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SanRemo Bakery

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on June 28, 2011

sanremo torontoSanRemo Bakery is actually much more than a bakery. Yes, it offers an impressive array of baked-daily loaves, buns, pastries and cakes, but SanRemo doesn't simply begin and end with its signature stuffed Vienna breads. Rather, the sprawling space on Royal York Road south of Evans Avenue in Etobicoke is also a deli, also a café, a gelateria, a pizzeria, grill, and grocery store. Overwhelmed? Head there around noon on a weekday, and you'll know what overwhelmed actually means.

sanremo torontoDespite the hordes of people I encountered when I recently stopped by, SanRemo has a pretty efficient system of getting you your good and either out the door or to its room of tables. Aside from the breads and some pastries that are self-serve, customers order their gourmet pizza slices ($2.99), prosciutto and cheese sandwiches ($5.99), red velvet cupcakes ($2.50), or Americano ($1.75) at separate stations. They then bring their orders to a central counter with several cash registers to check out. The method is not unlike that used at Richtree or other market-type restaurants.

I walked into SanRemo feeling slightly peckish but not sure of exactly what I felt like ordering. This resulted in lots of aimless wandering, but--on the plus side--several informative chats with the women working at various stations, who filled me in on SanRemo's mantra and history.

sanremo torontoSanRemo first opened in 1969 with Natale Bozzo at the helm, along with his brothers Giuseppe, Peter, and Giancarlo. The ownership has since been passed on to the next generation--Natale's sons Nick, Edward, and Robert. The bread, most of the pastries, the pizza, pasta, sandwiches and more are prepared at this location, which was renovated and updated a few years back.

sanremo bakeryThe breads are certainly one of SanRemo's big sells, especially its stuffed Vienna breads in varieties such as sundried tomato, roasted red pepper, and black olive. Not having to stray too far for a complement, SanRemo's grocery section offers many sauces, olive oils, and spreads, some of which are homemade and others that are imported from Italy.

sanremo bakeryI linger at SanRemo's coffee/gelato station, where the woman behind the counter tells me that the gelato is made fresh onsite with natural ingredients. That was enough to convince me. I ask for a small mango gelato ($2.99) after scanning over the cooler of lemon, raspberry, pistachio, hazelnut, chocolate and more. Though the cup is fairly small, the woman packs it full and high, so much so that's I'm actually surprised by the weight of the cup when she hands it over.

sanremo bakeryI can't help but start to dig away at it as I line up for the register; it's sweet and refreshing with the odd little bit of mango pulp, which some may find displeasing but I quite like, especially since it confirms the gelato is actually made with real mangoes (hey, you never know). The outdoor seating provides a perfect (and quiet) place to enjoy.

sanremo bakeryPhotos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

18 Comments

Aldrin / June 28, 2011 at 04:28 pm
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I used to live right by this place. They have one of the best chocolate covered macaroons and really amazing walnut & cranberry bread.
steve / June 28, 2011 at 04:45 pm
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I used to live right down the road from this place, it was great! And my family still lives in the area go there all the time
steve / June 28, 2011 at 04:46 pm
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I used to live right down the road from this place and it was great! My family that still live in the area use it all the time
huskylord / June 28, 2011 at 10:06 pm
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Great veal sandwiches and pizza.
Sandman / June 28, 2011 at 10:14 pm
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It's an institution in South Etobicoke
king ding a ling / June 29, 2011 at 09:05 am
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Great spot.. hot table is hard to beat !
Jeremy / June 29, 2011 at 11:37 pm
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Love this place. The apple fritters are sinful (in a good way!)
MMMMMMMM / August 27, 2012 at 10:43 pm
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LOVE THIS PLACE SO MUCH!!!!
M / August 28, 2012 at 12:55 pm
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Italian rum cake...fantastic!!!
Danielle / June 2, 2013 at 07:56 pm
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I love this place! Great place to grab lunch.
Monica / January 10, 2014 at 09:22 am
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This palce is amazing.
Linda macdonald / June 29, 2014 at 11:37 pm
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I use to live next door 26years ago I moved back to Nova Scotia 21 years ago every day I would walk over get my bread and always a treat. Almost every year I return to Ontario to my sisters in Caledon my favorite day is the trip to Etobicoke to get my bread and treats then to Sherway Gardens. Even when my sister comes to visit me in Nova Scotia she has to go to the San Remos for my treats. I work at a call centre that calls Ontario and if I see an Etobicoke address I have to suggest your place to them. You make great food great food, great pizza delicious treat and made the best memories ever. Thank you for doing you job so well.

Life time customer
Linda
Rick / September 2, 2014 at 10:29 am
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You know what, this place is the best - one of the best hot tables in the city and the bread is the very best anywhere...

I was there one time and this old lady came in and wanted a loaf of bread - she had no money. The lady at the cash gave her the bread at no charge and even sliced it up for her. That's the kind of people that run this place. Good people.
Rando / September 11, 2014 at 03:11 am
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I seriously don't get it, I went here recently and it was just terrible.
Rebecca / November 26, 2014 at 12:52 pm
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A donut shop/cup cake shop is not Italian, even if Nonna and her angels are still hanging around in the back. Why not recognize the craft and attention to quality and details of an establishment over "they have cannoli" so they must be Italian. Macaroons are not Italian, Strawberry short cake is not Italian, Donuts are not Italian, black forrest cake is not Italian.....shall i go on?
Why You Hatin replying to a comment from Rebecca / November 29, 2014 at 08:26 pm
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No those aren't Italian but rum cake, rum babba, sfoglia, millefolgie cake, bacio cake, diplomatci cake, tiramisu, sospiri, fresh handmade Italian bread, meatballs, veal, ravioli, fresh cheeses, prosciutto di parma, rice balls, freshly ground espresso... Just to name a few, these are indeed Italian. Just because the bakery has modernized itself to keep up with current trends doesn't mean it's lost it's roots. It's like Nonna getting a cell phone. Just because she loves her new cell phone and others love that she has it doesn't mean she doesn't know how to cook everyone's favourite Italian meals.
stan / December 17, 2014 at 03:23 pm
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Haha..Rebecca got schooled
Tim / December 17, 2014 at 04:32 pm
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I love this place , when i was there i just wanted to try everything and the pizza slice are excellent ....wish they were open on Monday's

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