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Agincourt Bakery

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on December 8, 2011

Agincourt BakeryAgincourt Bakery is the epitome of the old-school Italian bakery. In a little strip mall on Pharmacy just north of Finch, I hear nothing but Italian when I first walk in the door. Staff (who I later learn are basically all related to the owners somehow) buzz busily behind the counter, wrapping Christmas cookies and tying ribbons around gift baskets.

Agincourt BakeryThe little bakery, which actually has a pretty substantial seating area around the corner from its hot table, is plush with holiday goodies by its front entrance. There's Santa's face iced on cookies and plenty of red and green in sprinkle form, though I've come not simply for Agincourt's festive delights. The bakery is known in the area as one for authentic Italian eats, and I'm lured in by the delicious scent of fresh pizza wafting from the front door.

Agincourt Bakery is a true mom & pop that has been around for almost 30 years. Dora Romagnuolo, who opened the bakery with her husband, Tony, takes a moment to wipe her hands, then leans of the counter as we take a few minutes to chat.

Agincourt Bakery"We just love baking," she says to me in a thick Italian accent. Dora totally has that "nonna" vibe, gushing about making her favourite foods and calling me "dear" within moments of meeting. "These are all my recipes," she says. "A lot I've learned from back home."

Agincourt BakeryThe bakery has a full spread of cookies, cakes, and pastries, including a generous assortment of almond cookies ($2.99/100g) and specialties such as mini tiramisu cheesecakes ($1.99). The shop's regulars--some of whom, according to Dora, come by three or four times a week--stop first at the hot table to pick up dinner, deciding between fresh tortellini ($5.99), cabbage rolls ($5.99), panzerotti ($2.99), and more. The veal sandwich ($4.75) is one offering for which Agincourt is particularly known, smothered in homemade sauce and almost big enough for two.

Agincourt BakeryOn that note, the bakery is more of a mini-market than simply a place to pick up bread, with a gelato counter (which is in hibernation for the winter), espresso bar, deli counter, olive bar, and various grocery items. Since veal has never really been my thing, I opt for Agincourt's other famous offering: its ricotta cannoli ($1.75). I take it with me, saving it for home when I can eat it at leisure, but I'm slightly disappointed with the consistency of the shell. Rather than a "crunch," I get more of a "chew," which tells me it either wasn't made that day, or the unusual humidity on the bus ride home did something mighty powerful to my dessert.

I know, however, had I still been at Agincourt, Dora would have whisked it out of my hands and prepared me something new. Likely standing over my shoulder and saying, "Eat! Eat!" as well. The filling, though, takes a fair stab at redemption, with a creamy, substantial texture and fresh ricotta taste. It's enough to convince me that on the day they're made, Agincourt's cannoli are likely something special.

Agincourt BakeryPhotos by John Papamarko

Discussion

13 Comments

YUMMER / December 8, 2011 at 09:16 am
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God I love Italian bakeries liek this.
Tanya / December 8, 2011 at 10:31 am
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They have the BEST chocolate chip cookies mixed with smarties!
Kris / December 8, 2011 at 10:39 am
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This place is so delicious! I make a special trip to Scarbs a few times a year just visit this place.
Rick / December 8, 2011 at 11:12 am
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I used to work nearby. This is a great place. Excellent sandwiches.
jd4353 / December 8, 2011 at 01:30 pm
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How's this compared to Francesca?
Sean / December 8, 2011 at 05:53 pm
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Their sandwiches are amazing - it's all in their sauce!
Gabe / December 8, 2011 at 11:44 pm
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Been There. Great Place. Francesca is good too.
Aaron / December 9, 2011 at 11:58 am
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This place is amazing ! best veal and chicken sandwiches in the area and the deli makes you a killer sandwich for 5 bucks !!
Victoria / December 12, 2011 at 08:36 pm
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Exceptional customer service and great food!! I leave satisfied every time.
Michelle / December 12, 2011 at 10:14 pm
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Exceptional, fresh, and authentic Italian food that could not be mirrored anywhere else. The hospitality also never ceases to disappoint, I feel as though I am part of the Agincourt Family every time I walk in there. If you want hearty, delicious Italian food, this is your spot.
PIero / December 14, 2011 at 07:05 pm
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Thank you Robyn Urback. This is soooo close to work. My work cohorts loved it. The sangawiches are phenomenal. The canolli were ok. My mom's are orders of magnitude better. I tried the standard ricotta canolli and the french vanilla. The french vanilla crust is reminiscent of a flakey. Yummy. The ricotta crust was on the overdone side and so crunchy it fell apart. Can't wait to get fresh home made canolli!
seanto / July 7, 2012 at 04:59 pm
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This place has very good food and exceptional value for money. The service is great. It can get very busy at lunch time and you may have to wait in line. I always have the veal sandwich but all the food here is good. Plenty of napkins at the tables and you'll need them if you are having the veal.
Rick / August 27, 2012 at 01:07 pm
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I love this spot. Great place to pick up lunch and some groceries as well.

This place gets super packed during the lunch rush, but its well worth it. The veal sandwiches can get a little messy, but that's one way of seeing it as packed sandwich full of home style cooking.

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