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Italian Steam Table For Lunch

franpelyk May 27, 2013 09:07 PM

Ever get that urge for a bowl of real pasta, with real sauce, or a hot veal sandwich for lunch? I'm open to suggestions for a proper steam table with good homemade food. Location is not an issue although I suspect you wil all be sending me to thevnorth end!

Price is not an issue either. I'm sure they will all average out at ten dollars or thereabouts. Just want good food made by good people.

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    pourboi RE: franpelyk May 27, 2013 09:17 PM

    A bit higher in price but Scatchia (sp?) is a great italian family run place in the lower level of the Manulife building at Bay & Bloor. Steam table with a few items but veal sandwiches (and chicken) as well as their pastas to go are made to order in the tiny kitchen. Nice eat in area but togo is just as good...

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      youdonut RE: pourboi May 28, 2013 02:20 AM




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      bytepusher RE: franpelyk May 27, 2013 09:42 PM

      Tommaso's on Eastern Ave just east of the Don

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        millygirl RE: bytepusher May 28, 2013 06:24 AM


      2. happycamper RE: franpelyk May 27, 2013 10:26 PM

        Sanremo (Gardiner/Royal York) - delicious simple spaghetti, veal, and pastry goodies. Nice patio; pooch friendly.

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          panko RE: happycamper May 28, 2013 06:11 AM

          I would second Sanremo.

          I also like - http://www.commissobakery.com/hot-tab...

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            franpelyk RE: panko May 28, 2013 11:49 AM

            Scaccia is near my office so I know it well. You're right about the food. I've been a devoted fan of Commisso's for 20 years! Their pizza's and panzo's are certainly not the best, but everything else rocks!

            I just wanted to expand my horizons a bit. Thanks to you all for your suggestions and keep them coming. I'm getting hungry!

        2. Nevy RE: franpelyk May 28, 2013 07:04 AM

          If you're ever in the GTA (North) West area, I highly recommend Molisana Bakery. It's not really a bakery as much as a classic great home style Italian hot plate manned by a great Italian family.

          They have fresh breads for the veal sandwiches and they have these really good pan style pizza that is loaded with fresh toppings (nothing canned or jarred). It's tucked away in the suburbs but they have a huge loyal following at lunch time so their pizza is always coming out fresh of the oven.

          On Friday they do an awesome filet hot plate that is really tasty with fresh herbs and roasted vegetables.

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            franpelyk RE: Nevy May 28, 2013 11:50 AM

            How "tucked away" is it?

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              Nevy RE: franpelyk May 28, 2013 03:29 PM

              You need a car to get there... it's south of the 401 on Creditview Rd.

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            Luvtooeat RE: franpelyk May 28, 2013 03:12 PM

            For GREAT Quality at a reasonable price

            Hidden Gem


            Zito's Marketplace
            210 Marlee Ave
            416 789 4755


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              franpelyk RE: Luvtooeat May 28, 2013 04:14 PM

              The food on the website looks superb!

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                Luvtooeat RE: franpelyk May 28, 2013 06:53 PM

                The food and owners are AAA

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                happycamper RE: Luvtooeat May 28, 2013 08:02 PM

                Those meatballs and veal/eggplant parms look phenomenal.
                I will make it up there soon!

                Great suggestion.

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                magic RE: franpelyk Dec 23, 2013 01:48 PM

                Finally checked out Sanremo after meaning to for..... years.

                I went for the veal but of the things I tried the veal sandwich impressed me the least. It was fine, serviceable, good. But nothing to distinguish itself from other hot tables in Toronto. The meatball however, was fantastic. I'd return for the meatball, but wouldn't make the trip for the veal as Sanremno is not in my area.

                Was also happy with their apple fritter. Tasty stuff!

                A nice bright, lively area in which to eat, but a wee too cramped.

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                  justsayn RE: magic Dec 23, 2013 05:30 PM

                  Good pizza too.

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                    kwass RE: justsayn Dec 23, 2013 05:34 PM

                    Awesome pizza!

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                      justsayn RE: kwass Dec 23, 2013 05:38 PM

                      And great traditional Italian "hot table" sausages - the spicy one is SO good! Not at all like sausages on the carts of Toronto.

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                      magic RE: justsayn Dec 23, 2013 05:50 PM

                      Pizza looked wonderful. Will likely get next time!

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                    magic RE: franpelyk Dec 23, 2013 02:12 PM

                    Commisso Bros. & Racco has delish hot table fare but tough to eat there and a pretty unfriendly staff.

                    Cafe D'Oro in north Mississauga has really good hot table offerings too and a nice place to sit and eat. However, closed on weekends I believe.

                    Johnvince Foods makes a nice hot table veal sandwich.

                    Ferraro on Eglinton (which many CHers do not like but I love)
                    has a killer veal sandwich hot table style, even though it is not a hot table establishment. I crave it constantly.

                    And if ever driving through the Collingwood area the Hasty Market on Hwy 26 (believe it or not) makes a great hot table veal sammo (meatball not great).

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                      magic RE: magic Feb 1, 2014 04:53 AM

                      Just had another great meal at Cafe D'oro. So it's still fantastic.

                      Lovely staff too.

                      Highly recommend. (But not open on weekends as they really just cater to the 9-5 lunch crowd).

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