photo by Miguel Arenillas
“Solita is an Italian gourmet food shop that opened in Little Portugal on Dundas West late last year. Its name has multiple meanings: It’s a nod to New York’s Nolita, since the store is located South of Little Italy (although it’s admittedly technically a bit more southwest); it also means “the only one” in Spanish and Portuguese, and in Italian, it can mean “the usual.”
After months of renovation (it was formerly a hardware store), husband and wife owners Maurizio Galli and Vicki Bonomo managed to transform the space into an aesthetically pleasing place with exposed brick walls, raised ceilings and a warm, modern-rustic kind of ambiance.
Different areas flow into each other, with a main retail area stocked with pantry items and frozen goods, a salumeria/deli counter in the back, a small cafe with bar seating on one side, and a big communal table in the front that beckons people to come in and stay awhile.
Galli (whose family is originally from the Abruzzo area of Italy) and Bonomo (who is half-Italian, half-Egyptian, and originally from Montreal) want to offer quality, gourmet products to customers while maintaining affordable pricing. The goal is to maintain an interesting inventory of food items that is ever expanding.” – Blog.to
“Owners Maurizio Galli and Vicki Bonomo opened this well-curated shop in late 2014, and they already have a loyal following. Solita carries many hard-to-find Italian-made products, including Napolitano espresso, flash-frozen fresh pasta, organic salumi and estate vinegars and olive oils.” – Italianmade.com