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...
Went by Rocco's last night since I had to drop off a DVD for a buddy at parklawn & lakeshore and tried the chicken parm. sandwich with a salad
The kitchen there was kind of a mess in the take-out zone, the main chef guy seemed pissed off with everyone else and was throwing his pots and pans around while making a mean and nasty face like he really didn't want to be there.
There was a person in front of me also ordering a chicken sandwich (but was out of the store at the time), and his chicken was completely raw in the middle. I guess this must happen alot here, because they actually cut every single fried cutlet in half before putting it on the bun to check for done-ness.. The woman gave it back to the "angry" chef and he simply threw it in the deep frier and gave it back... Kind of worrying
They cut mine in half also before serving it, and luckily it looked OK, but it still stayed in the back of my head the whole time so I looked at every bite before taking it :/
Caesar salad had a decent dressing, lettuce wasn't wilted, but the croutons were stale as hell and the dressing was way too light on the salad.
Overall, kind of a boring sandwich. I don't even think the breading on the chicken had any seasonings.. And they're not cheap at $8 before taxes with no additional toppings
If I'm in that area again I'd get it again, but not worth going out of the way for
Tony & Jim's reigns supreme still...
The quest continues....
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.
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
For west end Toronto kinda highway friendly location you might want to try Camarra's. Haven't been in a looooong time, but from what I read it sounds like they still got it goin' on. Excellent pizzas too. There's a separate take-out menu on their website.
We love getting our take-out from Jolly II. It's located in the back section of the big plaza at Weston & 401. Between the Bulk Foods and LCBO.
Great Veal & Chicken Parm...among the vast choices offered! Call ahead and they'll have it prepped for you for your arrival.