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Nov 8, 2010 03:49 PM

ISO Luxardo Gourmet Maraschino Cherries in toronto

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)?

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  1. 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

      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

        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.

      2. 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

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

          1. re: JennaBean

            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

              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

                My friend got our jar of Luxardo cherries at 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

            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

              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!

          3. 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

            1. 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

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

              2. 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: bytepusher

                    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

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