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ISO best meatball sandwich in Toronto.

Boodah Oct 27, 2009 04:23 PM

Title says it all. Let your favorites rip, I'd love to try them.

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    psychodad Aug 5, 2010 10:16 AM

    I went to Angelo's on the advice of this board. Good sandwich, but I was not wowed. So far the best meatball sandwich I've had in Toronto is at Pastissima.

    2633 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2J6, CA

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      snackboy Oct 29, 2009 05:16 PM

      I really like the MB Sub at Olympic Pizza . . . The meatballs are very moist and well seasoned and their red sauce is very light and fresh tasting . . . Another bonus is that it is quite big and it comes with a cold crisp salad all for around 10 bucks


      Olympic Pizza
      1255 Pitt St, Cornwall, ON K6J3T4, CA

      1. Lazar Oct 29, 2009 03:59 PM

        I would have to say Vesuvio's in the Junction on Dundas West. Known more for their quality pizzas, you have to try their meatball panini. The crusty vienna loaf is outstanding, and for $6 bucks, I think it is well worth it.

        50¢ per topping, but normally, all I get is a little cheese.

        Also, from my Ryerson days, I loved "Love At First Bite" in the Neil Wycik building. Haven't been there in ages, but it was always consistently good.

        Quality Pizza
        240 Sparks, Ottawa, ON K1A0X8, CA

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        1. re: Lazar
          magic Oct 29, 2009 06:23 PM

          I also love Love At First Bite. Never had the meatball, however :(

          Last time I was there was about 2.5 years ago. It was great.

          1. re: Lazar
            Boodah Oct 29, 2009 07:06 PM

            Vesuvio's is in our general area and we've eaten there several times, I just never noticed they had a meatball sandwich on the menu. I'll certainly be giving it a try, thanks for the recommendation.

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              Lazar Oct 30, 2009 06:51 AM

              Boodah, forgot to mention, the sandwiches are for TAKE OUT ONLY. Once when I was in the dining area, I ordered the meatball panini, and the waiter informed me that it was only take out for the sandwiches.

              I tried to see if I could whine enough for them to bend the rules, but they were adamant. Kind of put a downer on that evening, but I still return for their pizzas and paninis.

              1. re: Lazar
                Boodah Oct 30, 2009 10:27 AM

                That would likely be why I wasn't aware they had them, I've never had take-out from there I've only eaten in the dining room.

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              Boodah Nov 19, 2009 05:52 PM

              Finally had the Vesuvios meatball sandwich tonight, an absolute bargain at $5.50 ($5 for the sandwich, $50 for cheese). Was approximately 8"-10" long on real Italian bread (possibly a bit too thick, but I'm not going to complain much about that). Great meatballs with a fabulous texture and flavor, really excellent sauce with a hint of crushed red pepper. Absolutely plan on eating this sandwich again and recommend it without hesitation.

              1. re: Boodah
                Lazar Nov 20, 2009 06:04 AM

                ...you can thank me by naming one of your children after me. Lazar Boodah has nice ring to it....or you can name them Optimus Prime (best name ever).

                Actually, your comment about the bread is a valid one. Sometimes it seems that the bread/meatball ratio is off.

                You may also want to try their steak sandwich. The meat is obviously one of those "fast fry" cheap cuts you see in the grocery store, but it is a guilty pleasure of mine.

                1. re: Lazar
                  Boodah Nov 20, 2009 08:54 AM

                  I'll return the favor, Wednesday nights at Freshwood Grill they have 2-for-1 Cubano sandwiches. It's pulled pork with a pickle, smoked bacon, cheese and chipotle mayo on housemade sourdough flatbread. It's a steal on Wendesday when you get two of them for $3.50 per.

                  1. re: Boodah
                    Lazar Nov 20, 2009 12:27 PM

                    I appreciate the thought, but I will never set foot into the Freshwood again. I used to be one of their champions. When they first opened (in the days of the green neon sign), they could do no wrong in my eyes, and everyone I brought there loved it.

                    Fast forward to my last visit a few weeks ago.

                    I returned there for the first time since their reno. The wait staff, while pleasant enough, could do nothing to give the cooks a goose in getting our food ready. I was with my mom, and we waited a almost 45 minutes before our food arrived, and from what I could see, the 2 cooks kept slipping out for what I presumed was a smoke break.

                    My mom just order the basic eggs & bacon breakfast, and I the bacon club wrap, so I didn't think that it would have taken that long. The breakfast came with a side salad...which was a salad in name only. It was pathetic wilted mess that looked embarrassed to be on the plate. And my mom asked for her bacon crispy...I think as a joke they sent charred blackened strip of what used to be bacon, but could now only be used to stoke the fires of a steam engine.

                    My sandwich was ok. The taste wasn't the same as I remembered...but it was ok...until...I bit into bone with my front teeth. Since I wasn't expecting bone, I bit down with the full force once would expect to use on a boneless sandwich. It was a big, painful surprise. We got a lot apologies from the waitress, and they were nice enough to eliminate the food off our bill (we only paid for drinks). My mother is convinced that my tooth is chipped, when I looked at it in the mirror, there was the tiniest of what could be considered a chip, but I will give the Freshwood the benefit of the doubt, and chalk that up to general dental wear & tear.

                    So unfortunately, no amount of discount can ever lead me back to the Freshwood. Thank anyway though....but do let me know when young Optimus graduates high school....I will be so proud....

                    1. re: Lazar
                      Boodah Nov 20, 2009 01:21 PM

                      Which Freshwood was it? The one on Lakeshore/Browns Line is decent, the other two did not impress me at all.

                      1. re: Boodah
                        Lazar Nov 23, 2009 04:02 AM

                        It was the Freshwood on Roncey...I believe it was the first one to open.

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                          Boodah Nov 23, 2009 06:24 AM

                          Yeah, that one I was not a fan of.

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                          terrycar Nov 23, 2009 02:02 PM

                          The Freshwood on Lakeshore /Browns Line is history. Passed by it today & there were "For Sale" signs in the windows. Not surprised really for there never seemed to be any real activity in there.

              2. CeeQueue Oct 29, 2009 02:25 PM

                I've recently discovered the my local Pizza Nova has a pretty decent meatball sandwich (can't say if other locations would be the same). Maybe not a contender for the best in TO, but I find it holds up very well to delivery, with a nice crispy-toasted garlic roll and flavourful meatballs and sauce ($4.79 on the delivery menu). It comes wrapped in foil and stays hot without getting soggy, and doesn't fall apart when being eaten.

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                  IndigoAttila Oct 29, 2009 02:40 PM

                  I second Pizza Nova, also a recent discovery for me. They're actually really good. And bonus - as mentioned above - it's on garlic bread. Cool.

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                    duckdown Oct 30, 2009 02:55 PM

                    I've been wondering about the Pizza Nova sandwiches for a while now.. wondering if they were any good -- so I'm glad to hear the meatball one is.

                    I've been interested in the chicken parmesean sandwich actually.. I wonder what their chicken is like?


                    1. re: duckdown
                      abigllama Sep 27, 2010 04:37 PM

                      I was passing by Pizza Nova on my way home on this damn, chilly night and stopped in to get a Meatball sandwich to go. Got it home and and there was no cheese, double checked the menu and apparently it's extra. I don't think I've ever had a meatball sandwich without cheese on it before and it was pretty lame. I'm sure it would have been better with some gooey chese involved, but heads up for anyone ordreing one at Pizza Nova.

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                    FrankD Oct 28, 2009 07:13 PM

                    I'll give a shout out to Dante's in Thornhill. Their meatball sandwich is huge (I easily make two meals out of it), the meatball is good, and the sauce and toppings are tasty as well. Expensive and messy (I eat it with a knife and fork), but good.

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                      OTFOODIE Oct 28, 2009 08:14 PM

                      Dante's moved months ago. They are now on Dufferin north of Langstaff. Is that still considered Thornhill? Dante's webiste refers to it as Vaughn while referring to their old location at Thornhill.

                      1. re: OTFOODIE
                        FrankD Oct 29, 2009 02:57 PM

                        You're right; I forgot. But seriously, to me the whole mish-mash of Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Oak Ridges, Maple, Woodbridge, Vaughan is just the "north of Steeles, west of 404, east of 400" seamless conurbation.

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                      longolame Oct 28, 2009 04:43 PM

                      For a great meatball sandwich in Downsview, I go to Trezzano Bakery. It's in a strip mall on the west side of Dufferin St., just south of Wilson Ave.. I couldn't remember the name, but due to the magic of Google streetview I found a picture of it. Best at lunchtime. There are tables if you want to eat in. Great fresh Italian style buns. Sandwich is about $6.

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                        Yongeman Nov 23, 2009 05:09 AM

                        I concur with longolame about Trezzano Bakery's hot table. I especially love the sausage sandwich. Their veal is good, but it's not prepared to order. It's in sauce at the hot table. Obviously not crispy, but tasty nonetheless.

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                          longolame Jun 5, 2010 07:34 AM

                          Trezzano Bakery on Dufferin south of Wilson may be gone. There's an Under Renovation sign on the front window and the phone number is no longer in service. A real loss to the neighbourhood.

                        2. Dr Butcher Oct 28, 2009 01:30 PM

                          Not in Toronto but Sinatra's Italian Sandwiches (944 Simcoe St N) in Oshawa serves a solid meatball sandwich and a fine veal sandwich as well. I don't like how they nickle and dime you for toppings, and the sauce was a little acidic for my liking but they are very solid overall.



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                            magic Oct 28, 2009 05:46 PM

                            Great pic. Looks drooltastic. Must go.

                          2. witloof Oct 27, 2009 04:32 PM

                            i havent tried them all , but my fave is the meatball sandwich at the place in the basement of the st. lawrence market (cant remember the name) . i find it to be much more flavourful and well seasoned than the meatballs at california's or san francesco's .

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                              Boodah Oct 27, 2009 04:51 PM


                              1. re: Boodah
                                Mitzimouse Oct 27, 2009 05:41 PM

                                A bizarre suggestion, you may think...
                                There is a great little hole in the wall take out place in the industrial area of Bermondsey that serves a big fat tasty to die for meatball sandwich that deserves recognition.

                                There are maybe only 2 tables --it's mostly a takeout place for the local (deco) businesses. However, if you are in search of tiles and are hungry, hit this place and kill two birds with one stone.

                                Angelo's Hot Table - 20 Bermondsey. Love the veal too and everything is fresh and homemade. Check the hours before the trek. Worth the culinary schlep.

                                1. re: Mitzimouse
                                  Boodah Oct 27, 2009 05:45 PM

                                  Nothing makes a good meatball sandwich taste better than some kind of adventure attached to obtaining one.

                                  1. re: Boodah
                                    jayt90 Oct 27, 2009 06:12 PM

                                    And the possibilty of a Chowfind.

                                  2. re: Mitzimouse
                                    magic Oct 27, 2009 06:56 PM

                                    Sounds interesting...

                                    1. re: Mitzimouse
                                      julesrules Oct 28, 2009 02:54 PM

                                      I'd been wondering about that place! Not sure I'll ever get there since I no longer work in the area, but thanks for posting all the same.

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                                        chuang Dec 3, 2009 06:55 PM

                                        Could you please describe where exactly this place is? I drove up and down Bermondsey (3 kids in the car wondering what the heck Mom was doing) today and couldn't find it. At 20 Bermondsey, there was a tile place and another store, but I couldn't see any signage or hint of Angelo's. So please, please enlighten me or give me a landmark so I can hit this place! TIA

                                        1. re: chuang
                                          CeeQueue Dec 3, 2009 07:43 PM

                                          Hopefully the link below to Google street view will work (wait for it to finish loading to see the storefront view). I haven't been there, but located it on street view in the same building as the tile place that's marked #20. I'm guessing the whole building is 20 Bermondsey, but only the tile place has the address on its awning. It's at the far right of the building from the place marked #20.

                                          I'm glad you posted, because I've been wanting to go there and probably would have had trouble finding it as well.


                                          1. re: CeeQueue
                                            chuang Dec 4, 2009 07:51 PM

                                            Thanks for that link. I don't know how I missed it if that's how big the sign is! Maybe the anticipation of the mb sandwich clouded my vision :)
                                            I think I'll try again next week.

                                            1. re: chuang
                                              CeeQueue Dec 11, 2009 05:14 PM

                                              chuang, were you at Calabria bakery today, enjoying pizza with your adorable young son? If so, you would have seen me wondering back and forth to the pizza oven and my table, waiting for my friend to arrive to have pizza together. I was sitting near the window and smiled at you when I came in. You struck me as being a CH.

                                              This was my first time trying their pizza. We loved it! The first one was a little soggy in the middle, but we ordered the second one well done and it was perfect.

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                                                chuang Dec 11, 2009 07:17 PM

                                                That's hilarious! Yes indeed, CeeQueue, that was me and my little monkey gobbling down pizza and a cannoli (who can resist?). I thought the pizza was great, nice and crisp with lots of toppings. The pizza was supposed to be a surprise for my husband, but "somehow" the whole pizza just didn't make it home.
                                                What gave me away as a CH? Maybe because I oogled the boxes of pastries those guys were there to pick up and nosed my way in to ask what they were buying? ;)
                                                Yes, of course we would have seen you, and I'd have loved it if you had introduced yourself! Maybe we should meet at Angelo's next week :)

                                                1. re: chuang
                                                  CeeQueue Dec 11, 2009 09:42 PM

                                                  I thought you might have been a CH, but didn't want to blow your cover to the resto. You had that air of excitement of a hound who's finally gotten to a Chowfind. Also, the so-helpful and friendly woman behind the counter later said you had told her you'd been wanting to try the place for a long time. Telltale CH comment, imo.

                                                  I managed to get to Angelo's this past Tuesday. I ordered the veal sandwich. The veal itself was a bit mushy and bland for my liking, but the bun held up amazingly well to the saucy meat and slippery toppings. The toppings were great. The owner also gave me samples of meatballs, sausage (a nice hit of heat that sneaks up on you, but not overly spicy), homemade chili and soup of the day that was navy bean. I'd definitely go back to try the meat ball and sausage, but I wouldn't get the veal again. I've discovered that I'd rather get the crispy fried schnitzel on a bun at Vienna Meats than eat mushy veal again.

                                                  I hope the mods don't delete this for being too chatty. I think it's such a testament to the power of CH that hounds are running into each other all over the place.

                                                  1. re: CeeQueue
                                                    OTFOODIE Dec 11, 2009 09:48 PM

                                                    I love the schnitzel at Brandt Meats in Mississauga. The Weisswurst ($1.95) on a bun is great value too!

                                                    1. re: OTFOODIE
                                                      CeeQueue Dec 11, 2009 10:02 PM

                                                      I rarely get out that way, but if I do I'll be sure to stop by. If it's anything like the one at Vienna, I know I'll love it.

                                                    2. re: CeeQueue
                                                      CeeQueue Dec 12, 2009 12:44 PM

                                                      I found myself unexpectedly in the neighbourhood of Anglelo's today, and hungry, so I stopped by to try the meatball sandwich. Holy mother, that is one huge sammy. The meatballs are very soft and break apart a lot so that between them and the sauce, it's almost more like eating a sloppy joe than a meatball sandwich. No wonder they serve it with a fork and a huge pile of serviettes. Very tasty. Pricing is deceptive, because they ask you in an almost perfunctory way if you want all the toppings (onions, sweet peppers and mushrooms), but it seems to be a dollar extra per topping. I think I'd get it with nothing extra next time, as all those slippery veggies made it even harder to eat.

                                                      Next time -- sausage sandwich.

                                                      1. re: CeeQueue
                                                        kungfugecko Dec 18, 2009 10:59 AM

                                                        I've been to Angelo's many times and the toppings are included in the price. I think the only thing they charge extra for are cheese and hot peppers.

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                                                          CeeQueue Dec 18, 2009 02:33 PM

                                                          I'll have to look at the prices again...it seems I pay almost $10 for just a sandwich (including tax). Perhaps the owner is chatting with me so much that I'm not really noticing what rings up on the cash. Very friendly people there.

                                                          1. re: CeeQueue
                                                            chuang Dec 18, 2009 06:00 PM

                                                            I finally made it to Angelo's . . . with three kids in tow. They dined on stacks of pop and had a great time of it, with help from the delightful and friendly staff. We had yummy samples, a tasty lunch, and were thrilled by the generous and helpful servers. I admit I was a tad surprised though when it came time to pay that 1 small pasta (about $4), and two meatballs with toppings came to $18. I assume it's because I was charged for a meatball sandwich ($6.50) for each meatball I asked for (she put the meatballs into a take out container with the toppings so it'd be easier to feed to the kids and we did without the buns). Anyhow, the food was great and I would go back again, but at least next time I'll be prepared for how much it will cost!

                                                            1. re: chuang
                                                              foodgangsta Jun 30, 2010 07:27 AM

                                                              Found an Angelo's downtown at York and Queens Quay (Angelo's 2?), I think it's the same owners as it sounds like the same place based on the comments above regarding friendliness, samples, size and toppings. The meatball sandwich was huge - can't wait to go back.

                                      2. re: witloof
                                        magic Oct 27, 2009 06:29 PM

                                        Mustachio's? Uggh.

                                        My vote goes to Fusaro's on Spadina.

                                        I'm sure I'll get flack for this but I really like Subway and Quizno meatball sammos. Mr. Subs are friggin disgusting.

                                        Anyways - definitely Fusaro's.

                                        1. re: magic
                                          LeaTime Nov 9, 2013 08:39 AM

                                          Again Magic I agree! Mr.Sub terrible! Quizno's is good, Subway hit or miss depending on location.

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                                            magic Nov 10, 2013 08:54 AM

                                            We are in agreement. :)

                                            I'm still loving Subway meatball subs, as well as Quizno's.

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