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ISO Luxardo Gourmet Maraschino Cherries in toronto

bellywizard Nov 8, 2010 03:49 PM

I'm looking for "genuine" maraschino cherries - not the bright red kind.
I understand a few brands make them, usually called Luxardo Maraschino Cherries.
Does anybody know where I can get these in Toronto (preferably downtown)?

  1. c
    Coxswain Dec 2, 2013 08:02 AM

    As an update, I also recently found them at Fresh & Wild, northeast corner of King and Spadina for about $15/jar. Need another one soon...Good to know they are finding their way onto more and more shelves.

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      rosietoes Dec 1, 2013 05:57 PM

      Not sure when this conversation is from but Luxardo cherries are available at the store beside BYOB on Queen at Ossington.

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      1. re: rosietoes
        bytepusher Dec 2, 2013 07:09 AM

        And at BYOB as well

        1. re: bytepusher
          rosietoes Dec 2, 2013 07:15 AM

          Actually that's not correct. Luxardo are only available at the store beside BYOB, but the other premium brand (Amarena Fabbri?) from Italy is available at BYOB. They are a bit more expensive than the Luxardo cherries.

          1. re: rosietoes
            bytepusher Dec 2, 2013 09:04 AM

            WEll all I can say is BYOB is where I bought the bottle I currently have

      2. k
        kolcun Nov 9, 2011 04:46 AM

        I also had these at the Library Bar at the Royal York - they're amazing.
        I picked up a jar of them for $14 at Alimento on Brant at King.

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        1. re: kolcun
          Coxswain Nov 9, 2011 09:50 AM

          Thanks! Will let folks know and also add it to my Xmas list!

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          Coxswain Jul 19, 2011 07:48 PM

          Rather late here, but I just had a cocktail at theLibrary Bar at the Fairmont Royal York which uses Luxardo and they get them right from Italy as they have not sourced them in the city. I've not checked the places on Danforth so who knows. The waiter told me that at least one bakery on College uses them so they must have a supplier as well short of having someone back home mail them over. I'm totally hooked and must find them!

          The Fairmont Royal York
          100 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J, CA

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            currycue Nov 9, 2010 06:13 AM

            I'd be interested to try these if you find a source. Right now, I enjoy using Amarena Fabbri from Italy instead. So much better than those gross bright red ones.

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            1. re: currycue
              JennaBean Nov 9, 2010 06:15 AM

              That's my pref as well. I get them at William Sonoma at a rather silly price - $35 per bottle!

              1. re: JennaBean
                currycue Nov 9, 2010 06:30 AM

                Wow! I've seen smaller bottles at Italian grocery stores (such as Jimmy's or Vincenzo's on Danforth) for around $9.

                740 Belmont Ave W, Kitchener, ON N2M1P2, CA

                1. re: currycue
                  JennaBean Nov 9, 2010 07:11 AM

                  Ahhhhhh! I will have to look for them when this jar is done. This is a really big jar so they last for sometime but I tend to use a lot of them during the holidays for baking and drinks.

                  1. re: JennaBean
                    millygirl Nov 9, 2010 11:31 AM

                    My friend got our jar of Luxardo cherries at Kegworks.com. I don't think they were cheap by any means but she was very happy with the site and customer service. In fact she purchased a wicker wine carryall which broke and they replaced it no questions asked. Rare these days.

              2. re: currycue
                chowow Nov 9, 2010 11:55 AM

                I also love the Amarena Fabbri cherries. They're usually quite hard to find too, but I saw them just yesterday at the Highland Farms in Mississauga.

                1. re: chowow
                  bellywizard Nov 11, 2010 04:02 AM

                  Great ideas - I'll have a look in Little Italy, and maybe a couple other Italian shops. Wholefoods too? I'll let you know if I find anything. Otherwise, online shopping it is!

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                bellywizard Nov 9, 2010 04:57 AM

                Another way of asking this might be -
                Do you know of any high-end "bar supply shops" in TO?

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                1. re: bellywizard
                  millygirl Nov 9, 2010 05:41 AM

                  A friend gave me this exact jar as a hostess gift recently. She purchased them online, I will ask her where she got them from and get back to you.

                  Apparently once you've had these you never want the crappy kind again. I have not opened it up yet however Manhattan weather is just around the corner.

                  1. re: bellywizard
                    Wahooty Nov 9, 2010 09:44 AM

                    In a word, no. Good bar supplies are incredibly difficult to find in Toronto. Your cherries are, however, Italian, so I would try looking in the Italian stores around town like the ones currycue mentions. Or try the Spirits board if you're interested in making your own cocktail cherries - it's pretty easy to do.

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