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Zeppole Reco's....anybody?

Lazar Mar 15, 2010 01:15 PM

Hey there,

This past weekend I tried some of the zeppole (zeppoles? Not sure of the plural) from Tre Mari bakery. I was disappointed to say the least. They had 3 kinds (vanilla, chocolate, & ricotta cream) and they were all so blah.

I used to get the ones from Sweet Boutique in Woodbridge (it's close to work) but I would like to find something a little closer to home (St.Clair West area), and something not so pricey.

Any suggestions?

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    Auntie Anna RE: Lazar Mar 16, 2010 11:49 AM

    You're in luck. Got back from T.O. (my hometown) just last night. Went to Tre Mari Bakery on St. Clair (between Dufferin and Lansdowne) Sunday afternoon to buy some zeppole for the family. Purchased both vanilla and chocolate. The pastry and cream were extremely light and freshly made, as they should be. They even got 2 thumbs up from nonna!

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      Lazar RE: Auntie Anna Mar 16, 2010 12:09 PM

      Thanks AA, but actually, I was looking for something other than Tre Mari.

      Tre Mari is close to me, but their zeppole tasted off. Specifically the cream, tasted (to me at least) like they used that oil-based stuff that doesn't go bad.

      If there is anything else, I would dearly appreciate it.

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        sway RE: Lazar Mar 16, 2010 01:06 PM

        Mmm... my mother-in-law makes great zeppole (not very helpful, I know!). I'd love to know where we can get some too!

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          Lazar RE: sway Mar 16, 2010 01:56 PM

          ...where does you mother-in-law live? Just kidding

          Actually, I have been able to find zeppole all the way up here in da 'Bridge (Woodbridge). As I said before, Sweet Boutique makes awesome zeppole (although a bit on the pricier side, but they are huge, and have whole amarena cherries as garnish ).

          AND, a Nino D'Aversa just opened up at the strip mall on the NorthWest corner of the Jane and Rutherford. Huge location, just opened today and they had zeppole. The had baked and fried, so I got 2 of each.

          I do wish that I could find a reliable local bakery/pasticcerria. There are only a couple of weeks left before they are gone.

    2. mikeb RE: Lazar Mar 16, 2010 05:33 PM

      You could try Messina on Scarlett at St. Clair.


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        lolo RE: Lazar Mar 16, 2010 07:33 PM

        Sadly you won't find any where in Toronto that makes good ones. I live down the street from Tre Mari and the pastries there are for the most part not good.

        The best place for Zeppole or Italian pastries is in Missisauga. La Sem is the best and well worth the drive. Just make sure you ask for ones made the day off. If the ones on display are not fresh they will get some from the back or better yet you can pre order 1/2 a dozen or so and get them put aside.

        There is also a new place across the street that opened up that makes them as well. The pastry chef used to be the pastry chef at La Sem. I can't rember the name, sorry.

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          taxed2death RE: lolo Mar 17, 2010 01:39 PM

          Dufferin and Glen Park Ave. Bakery on the south east corner not sure of the name but they sell a ton of them. It's south of Lawrence. They have ZEPPOLE on the front window.

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            icey RE: lolo Mar 21, 2010 09:56 AM

            The name of the bakery across from La Sem opened by the old pastry chef is Irene's Celebrity Cakes.

            La Sem
            1275 Eglinton Ave E, Mississauga, ON L4W, CA

          2. Food Tourist RE: Lazar Mar 18, 2010 08:47 PM

            Sadly, the one bakery I checked today (in Oshawa, of all places) was sold out. I would love to order some on the 19th of March itself (I'm such a procrastinator) -- will be trying Sanremo (normally I dislike their pastries but you never know!) or La Sem as I prefer a south/west rec. Italian bakeries are a dime a dozen in Peel Region so that may be a good bet. May also try phoning Commisso Brothers and a bakery on College Street.

            Or how about Messina on Scarlett near St. Clair W.? http://www.torontosun.com/life/column...

            Price is probably linked to quality in the case of zeppole ingredients - and best eaten the same day. What a great way to celebrate the patron saint of Canada, fathers, carpenters, social justice, and (unofficially) real estate sales!

            La Sem
            1275 Eglinton Ave E, Mississauga, ON L4W, CA

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              Food Tourist RE: Food Tourist Mar 19, 2010 02:22 PM

              I got mine today at Riviera Bakery on College Street - light, crispy, fresh whipped cream or custard, topped with cinnamon sugar and only $3 each! They come in 3 styles - traditional (whipped cream with a bit of custard mixed in), custard only, or baked (instead of fried). Definitely recommended whether or not you are celebrating St. Joseph!

              The owner of Lit on College said she gets hers from LaRose Bakery in Etobicoke.

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                taterbrandy RE: Food Tourist Mar 19, 2010 06:07 PM

                The Highland Farms on Supertest Road has them ($2.75) in cream or ricotta flavours, and they are very good.

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                Lazar RE: Food Tourist Mar 22, 2010 06:24 AM

                A place in the 'Shwa? Where? What? How? When?

                If you have a name and address, I would be most grateful...gonna be in the east tonight

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                  Food Tourist RE: Lazar Mar 22, 2010 03:33 PM

                  I think it is called Bakers Table at 227 Bloor East (905) 435-1036 but I'm doubtful they would have any left.

                  Bakers Table
                  227 Bloor St E, Oshawa, ON L1H3M3, CA

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                    Breadcrumbs RE: Food Tourist Mar 31, 2012 01:51 PM

                    Just confirming that The Baker's Table zeppole are outrageously good. They stand way above any of their other baked goods. If you're a fan and can make your way here, you won't regret it.

              3. Paulustrious RE: Lazar Mar 20, 2010 03:54 AM

                I saw some the weekend at Highland Farms (Warden / Ellesmere ). I cannot comment on the quality.

                Highland Farms
                850 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

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                  vmd™ RE: Lazar Apr 13, 2010 09:21 AM

                  I love the zeppole from St. Phillips Bakery (http://www.stphillipsbakery.com/). I go to the location in Maple, but there's also one in Woodbridge. Delicious use of the morello cherry..... so good!

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                    BlueGoo RE: Lazar Mar 6, 2011 10:03 AM

                    Venarello's Bakery on Dufferin south of Lawrence makes excellent zeppole. If you go on St Joseph's Day (Mar 19th) be warned, the line ups are huge. The owner Tony is a delightful man. Good espresso too!

                    However, he will make them to order throughout the year. Yummy. $2.75 each, I believe.

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                      Lazar RE: BlueGoo Mar 7, 2011 03:00 AM

                      Venarello's? I am shocked to say that I have never seen this place. How far South past Lawrence is it? East or West side?

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                        BlueGoo RE: Lazar Mar 7, 2011 08:24 AM

                        Venarello's Bakery & Deli Ltd on 2866 Dufferin Street, on the west side. A little south from Lady York supermarket.

                        They also do amazing cakes to order. Try a sponge cake with "Baci" cream - divine!

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                          taterbrandy RE: BlueGoo Mar 13, 2011 06:18 PM

                          I bought some there this afternoon, along with some amazing sfogiatelle! Great place!

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                      Pigman44 RE: Lazar Mar 6, 2011 08:28 PM

                      Sanremo Bakery on Royal York Rd, south of the QEW makes the best zeppole. I talked to one of the son's who runs the bakery, and he said his retired father still comes in and makes them handmade for the month of March for the St Joseph Day celebrations. They too have long line ups, so I suggest you pre-order.

                      Sanremo Bakery
                      374 Royal York Rd, Toronto, ON , CA

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                        Lazar RE: Pigman44 Mar 7, 2011 03:01 AM

                        I forgot about Sanremo. Not exactly close to m, but I may make a pilgrimage.

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                          panko RE: Pigman44 Mar 12, 2011 12:44 PM

                          Tried Zeppole at Sanremo today and it was delicious. They have four kinds: ricotta, custard, whipped cream and strawberries, and one with amarena cherries.

                          They only had two kinds today, strawberry filled for $3.75 and custard for $3.50.

                          A calendar in the bakery shows what days they are available in March. But I did not make a note of the dates.


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                            Food Tourist RE: panko Mar 19, 2012 01:02 PM

                            Good reminder as St. Joseph's feast day is today, March 19th. I will check out Sanremo and report back.

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                              prima RE: Food Tourist Mar 19, 2012 03:09 PM

                              St. Phillips also had a sign for Zeppole in its window last week. Not sure what types they're selling.

                              St Phillips
                              2563 Major MacKenzie Dr, Vaughan, ON L6A, CA

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                          barneyvernon RE: Lazar Mar 19, 2012 03:38 PM

                          Rustic Bakery on Rustic Road (Keele, just south of Wilson) had 2 different kinds on the weekend. They were excellent, baked or deep fried, plain or with fruit, all decorated with cherries. $2.75 to $3.00 each. Also, their cannoli are right up there too.

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                            elvisahmed RE: barneyvernon Mar 19, 2012 04:15 PM

                            I had one today from Longos at ACC as it was featured in their flyer. It didn't disappoint and actually tastes better than it even looks. 2.99 a pop and you get a discount if you buy 6. Recommended.

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                              barneyvernon RE: elvisahmed Mar 19, 2012 06:21 PM

                              Thanks for the Longo's review. My mum spotted them today but didn't buy any. I'm sending her back!

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                            peppermint pate RE: Lazar Mar 29, 2012 06:51 AM

                            I saw this article in yesterday's Globe and it stirred up some serious cravings. I love the whole family story too. I'm not a big fan of syrupy cherries but the 7th picture in the second link is crazy tempting. Has anyone tried these? They're from Forno Cultura, the bakery inside Alimento (King and Bathurst), which I have yet to check out. Swoon.



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                              Manybears RE: peppermint pate Mar 29, 2012 07:24 AM

                              Ooh thanks for posting. I didn't even consider Alimento.

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                              Big Kahuna 1 RE: Lazar Mar 29, 2012 10:08 AM

                              Venti Sette on Yonge Street (west side) just north of Fairlawn is the real deal for this traditionally seasonal treat.

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                                miranda RE: Lazar Mar 31, 2012 12:05 PM

                                Alimento's Zeppole are delicious Also a great place to Lunch,Dine or take home their frozen raviolli (made in house) Wonderful addition to the 'Hood Miranda

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                                  ylsf RE: miranda Apr 1, 2012 08:55 AM

                                  Funny when I saw this thread bumped up I decided to come on here to mention Alimento too since they gave us one for free while we had wine a few weeks ago to take home. Was delicious :) ANd yeah, great service. I will definitely go again and hope to have some more food next time.

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                                  ylsf RE: Lazar Mar 19, 2013 07:59 AM

                                  It is that time of year again. Today is St. Joseph day so you should see these around at spots again. Enjoy them while they last (although, maybe some places make them all year too?)

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                                    barneyvernon RE: ylsf Mar 19, 2013 02:31 PM

                                    Rustic Bakery at Keele & Wilson. Fortunately they are close to me but its worth the drive for their zeppole (and everything else they carry).

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                                    26Marushka RE: Lazar Mar 21, 2013 10:16 AM

                                    La Rose Bakery. Jane/Eglinton area...mmmmmmmmm

                                    1. Food Tourist RE: Lazar Mar 21, 2013 04:44 PM

                                      Sanremo will make more next weekend as well as Good Friday.

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