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Sep 4, 2007 05:40 PM

Chowfind - Il Fornaio Bakery

I stumbled across this place over the weekend, looking for some desserts to bring to a friend. We were driving along Highway 7 near Jane, looking for desserts.

I spot "Il Fornaio Bakery", a bakery and hot table in a somewhat unglamorous building on Highway 7. The handmade signs in the window advertise "Zeppole". This could be good, I think. Or, then again, it could be quite bad.

Well, it was very, very good. I walk in and it is immediately apparent that this is a family business. The very nice woman there tells me that all of the desserts are made by her father, every morning. Now we're talking.

She gives me a sample of a very bland looking almond cookie. But, again, looks are deceiving. It's absolutely delicious; one of the best cookies I've had lately. Rich, moist, surprisingly sumptuous, and with genuine flavour. I buy a dozen. Then, there was the "Napoleon" style custard puff-pastry thingers. Another winner. Reminiscent of a Parisian bakery. And, the cannolli! Don't get me started. She filled them to order, and they were some of the best I have had in Toronto. They were crispy and fresh. The filling was very good. The chocolate ones were surprisingly good; usually, I find chocolate cannolli to be disappointing because of the filling; but, this filling was like the stuff you find in a good eclair.

Then, she insists that I try a Zeppole. It was, like the other things, excellent and fresh. More custard and puff pastry.

When my friend saw the almond cookies, he laughed dismissively. But when he tasted the cookie, so modest and so unassuming in appearance, he was very pleased. Amazed, even

Anyhow, the desserts at this place are wonderful. I used to think that I really did not love Italian desserts. I was wrong.

I did not try the food on offer at this place. Just the desserts.

I wish I could remember the exact address. But, I'll make it back nonetheless.

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  1. Did anything on the hot table look good?

    4 Replies
    1. re: acd123

      The stuff on the hot table looked pretty good. I recall seeing lasagna and cutlets in sauce. There were some guys eating there.

      The pastries were so good that I would be surprised if the food was not.

      1. re: Fwagra

        stopped by for lunch today and tried their hot sausage on a bun -- WOW! it was the BEST italian sausage sandwich I've had. EVER. they put the sausage in bun, sliced lengthwise, a little sauce on top, broiled open faced -- unbelievably good. the bun was crispy on the outside, slightly chewy inside, very fresh. also tried their amaretti and cannoli - the cannoli was prefilled but yet still crispy (not soggy). very nice owners. i'm eager to go back and try all their other offerings in light of this experience...

        1. re: berbere

          Can you give us the exact address or location? I can't wait !

          1. re: cocolou

            2781 Hwy 7, Concord

            it's at the south east corner of Hwy 7 & Creditstone - Creditstone is between Jane & Keele

            I still can't get over the experience of that sandwich and have been raving to everyone around me.... by all means go....and enjoy.......

    2. Hmm - I missed this post the first time around. Sounds like a real destination spot. Do you recall if they serve espresso and, if so, did you try it? I would certainly make the drive for a great coffee and cookies/pastries!

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      1. re: peppermint pate

        Although I don't specifically recall, I cannot imagine that this kind of place would not serve espresso. Sorry, but I just don't remember.

        1. re: Fwagra

          i didnt have any coffee but the guys ahead of me ordered espresso and cappuccino...

      2. The almond cookies you had may have been "brutti ma buoni" cookies--literally translated the name is "ugly but good." Indeed they are ugly, but good!

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          Il Fornaio
          2781 Hwy 7, Vaughan, ON L4K, CA

          1. hey guys thanks for the great reviews. we actually moved to hwy 27 south of langstaff road. 40 innovation drive. woodbridge. its now called il piccolo forno bakery and cafe. we are open tuesday to sunday.