Local businesses established Viva Italia District Association as its own distinct association in 2014 to develop and promote the spirit of community along Edmonton’s 95 Street. Formerly part of the Chinatown Little Italy Business Revitalization Zone, the association now focuses its efforts on specifically promoting and celebrating the Little Italy streetscape.
Long known for its anchor store, the Italian Centre Shop, this neighbourhood is experiencing a strong revitalization. New businesses and restaurants are moving to 95 Street to capitalize on the distinctly European character that has flourished here since 1959.
Those longing for a taste of Europe need only stroll 95 Street to feel enveloped by the warmth and charm of the local shops and restaurants.
Giovanni Caboto Park sits at the heart of Little Italy and is truly community gathering place. The statue of one of the area’s first entrepreneurs, Frank Spinelli plays cards in Giovanni Caboto Park, always with room for friends. There’s the summer spray park and playground that brings community members and visitors alike out to enjoy Little Italy’s best green space. Gorgeous towering elm trees dot the park, creating shade on a sunny day, and the perfect place for a picnic. All the amenities are nearby, so pick up lunch and join us!
Mere minutes from downtown Edmonton, the Viva Italia district can be accessed on Edmonton Transit. Use Edmonton Transit’s handy ETS Trip Planner to map your route.
As with most mature neighbourhoods, parking is available on nearby streets and in business-owned lots. Please respect the neighbours when parking on side streets.