Traditionally Little Italy College Street…

Most people know College Street as Little Italy. What some don’t know is that new stores and restaurants opened on the iconic street that are not of Italian heritage!

A few of the historic and well known places are still open but the street keeps on constantly changing.

Here are a few places on College Street between Bathurst and Shaw that have been around for some time and remain favorites:


Diplomatico 594 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B3– a historic Italian favorite from 1968! Hosts the best mini soccer parties and ia open right from breakfast until late night munchies!


thumb_20160728_132212_1024Standard Pasta & Pizza Bar 667 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B9 – The title says it all- has always been one of the best patios.



Vivoli 665 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B7– Another great patio on college that has a wood burning pizza oven, don’t forget the selection of bar drinks. Hello Sangria!


thumb_20160728_141020_1024Capitol Trattoria Pizzieria 597 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 3A7– Traditional Italian dishes with a side patio and background Italian music.

thumb_20160728_132416_1024Sicilian Ice Cream 712 College St. W Toronto, On M6G 1C3– College Street ice-cream history! No need to worry about what flavor to get, Sicilian keeps it simple with the goodness of the traditional homemade flavors served to you in either a cup, waffle, crepe or cone.


thumb_20160728_133911_1024Festival Gift & Variety 649 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B7- Cute little shop to find your Italian food needs, they have mini Nutella jars! Nutella!!!


thumb_20160728_133443_1024Churrasqueira Do Sardinha 707 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C2– Small Portuguese fast food restaurant. BBQ or rotisserie Chicken, rice and potatoes. best fast dinner you can get.


thumb_20160728_132554_1024Mod Club 722 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C5– All this food talk is making me hungry, why not bring it down to music and dance! The Mod club features weekly concerts and weekend nightclub events since 2002!


thumb_20160728_132802_1024Revival 783 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C5– Need to host a party? Revival has 2 spaces for you. Upstairs bar for over 150 people and the downstairs “Stone Lounge”, for a cozy time. Open for weekend club dance events.


thumb_20160728_132512_1024Il Gato Nero 720 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C2- Another Italian favorite, inside booths or outside patio, indulge in a 3 course meal. One of the greatest Latte’s I had!



Rivirea Bakery 576 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B2– Mini café for Italian pastries and a hot table.


thumb_20160728_132012_1024Red Pegasus 628 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B4 – a treasure hunt, you never know what type of gift or jewelry you will find here. It is also one of many Pokestops on College.


thumb_20160728_132049_1024Marinella 40 College St, Toronto, ON M6G – A quite romantic dinner for 2! Has an amazing shrimp dish appetizer. Mmm…


thumb_20160728_132121_1024Eat My Martini 648 College Street West, Toronto, M6G 1B8 – A night out for drinks, a variety of martinis made to perfection.


thumb_20160728_132139_1024Pasqualino Men’s Wear 654 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B8 – Just moved from Clinton, men’s clothing! Shirts and full suites!


thumb_20160728_132310_1024College Fruit Market 682 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C1 – A popular fruit stand for the locals!


thumb_20160728_133840_1024The Fish Store 657 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B7 – The easiest way to get your omegas and fatty acids! Come here to select the type of fish you want, what bread or a salad and voila! Lunch.


thumb_20160729_134256_1024Utopia Café & Grill 586 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B3 – My all-time favorite. Whatever you feel in the mood for this place has it, burgers to salads. Don’t forget the raspberry wheat beer!


thumb_20160729_134418_1024The Big Chill 367 Manning Ave, Toronto, ON M6G 1A9 (corner on College) – Its big just because of the variety of ice-cream. Cone, waffle, cup, whichever you like.


Royal-TheatreRoyal Theatre 608 College StreetCatch a new, old or foreign movie. Check the website for listings.

Dolce Gelato 97 College Street- Variety of Italian flavors and fruit ice flavors. Also sells mini ice cream cakes and coffee.

Now for the new places:

thumb_20160728_131951_1024Rudy 619 College Street Toronto, ON M6G 1B5 – basic burger or a cheese burger? Don’t forget to add a side of fries!


thumb_20160728_132022_1024Botany Floral 626 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B4 – Get that floral arrangement for your loved one.


thumb_20160728_132222_1024June Records 662 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B8 & – Miss the times when vinyl was around. Well it’s back, back on College! Old music favorites live here!


thumb_20160728_132228_1024Empire Espresso 668 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B9 – Coffee! Tea! Homemade sweets! Come in and relax with easy listening music.

thumb_20160728_132239_1024Sellers & Newel 672 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B9 Balfour Books 470 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1A1  – Second hand books! A variety to choose from- kids, science fiction- romance.


thumb_20160728_132333_1024Le Tablier Blanc 688 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C1 – A rare selection of gifts, cards and home accessories.


thumb_20160728_132436_1024L Squared Salon 714 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C3– Get your hair cut here! Young hairstylists will give you the newest style for 2016!


thumb_20160728_132152_1024Pancho’s Bakery 658 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B8 – Churros, who loves them? Deep fried dough- Chocolate, café leche and caramel flavors.


thumb_20160728_133342_1024Burgatory 719 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C2 – Do I need to say more? A Variety of toppings to make your outrageous burger. I think I will call mine, hot lu!


thumb_20160728_133410_1024Northern Chinese Cuisine 713 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C2 – Funny how I get that Chinese food craving from time to time; now I don’t have to go far. Chicken Fried Rice please!


thumb_20160728_133426_1024Cook- It 709 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C2– For those home cooking meal families, come here and buy a set of pots and pans. Don’t forget the utensil set.


thumb_20160728_133851_1024Burro Burrito 655 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B8 – Feel like Mexican? Love the naked burritos! What is a naked burrito you may ask? Meat, cheese, salsa toppings with a side of tortilla chips.



A3 Napoli 589 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B2– Napoleon style pizza.



Dish 587 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B2 – Don’t have time to make dinner? Come here and grab something quickly, preheat and eat. Also provide cooking classes.


thumb_20160728_133446_1024Yam Chops 705 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C2 – College Street’s, very own vegetarian plant based restaurant and prepared foods.

thumb_20160728_133558_1024Pet Uno 675 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B9 – Food, treats, toys for our furry friends.



Captain’s Bowl 671 College St Toronto, ON M6G 1B2 – Select your fish, choose the flavors, and dig in! Seafood lover’s paradise.


thumb_20160728_133919_1024Night Owl Toronto 647 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B7 – Come in, have drinks and play a few old school games. Welcome back into the 80’s and 90’!


thumb_20160728_134125_1024Felichia Bridal 601 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B5 – Attention beautiful brides everywhere! College Street has its very own Bridal store with a great selection of what’s in! Never leave confused.


thumb_20160729_134325_1024Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa 578 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1G3 – Excuse me if I am gone for a 2 hour lunch break! Massage and Facial please.


thumb_20160729_135641_1024Pedalinx Bike Shop 531 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1A8 – All you bikers, here is a store just for you. Go in and check out the new gadgets and clothing.


thumb_20160729_135824_1024Loveless Boutique 543 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1A9 – The name doesn’t really tell you what store it is until you go in. Hello retro women clothing- clothes from the 50’s. Go in the back room and… hello motorcycle rocker! Leather jackets and boots, a unique place.


thumb_20160729_140238_1024B’saha 599 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1B5 – Moroccan street food, now this will be interesting. What is Moroccan food anyway?


thumb_20160729_135532_1024Bar Raval 505 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1A4 – Once you pass this place you will be in aww. A table bottoms made out of barrels, now that is a unique way to recycle after making beer or wine!


thumb_20160729_135320_1024Snakes & Lattes 600 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1K4 – already a few people’s favorite; go in for drinks, food, board and card games!


thumb_20160729_135517_1024Structube 507 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1A8 – unique, modern furniture and accessory pieces.


thumb_20160729_134834_1024Ravi Soups 492 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1A4 – Variety of soups for the soul. Pair it off with a sandwich.


thumb_20160729_134514_1024Motoretta 554 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B1– Honda Motor scooters, also known as Vespa’s – clothing and stylish gear.

A sushi place or two is also in order. Pick and chose from the following: Shashimi Island, Sushi Bon, New Sushi Island, Kasai Korean Grill House, Amico Sushi & Grill,

Of course there are many more restaurants and stores which include a few known franchises: Menchies, Pizza Pizza, Aroma Cafe, Tim Hortons, Shoppers Drug Mart, Metro, Starbucks… just to name a few. All these places guarantee a day, or an evening well spent on College!