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Favourite things to buy at the Italian Centre EDM

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rafjel Apr 17, 2010 09:01 AM

I don't visit very often because of location, but I'll be stopping by on Wednesday night. I was just trying to make a list of what I need so as to avoid coming out with $200 worth of stuff, but it kept getting longer and longer.

Does this happen to you? What are your favourite things to pick up when you go?

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    foodkarma RE: rafjel Apr 17, 2010 02:12 PM

    Totally hear you - I always end up overspending at the Italian Centre.

    Currently on our regular IC list:
    - spicy calabrese
    - fresh buffalo mozzarella
    - nocellara olives
    - cans of san marzano tomatoes

    Recently tried the Iberico ham. Was very tasty but super expensive. I think 200g cost me approx $18.

    1. Bellavino RE: rafjel Apr 17, 2010 02:38 PM

      I totally agree...I always walk out of that place with way more than I need!!

      - Breads/Buns....so many fresh and delicious ones to choose from!
      - Roma Tomatoes....they always look so good there!
      - Great Mistake Olives
      - Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella
      - Salami (usually a few different kinds)
      - Always a Portugese Tart for the drive home :)

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        Dan G RE: rafjel Apr 17, 2010 04:40 PM

        bella and picantelli olives
        manchego and piave cheeses
        chorizo
        san marzano tomatoes
        arborio rice
        modena balsamic vinegar
        bles-wold yoghurt
        fresh fungi (chantarelles, shitaake, etc)

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          rafjel RE: rafjel Apr 18, 2010 07:01 PM

          Just realized I didn't add mine...

          Fresh mozzarella (and really, any kind of italian cheese)
          Figs
          Pancetta and prosciutto
          Canned tomatoes
          Dried strawberries
          The $6 sandwich (I think it's gone up in price now, but this is just what my friends have always called it)

          I like to ogle the different kinds of oils, vinegars, spreads, but usually refrain from buying them - I have a pretty extensive variety already.

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            rafjel RE: rafjel Apr 23, 2010 07:53 AM

            Also:

            Chestnut purée
            Whole hazelnuts

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            misterpeer RE: rafjel Apr 19, 2010 08:00 AM

            prosciutto
            buffalo mozzarella
            the veggie spread for the sandwiches
            olive oil
            the Italian sandwiches, which they have been cheap on compared to a few yrs back. Used to be loaded.

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              egon61 RE: misterpeer Apr 19, 2010 07:14 PM

              The sandwiches at the south side Italian Centre are HUGE! Most normal people would get full after eating half. Compared to any competitor like Subway or Quizno's, they're way better in quality, a larger portion, and a cheaper price. I can't believe these sandwiches used to be bigger in the past...

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                misterpeer RE: egon61 Apr 20, 2010 09:31 PM

                Yes, It used to be larger back in the day before owner Frank passed away

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              hungryneko RE: rafjel Apr 23, 2010 03:48 PM

              Their sandwiches (spicy)
              Pancetta, prosciutto
              Any kind of cheese
              Bread
              Balsamic vinegar
              Schweppes Bitter Lemon

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