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Great family size Lasagna for last minute pick up HELP!.

Connoisseur Apr 26, 2007 12:01 PM

I want to find a good pre-made lasagna. I know I read or heard something about a great lasanga available in the city for something like $20. just can't remember where???

I am looking for an easy family meal. I know it's out there but where!!!

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    kevlar Jul 12, 2007 01:49 PM

    Try Lenny's Pizza and Pasta. It's on Dundas just east of Islington.
    Lasgagna (large tray), + Large mixed salad (Caesar 5 bucks more), loaf of bread, and a tub of sauce...only $19.99......$24.99 after 6:00 PM...Great place!!..EXCELLENT PIZZA as well

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      artificialard Apr 27, 2007 02:59 PM

      I haven't had many ready-made fresh ones but I've tried the Cumbrae's one (on Church) and it was quite delicious and under 20$. Fresh cheeses, tangy tomato sauce, everything you'd want and looked very freshly made. Is actually a lot lighter on flavour than a PC or MC one but I enjoyed the more authentic taste.

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        CravinMaven Apr 27, 2007 01:49 PM

        The BEST frozen lasagna ever is by Roman. You can find them in some Sobeys, Price Choppers, and IGA's I think. And if you come across their meatballs.... YUM. No preservatives and tastes like homemade.

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          courgette Apr 26, 2007 06:01 PM

          Probably too late now for this request, but on the east side, I believe Gerrard Pizza on the Danforth makes a pretty good one. Also, the big bakery across the street from Fresh From the Farm has frozen lasagnas in the freezer. (sorry, can't remember the name of the shop right now.)

          I've been accused of being a food snob and I do make most things from scratch (even ketchup and mayonnaise), however, for the reasons that bluedog outlined, I'm all for trying some prepared foods.

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          1. re: courgette
            julesrules Apr 27, 2007 07:22 AM

            Gerrard pizza has a big lasagne suitable for the freezer? I will have to check that out along with your other tip. Have you tried the bakery's version? I'm not super picky on this count.

            3's company is doing some frozen entrees but I find them expensive, unless you can go with the largest size - like I think their single-serving size is $8, whereas eating the same food in the restaurant you would pay the same and get a salad on the side. I like their "chicken chipotle" pasta bake (I won't call it lasagne cause that would surely offend someone). Their moussaka has no bechamel, is rich from the ground lamb but not as greasy as many Danforth versions - overall we thought it was okay but I haven't rushed out to buy it again. Their roasted vegetable "lasagne" is kind of terrible, very oily veg with little caramelization.

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              bluedog Apr 27, 2007 07:47 AM

              Hey Jules, is 3's company that little place near greenwood on the south side of the danforth? I keep walking by there and never go in.

              1. re: bluedog
                jessi20 Apr 27, 2007 07:59 AM

                i seriously recommend going with the PC version.......unless you are close to Pusateri's. it's perfect for a casual family meal. i have never had any complaints (maybe my fam was just being polite) but i've also rarely had leftovers either. when i'm too busy too cook i pair with one of those bagged caeser salads and i'm all set.

                1. re: bluedog
                  julesrules Apr 27, 2007 08:39 AM

                  Yup Danforth and Lamb, see website below (although possibly not updated since last year...).
                  They've been discussed on the board. Good cheap brunch. Family-friendly (I know you have kids), but cramped and they fill up quick. Their scones are good but some of their other baked goods suspect.

                  To me they are like decent, not great, home cooking - not as good as my own, which of course is tailored to my liking, but not bad either. But when we brunch I generally walk right on past to Ten Feet Tall for their sweet potato fries and good tap list (don't have a deep fryer or draught at home after all).


              2. re: courgette
                millygirl Jul 12, 2007 04:12 PM

                Courgette, the bakery you are thinking about across from Fresh from the Farm would be Select Bakery. I know that have fantastic homemade frozen moussaka and pastisito but I was not aware they also do lasagnas. I must check that out next time I am by.

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                strawberryfields Apr 26, 2007 04:15 PM

                Islington and Dundas West area there is Lenny's pizza and pasta (in the lil strip mall across from Montgomery drive)...frozen pizza for sure, and I know they do sell lasagna, not sure if they have it premade for pickup (wihtout calling) though..

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                1. re: strawberryfields
                  LovesToEat Apr 27, 2007 06:46 AM

                  Yes, Lenny's was what I was trying to think of!

                2. diesta Apr 26, 2007 02:13 PM

                  Bruno's does a good one.

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                    embee Apr 26, 2007 01:23 PM

                    Pusateri's, Bruno's, Nunzio's, Cumbrae's to name just a few. But the PC and MasterChoice frozen lasagnas from Loblaws or Dominion are really quite good.

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                    1. re: embee
                      Bigtigger Apr 26, 2007 02:47 PM

                      The grocery store frozen versions are no more lasagnes than I am the Pope: they are filled with leaden, doughy pasta, underseasoned dead-tasting sauce, low-flavour cheese -and are suitable only for a bunch of six year olds who don't know better. Pusateri's lasagne isn't bad, BP's seems underseasoned to me but is pleasant - best of all (request a pan order or take individual portions) is Camarra's (Dufferin at Lawrence): all of these will set you back considerably more than $20, but are most certainly worth it.

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                        embee Apr 26, 2007 03:00 PM

                        So few processed foods are edible that I think you are being unfair. The supermarket brands would never be my first choice, but some of them provide a reasonable meal if you're facing a last minute crisis.

                        Remember, too, that both Loblaws and Dominion sell different varieties of lasagna at various quality levels. The best of both brands aren't bad at all. Sure I'd rather have one from Pusateri's or Bruno's. Actually, I'd rather have one of my own home made versions. But PC has saved my neck more than once.

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                          Bigtigger Apr 26, 2007 03:12 PM

                          Depends if the crisis is a bunch of fifth graders suddenly descending on one after a hockey practice or adults who are discerning about food. For the former, PC away ! For the latter, why not simply buy some great fresh fettucine and make an alfredo sauce - takes 10 minutes. Or throw some round steak and seasonings into the cuisinart with an egg and make the best home-made burgers. In other words, why patronize the mediocre if one doesn't need to ?

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                            bluedog Apr 26, 2007 03:51 PM

                            Why not? Because sometimes I'm just too darn busy or too darn tired. We actually make alsmot everything from "scratch" but we always have some sort of prepared food on hand for those days when the kids, the job, and everything else make cooking of any sort the last thing we want to do when we get home. And no I'm not a fan of the PC prepared foods: mostly just too salty.

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                      LovesToEat Apr 26, 2007 01:13 PM

                      It's in the West end...somewhere around Dundas West/Kipling area...I can't remember the name of the place. I'm useless today! I have the flyer hanging on my fridge at home!!!

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                      1. re: LovesToEat
                        Kagemusha Apr 26, 2007 03:53 PM

                        Molinaro's on Stanfield in Mississauga?

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                        Snarf Apr 26, 2007 12:27 PM

                        Pusateri's on either Bay or Avenue Road; Pastissima on Yonge/Blythwood. Believe it or not, the PC isn't dreadful if you're really desperate.

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                          miranda Apr 26, 2007 12:42 PM

                          Bologna Pastifico on Dufferin at Glengrove...has the most amazing Lasagne...vegetarian and meat..don't know the price though...I think their family size would be more than $20.00...it's all made on the spot...Miranda

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                            Connoisseur Apr 26, 2007 01:03 PM

                            Thanks I think Bologna Pastifico might be the spot.

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                              Yongeman Apr 26, 2007 02:01 PM

                              Sure, but it'll probably set you back about $35, I think.

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