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Gasparro's Meat Market

Posted by Greg Davis / Posted on September 4, 2008

Gasparro's Meat MarketI like that Garparro's Meat Market's business cards can just say "Vince, Nick & Pat". The family-owned butcher on Bloor St. West has been around for 18 years now.

And a small family-owned meat shopping experience is what you'll get here.

The shop itself is quite small and the prices didn't stand out as particularly cheap, but I wasn't about to hold that against them just yet.

Gasparro's Meat

Nothing irks me more than visiting a butcher that isn't receptive to answering questions about their product and helping out with making a selection. Thankfully, this was not a problem when visiting Gasparro's. Pat was more than willing to discuss where the meat comes from, make a few recommendations, and even share a recipe for roasting a whole chicken.

They make it no secret that their poultry is their premier product. The chicken is all "free-run", at reasonable prices. $2.79/lb for a whole chicken and $4.99/lb for boneless breasts. In my short visit I even witnessed a few testimonials to their highly regarded chicken kabobs.

Chicken aside, there is more to speak of. They claim that all their lamb is sourced from a local farmer who is a friend of the family and sells his lamb exclusively to them. Always nice to hear. I didn't get a chance to try it but their lamb sausage at $4.99/lb looked like a good buy.

Gasparro's Wall

Most (pleasantly) surprising, was a find in their beef selection that made me do a double take. Grass-fed t-bone and rib eye steaks for $7.99/lb! Asterisk: they are from "small animals" (veal). When I asked about why they have only these two grass-fed cuts, they didn't seem to think too much of it, saying one of their suppliers hooks them up. In fact, they are talking to another farmer who might be able to supply a full line of grass-fed beef.

Selection is relatively small so I wouldn't trek across the city for a visit, but for a local butcher it might be just what you're looking for.

Discussion

15 Comments

Electro / September 12, 2008 at 11:18 am
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This is a cool shop for sure. The patriarch is always pleasant, and the sons are taking the meat in a progressive direction without jacking up the prices unduly. They also have a nice selection of Italian staple ingredients like De Cecco pasta.
vanessa / October 3, 2008 at 02:19 pm
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really wonderful shop, the owner recognized me after only one visit. they'll do everything fresh ground for you no problem and it's not just the cheap cuts, i saw him take some meat off the lamb rack to grind up for me.

they claim that they're using the same chicken suppliers as cumbrae's but i've yet to verify that.
Jane Doe / January 11, 2009 at 03:04 pm
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Hello!!! wakey wakey..."grass fed" - "free run" ha ha ha. You yuppies, need to wake up and smell coffee, these butchers are all trying to sell a product..FOOD and so sorry to burst your bubble, but it all comes from ONE factory, boxed and sorry again: it is not "GRASS FED" "FREE RUN". They tell you what you want to hear...Do me a favor; do some research and go see these slaugter houses yourself...then you will see the truth. "like really.." who gives a shit, its "Food" its; "meat"...lets worry about more important things.
Gayle replying to a comment from Jane Doe / April 20, 2009 at 02:39 pm
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You really have no idea what you are talking about...nor do you have the courage to list your real name.
Gayle / April 20, 2009 at 02:43 pm
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I'm a regular customer at Gasparro's and have been ever since they opened the 'new' location on Bloor St, 18 years ago.

They really do have the best chicken around for my money. I used to make 30 litres of chicken stock every two weeks and bought all my bones from them. Once I had to get the bones from another popular local butcher and ended up pouring the entire batch of soup down the sink, as it was tasteless. I haven't bought chicken anywhere else in Toronto but at Gasparro's since.

They also have the most wonderful lamb and beef and I love the banter at the counter. It's not just the excellent food that they sell, it's the great service and personality that shine out.
Dan J replying to a comment from Jane Doe / May 8, 2009 at 12:46 pm
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you have no idea what you're talking about -
go back to no frills : S
Tim the mechanic replying to a comment from Jane Doe / January 9, 2010 at 06:34 pm
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Hahaha who let Jane Dope out of the cage? They have the best chicken and the King Capons are incredible. Incredible. Their NY steaks are amazing. Huge and tasty. Everything is very affordable. Definitely the best butcher in Toronto IMO.
Lizzy G / June 9, 2011 at 05:04 pm
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I can't believe no one has mentioned their delicious burgers! Beef or Chicken, you have to try them.
Lizzy G / June 9, 2011 at 05:04 pm
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I can't believe no one has mentioned their delicious burgers! Beef or Chicken, you have to try them.
me / December 10, 2011 at 02:17 pm
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what's wrong with no frills?
hollandst / October 24, 2012 at 01:33 pm
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Love this place. Owner and staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. Chicken in any form is the best we've tasted for a long time. Steaks are amazing. Have no criticisms at all. Prices are within range for this quality of meat in TO and trust me we've been to a BUNCH of butchers in the city and tested equivalent cuts of meat. There is something to be said for quality products! Well done Gasparro's!
JON / December 18, 2012 at 11:57 pm
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JOHN DOE DOESNT KNOW HIS ASS FROM HIS HEAD. WE KNOW WHAT IS TRULY GRAIN FED AND MEAT FROM NO FRILLS (WHERE YOU SHOP) BY THE TASTE....SOMETHING YOU DONT HAVE john doe !
JON / December 18, 2012 at 11:58 pm
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JANE DOE HAS NO IDEA ABOUT MEAT.....SHE EATS RABBIT FOOD I GUESS
Alex / August 16, 2013 at 04:14 pm
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Bunch of rude unknowledgable losers working there. Unless you're there to buy something from the counter they don't have time for you questions. I'm sure it's a great place if you want to fall in line and buy the same cuts day in and day out but otherwise these guys are a joke.
Christina / December 6, 2013 at 06:44 pm
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Just checked out this store for the first time and am SO happy I did! Such a great selection of hormone-free and antibiotic-free meat and the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. They have a great range of items that serve both those on a tighter budget as well as those looking for the best cuts. I was looking for something on the cheaper side today and was given excellent advice on how to get the best value for what I was willing to spend. This is where I'll be getting my meat from now on!

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