Little Greece Toronto

Posted on July 11, 2011

Some of the best Greek food traditions are concentrated around the Danforth Avenue, true multicultural and diverse artery Toronto.

Long ago we emphasize in this blog the virtues of Canada's largest city. And not talk about its proximity to American cities (100 miles from Buffalo and about 600 from New York) but its complex and rich cultural identity, the result of longstanding immigration.

The result has been the emergence of specific neighborhoods associated with each nationality (the Italian, Portuguese and Polish neighborhoods, for example). But the most striking (and tempting) is the gastronomic correlate of this cultural diversity. Today in Toronto can try Vietnamese delights in "Dang Lion" food in Sri Lanka "Rashnaa" Iberian flavors "Picante" and even dishes in the Horn of Africa "Ethiopian House".

The streets of Greektown

One of the most traditional communities in Toronto is that Greek immigrants formed. In the 50s settled environment to Danforth Avenue and gradually the area was impregnated with their customs and traditions.

It is no exaggeration to call it "Little Greece." Walking through the neighborhood, the streets are marked in both English and Greek and one can see the domes of a many Orthodox churches. The most important is Saint George, built in 1897 and with an unmistakable Byzantine aesthetic (despite his "Romanesque façade," say the inhabitants).

And if national identities can never be divorced from the palate in this district are a couple of restaurants to try the best Greek recipes. The letter Astoria Shish Kebab Restaurant can read tempting dishes such as the following: lamb kebab marinated pork "souvlaki", "taramosalata" (called the "Greek caviar") and "spanakopita" (an exquisite blend of cheese, spinach and herbs baked in a cake).

In Greektown also find other restaurants and bars such as Pantheon and Ouzeri In the latter, you can opt for some of the classic Greek soup.; "Avgolemono" (chicken, celery, rice and lemon sauce) or "Fasolada" (tomatoes, beans, lime and herbs).

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