Now the bakeries of Toronto, each in the own way, and usually with their heart linked back to one region of Italy (North, South, Sicilian, etc.), provide examples of the rich baking traditions of the mother country. They're serving the strong Italian communities of Toronto, bringing them back with a slice from home, while spreading the good taste to everyone.
Here are the best Italian bakeries in Toronto.
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The best Cannoli in Toronto
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Photo of Lamanna's by Libby Roach.
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If you don't have the option of going out to sample all of these restaurant lasagnas, you could take home lasagna from Bologno Pastificio, Queen's Pasta and Pastissima to cook yourself. They all have great take-home lasagna sure to impress the family or dinner guests.
Here is the best lasagna in Toronto.
Once a restaurant has these mastered they can go hog-wild on the upgrades (foie gras and truffles, anyone?) but nothing beats that diner classic.
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Here are the best cannoli in Toronto.
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This is probably a good thing. Toronto galleries have never had the cachet to create a district like you have, say, in Chelsea where galleries like Matthew Marks, Gagosian and Luhring Augustine have managed to create a must-visit neighbourhood for tourists and locals alike. In Toronto, galleries are busy during opening nights, and rarely otherwise, so the move to larger spaces in industrial areas allows for more ambitious programming and the cultural revitalization of the neighbourhoods in which they're located.