Good Italian take-out?
What I am craving tonight is some good Italian take-out
I don't neccessarily mean "authentic" Italian take-out, where every pasta has 10 kinds of seafood and 3 kinds of wine in it, but even Americanized Italian take-out (Chicken Parmesean dinner w/spaghetti and a caesar salad sounds just fine to me)
Just wondering what your favorite locations are... Without having to eat-in
I'm open to suggestions in Brampton, Mississauga, Etobicoke, and my last choice would be Toronto
Thanks folks! Will be trying one of your suggestions tonight hopefully...
Tried Jolly 2
It was a hot-table type setup where the food was already cooked and sitting there, wasn't made to order.. Not that thats neccessarilly a bad thing, but the chicken was a bit soggy and the pasta was cold.
I just got a piece of chicken parmesean, with the pasta that came with it (just penne in a tomato sauce)
i mean there was definitely nothing bad about it but i don't think it's as good as Pomodoro's or Tony & Jim's, or Tonino's (My 3 local take-out places in Brampton)..
Also got the caesar salad but already knew kind of what to expect when I saw the lady refill the dressing with kraft :( Didn't eat most of the salad, but no worries
Thanks for the suggestion, would go back if I was in the area again but would pass on the caesar salad
Then, as per reccomendations, I also tried Thyme 4 on the Queensway... Now this place, I really like. I've already been back a few times.
Excellent caesar salad, portions are somewhat small and no bacon on the salads, but definitely tastes like a homemade dressing. Get it every time.
the chicken parmesean is cooked to order, comes smothered with cheese laying on a huge bed of pasta. It seems maybe a bit expensive at $15 or something for the dinner alone but when you lift the bag, you know theres alot of food inside
I've tried a couple of the pasta's there now, and I just prefer the spaghetti with the homemade tomato sauce -- because the focaccia is great for dipping in it.
I don't use their powdered parmesean cheese though, and load it up with the real stuff at home
average bill (chicken parm w/spaghetti and focaccia bread, caesar salad) is like $22 or $23
this was a great tip, thanks for whoever reccomended it
you're really making me earn my postcount today, eh googs ;)
I still say after all the places I've tried, Tony & Jim's has the best actual chicken parmesean.. It's got the really nice crispy browned edges around the breaded chicken that tastes so good, and the portion of cheese on top is good and super stringy... Their pasta is boring though
Oh and I didn't try Camarra's yet -- because I don't see a chicken parmesean on the menu :(
I'm a creature of habit, what can I say -- I like my chicken :)
Next on my list, from many suggestions on another food forum: Rocco's Plum Tomato on the Queensway at Parklawn
Matter of fact, think I'll go today
Now I haven't been in a loooong time, but if you're looking for Italian in that neighbourhood I'd skip Rocco's and try Pazzia Osteria. Small, family run place with decent homemade food. Not production line like Rocco's. Hopefully it's still as good as ever.
848 The Queensway, Toronto, ON M8Z1N7, CA
Pazzia Osteria IS a dining in kinda place. However, I've doggy-bagged my way out of there in the past. If they can wrap a portion, they can wrap the whole thing. Don't know if they have your beloved pollo alla parmigiana so I would suggest calling in advance.
Many true Italian places will make it for you whether it's on the menu or not. That's one of the many reasons I love Fusilli in Corktown. If I'm in the mood for something Giuseppe's always ready, willing, and able to deliciously provide. Good luck.
BTW $19.99?!?!? You'd have to be hallucinating to pay that.