Nonnas Place Toronto

Nonna's Place could close after more than 50 years in Toronto

Don't panic, veal and meatball sandwich lovers: old school joint Nonna's Place may not be going anywhere.

The hours have been dwindling recently, and there's now real estate signage in the window, but the tiny restaurant that's been on the market since April is actually looking for someone who will preserve the business's 50-year history and keep running the place as it is.

It's a taller order than it may seem. The family-run operation has been surviving for a long time with a staff hovering around three, who open the store at 9 a.m. and are often slammed with a lunch rush for hours.

One of those three people, Joanne Ferrari, says she and her husband Biagio are trying to retire and are just "putting a line out there."

With no definitive cutoff point for closing the doors, Italian food fans will just have to keep getting their fix as often as they can until the doors close or some brave sandwich hero steps in to save this local red sauce institution.

Lead photo by

Jesse Milns


Latest Videos



Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Eat & Drink

Toronto Jack Astor's starts fundraiser for staff member killed by drunk driver

This hidden gem makes some of Toronto's best tacos

Delivery service that promised groceries in 15 minutes closes Toronto operations

There's a Studio Ghibli pop-up cafe in Toronto this month

Toronto's new ice cream sandwich shop is already completely sold out

Toronto bar known for its back patio opening a second location

Mississauga's newest bubble tea spot will serve you boba topped with fried chicken

Swiss Chalet shut down by Toronto health inspectors for 10 infractions