6 Things You Have To Eat This Weekend At Taste of Little Italy

As the first day of summer slowly approaches, College Street will be busy and bustling with the Taste of Little Italy taking over between Bathurst and Shaw Streets.  The annual street fest is a collage of musicians, food trucks, local vendors and open doors to shops along the way.  We’ve compiled some classic and new finds in the area that you have to try if you’re heading down there this weekend!


This biblical burger joint started off as a food truck, offering five burgers inspired by the famous seven sins, with a lustful dessert and gluttony fries to die for!  Luckily for all you sinners the foodie pair that started this just moved in to 719 College St!

Café Diplomatico

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Café Diplomatico has been a staple in Little Italy since 1968.  The larger than expected patio is perfect for catching some late afternoon soon sun and a cold crisp beer. This family run restaurant serves up perfect portions of pasta, authentic pizzas and an impressive selection of craft beers!

The Big Chill

Another community favourite is this retro-styled ice cream parlour that makes a statement at the corner unit with a 1950’s diner sign, a brightly coloured mural along the side and a kitschy interior décor to match the outside.  With over 30 flavours that are constantly changing, some of the best ice cream sandwiches and fresh Belgian waffles, this place is perfect to cool off.

Frank’s Kitchen

Taste of Italy is a great date idea if you’re stuck on what to do with your S/O this weekend! Frank’s Kitchen has been a College Street date spot since they opened in March 2010.  Frank has created a space perfectly described as casual fine dining.  Run by Frank and his wife, Shawn, these two pride themselves on offering more than dinner, but a dining experience.  And with locally sourced ingredients prepared by the hands of a 5-star chef, this place will have your date and you swooning over your food! Oh, and to soften the blow to your wallet, your bill comes with a homemade chocolate.

Craig’s Cookies

Craig’s Cookies is an awesome home delivery company offering homemade, freshly baked cookies right at your door! Craig, who credits his mother’s recipe for his delicious selection of classic and outrageous options.  Take one look at the peanut butter cup cookies and we guarantee you’ll be salivating.

La Carnita

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Okay, so it’s not Italian food, but can you really say no to TACOS?  This urban gourmet taco joint started off as a pop-up shop that eventually came to be a city favourite with three locations.  Their first brick and mortar is the Little Italy location at 501 College St.  Not only can you stuff your face with a decent amount of tacos for a more than reasonable price, you could wash it all down with a drink off their impressive beer selection or their signature cocktails!

The festival officially kicks off tonight!


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