Well everyone, it's that time again, every four years Toronto becomes a European city with people cheering for their respective mother land in one of the biggest sporting events. This year also brings the London summer games one month later; it is a haven for all sports fans across the city.
I know where I will be watching all the action starting June 8 when Poland hosts the 2004 European champion- Greece. Is there a better spot than Little Italy on College St? With a huge selection of pubs and such a diverse community as the neighborhood has so many different ethnic cultures; this is why it's exciting. All though I will admit that Italy is still the favorite in the neighborhood as its roots are well represented not just in Little Italy but all over the GTA.
I remember in the past watching some matches in other places like Liberty Village and I even took in a match at a local pub near my office in High Park but never could the vibe or atmosphere be matched like it is when watching European Football on College St.
This is how I make my turns; I first start out by stopping by Sicilian Ice Cream and watch the opening ceremonies of the match and eat my favorite Lemon flavored gelato, than make my a few doors down and take my seat at Gatto Nero at the corner of Crawford St and College and order my Marinara Pizza with Sopresata Salami and watch the first half. I will than make my over to the dip (aka) Cafe Diplomatico if I want a more party like atmosphere as a younger crowd usually hangs there.
Now when my favorite team plays and yes you guessed it, the four time world champion and one time Euro champion team Italia, I have my rituals as I wake up early on game day and start my day off with a prayer and then bite my nails until the match ends. I make my way down to College St earlier than normal has I want to solidify a seat at the Black Cat restaurant. I'm a nervous wreck for most of the day when Italy play as you never know which team is going to show up. Yet I have been lucky enough to watch them win 2 world cups and a European championship, the odds were better that the Maple Leafs would win a Stanley Cup before a national soccer team could win a world cup. I thank God all the time for allowing me to witness Italia's soccer fortunes.
Even when Italy is bounced early from a tournament a love the game so much that I usually watch every single match and I make an effort to get my a$$ down to College St so that I can celebrate with the winning team fans and celebrate the game as a whole. There is no better place to watch European or world Football in Toronto than Little Italy on College St, not even Woodbridge can come close.
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