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ISO: The Best Panettone in T.O.

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A request to all GTA Chowhounders, esp. our Italian brothers and sisters (who should presumably be experts on this):

What do you consider to be the best panettone -- i.e. the best brand -- to be found in Toronto? And where can we pick this up?

TIA, YY.

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  1. I go through industrial quantities of Panettone each season, and partial to Tre Marie. If you wait until after christmas you get it mostly at least 50% in a lot of the Italian groceries\bakeries out there.

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    1. re: ngmatthe

      Does anyone know of a local Italian bakery (preferably GTA) that makes an awesome panettone, as an alternative to the pre-packaged ones?

    2. If youn want to buy a orepackaged one I would recommend The Salumeria (Yonge & Davisville). But beware of the ingredients. According to the original recipe from Milan it must contain real butter and real dry fruit in certain proportions. And it has to be fresh.

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      Salumeria
      2021 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

      1. So... tried the Bauli and the Longo's signature brand. Both were good enough, with good taste and mouth feel. (The last few years, I had tried all the cut-rate brands to varying degrees of success, so I didn't want to go back.)

        Will try the Tre Marie next Xmas.

        Still looking for opinions on the expensive Italian brands... are they worth the expense?

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        1. re: yaddayadda

          (Not that Longo's was expensive. It was downright cheap, so good value.)

        2. I buy Tre Marie. Or Portuguese sweet bread (usually from Caldense) which is much better than crappy panettone. I make it once in a while when I'm in the mood.

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          1. re: pastina

            Yes! The Portuguese sweet bread (called massa folhada) from Dundas Bakery is really good. You can get it from the actual Dundas bakery at Dundas and Dufferin, but they also supply to other bakeries (nova era, caldense, etc) and grocery stores (tavora, lotta).

            Also, look out for pao levado (sweet flat breads)...so good.

            Try them...they are also less expensive than most panetonne.

          2. Do you have Fiasconaro brand in Toronto? It is quite good.