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Good ready-made lasagne (Calgary)?

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MOT Chow Jun 21, 2010 03:09 PM

Hi - does anyone have advice on where I can pickup a good ready-made lasagne (vegetarian or meat) to bake at home? My family loves lasagne but I find its too time-consuming to make very often.
I have tried Sunterra's and have been underwelmed to say the least.
I have also tried Mercato - too rich and too expensive IMHO.
I've also tried various frozen versions from the grocery store - I would like something fresh that I can pop in the oven (either vegetarian or meat lasagne).
Not sure if any such thing (other than the Mercato and Sunterra options) exist, but please let me know if you've come across a good one.
Thanks!
MOT

  1. worldwidestuff Jun 21, 2010 04:25 PM

    Lina's is the first place that comes to mind.

    A while ago, for my nephew, I picked one up at COSTCO. The price quality ratio was excellent.

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      sweeterpea Jun 22, 2010 09:12 PM

      I second Zinetti's from Costco. They make several varieties, but we like the regular ground beef one the best. It's $14.99 a pan. Lasagne is very time-consuming and trust me, Zinetti's tastes homemade.

      The premium Presiden'ts choice one at Superstore is not bad, but I find overly rich plus the kids don't like the rapini in the filling, tends to be a bit bitter.

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        slingshotz Jul 2, 2010 02:56 PM

        Ditto Zinetti's from Costco. Only problem is the size if you are not feeding an army....

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      23skidoo Jun 21, 2010 07:16 PM

      I liked the lasagne at the ready-made food place in Bridgeland on 1st Ave. I believe it's called The Main Dish.

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        katidyd Jun 22, 2010 04:33 AM

        I agree - Main Dish has a very good lasagne - both meat and vegetarian. Another option is Giuseppe's (1 st SW between 12 and 13 ave). They usually have it available fresh or frozen.

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        nonlinear Jun 22, 2010 09:46 AM

        Scarpone's near deerfoot and 32nd (or is it memorial) has good frozen lasagna. i'm pretty sure they make the noodles from fresh dough. They've also got really good frozen cannelloni, etc.

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          nonlinear Jun 28, 2010 06:00 PM

          i should also mention that the frozen lasagna at Scarpone's is "homemade" - in case it wasn't clear from the use of fresh noodles. :P

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          Lotti Jun 22, 2010 11:08 AM

          About 30 years ago I was privileged to be invited for 3 years in a row, to an annual company party catered by Roma Catering. Nothing has ever come close to tasting as wonderful as their lasagna did. I have searched for the past 30 years for a restaurant that makes it like they did, and have yet to find anything that could even be considered close. Over the years I asked many Italian's for recommendations, always explaining what I am looking for, and the response was always that no one makes it like "Mamma" of Roma Catering did it. They now run La Cantina in the Italian Centre, but lasagna isn’t on the menu. I called Roma a few years ago to ask about buying a pan of their lasagna and I believe the price was around $100. for a 12x8” pan. A bit too much for me at the time, but as my search continues to bring no other results, I will have to go for it, if only to see if it is as good as I remember. If it is, then it’s worth every penny.

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            MOT Chow Jun 28, 2010 03:00 PM

            Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm looking forward to sampling.
            MOT

            1. vanderb Jul 5, 2010 01:42 AM

              Peppino's in Kensington has a number of different types of homemade, frozen lasagnas as well, all very good from my past experience. Italian Supermarket on 20th Ave and 4th Street NE also has lasagnas ready to go, but I've found their quality to be hit and miss. Sometimes they leave them in the refrigerated case to long and they go off, need to smell before buying.

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                nonlinear Aug 3, 2010 01:31 PM

                Believe it or not, the "Great Value" private label frozen lasagna at Walmart is excellent! The sauce is a wonderful, simple tomato puree like what you get in the glass jars imported from Italy. This is a refreshing change from the standard orange "fakey" sauce you find in most lasagnas. Seriously, give it a try!

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                  jamtart12 Aug 7, 2010 06:17 AM

                  Fresh Kitchen in Altadore has lasagna by the piece or family style
                  better than sunterra; cheaper than mercato
                  fresh not frozen

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