Corso Italia

Corso Italia Via Italia street sign via Scuolascuola
Via Italia street sign via Scuolascuola

It is the year 2016 and the average resale detached home price in Toronto is currently at $1,061,789 and a semi in the 416 will set you back $713,972. Both averages are climbing by the quarter as there is a dearth of homes available to purchase. Even in what were considered peripheral neighbourhoods, inner suburbs if you will, you would still be hard pressed to find a home for under $650,000. Yet, many of these will not score high enough on walk factor for today’s urban buyer, who wants quick access on foot to all their amenities and quick transit options.

Enter Corso Italia, a much adored, centrally located Midtown neighbourhood in Toronto! It offers great transit with a right-of-way streetcar line nearby that leads directly to a subway station. Architecturally, the neighbourhood offers a wide variety of well built, semi and also many fully detached, brick homes. Predominantly Italian for many decades, the area is now as diverse as Toronto itself with restaurants, cafes and shops representing many nationalities offering a full range of groceries, fashion and more. There are doctors, dentists, yoga and fitness studios, too. With so much to offer, it’s no wonder that in October 2015 Toronto Life Magazine ranked Corso Italia as one of top 5 neighbourhoods with the fastest rising property values.

Corso Italia map
Corso Italia, situated north and south of St. Clair Avenue West, from Rogers Road at the north end and between Dufferin Street to the east and Caledonia/Lansdowne Avenue to the west, south to Davenport Rd.

Noted as one of Toronto’s where to buy in Toronto Life Magazine in 2013 as well as 2015 – Corso Italia’s become a sought after location to both buy and rent. An old fashioned neighbourhood where everyday shopping, schools and parks are all in walking distance.   Shopkeepers remember both your name and your favourites, too - helping Corso Italia still feel like a village within a big city.

Corso Italia street by Neighborhood Walks
Corso Italia street by Neighborhood Walks

Corso Italia earned its namesake from decades of being a Toronto neighbourhood inhabited by many descendants of Italian immigrants. For years, the amenities, shops, cafes and markets were predominately owned and operated by Italians. Over time, many other cultures have come to call Corso Italia home, including Mexican, Latin American, Brazilian, Portuguese and West Indian.

One can shop high end upscale stores such as ‘Christian Boutique’ featuring the likes of Anna Sui and Roberto Cavalli or funky boutiques such as ‘Meo Imports’ where offerings from Portugal run from baby shoes to boots to bags to belts and all of them are made with cork! It’s no wonder the area is now home to flagship Starbucks right at the corner of Dufferin and St. Clair Gardens.

Corso Italia St Clair Gds by Globe and Mail
Photo via Globe and Mail
Corso Italia Christian Boutique by Tony Cicero
Christian Boutique by Tony Cicero

There are still many long time favourites to choose from including ‘Tre Mari’ with 51 years of serving fresh breads, beautiful cakes and numerous delectables including their own pasta sauce, bottled for your enjoyment at home!

La Paloma’ established in 1967 has over 75 handmade gelato flavours and is consistently voted as Toronto’s top gelato shop on BlogTO by its readers.

Corso Italia La Paloma Neighbourhoodwalks
La Paloma by Neighbourhoodwalks


The Big Ragu’ restaurant on Lansdowne, is a longstanding option for traditional Italian in a family friendly location as are Frank’s Pizza wins many consumer awards such as Now Magazine and BlogTo for Best Pizza Delivery and Best Calzones. ‘Agio’ is one of many others, but features a South Korean chef who speaks Italian! Latin American options abound, including, the Brazilian resto’s Rio 40 & Sabor. If Sushi is your thing, Sushi California and Tokyo Sushi!

Corso Italia Tre Mari Treats
Treats by Tre Mari

Food shops also run the multicultural gamut, including Centro Trattoria & Formaggio offering imported Italian foods Clair for over 30 years. Tavora features Portuguese favourites and fresh fish while specialty shops such as ChocoSol not only offers dairy, gluten, soy and nut free, organic, forest garden, shade-grown cacao, sourced directly from horizontal trade relationships with indigenous communities in Southern Mexico. But also hands on chocolate workshops!

The Giovanni Caboto rink, pool and Tennis courts are adjacent to the Joseph Piccininni Community Centre offers huge variety of affordable city proffered courses for all ages, even ballroom dancing. Earlscourt Park is 12.6 hectares big with off-leash areas, a playground and wading pool, soccer fields, a full track and more.

Corso Italia - a great alternative for the urban life style lover!

Corso Italia Earlscourt park by Neighbourhoodwalks
Earlscourt park by Neighbourhoodwalks
Corso Italia Earlscourt Park aerial
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2 Responses to Corso Italia

  1. Simply love this neighborhood. Seems to have it all – quaint cafés and bakeries, charming shops for clothes, accessories and shoes, delightful restaurants and exciting food markets. The summer street festival celebrates Italian culture and is an enchanting 2-day event for lovers of food, art and shopping!

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    • Josie says:

      I love it too Alexis. Great area and still great value.

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