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article imageTaking a 'Taste of Little Italy' in Toronto Special

By Andrew Moran     Jun 19, 2011 in Food
Toronto - Although it's not like witnessing Italy first hand, with its divine art and cultural experiences, the "Taste of Little Italy" returned to the streets of Toronto. Italian cuisine was on full display along College Street.
The nation of Italy is one of the most cultural countries in the world. It has provided us with sublime art, in-depth philosophical thinkers, divine classical compositions and operatic pieces and numerous cinematic achievements.
In Toronto, during the weekend, the Taste of Little Italy was held to celebrate Italian culture and cuisine. Hundreds of people gathered on College Street, from Bathurst Street to Shaw Street, which was shut down for the event.
Meatball slider.
Meatball slider.
The annual festival was lined with 45 local restaurants providing samples to pedestrians, such as Italian famed lasagne, lamb skewers, meatball sandwiches and fresh crepes, 21 performers played aboriginal, jazz and independent music, and dozens of shops offered specials for their items.
“The Taste of Little Italy is a salute to everything that makes this neighbourhood, and really the whole City of Toronto, such a great place to live,” said President of CHIN Radio and Chair of Little Italy’s business improvement association, Lenny Lombardi.
“Little Italy is an exciting area in which to live and to visit. Our retailers and restaurants are operated by families who delight in getting to know their customers. Drop in over the weekend, and you’ll see why people love this neighbourhood. And then you’ll come back, again and again.”
Taste of Little Italy was sponsored by Public Mobile, CIBC, Bell, Sambuca Ramazzotti, Coca Cola and many others.
During last year’s festivities, the June event coincided with the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Co-owner of Cafe Diplomatic, Rocco Mastrangelo Jr., set up 20 flat-screen televisions so attendees can enjoy the festival and watch one of the most important football events in the world.
(For more images, please watch the video above.)
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