasqueira BBQ Grill House

Churrasqueira BBQ Grill House, attached to Tavora grocers, is a casual take-out restaurant serving up an assortment of meats grilled in traditional Portuguese fashion. Sides such as baked potatoes and...


Da Leonardo / Restaurants

1239 St. Clair Avenue West 416.651.9025 Website
Da Leonardo

Da Leonardo is a restaurant on St. Clair West serving authentic dishes best enjoyed on its patio during the summer months....


Dairy Freeze / Restaurants

1601 St Clair Ave West 416.654.2565
Dairy Freeze

Dairy Freeze has graced the corner of St. Clair and Caledonia since before I can remember. I've been living in the area for 24 years (all of 'em, that's...



Di Sapia / Fashion Stores

1253 St. Clair Ave West 416.654.6333
Di Sapia

Di Sapia is the best bet for eyewear in Corso Italia. They sell a range of designer glasses and sunglasses. ...


Fragola Caffe / Restaurants

1216 St Clair Avenue West 416.657.0777
Fragola Caffe

Fragola Caffe offers a variety of coffee drinks, gelato and desserts, as well as pizza, pasta, salads, and panini. Fragola also has free WiFi....


Frank's Pizza House / Restaurants

1352 St. Clair Ave W 416.651.4432 Website
Frank's Pizza House

Frank's Pizza House is just about as good as they come. Right in Corsa Italia, this restaurant makes its calzone obtrusively huge (rightfully so), overstuffed with gooey goodness in complete...


Invictus / Restaurants

1331 St. Clair Ave W. 416.656.5511
Invictus

Invictus is a no-frills Italian restaurant serving up quintessential North American Italian food in the heart of Corso Italia. There's nothing too fancy about the decor, but the affordable homestyle...



La Bruschetta / Restaurants

1317 St. Clair Ave W. 416.656.8622 Website
La Bruschetta

La Bruschetta is an upscale, family-run joint in the heart of Corso Italia (just east of Lansdowne) with a focus on traditional dishes from Central Italy. In a neighborhood brimming...


La Paloma / Restaurants

1357 St. Clair Avenue West 416.656.2340 Website
La Paloma

La Paloma, in the west end of Corso Italia, sits across the street from a cemetery and strikes me as an odd place for a gelateria. However, one taste of...


Marcello's Pizzeria / Restaurants

1163 St Clair Avenue West 416.656.6159
Marcello's Pizzeria

Marcello's Pizzeria is a local favourite in Toronto's Corso Italia. There are more than 20 pizza options to choose from as well as pasta, sandwiches and salads. ...


Novecento / Cafes

1228 St. Clair Ave West 416.654.9900
Novecento

Having heard such great things about Novecento, a European-style corner cafe along St Clair's, Corso Italia, I decided to put it to the real test by bringing a local area...



Palermo Bakery / Baked Goods

1084 St. Clair Avenue W 416.654.5037
Palermo Bakery

Palermo Bakery is a popular Portuguese bakery located in the heart of Corso Italia. Best known for its delicious traditional pastries and ultra-cheap hot sandwiches ($3 for assorted meats on...


Pho 66 / Restaurants

1795 St Clair Avenue West 416.653.6654
Pho 66

As promised in our last Pho encounter, this weekend I paid a visit to Pho 66 (not 88) at St. Clair W & Old Weston Rd. I decided to head to...


Pho Rang Dong / Restaurants

1193 St Clair Ave West 416.849.4775
Pho Rang Dong

Living near Lansdowne & St Clair, a pho craving is usually satisfied by heading westwards to the little pho village that's formed over near Weston Road. In the last...


Pizza e Pazzi / Restaurants

1182 St. Clair Avenue West 647.352.7882 Website
Pizza e Pazzi

Pizza e Pazzi recently opened near the corner of St. Clair and Dufferin. Being one of the few pizzerias in the city that can claim certification from the Associazone Verace...



Rio 40 / Restaurants

1256 St. Clair Avenue West 416.654.6393 Website
Rio 40

Rio 40 on St. Clair West is a favourite for Brazilian cuisine with a little Italian thrown in to appease the locals. Best-loved for it's huge steaks, the restaurant also...


Royal Caribbean Cafe / Restaurants

1127 St. Clair Ave W. 416.651.9554 Website
Royal Caribbean Cafe

Royal Caribbean Cafe serves up authentic West Indies cuisine in the Corso Italia neighborhood. With a warm, welcoming atmosphere and excellent service, this restaurant is a real treat. Traditional dishes...


San Remo Florist / Design Stores

1151 Saint Clair Avenue West 416.652.1822 Website
San Remo Florist

San Remo Florist offers flowers and gifts for every occasion. It also works with custom lighting, draping, prop design, and more for personal and corporate events....


Sunnyside Grill (Corso Italia) / Restaurants

1218 St Clair Ave West 647.346.4666 Website
Sunnyside Grill (Corso Italia)

The Sunnyside Grill is one of those brunch spots whose business model rests on the notion that brunch shouldn't strictly be a weekend thing. As a result, its franchise seems...



Tanya's Gifts & Gallery / Design Stores

1327 St. Clair Ave West 416.652.0763 Website
Tanya's Gifts & Gallery

Tanya's Gifts and Gallery on St. Clair sells classic and modern furniture and accessories including chairs, tables, lamps and mirrors. ...


Tavora / Grocery Stores

1625 St. Clair West 416.656.1592
Tavora

Tavora is a Portuguese grocer, importing many of its products from abroad. Staples include fresh and frozen fish, fresh beans and meats. Specialty ingredients from Portugal are also abundant....


The Big Ragu / Restaurants

1338 Lansdowne Ave 416.654.7248 Website
The Big Ragu

As a Toronto gal of Italian heritage, I rarely eat out at Italian restos. I could count the worthwhile ones on one hand -- and have fingers to spare....


The Big Slice (St. Clair) / Restaurants

1154 St. Clair Ave. West 416.651.7777
The Big Slice (St. Clair)

Sitting around on a breezy summer evening with no food and no desire to cook... It wouldn't be the first time, but this time, my friends and I weren't...



Tre Mari Bakery / Baked Goods

1311 St. Clair Avenue West 416.654.8960 Website
Tre Mari Bakery

Tre Mari Bakery has been a staple in Corso Italia since 1960. Fifty one years and three generations later, it's still a family affair currently overseen by founder Vincent Deleo...


Uptown Fitness / Fitness Clubs

1154 St. Clair Ave West 416.651.0123 Website
Uptown Fitness

Uptown Fitness on St. Clair West has plenty of free weights, cardio equipment and other machines. They also offer ab, spin, yoga and boxing classes....



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