When shopping, a
foodie's fantasy may include a street densely populated by
bakeries, upscale restaurants, trattioras, gelaterias, cafes, and
grocers. A place like this does exist, and it is called Erie
Street. Via Italia, as it is affectionately known, stretches from
Moy Ave. to Goyeau St. and is home of Windsor's Little Italy. It is
the place in the City of Roses for consistently amazing food and
Italia Bakery carries gorgeous pastries; I indulged in an Italian
peach cake and cinnamon bun on my last visit. The bakery does not
stop there though. They have wonderful breads, meats, cheeses,
imported grocery items and a fantastic hot buffet. I often need to
stand back and take a deep breath before finally choosing.
My favourite fish monger is also located just off of Erie Street.
Mediterranean Seafood (980 Parent Ave.) carries any type of seafood
your heart desires. If you hit them early on a Tuesday or Friday
you will find everything from whole king fish to eel. Mediterranean
Seafood tries to focus on just that and do their best to serve fish
on the same day it was caught.
Erie Street is
excellent for fine dining. Most of the food is Italian, but some is
also influenced by other trends. Chef Michael Barlozzari of Mezzo,
for example, uses some molecular cooking techniques in his dishes.
I was able to impart in his knowledge at
a recent cooking class at the LCBO.
For a closer look at Erie Street businesses, the Via
Italia website is a must. Be sure to check out their recipes as well; the fried calamari and pumpkin pancetta risotto look delectable.
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Windsor's Little Italy
is located on Erie St. between Moy Ave. to Goyeau St.
Danielle is a food lover who believes that Windsor, Ontario
makes some of the best pizza in Canada. She blogs at maplesyrupandpoutine.blogspot.com.
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