Lifestyle

Five activities to do in Little Italy

Named after a great wave of Italian immigration in the early 20th century, Little Italy is a neighbourhood north of the Mile End that is filled with Italian bakeries, restaurants and cafes. Today, Little Italy is characterized by a rich multicultural mix.

A Pizza Tour

Distance from Le Nuovo: 10 minute walk

 

Pizza is arguably the most emblematic dish of Italian cuisine and it's not surprising that Little Italy has a long tradition of offering the best pizza in town. You will find pioneers of thin-crust Neapolitan pizza, such as Pizzeria Napoletana, Bottega or Gema Pizzeria. Why not spend an afternoon enjoying slices from each pizza shop?

Walk Through Dessert Heaven

Distance from Le Nuovo: 10 minute walk

 

Do you have a sweet tooth? So does little Italy. The neighbourhood is no stranger when it comes to sweets and these notable institutions are part of it: Trou De Beigne, the donut paradise. You can also stop by the classic Italian pastry shop Alati-Caserta, which specializes in sweets, cannolis, cakes and, above all, zeppoles, a springtime tradition for St. Joseph's Day celebrations.

Have Some Luxury Fast Food

Distance from Le Nuovo: between a 5 and 10 minute walk

 

Of course, the cuisine of Little Italy can draw heavily on its Italian roots, but that's only a fraction of what this neighbourhood has to offer. You can find wonderful alternatives, from the comforting Southern cuisine from Dinette Triple Crown to the legendary homemade hot dogs, hamburgers and milkshakes from Chez Tousignant. For those looking for a quicker snack, head on over to Dépanneur Le Pick-Up for their legendary gourmet and vegetarian sandwiches.

Immerse Yourself in History

Distance from Le Nuovo: 12 minute walk

 

Inaugurated in 1919, the majestic Romanesque church of the Madonna Della Difesa is a community landmark and a National Historic Site of Canada. This church is particularly famous for its massive dome, imposing brick façade, and breathtaking ceiling paintings by Canadian artist Guido Nincheri, which represent important historical moments such as the signing of the Lateran Accords in 1929 by Benito Mussolini.

A Morning at the Jean-Talon Market

Distance from Le Nuovo: 5 minute walk

 

Located in the heart of Little Italy, the Jean-Talon Market is one of the largest open-air markets in North America! Open year-round, you can find butchers, fish stores, bakeries, local products, florists and specialty stores; it's an adventure for all the senses! The smells, colours and flavours of the Jean-Talon Market have been attracting crowds since 1933.

 

You can be sure that there is something for every taste and need. Le Nuovo is located at the meeting point of Villeray and Little Italy. Located just steps from the metro De Castelnau, Jean-Talon Market, Parc Jarry, many bike paths and more, you have all the charm of the city at your doorstep!

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