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Feb 27, 2007 12:52 PM

Real Italian Grocery in Toronto?

Is there a genuine Italian grocery somewhere in Toronto? Aside from a greater selection of Italian provisions than available at Cheese Boutique, Pusateri's, Longo's etc., I am especially looking for speciality dairy items: Parmesan rinds (sold as rinds) and Burrata, also freshly made mozzarella--not the ubiquitous Saputo stuff . . . also, Tipo 00 flour for pasta and squid ink.

Any suggestions?

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  1. Have you tried Grande Cheese and Royal Beef?

    1. I don't know if they have everything you're looking for, but if you're on the West end, pay a visit to La Rose Bakery (near Royal York and Eglinton). When I lived in the area, it's where I went to find Italian groceries.

      1. LaRose Bakery on Royal York north of Eglinton has Italian mozzarella but be prepared for sticker shock. Domestic fresh is around but hard to locate--don't balk at the sloshy bladder-like packaging. Try Mike's off North Queen in Etobicoke for squid ink.

        1. I buy my parma rinds at Whole Foods

          1. Try JohnVince Foods (on St. Clair West, north side, one blk east of Oakwood). Not sure if they have what you're looking for, but it's worth a shot.