Palmerston - Little Italy is a fantastic neighbourhood in the heart of Toronto that melds vibrant cuisine, trendy shopping and exciting nightlife.
As one might expect, Little Italy is known for its culinary delights. Over the past several decades, the diversification of the area has strengthened its reputation as being home to some of the most delectable international cuisine in the city. If you’re looking for great food, or maybe just a patio to enjoy a cup of coffee or a beer, Little Italy is an amazing place to spend your afternoons.
Right next door to Little Italy is Palmerston. These two neighbourhoods are similar, yet distinct. Palmerston is more quiet, and focuses on more family-oriented living, providing a subtle contrast to the trendy lifestyle of Little Italy.
Both areas can take advantage of the two main parks in the area. Art Eggleton and Bickford Park are great places to take the dog for a stroll or go for a run.
A truly great neighbourhood, providing a little bit of everything, this is a great place to settle down and call home.
During the early 20th century, the area now known as Little Italy began to form its Italian roots and heritage. A large influx of Italian immigrants came to Canada during and after the first World War and a large portion of them settled in the area, bringing with them the culture and cuisine attributed with Italy.
In the 1950s, another steady influx of Italian immigrants moved to the area. Most of them settled into factory or construction jobs, as well as bakeries, markets and other specialty shops, and eventually restaurants and theatres.
While the population of Little Italy is much more diverse than it was in the 1950s, the area still shows the lasting impressions of its Italian heritage.
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