While not quite as Italian as it once was, Little Italy has stayed true to its roots, which is evident in the number of Italian themed restaurants and shops in the neighbourhood. Little Italy is often associated with the band of College Street between Ossington and Bathurst Street, but there’s a whole neighbourhood beyond that one stretch of road, and there are plenty of condos for rent in Little Italy, for those who are so inclined.
Nightlife and dining are the big draws here — residents have a range of dining options from upscale restaurants like Giancarlo to casual eateries such as Sidecar; you’ll also find a variety of restaurants serving international cuisine. Coffee fanatics have great local cafes for their morning espressos; Sicilian Sidewalk Café and De Frantic Monkey Café Bar are 2 of the better cafes in the area.
When nighttime rolls around, this west end Toronto neighbourhood really comes alive — there are great hangouts like Nightowl Toronto, Sotto Voce Wine & Pasta Bar, Northwood, Sneaky Dee's, and more. Residents can catch live bands at Mod Club Theatre, check out classic and independent films at The Royal, or enjoy an evening picnic at Bickford Park.
Nightlife and dining attract most of the attention here but with great schools, playgrounds, and daycares in the neighbourhood — condos for rent in Little Italy are suitable for families. There are close to a dozen buildings in the neighbourhood, most of which are mid-rise and low-rise condos, and townhouses or loft residences.
The condo scene in Little Italy is definitely geared towards people who prefer boutique buildings — the largest property in the area is the 7-storey Europa, which has 113 units, but most buildings have far less units, and as such, condos for rent in Little Italy can be quite exclusive.
Loft lovers have a few stylish residences in the neighbourhood — the most unique being The Church Lofts, which as the name suggests, is a former church turned loft residence; many of the original features have been retained in this building, and no 2 units are alike. Most Toronto condos in this neighbourhood don’t come with many amenities, but should you need them, The Channel Club has some desirable extras to go with its suites.
Little Italy is an ideal neighbourhood for those who prefer errands on foot. For longer trips, there are multiple bus routes in the neighbourhood and streetcars on College connect to Queen's Park Station for subway service.
Car owners might want to pull their hair out by the time they reach the nearest highway — driver’s can go west on Dundas and south on Parkside Dr for the Gardiner Expressway.
The Locals: Professionals, families, and retirees, with a large percentage of Portuguese and Italian residents.
Code of Conduct: Ignoring trendy diets in favour of carb-loading.
What You’ll Find: One of the most unique neighbourhoods in the city.
What You Won’t Find: A nearby highway.
The Homes: 2-storey houses, row houses, low-rise condos and loft residences.
Sealing the Deal: Vibrant nightlife and dining.