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Jun 26, 2008 01:53 PM

Possible Scarborough Chowfind

I say possible as I didn't eat there. Met someone for a business meeting just after lunch and just had an espresso.

The place is called Calabria Bakery, on Midland just south of the 401. Parked in front and as soon as I got out of the car, I thought I was at ribfest. Turns out the bakery has a wood burning oven. The pizzas looked incredible, the hot food counter was practically picked bare-must have been a busy lunch crowd. The pastry display was full of just about every kind of traditional Italian pastry, the striking difference being that the pastries were larger than usual. The only pricing I can remember is a veal sandwich for $3.99 and pizza Margherita for $7.00, pretty fair pricing.

I rarely get to Scarborough, but when I do, this is first on my lunch list based on aroma alone.

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  1. Have you made it back for a wood-oven pizza yet? I'd just about faint if you told me it was a potato flour crust too. Must know details...

    1. The pizza's are incredible. Do yourself a favour and cross to the west seide of McCowan (McCowan and Pitfiled) and go to the Roti House. Their bonless chicken roti is best in the City

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      1. re: Finnegan

        Agreed with the roti. And the doubles for that matter.

        But back to the pizza, can't believe I never thought to recommend it. My wife always raves about it when her work buys lunch for a once-in-a-Friday-while treat. Especially the one with broccoli, although I'm not sure if that's a set or special order.

        1. re: Finnegan

          You may have Calabria confused with Franchesca. Francesca is diagonally across the intersection of McCowan and Pitfield (Invergordon on the east side) from Roti Hut. Calabria is on Midland between Lawrence and Ellesmere, on the west side. Not so close to Roti Hut.

        2. I went in today looking for pizza and they are only made Thursdays and Fridays.

          I tried a veal sandwich ($4.50) and it was very average. A single piece of breaded veal on a small but very nice bun. It sits in sauce waiting to be made so the breading turns soggy. The hot peppers nearly killed me on the first bite. They looked like reconstituted dried red chilis, seeds and all.

          The desserts looked good, but the rest of their hot food offerings didn't appear to be all that fresh looking so I passed.

          Today the well used pizza oven was nothing more than a tease. I'd try Calabria again for a pizza and dessert, but I'd pass on the veal.

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            1. Thanks for the finds Scary_Bill and Finnegan. Good to know there are some worthy Chow finds in the area.