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Serano Bakery

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on March 6, 2011

Serano BakerySerano Bakery is the quintessential Greek bakery; family-run, bred from authentic recipes, and filled with lots--and I mean lots--of food. No dainty little lone pastries here. The first thing I noticed after entering Serano was the sheer volume of baked goods in the space. Piles of biscotti, trays upon trays of baklava and bread everywhere. It's as if the space was saying, "Here, eat!"

Serano BakeryOn Pape at Browning Ave., Serano has been a fixture in Greektown for 17 years. It was started by brothers Christos and Kostas Takas, who learned to bake as children back in Greece. When they opened their own bakery here in Toronto, Christos' wife Sophie tells me, they decided to name it "Serano," after the first bakery they worked at in Greece.

Serano Bakery"All the recipes come from Greece," Sophie tells me, and then breaks away to greet a customer in Greek. "It's all authentic, and all made here," she continues. The bakery's baklava, which is known as some of the best in Toronto, draws big crowds, especially on weekends. After trying a piece ($1.60), I can see why. It's sweet and nutty with a mixed texture and homemade taste.

Serano BakeryOther big sellers are Serano's spinach pies ($1.75) and kok ($0.75 or $1.60, depending on size), which is a Greek cream puff pastry, usually with a chocolate glaze. Then there are an assortment of cookies, breads, rolls, cakes and other treats.

Serano BakeryThe bakery, which is in a little plaza beside a Pizza Hut, is actually split in two, half of which is filled with Greek grocery items. There's a deli counter with lots of cheeses (feta is a big seller) and shelves of items I've never seen before including Koutantos honey ($25.99) and Loumidis coffee ($8.99). "Of course, we import those items directly," Sophie says. "Actually, we get a number of people who come here to grocery shop." I suppose with all the items available in Serano's bakery, they don't do it on an empty stomach.

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Diane / July 11, 2009 at 08:18 am
Oh I love this Bakery (: I pass it when I'm walking home. They have every greek pastry you can imagine, and it's some of the best you can get in greek town. The service is average to good, depends how busy the place is, you can get rushed with orders, but they stay friendly through that. I've lived in the area pretty much my whole life, and I still return here :)
queenie / May 2, 2010 at 02:41 pm
Hands down the best Greek pastry shop. Dozens of mini cream pastries to die for. The prices are excellent too.
Diane / July 15, 2010 at 02:48 am
I have to agree, they consistently have some of the best Greek pastries in the neighborhood :) Service is hit and miss though, you need to be a bit pushy to get your order in.. because they won't ask what you want, and other people will line cut. (Unless it isn't busy, which is rare)
GORGONA / December 21, 2010 at 07:24 pm
This bakery is the best of Greektown...keep up the good work.
sg / January 16, 2011 at 08:45 am
Being Greek, over the years I've tried many different Greek pastries and desserts from different bakery's and this is far by the best I've ever tasted. Eating some cookies from there right now, actually!
Enzo / February 7, 2011 at 11:35 am
I try to be honest in my reviews, so many others can benefit, such as I when looking for opinions. But reading all the positive reviews above makes me wonder if they are subject to positive ones only. Do your self a favour and do not go to Serano. Absolutely horrible taste to many of their baklava type deserts, along with their galaktoburiko. Just writing this down makes me cringe. Try Donlands further North on Pape @ Torens. Much better, and cheaper. Although, I have been preferring the Lebanese bakery type baklavas better. Less syrupy.
cosmosuave / March 7, 2011 at 09:47 am
Also when you are there don't forget to grab a container of greek yougurt best topped with honey or maple syrup...
annakarenina / March 7, 2011 at 09:48 am
Enzo is such a hater and probably works at donlands! lol Greek baklava is syrupy dude... thats how greek people make it. Lebanese baklava is drier and just as delicious. Every region has their own versions of baklava. I dont think any are superior although having been to Turkey a number of times id have to say they're the masters of baklava (and im greek) . anyway.... this place rules!! kok are my favorite!
spamdex / March 7, 2011 at 11:51 am
I go to Serano a lot. Almost all is great. My fav are the cream-filled pastry cones which have a proper name that escapes me at the mo. Just don't ever buy a cake there. I've never had a good one and only buy cakes there if I'm desperate.
Christine Dell'Elce / March 8, 2011 at 06:28 pm

I only wish there was one in Durham. My mother still lives in East York so a great excuse to pick up a few goodies before our visit.

Come to Durham please!!!
MEL / March 19, 2011 at 01:10 am
Hey this Enzo dude seems to be missing his taste buds. I have been shopping at Serano since it opened and everything is always fresh and delicious. I order their cakes for all our birthday parties and my guests always only have good comments. Lets not let one bad apple spoil the whole bunch. Dont even think of ever closing we LOVE your desserts!!
Aster Berhane replying to a comment from Diane / July 20, 2011 at 02:59 pm
visiting Toronto from Dallas Tx was exciting enough when you add Serano bakery to die for. I can't wait to go back and visit Serano

Great taste

Aster Berhaen
Anya / September 24, 2011 at 06:45 pm
I didn’t like baklava and any pastries at Serano, sorry to all the fans above :-( The service was pretty awful too. When I first read the negative reviews above about service I thought why does the service even matter, its not like its a sit down place, but I understand now... The person helping me seemed very annoyed when I asked her about what sort of baklava or pastry there was. It was my first time at Serano and I didn’t know how any of them tasted. She was not pleased that it was taking time with me to complete the order. But I was even more disappointed when I came home and I tried the pastries (I bought about 8 different kinds). The triangle baklava and baklava with dates were not too bad but still in comparison with other baklava I've tried at other places Serano's baklava is not that great at all :-(
ILIAS berberis / February 23, 2012 at 10:26 am
kosta you meak wery ninse swets.ILIAS FRO; ALBANIA
A Nikoulis / March 20, 2012 at 05:18 am
Gia sou re patrida !!!
TorontoGal / August 4, 2012 at 07:54 pm
Definitely not impressed. The baklava was terrible - so much so that my friend and I threw it out. The coffee I was served was cold and was made hours prior. I will definitely not return.
GALANOMATA / August 23, 2012 at 10:58 am
Kostur / September 12, 2012 at 01:11 pm
While Serano carries good quality cheeses, olives and beautifully decorated cakes, there baklava leaves a lot to be desired. They do not use butter.
Miko / October 25, 2012 at 08:14 am
I love Serano's bakery and so does everyone I bring there. Many of the desserts they make are parallel to the desserts you get in Turkey, both in quality and taste. This is a rare feat for any bakery, but Serano's definitely satisfies. I have not tried their baklava, so I have no review on that yet, but their pastries and tulumbas are absolutely delicious.

My one and only complaint is that one of the girls who served me during a recent visit gave me all the driest Tulumbas on the tray, instead of the nice juicy ones at the bottom! She picked a corner where they were the driest and put them in my box, while I watched. I did not say anything out of politeness, but it will never happen again because my politeness is a one time deal. I thought that was quite rude of her since I am paying for a product. In Turkey, you would never get service like that. They would never give you the driest of anything or something that is close to expiring just to get rid of it. They will give you the best pieces because they know you are a paying customer.

However, I didn't let this turn me off from the bakery, although I will ensure that that experience never occurs again on my watch or I will just make sure that same girl doesn't serve me again. It is still an excellent place to go to for sweets!
Gordon / May 31, 2014 at 06:23 pm
Been living near this bakery for the last few years and finally got the nerve to go in today. Found the service to be wonderful and the girls behind the counter were very helpful and told me to take my time to decide. No pressure with all those wonderful desserts in front of me. Ended up getting a very tasty soft loaf of olive bread, and some lemon and peach airy sponge dessert as well as the greek creme puff pastry.
Worth the trip to Pape. Then after that, walk around Greektown heading East. Lots of great stores there too.

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