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Our Little Shop & Eatery


Inspired by my Italian roots, I created The Food Shop; a typical shop and eatery that you would find off the beaten path in any Italian town. A place where locals can find their culinary essentials for home use, or grab an espresso and quick bite, or a place to meet up with friends for drinks and a restaurant meal.

Nestled in Kensington Market, we quickly became known for our Panini sandwiches and Roman style pizza. Customers can choose from a list of sandwiches made with our freshly baked, signature Ciabina bun. Our Roman pizza is made using our homemade pinsa dough and customers choose their own toppings. So each pie is personalized, and some are very creative!

After our first year, the demand for more seating (and more alcohol) led us to transform our tavola calda (hot table) into a full service cocktail bar. Now we feature local craft beer on tap, wine and signature cocktails, along with an à la carte menu comprised of Italian inspired, eclectic fare.

At the Food Shop, you’ll also find a wonderful selection homemade and imported grocery products such as: gourmet olive oils and vinegars, readymade “take and bake” meals, bread and pastries, homemade pasta and sauces, pizza dough – the list goes on. You may even find nonna and nonno making some authentic dishes I grew up eating.

Hope to see you soon!

Eat, Drink, Enjoy.

Lora Spiga, Owner.​

Catering & Events


Passion is ingrained in Italian culture – especially passion for family and food. This passion is what drives us to produce high quality dishes using fine ingredients and it is what drives us to service you, our extended family.

With dedication and commitment to your needs, The Food Shop strives to make each and every event an exceptional one; seamless from beginning to end.

Allow us the opportunity to plan your next corporate or private "splash". ​ Please contact our catering coordinator today.

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Good People


To join our team is to join our family. We are growing and we welcome good people to grow with us and share in our success. In a strong family there is sacrifice, dedication, committment --- and everyone takes turn washing the dishes and cleaning the toilet.

Please submit your resume to lora@vmcatering.ca with "RESUME" in the subject line. In the body of your email, tell us what makes you a good person.


The Food Shop Phone : (647) 352-1899 209 Augusta Ave
Toronto, ON
M5T 2L4