Crossing the Oakwood Divide


By Andrew Fishman

Regal Heights and Corso Italia: Much to Discover

Communities and neighbourhoods are constantly changing and certainly here in the western section of Midtown Toronto (the West Village), it is no different. Village Living magazine was founded upon the premise of promoting a strong sense of community and encouraging residents and readers to support local businesses within their neighbourhoods.

By choosing to support local businesses first, we develop an economically vibrant community around us.  Consider local choices first. It is great for our environment and even greater for our communities. In fact, more than 50% of those dollars spent here in our communities, remain here.

So close to Eglinton Avenue West and steps away from the Forest Hill Village and the Dupont Strip it is easy to forget about some other areas that have made history and helped define the legacy of our communities. Just west of Oakwood Avenue along St. Clair Avenue West spans Regal Heights Village, the gateway to Corso Italia. This area continues to attract new businesses like Bite Me Bakery and Eva Christina Cakes. Without any doubt, more businesses will make their way into Regal Heights Village and line the streets with even more shopping and dining choices.

Known as the first home for the largest wave of Italian immigrants in Canadian History, Corso Italia continues to deliver a multi-cultural community experience with European roots and the warmth and hospitality you would expect. Filled with great café’s, fashion and some of the finest gelato, it is no wonder why our communities continue to grow and thrive.

So whether it’s home-style Italian cuisine at Marcello’s Pizzeria or Canadian comfort food for brunch from Emma’s Country Kitchen or an authentic espresso from Tricolore Bar and Café, then “Go West” across the Oakwood Divide. There is so much waiting for you!


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