Macelleria Potenza: Old Italy in New India
Among the hundreds of Indian fabric stores, dosa huts, jewelers and sweet shops in north Etobicoke, I stumbled upon little Macelleria Potenza in a strip plaza on Islington just north of Albion road.
For 25 years, this family butcher shop has apparently been a bit of a secret among the north-west Toronto Italian community. They make and hang their own prosciuttos, pancettas and other dried susages, source and cut excellent lamb and do just about everything from scratch. My early trials of their products (particularly the prosciutto) have been a revelation.
Its kitty-corner from the excellent Madras Dosa Hut, so if you find yourself in this area, Potenza is worth a stop.
The Islington-Albion intersection, by the way, is one of the great hidden gems of this city, teeming with food adventures.