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Tre Mari Bakery

Posted by Staff / Posted on October 31, 2011

Tre Mari BakeryTre Mari Bakery has been a staple in Corso Italia since 1960. Fifty one years and three generations later, it's still a family affair currently overseen by founder Vincent Deleo Sr's children and grandchildren who carry on the tradition of providing fresh Italian goods at affordable prices.

Tre Mari is as old school as it gets with the space being split into 2 sections by a large display case featuring a variety of mouth watering Italian pastries, cookies and cakes. To the right of the case lies a miniature grocery store featuring fresh bread being baked continuously throughout the day.

Tre Mari BakeryFrom flour-dusted Vienna and Calabrese breads, to olive oil herb encrusted loafs and ciabatta buns, Tre Mari offers some of the freshest bread I've encountered in the city (all $4 or less).

Tre Mari BakeryTo the left of the display case is a simple seating area featuring a full service hot table serving dinner specials (choice of meat plus veggies and rice/potato for $7), veal, sausage and meatball sandwiches ($6) and pasta ($5.50) along with a café which offers cappuccinos, lattes and espresso (each under $3).

Tre Mari BakeryThe cappuccinos, lattes and espresso taste like something straight out of Italy. The espresso used in the drinks is pungent and earthy with rich and creamy steamed milk. On a previous visit, my latte ($2.75) tasted so rich and velvety that I had to confirm that it was in fact made from 2% milk.

This time I ordered a cappuccinos ($2.95) - rich dark espresso underneath a blanket of smooth hot milk and topped with light bubbly foam sprinkled with cinnamon and chocolate powder. The toppings on the foam gave a delicate nutty and sweet aroma, perfectly complementing the rich warm milk along with the bitterness of the espresso.

Tre Mari BakeryI also decided to try a cannoli (rated as one of the best in Toronto by this site). Crispy light golden brown shells filled with a rich, smooth and velvety ricotta cheese filling and topped with icing sugar ($1.25 for snack size, $1.95 for full size).

Tre Mari bakery is a simple, no frills bakery without any gimmicks. With quality this good, I expect them to be open for another 51 years.

Tre Mari BakeryWriting and photos by Tania Grafstein-Ho

Discussion

25 Comments

Alisa / January 8, 2008 at 11:52 pm
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Excellent bread!!!
Alisa / January 8, 2008 at 11:53 pm
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Excellent bread!!!
Charmin / May 10, 2008 at 12:01 am
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Dangerously close to my home, this Bakery is the best in St. Clair. I gave up on diets on Saturday mornings!
Esmeralda Aversa / June 9, 2008 at 04:24 pm
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Excellent service the cook is great, very tasty cannelloni.
I always get all birthday cakes from Tre Mari.
Keep up the good work.
Jess / November 23, 2008 at 09:39 am
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I LOOOOOOVE this bakery, I live ridiculously close to Tre MAri, and I ALWAYS get bread, cold cuts, and dessert there at least 8-12 times a week.
Their birthday cakes are the best!
randal / November 26, 2008 at 05:43 am
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this place used to be better. the bread is still good, but seems to have a more portuguese quality than it used to. new baker?
replying to a comment from randal / December 6, 2008 at 03:00 pm
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randal// r u talkin about the bread maker??.. or the actual food and deserts.. cuz the bread bajer is still the same.. hes my dad:D..:P
Sylvia / December 13, 2009 at 02:26 pm
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I hear that your bakery makes a bread like the one from Matera(Basilicata,Italy). The bread is called "Pane di Matera". I;ve been trying to get that bread here in Toronto.
LOLO SAPUTO / October 31, 2011 at 02:42 pm
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All good, except check out their Dine Safe record. Atrocious!

http://app.toronto.ca/food2/DineSafeMain?userRequest=view_history&;ESTABLISHMENT_ID=10384192
Please... replying to a comment from LOLO SAPUTO / October 31, 2011 at 03:10 pm
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Please... Minor infractions from almost a year ago. All inspections this year have passed. Nice try.


IOIO SAPUTO / October 31, 2011 at 03:56 pm
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Oh, getting shut down for a rodent and insect infestation is minor?
Dave / October 31, 2011 at 05:12 pm
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Infractions happen to even the best places. (see Pusateri's, most Kensington market shops, and grocery stores). I haven't gone there in a very long time - I should make an effort to stop there sometime. :)

Vince / October 31, 2011 at 09:25 pm
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Awesome bakery. I go there all the time. Clean as a whistle.
Veritas / November 1, 2011 at 12:33 am
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Pusateri's is shit. Always has been. Enjoy your fucking $20 canned peaches.

This place serves substandard food, but i guess the cakes are nice.
Salt / November 1, 2011 at 02:18 am
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I agree that the dinesafe record isn't actually a big deal. What it shows is that the inspector came in, found things at the outset to be bad, informed them about what they need to do (food inspectors always do this, it is, in fact, one of the most important parts of their job,) and then when he came back a few days later it wasn't quite up to snuff, but given it was improved enough and safe enough to let them continue operating while they sorted out the remaining kinks, he let them stay open giving the conditional pass and coming back a few days later to ensure everything was as it should be.

The fact that it has been a clean pass since then indicates that they've taken the information he provided them seriously.
danielle / November 1, 2011 at 09:31 am
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I live around the corner from Tre Mari and will say their meatball sandwiches are solid and they make a pretty good chicken parmesan. We're not talking about fine dining here, it's just good, simple Italian food at a reasonable price. They have a few decent breads in the usual Italian bakery style (i.e. white bread), but they're not the kind of loaves I want to eat every day. This neighbourhood desperately needs someone to provide hearty, healthy artisan-style breads a la Thuet, for example. Unfortunately Baked on Lauder refuses to bring in outside breads to their shop (they have a policy that everything they sell must be made on the premises - chocolates excluded - and don't want to take on the grueling task that is required of bread making). All that said, I'm glad Tre Mari is still kicking around.
Mcflash / November 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm
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I love Tre Mare and am there several times a week for cannoli, bread, and sandwiches*. Go for the bakery items, but skip things like milk from the refrigerated case on the side. Last milk I bought there (2 weeks before expiry) was totally curdled. I think the fridge might be malfunctioning or something.





*sangwiches
TOWestEnders / November 28, 2011 at 03:52 pm
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This is the place to buy fresh bread, cheese, and cold cuts!
Elena / December 10, 2011 at 09:29 am
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One of my most favorite places for a sandwich and coffee. Great breads and pastries - explore a Sicilian connoli, and that pretzely thing covered with sliced almonds, for those who don't like rich creamy desserts.
Bubba / December 13, 2011 at 08:58 pm
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dat's somekinda spicy meatballs! eh oh!
Jay / December 14, 2011 at 09:56 am
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Minor Dinesafe infractions? It was so bad they had to shut it down. And a year isn't that long ago. You can't work in a place like this and not know it's filthy!
http://app.toronto.ca/food2/DineSafeMain?userRequest=view_history&;ESTABLISHMENT_ID=10384192
Jay / December 14, 2011 at 09:58 am
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For some reason it cuts off the address. Go here and search for Tre Mari. I've eaten in lots of places with a Conditional sign in the window if the infractions don't look food related, but I'd avoid any place that gets shut down.
http://app.toronto.ca/food2/DineSafeMain
smiley1 / February 7, 2012 at 10:21 pm
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Their panzarotti is very soft and fresh, yum! but they sell out very quickly before lunch time.
Nickie Mendes / May 10, 2012 at 01:42 pm
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My Family and I have been loyal to Tre Mari for over 30 years, once I married and moved to Etobicoke I was beyond thrilled to find their location on Burnhamthorpe. Ana Maria we miss you out in the West end!!!!. Always fantastic service, wonderful people, amazing pastries and bread. Fantstic cakes best sfoglia in Toronto. Thank you for all the wonderful years and many many more for my children to experience.

Nicke Mendes and Family
Ornella Ielo / August 29, 2012 at 03:26 am
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I love Tre Mari Bakery. Food is fresh, mouth watering and home made. From the Chappatta Buns, Ricotta Connolli, Hot Table. Always enjoy dropping by. Thank you Tre Mari Bakery for the Fantastic Food and Friendly Service. Happy that your open everyday until 9:00pm.

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