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Feb 28, 2007 08:34 AM

Best Italian Sandwich

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.

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

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    1. re: acd123

      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.

      1. re: Scary Bill

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

        1. re: Scary Bill

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


          1. re: HarryLloyd

            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.

            1. re: Scary Bill

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

              1. re: acd123

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

                1. re: acd123

                  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.

        2. 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 to phone your order in ahead of time and pick it up.

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          1. re: Finnegan

            It most certainly is.

            I like Dorio's on Weston or in Kettleby.


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

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            1. re: Trice

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


              1. re: Trice

                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.

                1. re: itryalot

                  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

                  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. Commisso's is very 24hours I believe

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                  1. re: Finnegan

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

                  2. 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