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looking for an italian grocery in downtown Toronto

shana Jan 9, 2007 09:07 PM

I'm looking for an italian grocery - we're catering a party and the theme is a tuscan feast and what I'm after is traditional italian candies and the lovely paper wrapped amaretti cookies to do little adult loot bags for people to take away. I thought an italian grocer might have some good imports. Is there anything like this left on College street in little italy or have they all moved out to make way for posh bars and restos? I need 100 amaretti cookies.

Any help or suggestions for types of candy etc much appreciated.

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    estragon RE: shana Jan 9, 2007 09:09 PM

    There's an old-fashioned grocer on the south side of College, just east of Clinton. Also, an old-school bakery on the south side of St. Clair, between Dufferin and Lansdowne, whose name escapes me right now.

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      cheesymama RE: shana Jan 9, 2007 10:41 PM

      Don't know when you need them for, but if you have the time to wait any specialty food shop that sells any kind of Italian product (olive oil, balsamic, cheese, etc) should be able to order them in for you.

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        crawfish RE: shana Jan 9, 2007 10:56 PM

        John Vince on the north side of St Clair just east of Oakwood used to have a good selection of bulk Italian "confetti" and I'm sure they'd have amaretti. I haven't been there for about 6 years so maybe someone else could confirm that they are still around? Now I live closer to College so I know there are still a few Italian grocers and bakeries between about Manning and Crawford.

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          escoffier RE: shana Jan 10, 2007 02:18 PM

          Festival, on the south side of College, west of Grace. Best of the bunch.

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            deepcreek RE: shana Jan 11, 2007 01:10 AM

            I got some amaretti last month at Grace Meat Market on College. But if you really want selection, try Fiesta Farms (Christie, several blocks north of Bloor)

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