Farther north, opposite St. Zotique Street, the Parc de la Petite-Italie announces arrival in Little Italy. Heading east on Dante Street towards the church of the Notre-Dame-de-la-Défense, there’s another quincaillerie— this one Italian—featuring a dazzling assortment of coffeemakers and cooking utensils. The Romanesque-style church is large and stately, and features a fresco above the altar in which Benito Mussolini appears on a horse. This raises questions about the divergent loyalties some Italian-Canadians may have felt before and during the war.
Photo: Maryse Loranger