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Looking for the best biscotti...

Yum2MyTum Feb 18, 2009 06:07 AM

I'd like to buy some biscotti for a sweet ending to a dinner party I'm throwing. Anyone have any recommendations for places near St. Lawrence Market, Chinatown or Queen West (i.e., within the downtown core)?

Thanks in advance!

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    topbanana Jul 22, 2009 12:42 PM

    I love the mandelbroit at Harbord Bakery. They are crispy without being too hard and are jam packed with nuts. Next time I buy some, I will also have to pick some up at Dessert Trends across the street for comparison.

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    1. re: topbanana
      jrabbit2727 Jul 22, 2009 02:46 PM

      Does anyone know if Dessert Trends Biscotti are dairy-free. My understanding is that real italian biscottti are dairy free...but the North american ones often have butter. I'd love to try Dessert Trends if they forego the butter/milk.

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      deedleoh Jul 21, 2009 12:54 PM

      I took your advice and headed to Pusateris to satisty my biscotti cravings. I purchased many different varieties including Bubbies Biscotti and Leahs as you suggested. IMO Leahs is mandelbroit and not biscotti. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Bubbies Biscotti is nut free and kosher. My son has a severe allergy to nuts and is able to eat Bubbies Biscotti without a second thought. Next stop La Salumeria.

      Thx for the recommendations.

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      1. re: deedleoh
        jrabbit2727 Jul 21, 2009 01:08 PM

        One of the great things about Bubbies Biscotti is that because they are Kosher, there is no dairy - so good for lactose intolerant folks. Also...the ones that aren't frosted are relatively low in fat and calories...so a fairly guilt free dessert!

        In addition to Pusateris, you can get them at many Second Cup locations.

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        Yum2MyTum Feb 21, 2009 09:21 AM

        Thanks Millygirl, Miranda and always_eating for the great recommendations.

        I had heard about Frangipane's wide variety of delicious biscotti and that's definitely an option. I may have to stop by Pusateri's today to check out that yummy sounding favourite of yours Millygirl, as well: biscotti with white chocolate sounds great!

        I stop by Domino's almost every weekend so I'll be sure to get some this coming weekend for the fiesta. I'll report back. Thanks again!

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          MsTiramisu Jun 27, 2009 09:03 PM

          I ordered 3 pounds of biscotti for an office function and everyone loved it. I was surprised that no other people ever heard of Dessert Trends the place with the best biscotti in Toronto. I love biscotti and it wasn't until reading about a lengthy National Post article several years ago rave about Dessert Trends ... indicating the best biscotti (and Tirmisu) in Canada that I made my visit. If you're looking for a lot of biscottie I suggest you order a variety (some covered in dark or white chocolate ... pistachio). You can always sample two of their flavours at the store on Harbord St.. I have never seen any biscotti outside of Italy that would compare to Dessert Trends. The Chef learned how to make it when working in Italy. Their gelato is to die for. www.desserttrends.ca Maria

          1. re: MsTiramisu
            ace123 Jul 21, 2009 09:18 PM

            Second Dessert Trends for best biscotti in Toronto.

        2. always_eating Feb 20, 2009 09:46 PM

          Domino's Foods downstairs in the south SLM also sells biscotti. They are usually near the cashier, on the side wall, outside of the store. I have never tried them and have always meant to, just out of curiosity. I have no idea who supplies them.

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            millygirl Feb 21, 2009 05:12 AM

            Bubbie's are pretty good but now that they are widely available they seem to have gone downhill IMO. Another one is Leah's biscotti which are very good, esp. the lemon poppy seed. I've seen them at Summerhill Market and Pusateri's. One other spot that has excellent biscotti is LaSalumeria at Yonge and Davisville. They have a few different varieties, and my fav being a lemon cranberry that is decorated with white chocolate. Hope this helps.

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              miranda Feb 21, 2009 05:29 AM

              Frangipane on Davenport at Madison has wonderful biscotti made on site chocolate/strawbeery/almond and lemon/poppyseed....Miranda

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            Yum2MyTum Feb 19, 2009 11:16 AM

            So only 3 Toronto CH opinions on biscotti in Toronto? That might explain the scanty results upon searching the board...

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              TorontoJo Feb 19, 2009 12:16 PM

              I'm not a biscotti eater, so can't comment on these, but I've seen them at lots of shops around town over the years (Chapman's, Bruno's, Pusateri's).


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                Yum2MyTum Feb 20, 2009 05:38 AM

                i've seen these around too -- everywhere! Have never tried but maybe I'll give it a shot. Thanks TorontoJo!

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              sam_1 Feb 18, 2009 07:20 AM

              Soma in the distillery has some really good biscotti. I think they only have one kind (chocolate + some sort of nut) but they are really delicious.

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                Yum2MyTum Feb 18, 2009 09:50 AM

                Is there anything Soma doesn't do well? : ) Thanks sam_1.

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                currycue Feb 18, 2009 07:09 AM

                There is a vendor in the north St. Lawrence Market that sells Mandelbroiten (sp?) which is pretty much the Jewish equivalent of biscotti. Very nice and crumbly.

                They also make mean nutella biscotti at B Espresso Bar on Queen E near Church. Not sure if they sell them by the lot though.

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                  Yum2MyTum Feb 18, 2009 09:50 AM

                  Mandelbroiten sounds delicious. I'm wondering if you can point me to the vendor -- middle row, or east or west row? Thanks, currycue!

                  I'll have to stop by B at one point to check out your other suggestion...

                  1. re: Yum2MyTum
                    currycue Feb 18, 2009 11:27 AM

                    I believe they are middle ish and nearer to the Front St. entrance.

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