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Oct 19, 2010 07:44 PM

Pusateri's opened at Bayview Village

Pusateri's opened today at Bayview Village Shopping Centre.
The store is gorgeous.
Has anyone else gone?

1539 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M, CA

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  1. I went by Monday night, but they were still setting up. The seating area outside is gorgeous with over-sized lamps and a huge video screen. Their pasty section looked amazing from what little I could see.

    This is a brilliant location for them. This could also be the final nail in the coffin for 'McEwan' at the doomed 'Shops at Don Mills'

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    1. re: Bronfman_Heiress

      I'm not sure about that, I've been to the shops at don mills several times, the mall was packed and mcewan was busy too. Wouldn't be too quick to put that nail in, they seem to be doing just fine.

    2. oooh! Thanks for the FYI. Will try and check this out soon. Been waiting for this to open. Excellent location for them.

      1. I visited Pusateri's today. It is much much larger than the one in Yorkville and very pretty! They had tons of friendly staff to help people out and also some demo stations for bread, EVOO, and salami today. It was really crowded with everybody coming to check it out! Like Bronfman_Heiress mentioned, this place seems to be a much better location than McEwan's, which was nearly empty last time I checked it out. They even have a valet for $7 for those interested. Prices are probably what you would expect from Pusateri's, but they definitely do have a good selection of everything.

        1. I went last night and was disappointed with the selection. No fresh truffles, no caviar, limited selection of vinagars and Wagyu. Breads were the typical grocery store brands. There is very little at this location that we can't get at a Longo's.
          They did have a huge selection of EVOOs. I got some tasty ginger carrot soup and half of a fresh foie gras, which turned out to be a really convenient format. As an extra bonus it's really close to one of the better LCBOs.
          Much like McEwans, there were a lot of people there, but it was mostly tourists. The checkout counters were empty.

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          1. re: graydyn

            Hello graydyn. Did we go to the same place??!! I just came back from the store! Saw fresh black truffles at $3.00 oer gram. There were also caviars. Most impressive was that they actually have ' Pata Negra, Jamon Iberico de Bellota' at $225 per pound. A small package costs me $28 but man! was it good!!!
            I think McEwan will be fighting for its survival!!

            1. re: Charles Yu

              Oooh... time to get me some Iberico...!

              1. re: jlunar

                BTW, the Jamon was only aged 400 days NOT the premium 3 years variatal!

                Going back to the Bayview village store. I found the place buzzling and cozy. Kind of like Paris Fouchon or NYC's Dean & Deluca. McEwan's place is big in comparison. So, even if its busy it doesn't feel it. However, if its not, man! one could feel the place really desserted!

                As eluded to by Bronfman...H, the pastry section was most impressive with different types of pastry from all over town. eg., Rahier, Patachou, Dufflet...etc

                1586 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

                1120 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

              2. re: longolame

                Well, I did try to support and buy Niagara Prosciutto when ever I can. However, at half the price of its Spanish counterpart, they are still quite pricey. Unfortunately, tastewise, I found them to be too salty, lack the sweetness and the 'melt in your mouth' feel of the Spanish Jamon. So, if it is a rare once in a while splurge, I would prefer spending more on a guarantee finer product!!

                1. re: Charles Yu

                  Is there a secret isle where they stash the good stuff or what? I didn't see any of that and I searched hard! I even asked somebody at the cheese counter about truffles and got pointed at the jarred stuff. I need to go back and try again, can you remember where abouts the ham was?

              3. Went yesterday, pretty well as I expected, general product mix is similar to the other Pusateri's stores, so if you're expecting somethng new and improved, then you'll be disappointed. Space is a bit tight but claustrophobics needn't worry; every inch is used efficiently. Carts are taken from the mall area just outside the store thus saving some in-store space. The mall outside is dark, too dark IMHO.

                Everything's new and fresh and lots of people but that's to be expected just like McEwan's when it was new and first opened. Overall nice store, will go back.