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Grande Cheese Factory Outlet

Posted by Staff / Posted on July 26, 2011

Grande Cheese Factory OutletGrande Cheese Factory Outlet is not just a cheese shop. Rather, it's a sprawling Italian superstore, stocked with grocery basics and edible indulgences. While the Orfus Road shop does have Greek Feta, French Camembert, and other international offerings, Grande Cheese Factory Outlet is more of an Italian negozio di alimentari.

Well, maybe it's not exactly how they do it in Italy, but the bulk bins of 12 different varieties of Biscotti, rows and rows of help-yourself containers of Taralli, and wheels of Parmesan bigger than your head tell me that this shop--first and foremost--specializes in Italian.

This Grande Cheese Factory Outlet is one of six in Ontario, operating on Orfus Road for nearly two decades. The shop manager, Mario, tells me this store alone has over 30 types of Italian cheeses, plus numerous others of various origins.

Grande Cheese Factory OutletGrande Cheese, of course, makes its own cheese, and Mario leads me over to the racks of Friulano, hanging balls of Provolone, and buckets of freshly made Bocconcini. "It's probably one of my favourite," he says, as we snack on mini Bocconcini balls. "I make a lot of tomato and Bocconcini salads." The cheese is very soft and light, with a freshness that blows away any supermarket variety.

Grande Cheese Factory OutletAlong with its own cheese, Grande Cheese stocks cheeses and other grocery items from local and international suppliers. The first wall adjacent to the entrance is stocked floor-to-ceiling with olive oils, mostly from Italy according to Mario. Then there's vinegar, stored with the same sort of prominence, followed by antipasto, juices, coffees and teas, and cookies--again imported from Italy, and again proudly displayed.

Grande Cheese Factory OutletThere's also an olive bar, deli counter, and pastas of every variety including spelt and rice. For those who don't feel like cooking, Grande Cheese has massive lasagnas (some gluten-free) and other ready-to-heat meals, along with the odd Sicilian ice cream and cream-filled croissants for after the meal.

Grande Cheese Factory OutletWith so many items I almost forget I'm in a cheese shop, but a saunter over to the Mozzarella and Romano helps me again get situated. Plus that tire-sized wheel of Parmesan would never let me forget. Alas, if only I had an industrial-sized cheese grater kicking around.

Grande Cheese Factory OutletGrande Cheese Factory OutletGrande Cheese Factory OutletPhotos by Jesse Milns.

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25 Comments

Amanda / July 26, 2011 at 09:13 am
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"Factory Outlet" ...are these cheeses discounted in any way?
Cheese is expensive! Some prices might be nice?
C / July 26, 2011 at 09:26 am
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The cheese is definitely discounted (wish I had prices to site you). I was in the Orfus Rd area last week for a work event an ended up stopping here with a couple of coworkers because they were hungry. The deli staff was nice enough to whip them up sandwiches on the spot. The buns were super fresh, the mortadella was amazing and the cheese was like buttah! My coworker also ended up buying a huge jar of olives for around $12. I'm talking HUGE jar. Probably worth stopping in for anyone doing some shopping in the area or looking for a great deal on not only cheese but other authentic Italian, Greek, etc items as well.
wazoo / July 26, 2011 at 09:41 am
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I go to this place all the time! I get my buffalo mozzarella here, only the one they have imported from Italy, which is to die for!! They also have a burrata mozzarella from Italy which is the greatest Italian soft cheese I have ever eaten in my life! It is so good! It is the best burrata you will ever taste anywhere!!! But only the one that is imported from Italy. They have others, but they are at best average. The Italian burrata is only there sometimes and isn't always easy to get. The store manager told me that whenever they do get it they have this one guy that buys all of it. The manager also told me that they will be getting it in more often and it essentially always gets sold out immediately. Which I understand as it's so special!!!
Aydin / July 26, 2011 at 09:43 am
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This is a really special place. One of my favorite stores in the city. It's a real factory outlet in that they make all of the fresh mozzarella on site. You buy it direct from them before they sell it to restaurants, distributors, etc.
Lots of authentic Italian items - pastas, sauces, olive oils, canned Italian tomatoes. A GREAT place to shop before throwing a dinner party!

Great photos, love the article.
JoeParez / July 26, 2011 at 10:10 am
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The one in Woodbridge is a gold mine but is insanely tiny. A few weeks ago my friends and I decided to have a faux "Wine and Cheese" night. We all ended up at Grande Cheese at the same time.

It's funny, when I come back from vacations to Italy and I've tried a product that I liked over there, I usually think "Grande Cheese should have it!".
TWT / July 26, 2011 at 10:47 am
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For downtowners that are interested, the same owner is opening a spot at King West and Brant St, called Alimento. Not sure when it's opening but I think most of the equipment fit-out is complete. It's going to be nice!
Scott Snider / July 26, 2011 at 10:27 pm
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I've been in the one in Woodbridge a few times. Just walking in the door and being hit by the aroma is enough to get my mouth watering.
Seraphim / September 2, 2011 at 03:05 pm
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Best place ever. Just like mamma's home. So traditional it makes you wanna cry.
Jorge / December 12, 2011 at 01:22 pm
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Incredible site. I met it through blogto.com and yesterday paid it a visit.
I could not believe my eyes... I wanted to get one of everything...

Just as a price comparison, I bought a big brick of Mozzarella cheese where the price/weight is almost 40% the price you would pay in a retail store for those Mozzarella balls (like Tre Stelle)
Joe B. / April 21, 2012 at 05:30 pm
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Love the place! Do a lot of shopping there. The only thing I don't like is the creepy looking guy at the front door when you enter the store. He is trying to get money from by trying to sell you something. I don't need that when i want to shop for food. Grande Cheese! Please ban him. Does he even have a city license to sell his wares within a food establishment!
angie / July 5, 2012 at 09:43 pm
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Hello, i was in your store a few times and i love it. I live in Thunder Bay and we don't have a store like that here i was wondering how would i go about contacting the managers about opening one here? My city is about 120 thousand people.
Hope to hear from you soon
Sincerely, Angie
alvaro lazaro / February 3, 2013 at 12:25 pm
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we are a portuguese cheese producer and we would like very much export to yous store
angie suhar / February 6, 2013 at 02:49 pm
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I was in your Grande Cheese store this past Monday. I thought I died and went to the Italian side of heaven. I live in Cleveland and I cannot find your Burini butter cheese anywhere. Can I order it on line? Thank you.







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ANNA replying to a comment from Amanda / March 16, 2013 at 03:49 pm
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absolutely love it! if you wanna buy cheap cheese go there! I work at a grocery store and I cut cheese and I can see that a lot of the cheese we sell is 3-4 times more expensive than the exact same cheese bought from that factory! I love it, just be careful make sure you don't buy expired stuff (not that I've run into cheese thats expired but you never know with prices like this ) :)
Grace / August 2, 2013 at 12:20 pm
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This place IS great! FYI though, they no longer sell cheese curds.
Amy / August 12, 2013 at 09:33 pm
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Can I get an address or Toronto neighbourhood?
Rawya / August 28, 2013 at 09:13 pm
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Its a very good store and I like the white cheese and I hope open store in London Ontario thank you
Maria / September 9, 2013 at 09:12 pm
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Hello, I recently purchased frozen Spoglia at your Orphus St location. Can you please provide baking directions as the packaging does not provide any information, thanks.
mauro replying to a comment from Maria / September 12, 2013 at 09:26 pm
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bake them at 375 for about a half an hour, check them periodically because I don't know the size you bought. do comment on hpw they were cuz I bring them from italy for them
Sandra / February 17, 2014 at 11:26 am
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Hi, just thought I'd pass along a message about having a voicemail on your business line. Calling in to your Orfus Rd. store yields no response on a day when one wonders if your store is open. It would be helpful and courteous to your customers if you had a message indicating your hours of operation or if you will be open or closed on a provincial holiday. Thanks
CHuck / March 14, 2014 at 02:54 pm
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My wife and I visited this store 16 March 2014 and I was in heaven, and $173.00 lighter in my wallet and it was the best treat I have had for Italian food in a long time. I live in London and will be making the trip as a regular customer to do my Italian grocery shopping at this Orfus Road location. The staff were very friendly and a delight to talk with. My wife purchased a pair of salad tongs made of olive tree wood at a good price. The cheese is fantastic as well as the meats. Bravo Mario and staff.

Ciao
Lorraine / March 25, 2014 at 10:46 am
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I live in Cape Breton and I always purchased the 2.5g of
Parmesan and Romano cheese whenever I was in Toronto. I am out of one and not much of the other, my brother-in-law is going up to Toronto and I want him to purchase some for me. Has the price changed, it used to be $25.00 a bag.
Diane / June 2, 2014 at 03:29 am
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@Amy. They are at Dufferin st/Orfus rd
stanley / June 4, 2014 at 01:27 pm
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great parmesan
stanley replying to a comment from Lorraine / June 4, 2014 at 01:30 pm
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do they have a price list

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