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Where to find the BEST Eggplant Parmesan in TO?

  • kwass Dec 25, 2012 05:34 PM
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I'm currently having a love affair with Eggplant Parmesan. My 2 favourites are from Camarra's and Pizzeria Via Mercanti. Does anyone know what other restaurants make really good eggplant parmesan?

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  1. Sandwich?

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    1. re: MissBingBing

      No. Eggplant parmesan as an appetizer or as an entree.

    2. Maybe Buca? Could call to see if/when it's on the menu.
      http://www.torontolife.com/daily/dail...

      Looking fwd to hearing other suggestions.

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      1. re: prima

        It isn't a regular menu item?

        1. re: kwass

          Not sure, haven't been for a while, and I don't remember it being on the menu on my last visit. Buca doesn't post a regular menu online, just specials thru twitter. Maybe someone who has dined at Buca recently can let us know if it's on the current menu.

          1. re: prima

            Ok. Thanks Prima!

      2. Highly recommend Alimento. Light, delicious and well-priced.

        I remember having one from 7 Numbers Danforth. It was good, but not their best item on the menu.

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        1. re: happycamper

          Never even thought of Alimento. Do they have it every day?

          1. re: kwass

            I am pretty sure they do. Menus don't change regularly, and I had it a few weeks ago.

            1. re: happycamper

              Wonderful! I'm going to check it out!!

              1. re: kwass

                United Bakery in Lawrence Plaza does a pretty good one.

                I also like 7 Numbers version. It's a little on the mushy side but the sauce makes up for it.

                Another very good one is Summerhill Market if you prefer to relax at home instead.

                I've also heard that Rossini's is good for EP but have not tried it myself.

                1. re: millygirl

                  Great suggestions millygirl. In general, I'm not a fan of United Bakery. Is their eggplant parmesan really worth trying?

                  1. re: kwass

                    I suppose it's not worth a special trip but it is one of the better items on the menu.

                    To be honest though, aren't they all pretty much the same? What makes the 2 you mentioned special Kwass?

                    1. re: millygirl

                      They both just melt in your mouth. The eggplant is soft, not breaded, and the dishes are put together perfectly, with the perfect ratio of all of the ingredients. The eggplant parmesan @ Camarra's is particularly delicious. It's probably one of the best items on their menu...so good, I dream about it from time to time (lol).

                      1. re: millygirl

                        I forgot to mention, that the eggplant parmesan @ both of those places are very light, whereas eggplant parmesan can have the tendency to be heavy.

                        1. re: kwass

                          You would probably really like 7 Numbers version then because I find it very light.

                          United - it's been a couple of years since I've ordered it so I'm really not sure now. Having said that, if I find myself there for dinner - which is very rare - that is what I'd order.

                          I'd say that Summerhill Market is the heaviest of the ones I've mentioned but that's because it has the most cheese and it is very yummy indeed.

                          NOw you have me craving it. LOL

                          1. re: millygirl

                            I bet!! What's better than a really good eggplant parm!!

                            And thanks for the 7 numbers rec...I will definitely try it!!

                            1. re: millygirl

                              And you know what...your Summerhill Market recommendation reminds me that Pusateri's makes a really good eggplant parm as well!!

            2. I've had Buca's on several occasions - it has always been on the menu when I am there - and it is phenomenal. It is a small starter portion though.

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              1. re: Cat123

                Ok. Buca is definitely on my list! Thank you so much!

              2. I like the version at Five Doors North.

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                1. re: prima

                  Thanks prima! That's good to know!

                2. I'm not a fan of the dish because I've mostly had the heavy/oily versions.

                  My SO forced me to try some at Via Mercanti and I loved it. It's light, with a nice crust to eggplant. I've ordered it each time we've been there since. It's fantastic.

                  I'm reluctant to order it based on other experiences but will definitely check out some of the recs listed here!

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                  1. re: abigllama

                    I'm addicted to their eggplant parm as well!

                    1. re: abigllama

                      yes, best i have ever had!

                    2. Buon Giorno Caffe! Queensway and Islington.