About Corso Italia
Corso Italia may be known to some as “the other Little Italy” but it has maintained its historic roots even more than Little Italy has over the years. Situated between Lansdowne Avenue and Westmount Avenue on St. Clair West, the community here is rooted in both Italian and Latin American culture. Close to downtown but still far enough away from the hustle and bustle, it’s beloved by families looking for a quieter neighbourhood that still provides easy access to everything Toronto has to offer. Its multicultural heritage mean there is no shortage of delicious fresh markets, restaurants, cafés, bakeries, and gelato shops on every corner.
Stop into the famous La Paloma for the best gelato in the city, or take a trip to Tre Mari Bakery for the pastries—both family run businesses have flourished in the neighbourhood for over 50 years. When it comes to entertainment, newer businesses like the Spielhaus boardgame café are bringing trendier downtown concepts to the area. Because of the strong Portuguese community and Latin influence, Corso Italia absolutely comes alive during the World Cup. Celebrate at beloved Brazilian eatery Rio 40 during the games to experience all the excitement you’ll need until the next World Cup games.
When it comes to recreation, Corso Italia is known for the Joseph J. Piccininni Community Centre in Earlscourt Park—one of the largest recreation facilities in Toronto—providing activities for every generation from toddlers to seniors. Ice skating, swimming, tennis, recreational sports leagues, a full gym, and arts activities are all available here throughout the year.
Nearby school options include St. Clare Catholic Elementary School, Hudson College (private elementary and high school), Unchetta Academy (high school) and Humber Institute for continuing studies.
The architecture here has a more European feel than the rest of the city, which contributes to the community ambiance that has kept families in place since the wave of Italian immigrants made their home here after World War II. In the warmer months, the sidewalk cafés come alive with multiple generations sipping the finest espresso in the city. If you’re looking for a friendlier hub of Toronto with a welcoming atmosphere, this might be the neighbourhood for you.