Enquring minds want to know:
Where can one get great panettone (light, not too dry or too sweet)?
Are there any Italian bakeries in Toronto that make them on-site?
If not, which brands sold at big-chain supermarkets (or elsewhere) are best?
I'm not too sure which bakeries make their own, but I know that Soma Chocolate made a delicious one last year. It may not have been as light as you want but it was great. As for the brands sold in stores, my favourites are Bauli (for Pandoro) and Tre Marie (for panettone), although I am not sure whether you would find them too sweet. Seafood Depot has them, (a few years ago they had these cute, individual Bauli's that were great for Xmas baskets and stocking stuffer), but apparently, Longo's has better prices on the Panettone.
Hope this helps!
Get thee to College Street. Little Italy to be precise. You'll find them at Riviera Bakery and Centro Formaggio.
You don't need fresh baked. Panettone is all about getting the box from Italy. Fiesta Farms at Cristie south of Dupont has the best selection I've ever seen. And good prices to boot! I reccommend Bauli brand. It comes with a packet of icing sugar, so it's fun to sprinkle your own!
I like the Bauli panettone. Lady York and La Salumeria always have good selections.
Would expect Highland Farms to also have a good selection.