Corso Italia: Toronto's North Hollywood
Dubbed 'North Hollywood' for its numerous appearances in feature films, at the heart of Toronto's Italian community lies Corso Italia. A charming shopping district lined with open air cafes and bistros, the section along St. Clair West boasts the Italy's obsession with gastronomy and fondness for the finer things in life.
Since the 50s, the community has become the business and cultural centre for Toronto's Italian community; the 'mom and pop' owned Italian grocers, retailers and social clubs upholding the communities long standing family oriented beginnings. Corso Italia was also home to Toronto's first open patio cafe, La Sem Pattiserie & Cafe, which is notable for convincing the City of Toronto that patrons do in- fact want to eat and drink outdoors.
Notable residences of Corso Italia include: musician Bruce Cockburn, and film maker Harry Raske