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Three Ways to Discover Via Italia – Shop, Eat & Explore

Saturday June 12th, 2021, 10:00am


A trip to Italy isn’t the only way you can explore Italian shops, culture and delicious food – take a stroll along  with Nonna’s Shopping List for a one-of-a-kind experience in Windsor’s Little Italy.

Download this complimentary digital pass to access VIP savings, prizes and Nonna-approved selections at over 20 participating locations! From curated Italian housewares, to fine dining, authentic coffee and mouth-watering sweets, Nonna’s Shopping List has something for everyone.  Travel through the self-guided trail that highlights various businesses, as well as historical points of interest throughout Via Italia’s Erie Street.

Check-In To Win! Shopping with Nonna, pays off! Check-in to 8 stops you explore and win Nonna’s Cooking Kit, including a wooden spoon, apron and Nonna approved special recipe from Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island. Plus, until July 31st, 2021, upon your 8th check-in or redemption you will be entered to win the grand prize Via Italia Staycation Package!

To help you get started, we’ve put together a few suggestions of places that are just waiting for you to visit!


Find a little something for everyone at the many unique shops along Via Italia! From custom-made suits & menswear, to health & fitness products and of course many unique imported goods straight from Italy.  Stroll the street and explore the boutiques with Nonna’s Shopping list and with it unlock Nonna’s approved suggestions and VIP savings.

The Suit Shop


Elevate Health Boutique


Satisfy whatever your taste buds desire with a delightful mix of restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops all situated along Erie Street.  Dive into a plate of freshly made pasta or perfectly braised meat and veggies – the choices of gastronomic delights abound when you explore Via Italia.

Mezzo Ristorante 

Nico Taverna

Every good meal is followed by a sweet ending – grab a perfectly crafted latte and cannoli or cleanse your palate with a scoop of tarte lemon gelato!

Mancini’s Italia Bakery


Gennarro’s Cafe 



Links to the past abound along Erie Street so as you explore with Nonna’s Shopping List you will also be able to take in the culture and historic sites.  Visit St. Angela Merici Church which has continued to be a focal point for the community and has had a significant impact on the development of the area and take in the stunning display of art created by artist David Derkatz (DERKZ) which uses the colour scheme of the Italian flag and features the Italian homeland.  Make sure not to miss the clock tower and sculptures along the way.

Via Italia – St Angela Merici Church


Via Italia Mural


The Nonna’s Shopping List is your opportunity to learn about the culture, history & diversity along Via Italia Erie Street while you shop, dine and experience all that the Nonna’s Shopping List has to offer! Download yours today and start exploring! (And eating!)

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