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The Legacy and Cultural Significance of Italian Grocers
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The Legacy and Cultural Significance of Italian Grocers

Although it was a long time ago, the memories I have are still vivid – walking as a boy at my father's side on cool summer mornings, before the sun was up, at the Ontario Food Terminal in Toronto, visiting the farmers' stalls one after another, looking for the most succulent black cherries, the juiciest red haven peaches from the Niagara peninsula, the reddest radishes, and the crispest romaine lettuce from the Holland Marsh. The air was charged with the sounds of farmers eager to sell their truckloads of produce,…

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In These Distressing Times…

In These Distressing Times…

In January 2020, during the early planning of our Special Spring Print Issue, where this editorial also appears, we could…

La Divina Cucina: A Guide to Food after Death

La Divina Cucina: A Guide to Food after Death

It’s a well known fact that the afterlife is run by Italians. Consequently, the menus of Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise…

Piazza Purgatorio: A Love Letter to Italy During the Pandemic

Piazza Purgatorio: A Love Letter to Italy During the Pandemic

“T’avia sarbàtu du aranci. Mah…” says Zia Carmela. I saved you the last of the oranges. But… She sighs. I…

Tree of Life

Tree of Life

SAPLING Sunday mornings, Mom attends mass at St. Ambrose Church while Dad takes me to High Park where I play…

The Anthropology of Fire

The Anthropology of Fire

“Since the house is on fire, let us warm ourselves.” (Italian proverb)   Monday, 9 a.m. Not writing. Dim, dreary…

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