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We picked up some pizza slices, bread, and sweet treats from them today.

The pizzas were decent - at $4.95, the portion was on the small side. Love the dough - light, perfectly seasoned, flavourful but not charred. I like the one with the potatoes.

Love the bread! We got the poppy seed studded rye bread. Smelled amazing and crust had a really nice bite to it.

As an aside, I was there with a friend and asked them to slice the loaf of bread in half, so we could each take half home. They refused and said it was against store policy?! She gave us a very long-winded answer, citing hygiene issues etc, and that the bread'd preserve better unsliced. I didn't want to waste time to convince them, but found it odd they wouldn't slice it - even in half.

We also had the rhum baba - it was too rich and too heavy for a summer night. Perhaps we will revisit in the fall.

Overall I think it's a nice addition to the hood - when they get licensed, it'd definitely be a good quick meet up place.

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  1. I was just there today and bought 2 doughnuts, 1 plain and 1 custard-filled. They were a bit on the heavy side, but quite good. I especially enjoyed the custard-filled doughnut, and highly recommend it! I also bought a cinnamon bun, which was quite delicious! And I found the staff to be very pleasant. Overall, I quite enjoyed it there!

    Funny thing is, I expected the staff to be pretentious, given that it's owned by Terroni, but that wasn't the case @ all. Unfortunately, it sounds like you had the experience that I was expecting :)

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    1. re: kwass

      Awesome cannoli!! As well, they have a square hazelnut butter cookie that is amazing. This place just keeps getting better.

      1. re: justsayn

        Ok. Now I have to try the cannoli :)

        I totally love this place as well! Have you tried the cinnamon bun yet justsayn?

        1. re: kwass

          Tell me what you think Kwass. And where would you now go for a good cannoli in the city?

          I have had many cannolis and yet never one I really loved. I just keep trying because they seem like they should be so great...ricotta, chocolate chips, sugar, pastry. I have heard people talk about how amazing they can be in Italy or Montreal so I keep trying here in Toronto. Yet they always suck.

          Clearly I am not an expert on cannolis but as far as what I have been seeking in my own mind all these years, I have finally found one that is awesome! The pastry is delicate; not hard and not fried tasting. Maybe too delicate as it just falls apart as you eat it, but I loved it. The filling actually tastes of sweet ricotta and its creamy but still nicely textured. A few chocolate chips throughout with fresh pistachio on one end and a candied orange strip on the other.

          Normally I try something I feel strongly about 2 or 3 times before I share my opinion but given how much I like many of the other items in this place, I think its a safe bet that these will be consistently great to me.

          Haven't tried the cinnamon bun because I didn't think much of their other (what's that word we just learned?) Viennoiseries....

          1. re: justsayn

            Like you, I'm not an expert on Canoli's. I think the last canoli I had was from Libretto's, and if I recall correctly, it was very good!

            I was just @ Sud Forno's last weekend (I think that makes 3 weekends in a row), but I'm going to try and go again this Sunday...if not, next Sunday for sure, so I'll report back as soon as I do :) Like you justsayn, I just love this place!

            And yes, we did learn a new word this week ;) It's funny, because I've been enjoying French pastries for years, and I had no idea they were called Viennoiseries.

            1. re: justsayn

              Went to Sud Forno's this morning to buy a cannoli, but unfortunately, I was there too early and they weren't ready yet :(

              1. re: kwass

                Too bad. A bit later I guess and they would have been super fresh! :-)

                1. re: justsayn

                  I'm going to go again next week. And I'll make sure to get there a little later. I might even call ahead, which I did a couple of weeks ago, and they were really accommodating.

                  Come to think of it, I might even stop by tomorrow. I forgot that I'm going to be in the area :)

                  1. re: justsayn

                    So I went back today and had a cannoli. My only regret is that I only bought one ;) It was fantastic! Loved the crushed pistachios and the hint of lemon that you got with each bite. And I agree, justsayn, the pastry was wonderful, crispy, not at all greasy, and yes, delicate, as it did fall apart as I ate it. Soooo good!! I highly recommend it!!!

                    1. re: kwass

                      Glad you enjoyed it. Can't imagine buying just one ;-)

                      Have you tried any of the larger sized cookies? They are shortbread based and really delicious. Especially like the square with hazelnuts and the round chocolate.

                      1. re: justsayn

                        I know...what was I thinking?!

                        I haven't tried the cookies yet, but I will for sure on my next visit!

                2. re: justsayn

                  Was the cannoli filled right in front of you? Then it's probably good.

                    1. re: kwass

                      Already filled but not the least bit soggy.

          2. Yeah, this place deserves a thread. Been a few times. Had a custard filled doughnut one day and a rhum baba another day. I have also had their pizza at an event that they catered. You can buy the pizzas in long rectangulars and Hal's as well (see the boxes behind the counter) if you order in advance. There is additional seating upstairs at a communal table.

            Could definitely see them cashing in by having people wait here for a seat at Terroni next door if they are getting a liquor license (didn't know about that).

            This area has plenty of pizza options now including Enzo Pizza bar and North of Brooklyn plus the chains

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            1. re: ylsf

              I didn't realize that they had additional seating upstairs. In fact, I didn't even know that there was an upstairs :)

            2. I work right around the corner and think this is a great lunch spot. The "stuffed" stirata are a great variation of a panini. For people who don't like too much bread, this is like a sandwich with just the thinnest amount of bread with fillings like porchetta, sauteed rapini and so on.

              Of the baked goods, I agree with others that the pain au chocolat and croissant like cornetti are not that great compared to Forno Cultura. But things like their mini cannoli and doughnut like stuff are great.

              One thing that is not immediately noticeable is that they have gelato. I've had the hazelnut and chocolate. Very good. Hard to say how they compare with Soma. But serving wise, it is a tad on the small size for a single scoop. Though my waist line appreciates this.

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              1. re: num nums

                Thanks for the info about the gelato, because I didn't see it when I was there.

                1. re: kwass

                  It's immediately to the left when you walk in where the counter turns the corner, by the window.

                  1. re: justsayn

                    Thanks justsayn! I don't know how I missed it.

                    1. re: kwass

                      Very easy to actually! Everything else grabs your attention in there when you first walk in.

                      1. re: justsayn

                        I think that's exactly what happened! My eye went straight to the "sweet" counter :)

              2. I'm digging the mini babas these days. Thought their croissants were only okay (not a re-buy) and their sandwiches are decent deals. Donuts - custard was best, but I don't feel like it was a re-buy either.

                Will try to get a cannoli. They weren't there on my second visit.

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                1. re: jlunar

                  Agree with you about the croissants, but Interesting that you wouldn't go back for the custard doughnuts. They're my new addiction.

                  1. re: kwass

                    Love the custard doughnut too. I believe there are different filings so maybe one is better than the other? I agree that it's almost like a sweet bread fried rather than just doughnut batter. Hard to explain but pretty darn tasty and not at all greasy

                    1. re: justsayn

                      You're right, it is more like a bread than a doughnut. That being said, it's definitely one of the better doughnuts I've ever had!

                    2. re: kwass

                      Re-tried the custard one today in case it was an off day the last time. Still nope. It's not bad, but not good enough for a re-buy.

                      The cannoli are nice, but the shell seemed a bit over-fried today.

                      1. re: jlunar

                        Is the doughnut too heavy for you? Is that the reason you don't love it?

                        1. re: kwass

                          The bread itself isn't quite light enough - like a denser yeast doughnut, but I don't like that texture when there's no chew - it's just dense. I also can taste the oil it's been fried in. But what really kills me is that I think the pastry cream is far too paste-like and grainy. These are all slight minuses, but all add up to a "no" to me.

                          1. re: jlunar

                            It's definitely not a light dough...more like a sweet bread (credit for that characterization goes to justsayn). But I didn't find it had an oily taste, nor did I find the pastry cream grainy. Either way, sorry to hear that it was disappointing for you!

                            1. re: kwass

                              LOL, nothing to apologize about! We spout our opinions and no one needs to get outta shape over it (not that you were).

                              1. re: jlunar

                                All these donuts and cronuts and cannolis, its tough to not get a bit out of shape!!!!

                      2. re: jlunar

                        Hmm, either the sandwich deals are over or my sandwich is a deal in the eyes of some chowhounders.

                        I went in there today cause Iwanted to get a sandwich or somethign to eat for later. Actually I wanted to get "It's all GRK" but I didn't want to go back out later.

                        I went to Sud Forno, I was going to get the brioche bun (I was hoping it would taste like the same Brioche I had when I was in Montreal ten years ago, it had some sugar sprinkled on top and I haven't seen any like that since). Anyways, as she was going to wrap it up with some Nutella, I noticed them bring a tray of sandwiches. It looked good so I decided to get a sandwich instead.

                        It was one with Prosciutto, I have never eaten prosutto before because well..I'm not adventerous when it comes to all the fat. When she rang it through my eyes nearly popped out. $9 for the sandwich...I could have gotten a nice Chicken Pita at It's all Grk...sigh but I thought, when in rome....

                        The bread was very fresh, just the way I like it. I've had their sandwiches before and it was later in the day and the soggy tomatoes don't do it justice at that time of day. Anyways, I couldn't really taste the Mozerella...it almost had a bonnacinni texture, it was also tasteless...That or this is what Mozerella is supposed to taste like and whatever I've eaten is just 'fake' cheese.

                        The donuts look good, didn't try one today...I'll have to try the Cannollli's the next time I'm there which won't be for a while.

                        1. re: flonie

                          Tried the bombolone (cream filled donuts) while they were still warm - OMG.
                          $4/donut + tax (I know). But I will be back very soon.

                          1. re: happycamper

                            I didn't try the creme filled one, but I guess I should go back and try it!

                            1. re: flonie

                              You absolutely should! It's ridiculously delicious!!

                      3. Had one of their sandwiches last night (the one where the split the pizza dough in half). Enjoyed it and filling for $6 (I had the prosciutto one) . I managed to resist the temptation of the sweets!

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                        1. re: ylsf

                          You shouldn't have resisted! They're soooo good!!

                          1. re: kwass

                            I am trying a "not buying any sweets/sugar/desserts" for a couple of months leading up to an event I am training for. However, I haven't ruled out consuming if someone else buys for me so if you ever see me there at the same time feel free to buy me one :) ha..

                          2. re: ylsf

                            That sandwich is really good. I really love the arugula version as well.