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ISO Great Italian Sausage

Hey all.

Want to make some Italian sausage for dinner on Monday or Tuesday. We're having a veggie lasagne and I want meat. I thought some sausage as a side would do the trick.
My stand by is the Costco stuff. It's great but as a feature, I'd like something better.

Via Italia area is best for me but will travel.


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  1. Cheese Boutique...this place is the bomb. Food heaven one might say.


    1. Davwud, I'd go to any small Italian meat store down your way and ask for their home-made sausages. I don't know any specific ones in your 'hood, but I've bought them at a place called Roberto's at Keele and Wilson or Lady York Foods at Dufferin south of Lawrence. They both have several varieties, including some with fennel seed etc. Really good with a veggie pasta.

      1. Absolutely the VERY best sausages in the city - The Healthy Butcher, 585 Queen St West, btwn Bathurst & Spadina. A zillion kinds of homemade, all natural sausages. Truly spectacular!

        1. I have heard that Highland Farms on Kingston Road in Scarborough that GREAT Italian sausage.They have a huge fresh meat department and the recommendation is from an Italian friend...so she should know!

          1. Cheese Boutique are excellent

            Reithers on Church (across from Cumbraes) my personal favourite

            1. I adore the hot italians from White House Meats (St. Lawrence Mkt. or Bayview.) Sometimes contain fennel, sometimes not - either way, gorgeously seasoned, not too fatty and nice and spicy!

              I only use theirs when making a calabrese sauce. No contest.

              1. When I lived in the West End I lived by the Cheese Boutique's hot Italian sausage but now I've moved east and I live by Royal Beef's , for exactly the same reasons: great flavour, good heat,excellent texture and not a ton of fat. Royal is on Danforth just west of Woodbine.

                The lamb sausage is also excellent but I found the maple garlic and breakfast sausages disappointing.

                1. El Gaucho in North St Lawrence Market?

                  1. I went to Cheese Boutique and got the spicy Italian. They're great. We had the mushroom lasagna from CI and they were perfect together.


                    1. A Big Budda Baw-Ummp !!

                      Been relying on Nardini's, a small Italian store in Stoney Creek for my Hot Italian Sausage, since I occasionally visit family in the Hamilton area. They make an Italian Sausage that is out of this world - lean but moist, spicy, and extremely tasty.

                      Any updates on the Toronto Sausage scene ? Hoping to find an excellent source for Hot Italian...

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                      1. re: PoppiYYZ

                        I love the Italian sausage from The Butcher's Son on Yonge south of Eglinton. Top quality.

                        1. re: PoppiYYZ

                          I really like the veal Barese sausage a friend brought to a potluck. IIRC she bought it at Maselli's on the Danforth. http://underthisdanforthroof.blogspot...

                          I've also liked every sausage I've bought from Sausage King at SLM.