Corso Italia

“Earlscourt,” as it was once known, was originally settled by British immigrants. In the 1950s, however, a wave of Italian immigrants, as well as residents and merchants from College Street, moved in. Today, the streetscape—bursting with family-run grocery stores and fashion shops, old-world espresso bars and authentic restaurants, and festivals such as the annual Corso Italia Toronto Fiesta—has become the de facto hangout for Italians, whether socializing with friends and relatives or catching a game of bocce in the park. While its distinctive spirit says “countryman for fellow countryman,” everyone is welcome. As long as you cheer for Italy, that is. In 1982, when the country won its last World Cup, some 500,000 people celebrated on the street!