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Best Italian Sandwich

Connoisseur Feb 28, 2007 08:34 AM

Veal or Meatball CS or SF?? I need to know!!!

California Sandwich - I have found the veal to be a little tough on my last few visits however the original location is still the best.
San Francesco - I find them to be hit and miss on quality and taste.
Mustachio's - St Lawrence Market. They are consistant they are not the best but you know what you are getting every time.

Focaccia on Hayden (Yonge and Bloor) agian it's a good sandwich but I really want to try something GREAT.

Help me out

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    fryerlover Mar 14, 2014 05:30 AM

    Buon Giorno Caffe & Panini. 1134 The Queensway just west of Islington. Shhhhhhh. DO NOT TELL ANYONE!!!! I've only had the eggplant in terms of sandwiches, althought they also have fish and chicken plus a hot table of pastas, stuffed peppers, sausages, pizza and more. Mom and son shop. The only better I've had is when I go to my Italian friends house and her mom cooks.

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    1. re: fryerlover
      magic Mar 14, 2014 06:07 AM

      Will have to get there, thanks for the tip!

      1. re: magic
        fryerlover Mar 14, 2014 07:45 AM

        Your welcome. And to give some reference point as to what I like, I will eat at California Sandwiches, however to me, it's like Italian fast food or Canadianized. Maybe I'm just going to the wrong location though.
        If you try it, please report back and let us know what you think.

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          magic Mar 14, 2014 08:18 AM

          Will do!

          Any tips?

          Debit/Credit taken? Cash only? Funny hours? Anything?

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            fryerlover Mar 14, 2014 09:04 AM

            Tips.......hmmmmm......go hungry. lol. They take debit and cash, not sure about credit. Not open Saturdays or Sundays. They also do catering. Not sure what time they are open until during the week, but call to be safe if going after work. 416-252-1589 as sometimes they run out of certain food items in the evening. It's a small place with about 4 tables.
            It's in a strip plaza and is the end store to the west. There is another strip beside it, however that strip is out towards the road by about 7-10 feet more that the Buon Giorno plaza.

            I've been going here for about two years after a co-worker told me about it. As there are a few italian cafe's on The Queensway I probably never would have thought to go in there.

            1. re: fryerlover
              magic Mar 14, 2014 09:08 AM

              No weekends will be tricky. But that is something that is good to know.

              Thanks for the scoop. I hope to check it out one day, frylover.

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      popstar Feb 19, 2014 08:48 AM

      All I can tell you if your ever in Scarborough give primo veal a try. They are one of the best veal sandwiches I've ever tried. Such a small place with lots of taste. They are located at pharmacy and sheppard south east corner.

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        C mac Mar 10, 2014 02:29 AM

        many people already mentioned, but I find California Sandwiches to amazing if you go to the right location. I thought it was all in my head that they taste totally different depending on location they quality totally chances but judging by this thread I'm not going crazy.

        I loooove the sandwiches at the sheppard and allan rd. location. I live in woodbridge and won't even go to the one at Weston rd and 7. First time I saw that there was a location there I got so excited, then had a bite of my sandwich and it was totally different.

        Cammisso's at Jane and Finch is pretty good too. (open 24/7 which is great)

        Vincentina's is good too, but a different type of sandwich. There's no sauce on there's.

        1. re: C mac
          magic Mar 10, 2014 03:40 AM

          Do you mean Commisso Bros. & Racco?

          That is not at Jane & Finch - it's closer to Caledonia/Castlefield. Think that's a different part of the city.

          Also, there is apparently a California opening at Yonge/College.

          1. re: magic
            BJC01 Mar 11, 2014 06:13 PM

            There are 2 Commisso Bros. & Racco

            1. re: BJC01
              magic Mar 11, 2014 08:33 PM

              I did not know this!

              My apologies.


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                C mac Mar 14, 2014 02:39 AM

                yeah that's it. The one at Jane and Finch is the first one I think and the Caledonia one came after.

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                  Yongeman Mar 14, 2014 05:04 AM

                  I'm reasonably sure that the bakery on Kincort (Caledonia area} pre-dated the one on Eddystone. You can't really tell from the website: http://commissobakery.com/contact.html , but the bakery was established in 1957. I used to stop there in the late-'60s, early-'70s on my way home after a night on the town. Where else could you get a decent Italian sandwich at that hour?

                  1. re: Yongeman
                    magic Mar 14, 2014 06:06 AM

                    They still make a helluva sandwich.

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                      Yongeman Mar 14, 2014 06:27 AM

                      Thanks for the tip, magic. I've kind of been converted, over the years, to California Sandwiches, especially the original one on Claremont. I must say that I really loved the hot table sandwiches at Trezzano Bakery which used to be on Dufferin at Wilson. Too bad it closed. Not sure if I really want to try Red Sauce or not.

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                        magic Mar 14, 2014 06:49 AM

                        My pleasure, Yongeman :)

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                          kwass Mar 14, 2014 12:37 PM

                          Don't waste your time with Red Sauce Yongeman!!

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                            Yongeman Mar 14, 2014 03:34 PM

                            Thanks for the advice, kwass. I think that if I get into the hood, I'll get a craving for California Sandwiches and Bitondos and not go near Red Sauce. It doesn't sound like my kind of place anyway.

                            1. re: Yongeman
                              kwass Mar 14, 2014 03:42 PM

                              Bitondo's and California Sandwiches are much better choices. There's even San Francesco's, which is right across the street from Bitondo's.

                    2. re: C mac
                      magic Mar 14, 2014 06:05 AM

                      Lived in Toronto all my life and never knew there was another location other than Kincourt.

                      Well, I'll be!

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            Luvtooeat Dec 12, 2012 03:59 AM

            If your near Eglinton / Marlee
            Do yourself a favour and check out
            210 Marlee ave
            M-F 7am to 9pm
            Sat Sun 8am to 6pm

            Great Veal and other sandwich's

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              OTFOODIE Apr 23, 2012 07:45 AM

              I'm surprised that no one has mention Vincentina's on Edilcan in Vaughn. Earlier in this thread, I had nominated Panini at Weston & 7 - which I still think is excellent - but when I'm up in that general vicinity, I'm going to Vincentina about half the time. I have a really hard time deciding between their steak, pochetta and sausage.

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                FoodSnob99 Apr 21, 2012 08:29 PM

                I've tried them all. But by far and away Ciccio Sanwiccio on Yonge St. just north of Lawrence is the best. My dad's a butcher, and I can tell you right now, all of those other places don't use the best meat. Ciccios does.

                As for sauce, California's and Ciccio's are both great. If anything, I might give the edge to Ciccio's. Also, you can't go there without trying their Penne a la Vodka.

                There aren't many options for desert except "the best tiramisu in the world!"

                The only thing is they don't sell coffee. They sell espresso, lattes, and cappucinnos, but no coffee. I can't figure it out, but there's a Tim Horton's right next door.

                Overall, you have to try this place at least once. It's the best place in the city to eat under $10!

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                1. re: FoodSnob99
                  Breadcrumbs Apr 21, 2012 08:35 PM

                  Thanks FS99, sounds fabulous and we'll make a special trip to give them a try.

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                    jillvis Apr 22, 2012 05:05 AM

                    I'm so glad to report that even though I first wrote about Ciccio Sanwiccio in 2008, it's safe to say that it's still the best for veal sandwiches and pastas. In fact, give the grilled eggplant and zucchini and eggplant parmesan sandwiches a try too. Great, friendly services to go along with the awesome food. Only downside is that they close by 6 p.m. on Saturday nights and they are closed Sunday. Everyone deserves some time off. :)

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                      franpelyk Apr 22, 2012 11:24 AM

                      Agreed about Ciccio. Great sandwich, but let me toss another one out there. Bitondo's on Clinton Street. Their home made sauce is tremendous and the veal is light and moist. But.....try the steak sandwich! Unlike the others, they grill the meet, into the soft kaiser bun, topped with sauce, cheese and mushrooms. But....don't forget to slap on the roasted hot peppers. Wash it down with a great panzorotto!!!!

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                        FoodSnob99 Apr 22, 2012 06:32 PM

                        I've been going to Bitondo's forever, since I grew up around there. My grandmother even worked there about 30 years ago, and I'll admit their sandwiches were good back in the day. The only problem with them now is their meat, which is tough.

                        However, their sauce is good, their pizza is good, and their panzorottos are the best in Toronto. I can't back the sandwich any longer, but I'll admit that everyone should try the panzerotto at least once in their life. It's that good. It's also very filling, so you can basically eat for a day for like $6! Oh, and they're huuuge!!

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                          Yongeman Apr 23, 2012 10:28 AM

                          I'm with you on the panzarotto and the slice (when it's fresh). Never tried the sandwich, though. I always go down the block to California.

                        2. re: franpelyk
                          magic Apr 23, 2012 07:17 AM

                          It's odd... Ciccio has universally positive reviews but my one and only time there (7 years ago or so) the service was unfriendly and my grilled chicken forgettable.

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                            prima Dec 12, 2012 05:14 AM

                            If you ever return to Ciccio, I'd recommend the traditional (breaded) chicken, veal or eggplant sandwiches over a grilled chicken sandwich. While Ciccio has pastas and some other dishes on the menu, I tend to stick to the veal or chicken sandwiches. While the eggplant sandwich at Ciccio is quite good, I'm still looking for an even better eggplant sandwich in TO.

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                              magic Dec 12, 2012 06:48 AM

                              Ok, will for sure give them another go. :)

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                    Big Kahuna 1 Feb 3, 2011 10:13 AM

                    Tried the original California on Claremont again about two months ago. Good veal was ruined by overly salty sauce, even after I told them to go lightly on the sauce (my preference). The bun was meh and the price was too dear for the sandwich received.The veals that I have most consistently enjoyed have been at Pacino Panino (Steeles Avenue West, just west of the 400) and Ciccio Sanwiccio on Yonge Street north of Lawrence.

                    Ciccio Sanwiccio
                    3220 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4N 2L2, CA

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                      Food Detective Jan 22, 2011 08:45 AM

                      I agree about California Sandwiches. Ever since they opened locations all over the city, the quality seems to have gone down significantly, and there is no consistency between locations - a pity, really...

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                        Sui_Mai Nov 27, 2009 09:41 AM

                        Someone told me that Amico's in Parkdale makes a good one. That would be great because they deliver. Anyone tried?

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                        1. re: Sui_Mai
                          jamesm Mar 24, 2010 01:33 PM

                          I've had several sandwiches from Amico since I live right around the corner and they are quite good. Good bun, good size, tasty and well-priced.

                        2. BeanerSchitzl Nov 26, 2009 03:33 AM

                          It may be outside of Toronto- but for those out in the east end Sinatras on Simcoe Street North in Oshawa rules Durham region IMO. Tender veal, tasty sauce and their sandwiches are piled high.


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                            Boodah Nov 20, 2009 07:32 PM

                            Panini's up at Hwy 7/400. Best Italian sandwiches in the GTA IMO, I think they're far better than California, Mustachio's and some of the other ones mentioned I've had.

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                            1. re: Boodah
                              OTFOODIE Nov 25, 2009 06:13 PM

                              I have had Mustachios (2/5), California (several locations, 4/5), Nino D'Aversa (3/5), Commisso (3/5) and San Francesco (2.5/5) and the best is Panini, the only one I'd rate as 5/5.

                              1. re: OTFOODIE
                                duckdown Nov 26, 2009 04:55 AM

                                Can you tell me what the exact name or website of Panini is? Is it "Via Panini" ? Googling the name brings up many results all in the Woodbridge area


                                1. re: duckdown
                                  OTFOODIE Nov 26, 2009 06:04 AM

                                  I doubt they have a website, but a Canada 411 search came up with:

                                  Panini Italian Sandwiches Inc
                                  7600 Weston Road,
                                  Woodbridge, ON L4L 8B7

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                                    duckdown Nov 26, 2009 08:33 AM

                                    Ah ok, because "Via Panini" was actually on Hwy 7 itself, I thought that might be it

                                    I'm going to check out this place on Weston very soon, thanks!

                            2. juunbug25 Nov 11, 2007 05:52 PM

                              Yeah i saw a huge lineup at the place in St Lawrence market over the weekend
                              wanted to try it but didnt feel like standing in line

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                                Jar Nov 11, 2007 06:56 AM

                                I agree with the comment on San Francesco. The only location I go to is on Finch West at Alness ( west of Dufferin 1 block ). The sandwiches are made the way you request them, generous meat portion a bonus. Veal is never dry, stringy or too chewy, HOORAY! A bit about the operation, busy around 10.00 a.m., before and after as Catering Trucks are serviced, so you can get a sandwich early. Same owner operating for I guess 3 decades counting short time at original Yonge/Steeles location which moved to Finch. Bonus in Noodle Delight is in the same plaza for some passable to quite good Chinese eat in/take out!

                                1. Brain of J Oct 10, 2007 12:47 PM

                                  Any talk of the best Italian sandwiches must include Colombo's at 1794 Danforth. Both the chicken parm and veal parm are excellent. The meat's super tender, not overly saucy, decent bun. About $6.00

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                                  1. re: Brain of J
                                    dlw88 Oct 10, 2007 06:37 PM

                                    Do any of these places give you multiple tenderized pieces of thinly sliced veal, similar to San Francescos? Personally, I much prefer it to one hunk of meat.

                                    1. re: dlw88
                                      TdotFoodKing Oct 11, 2007 08:59 AM

                                      California's is usually two pieces, but all sandwiches have to be somewhat thin cuts of meat or they wont cook properly. So Im sure you will find all places have thinner cuts.

                                    2. re: Brain of J
                                      Enza Oct 17, 2007 04:11 PM

                                      I wouldn't even imagine going to eat at Colombo's again, I have tried his sandwiches and I had a very hard case of heart burn. The sauce is just out of the can and the bun was surely frozen before and it crumbled when I was eating it.

                                      1. re: Enza
                                        domesticgodess Oct 17, 2007 07:54 PM

                                        ciccio sanwiccio on yonge north of lawrence....yum yum yum (I think I use that word a lot..LOL) is my favorite.
                                        However there is a small joint that i use to go to at the south west corner of hwy 400 and 7..in a one of those strip malls....3 Italian women in the kitchen who serve fantastic Italian Sandwiches. They seem to have a following in the neighborhood!!! Cant remember the name of the place...perhaps that means I should visit again!!!

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                                          kungfugecko Nov 9, 2007 08:22 AM

                                          Angelo's Hot Table in east york on Bermondsey has the best meatball sandwiches around. The meatballs are huge and the sauce is incredible. Onions, peppers and mushrooms all included for $6. Veal and sausage are also really good and customer service is great- they remember my name every time I go in!

                                          1. re: domesticgodess
                                            vealmaster Nov 20, 2009 03:14 PM

                                            Yes its called Parmigiana Sandwiches

                                            180 Winges, Woodbridge, ON L4L6C5
                                            Phone: (905) 265-0964

                                            Good Choice!!

                                            1. re: vealmaster
                                              icey Mar 10, 2014 07:40 AM

                                              Are you sure vealmaster, that domesticgodess isn't talking about Panini Italian Sandwiches in the same plaza as Five Guys? I haven't tried Parmigiana Sandwiches, but Panini Italian Sandwiches, in my opinion, is by far the best in Woodbridge. They are super fresh, fast, and have a great tomato sauce. Manned by 3 women at the counter. Way better than California in my opinion.

                                          2. re: Enza
                                            mariecollins Apr 23, 2012 06:41 AM

                                            Colombo's has changed hands now and is much better.

                                        2. TdotFoodKing Oct 10, 2007 05:23 AM

                                          California Sandwiches is the best, but only a the original Dundas and Claremont location. I dont bother with the other locations. Will definitely give Vinnie's Panini a try though.

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                                          1. re: TdotFoodKing
                                            Scary Bill Oct 10, 2007 07:39 AM

                                            The Queensway location of California's is as good as the original and very consistent. The place is always at least half full, so this isn't just my opinion.

                                            Vinnies is superb, however if you get the veal and like it saucy, order extra sauce.

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                                              czthemmnt Oct 10, 2007 11:36 AM

                                              La Rose Bakery! Oh my god- Beany, you have no idea the memories you've just brought back to me! I lived in that area as a young girl and once a week my mother would treat us to their veal sandwiches. It was heaven on a bun. I can't believe they are still around. Wow. I think it's time I went back to visit the old neighbourhood...

                                              1. re: czthemmnt
                                                beany Oct 10, 2007 03:15 PM

                                                You know everytime I hear of another good veal sandwich I try it but honestly nothing is as good as a La Rose sandwich...such a nice shop to browse in too :)

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                                                  pancake May 22, 2008 04:48 PM

                                                  I grew up in the area as well, and recall a time when La Rose had the best hot food counter in town.
                                                  Unfortunately, the prices have gone up and the quality down. I don't think you will be able to relive those childhood memories.
                                                  With that said, they still have tasty fresh bread, and a great antipasto/deli counter.

                                          2. deelicious Oct 9, 2007 09:40 PM

                                            which sandwich should a newbie try there?

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                                              chungry1 Oct 9, 2007 08:02 PM

                                              Has anyone tried the veal sandwiches at Santino's Bakery on Keele and Highway 7? They serve their veal on a fresh baked crispy baguette with juicy sweet and spicy peppers and an awesome tomato sauce. It's where I had my first veal sandwhich, so I might be biased. Still, it was light years ahead of Calif Sand.

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                                              1. re: chungry1
                                                callitasicit Oct 9, 2007 08:59 PM

                                                I believe Dante's has the best italian steak sandwich I have ever tasted. It is huge and on a great roll, packed with whatever you want on it. It is expensive but really good.

                                              2. Moimoi Oct 9, 2007 01:49 PM

                                                Ciccio Sanwicchio on Yonge, just north of Lawrence - very authentic, real Italian owners - you'd swear you were in Italy. Toppings are spectacular. Onions are carmelized, mushrooms sauteed well, peppers are legitimately roasted... I went to Mustachio in St. Lawrence today - had never been - it was awful! Those free toppings seemed like a deal, but the fried veal and eggplant lacked flavour, and the toppings weren't well cooked. Onions were almost crispy, mushrooms, thick and under-cooked - same with peppers. Won't go again.

                                                I must however give Mustachio credit where it's due. Seems there are many homeless people who frequent St. Lawrence for food hand-outs, and one such guy showed up while I was eating at their counter. While one of the male owners was a bit of a jerk to the poor guy, the matriarch of the shop gave him his veal sandwich without any grief. I give them credit for being kind to those less fortunate.

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                                                1. re: Moimoi
                                                  Franchise Oct 9, 2007 03:08 PM

                                                  California Sandwiches is awful

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                                                    xtal Oct 9, 2007 04:04 PM

                                                    I definitely second Ciccio. I tried it for the first time a few weeks ago and was very impressed.

                                                    There's small shop called Sweetpepper near Bay and Wellesley that looks promising, but I haven't had the pleasure.

                                                    1. re: Moimoi
                                                      jillvis May 22, 2008 02:54 PM

                                                      Ciccio Sanwiccio is the absolute best. It's in the area that I live in, and we absolutely love all of their authetic offerings. Great veal sandwiches, and if you prefer a vegetarian offering, try the eggplant parmesan sandwich. Very generous portions. The additional toppings are great - I usually do mushroom and mixed peppers. As far as their pastas are concerned, great meat sauce, tomato sauce, pink sauce (if you prefer)...and the salads are also fresh and ample. Great value, great taste and a feeling like you're sitting in someone's real Italian kitchen. Friendly service too. Can't beat it for eat in or take out. Da best.

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                                                      EPIcureanTO Mar 13, 2007 09:08 AM

                                                      Good to hear about Vinnies- starting to think that Dupont has more hidden gems than I realize...

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                                                        beany Mar 10, 2007 09:51 AM

                                                        We have tried Tre Rose on Kipling and La Rose Bakery at La Rose and Royal York among others , and we always go back to La Rose. Better than Mustachios, and California Sandwiches on Queensway.

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                                                          superizzy Mar 7, 2007 03:17 PM

                                                          Vinnie's is fantastic. far and away the best place for veal Sammies and i have tried Mustachio's, San Francesco, Commiso, Calif, etc.

                                                          They make it from scratch so it is sloooow. esp around lunch time.

                                                          Always best to phone your order in


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                                                            TaCk OnE Mar 9, 2007 05:37 AM

                                                            are you talking about vinnies paninni just west of christie?

                                                            if so I just moved into the neighbourhood and noticed it the other day, have to stop buy if that's the case.

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                                                              Scary Bill Mar 10, 2007 08:11 AM


                                                          2. orangewasabi Mar 7, 2007 01:42 PM

                                                            I like the veal sammies from Sweet Pepper on Bay just south of Wellesley and the meatball sammies from Scaccia in Manulife when in that area.

                                                            Do get a Mustachio's craving periodically, but I do add salt, extra sauce and hot peppers to the whole thing.

                                                            Am going to get my tail out to try Vinny's soon though, as I haven't tried it yet.

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                                                              demeen25 Mar 7, 2007 12:20 PM

                                                              There is a small family owned place in Richmond Hill, that I always go to, called Hollywood Panini. I prefer this place over California. Haven't tried San Fran or Vinny's yet.

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                                                                dautcalm Mar 7, 2007 05:51 AM

                                                                THE ABSOLUTE BEST IS Mustachios located on the lower level of the St. Lawrence market. The sandwiches are huge!!!!! You can order your sandwich on a bun or foccaccia and any combination of their veal, eggplant and chicken.

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                                                                1. re: dautcalm
                                                                  HarryLloyd Mar 7, 2007 05:57 AM


                                                                  Which other ones have you had? Why are they not as good as mustachios?


                                                                  1. re: HarryLloyd
                                                                    dautcalm Mar 7, 2007 07:25 AM

                                                                    I've only had California's and I find the meat tough and chewy (one could almost argue it's veal at all - pehaps only thinly sliced beef).

                                                                    At Mustachios I do have to admit that I usually order the veal and eggplant with extra sauce (perhaps seems more to me than those that order straight veal) - regardless I personally find it a much superior product than California's.

                                                                  2. re: dautcalm
                                                                    acd123 Mar 7, 2007 11:10 AM

                                                                    I totally disagree. The veal sandwiches at Mustachios may be huge, but they lack flavour, big time. For a real tasty veal, go to California, San Fran, or perhaps the best, Vinny's on Dupont.

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                                                                      galambo Mar 10, 2007 01:13 PM

                                                                      i love mustachios. and yes i also like California as well.

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                                                                        brutt Nov 12, 2007 09:15 PM

                                                                        Sorry, if my experience there is any indication then Mustachio's is not worth any mention. One sliver of veal topped by about 5 layers of eggplant breaded to look exactly like veal does not a veal sandwich make. Leave this place for the worktime lunch crowd with no taste buds.

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                                                                    Yongeman Mar 4, 2007 04:05 AM

                                                                    Have you tried the sandwiches from Trezzano Bakery at the corner of Dufferin and Wilson? They have veal and meatball, but I also love the sausage. I always have it with sauce and a mix of sweet and hot peppers. They serve them on the best crusty panini too, not like those mushy kaisers that you get at, say, California. Don't get me wrong, I love California Sandwiches, but the bread at Trezzano is special. I think they're closed on Sundays.

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                                                                    1. re: Yongeman
                                                                      torontovore Mar 13, 2007 09:45 AM

                                                                      I live close to Dufferin and Wilson and I've passed by the Trezzano Bakery many times without noticing it at the south end of the strip mall. I made a special effort the other day and stopped in for a sandwich. I tried their meatball sandwich with sweet and hot peppers for $5. Very yummy! And yes, the bun was superior and excellent. The inside table area is a little dreary and rundown looking, but the few afternoon customers I saw were quite enthusiastic about the food. I'm sure I'll be back real soon to try another sandwich. Thanks for the tip!

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                                                                        food face Mar 22, 2010 06:04 PM

                                                                        I went to Trezzano Bakery today and really loved the meatball sandwhich. The bread was crusty and very fresh. The tomato sauce was also really authentic and homemade. The meatballs were nicely seasoned and huge. Thanks for recomending the peppers too. I also got the mushrooms. Something also I thought was great was the way they assembled it. The meatballs where split and crushed and just the right amount of toppings and sauce was lovingly placed on top. Lot's of topping but not too much that it was sloppy and frustrating.

                                                                        Atmosphere at Trezzano- Depressing and quiet. Working class folk. More tables than I expected. I'm curious about their Porchetta special. It's only available on Fridays I think? At any rate, it is indeed a Chow find.

                                                                        1. re: food face
                                                                          Yongeman Mar 24, 2010 05:15 AM

                                                                          Glad you enjoyed the authentic experience at Trezzano, food face. I've never found it 'depressing' there, just plain and simple 'decor'. It's very popular at lunch with staff from the surrounding businesses.
                                                                          About the porchetta, I've had it once and it was good. Basically, the pig sits on the table behind the counter and the meat is cut from it for your sandwich. At least that's how it was when I had it a while ago.
                                                                          Prices have risen somewhat, but the quality has always remained the same.

                                                                    2. Poorboy Mar 4, 2007 12:26 AM

                                                                      It has been "years" since I had a drive by veal at Commisso brothers. Are they still as good as they were 20 years ago?
                                                                      If you folks say they are, I will check them out again. Honest.
                                                                      I have heard that they had fallen off a bit.

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                                                                        Connoisseur Mar 1, 2007 05:10 AM

                                                                        Thank you I will try Vinny's and Commisso's they both sound up to the challenge. CS and SF are Definitely coasting. lol

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                                                                          pinstripeprincess Mar 1, 2007 05:19 AM

                                                                          i've only had the sweet sausage at commisso's and it was pretty juicy with a nice crunch on the skin at like 10pm at night. if you can catch them while they're super fresh ie crunchy, love the canoli at commisso brothers. the ricotta has a wonderful sweet cheese flavour and matches so perfectly well with the tasty shell.

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                                                                          usra Feb 28, 2007 10:11 PM

                                                                          I second Vinny's Panini. They have the best Veal Sandwich that I've tried in the city, hands-down. Veal is crisp on the outside but not tough. Loads of sauce and cheese. Bread is fresh. San Francesco's used to be amazing but their quality has definitely gone down (a great reputation seems to result in that all too often it seems). If you can do it, go for an extra spicy, with cheese. They oil and grill their own hot peppers and the result is to die for. Check that they're open first, though - they keep shorter hours than most restaurants in Toronto.

                                                                          Vinny's Panini - 416-531-9454
                                                                          787 Dupont Street, Toronto, ON M6G 1Z5

                                                                          1. Finnegan Feb 28, 2007 10:11 AM

                                                                            Commisso's is very good...open 24hours I believe

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                                                                              Trice Feb 28, 2007 10:24 AM

                                                                              Yep. Great place to go when you want a veal sandwich at 2am.

                                                                            2. Trice Feb 28, 2007 10:04 AM

                                                                              Commisso Bros Bakery
                                                                              8 Kincort Street, York, ON M6M 3E1
                                                                              Best veal sandwich ever

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                                                                                Poorboy Mar 5, 2007 06:47 PM

                                                                                It's been a few years for me. If they are the same as several years ago, I would agree.


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                                                                                  itryalot Oct 10, 2007 05:03 PM

                                                                                  We and other friends have tried several times. We were less than impressed. Nothing in particular, just not great overall. However, convenient after a night of drinking.

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                                                                                    Yongeman Oct 11, 2007 03:56 AM

                                                                                    Exactly! I used to stop in there 40 years ago, after a night on the town. My brother went one night to find the front blown out by a bomb. Ahhhh, the good old days--who needed the Sopranos back then?

                                                                                  2. re: Trice
                                                                                    toukolou Mar 24, 2010 10:57 AM

                                                                                    Commisso's prepares an extremely lame veal sandwich. There are several very good ones north of the city. Dino Panino on Langstaff east of Weston rd., all of Dantes sandwiches are good (if bit pricey), there's also a sandwich place on the s/w corner of Weston rd and hwy 7 in a plaza that have very tasty ones. California Sandwich has become pedestrian except for the original location. I find the issue with veal sandwiches is they tend to be underseasoned, the nonas need to remember to add salt.

                                                                                    Dino Panino
                                                                                    3600 Langstaff Rd, Woodbridge, ON L4L9E7, CA

                                                                                  3. Finnegan Feb 28, 2007 08:47 AM

                                                                                    California Sandwiches at 244 Claremont (dundas/Bathurst area)...there are a few other locations throughout the City, but I find the original location is still the best...lineups out the door every lunch hour...best to phone your order in ahead of time and pick it up.

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                                                                                      Davwud Feb 28, 2007 10:48 AM

                                                                                      It most certainly is.

                                                                                      I like Dorio's on Weston or in Kettleby.


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                                                                                      acd123 Feb 28, 2007 08:44 AM

                                                                                      Veal sandwiches at Vinnie's on Dupont (next to Universal Grill) are AMAZING.

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                                                                                        Scary Bill Mar 5, 2007 07:39 AM

                                                                                        Went to Vinnies on Saturday for a veal, but the wait was 40 minutes. They had a breakin the night before and were backed up, so we settled for a steak which we were told would be ready in 15-20 min. It was ready in 5. It was a basic medium steak with onions.
                                                                                        I was glad the veal took 40 min otherwise I never would have had the best steak sandwich in my life. The meat is a pile of thin char-grilled mechanically tenderized cutlets, slightly chewy in a good way, with intense beef flavour, the onions sweet and soft, and the pepper a gigantic mutant ja-la-pa-no, sweet and smoky. The bun is one of the best kaisers I've ever had. It was also huge, and a great deal for 6 bucks.

                                                                                        Soooooo, try the steak.

                                                                                        Looking forward to going back for the veal. 3 out of 4 people who came in to order the veal when we were there were willing to wait the 40 min.

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                                                                                          acd123 Mar 5, 2007 07:53 AM

                                                                                          Looking forward to hearing what you think about the veal. By far the best I've had in TO.

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                                                                                            HarryLloyd Mar 5, 2007 09:12 AM

                                                                                            Was the steak or the pepper "smoky"? Do they smoke their steaks?


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                                                                                              Scary Bill Mar 7, 2007 07:01 AM

                                                                                              They don't smoke anything per se, the smokiness comes from what I assume is grilling on a somewhat greasy gas grill at a temperature to ensure that the grilled items become carmelized.

                                                                                              I've noted the rave review of Mustachio and I have to disagree. The quality varies. They're very good if you get one with onions and peppers that have been cooked long enough and they put enough sauce on the sandwich. The meat is very thin typically and the batter therefore relatively thick. They always look good though.

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                                                                                                acd123 Mar 7, 2007 07:15 AM

                                                                                                I agree about Mustachio. They are okay, but lack flavour, IMO. Not even in the top 5 best in TO.

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                                                                                                  pescatarian Mar 7, 2007 11:23 AM

                                                                                                  Mustachio's was better about 10-11 years ago when it first opened. Different owners and different chef.

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                                                                                                    TaCk OnE Mar 8, 2007 12:04 PM

                                                                                                    they need hot sauce BAD.

                                                                                                    but once you get some on there they're great.

                                                                                                    although, that's my idea of good eating in general, spice me up.

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                                                                                                      galambo Mar 10, 2007 01:11 PM

                                                                                                      ditto. the spicery the better

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