A beloved Little Italy landmark turns 60
Plus an Annex hotel fit for the nabe, and a new hot spot for vegan pizza
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