A beloved Lit­tle Italy land­mark turns 60

Plus an An­nex ho­tel fit for the nabe, and a new hot spot for ve­gan pizza

Midtown Post - - News -

The Si­cil­ian Side­walk Café has been serv­ing cus­tomers for al­most 60 years. Si­cil­ian is Lit­tle Italy’s favourite gela­te­ria. Al­though the ice cream menu is ex­ten­sive, the café also serves crepes, waf­fles and has an all-day break­fast. Since 1959, the Galipo fam­ily has been cre­at­ing au­then­tic gelato and ice cream desserts that have turned Si­cil­ian into one of Toronto’s most pop­u­lar es­tab­lish­ments (712 Col­lege St., 416-531-7755).

The An­nex is a new ho­tel in, you guessed it, the An­nex. Lo­cated just across the street from some of Toronto’s most vis­ited lo­cales, the ho­tel is de­signed with the neigh­bour­hood in mind. To cel­e­brate its ar­rival, the ho­tel gave peo­ple the chance to stay for only one dol­lar a night be­tween Nov. 26 and 29. With an on­line checkin sys­tem, this ho­tel is quick and con­ve­nient, and the lo­ca­tion could not get much bet­ter (296 Brunswick Ave., 647-277-1179).

Chu Resto has a new restau­rant in Toronto. The pop­u­lar Chi­nese restau­rant opened its first lo­ca­tion in 2017 and has ex­panded to seven lo­ca­tions in three cities. Serv­ing au­then­tic Chi­nese dishes, like mar­i­nated hog and a va­ri­ety of noo­dles and soups as well as duck and hot pot rice noo­dles, is what Chu Resto does best. The in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the menu comes from the Chi­nese prov­ince of Hubei. The name Chu is a ref­er­ence to the an­cient Chi­nese state of the same name (639 Yonge St., 416-922-1122). Lo­cated in­side Noah’s nat­u­ral foods store is a new ve­gan spot called Fen­nel Or­ganic Eatery. It uses only lo­cal and or­ganic in­gre­di­ents and spe­cial­izes in juices and smooth­ies. It also of­fers var­i­ous snack foods like wraps, soups and sal­ads. The store is nes­tled at the very back of Noah’s, mak­ing this one of Toronto’s real hid­den gems (322 Bloor St. W., 416-922-8125).

Miya Bhai is a new restau­rant that serves In­dian ro­tis, bowls, tacos and wraps. Pa­trons cus­tom­ize their own creations at this assem­bly line–style shop that is geared to­ward take­out. With a fo­cus on In­dian flavours, ha­lal, veg­e­tar­ian and ve­gan dishes are plen­ti­ful. There’s even gluten- and al­ler­gen-free op­tions avail­able, pro­vid­ing de­li­cious op­tions for ev­ery­one. The restau­rant opened on Oct. 18, giv­ing out free roti tacos and dhals as well as sam­ples of its Masala chai tea and mango smoothie (938 Bathurst St., 647-351-7080). Ve­g­ans in the An­nex have a new pizza spot to check out. Vir­tu­ous Pie is a brand new pizze­ria, of sorts. Its goal is to cre­ate the most de­li­cious plant-based pies. The menu is hand­crafted in-house and in­cludes nut cheeses and creamy ice cream, along with a va­ri­ety of pizza-in­spired creations. This restau­rant is a desti­na­tion for those look­ing to get a de­li­cious ve­gan din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence (611 Col­lege St., 647-729-9943).

Maria Galipo, owner of the Si­cil­ian Side­walk Café

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.