Italian Steam Table For Lunch
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.
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...
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!
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.
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.
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).