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The Best Italian Bakeries in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / November 24, 2014

italian bakeries torontoThe best Italian bakeries in Toronto call on one of the world's most cherished culinary histories for recipes and inspiration. Italy's many varieties of bread and baked goods each reflect a different regional experience. Take, for example, the cassata, a Sicilian cake that features Middle Eastern flavours held over from a period of Arab dominance in the region. Tuscan bread tends to be plain, as it's used to dip into the rich stews typical of local cuisine, while Milan was the birthplace of panettone, the domed egg bread that's a favourite Christmas treat.

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.

See also:

The best Italian restaurants in Toronto
The best Cannoli in Toronto
The best Portuguese bakeries in Toronto

Photo of Lamanna's by Libby Roach.

SanRemo Bakery

SanRemo Bakery

Since 1969, SanRemo Bakery in Etobioke has been bringing the best of Italian baking to the GTA. Loving that bun your meatball sub is on? Chances are it's SanRemo. Craving panettone? They've got them in every size. And while donuts may not scream 'Italia!' to you, SanRemo makes some of the best, proving nobody but an Italian does it better. More »

Sud Forno

Sud Forno

Terroni offshoot Sud Forno showcases how the most sophisticated Italian baking is often the most firmly rooted in tradition. Using high quality grain from a third generation family mill in Marche, Italy, they create and use natural yeast (lievito madre) for their loaves and make fine biscotti, puff pastries, cannoli and my favourite - the Bombolone. More »

Forno Cultura

Forno Cultura

Third generation baker Andrea Mastrandrea and co-conspirator Laura White built a bakery miracle out of a tucked-away basement location on King. They dig into traditional Italian recipes, natural ingredients and organic flours to create some of the most awe-inspiring and tummy-grumbling baking in the city. The flavor palate is especially balanced at this bakery, where the sweet and the savoury co-mingle. More »

Rustic Bakery

Rustic Bakery

North York and Weston residents have long been familiar with the treats from Rustic Bakery. It's old school in that 50s-60s first wave immigrant way, still fully steeped in the pasticinni and paste da te traditions of brightly-coloured pastries that are sweet and smooth, white loaves dotted with seeds, and plenty of fondant cakes. More »

Tre Mari Bakery

Tre Mari Bakery

Over 50 years, Tre Mari Bakery has been at the heart of the Corso Italia community on St. Clair. Think of it as 'by the people, for the people', a bakery supplying beautiful cannoli, shiny loaves of Italian bread and decadent cakes for all neighbourhood celebrations for over half a century. More »

Messina Bakery

Messina Bakery

Messina Bakery at Scarlett and St. Clair does bread, buns and pastries using no preservatives - plus wedding cakes, slab cakes and a whole bunch of Italian specialties like tartufo, tiramisu, cassata, sfoglia, amaretto and many kinds of cannoli. More »

Lamanna's Bakery

Lamanna's Bakery

Scarborough's Lamanna's Bakery is a family business, with Peter, Rosa, Lorenzo, Joe and David Lamanna all helping to bake traditional Italian favourites - bread, sweets and a wonderful hot table - just like back in Puglia, where Peter originates. But they're happy to incorporate the old world into the new - just try their cannoli cupcake. More »

Agincourt Bakery

Agincourt Bakery

The Romagnuolo family started Agincourt Bakery back in 1984, making a selection of cakes, breads, and pastries. Though they're still tucked away in a little plaza near Pharmacy and Finch, they've grown over the years into a full-scale operation, with a delicious hot table and many new recipes joining the familiar treats. More »

Nino D'aversa Bakery

Nino D'aversa Bakery

Gelato, custard tarts, zeppole, tiramisu, macaroons, a hot table and a whole variety of Italian loaves make Nino D'aversa a one-stop shop for when an Italian-size family comes over, whether you head to the location in Thornhill, Woodbridge, or all the way out in Aurora. More »

Francesca Italian Bakery

Francesca Italian Bakery

Another gem in Scarborough comes by way of Francesca's Italian Bakery. The choices will make your head spin - in addition to Calabrese, ciabatta and Sicilian loaves, there's Italian cookies (like reginelle, amaretti, biscotti and treccine) and pastries (nocciolata, tiramisu, cartocci, setteveli, cannoli and more). More »

La Rose Bakery

La Rose Bakery

La Rose bakes fresh, hand-shaped loaves and buns daily, from Calabrese and flaxseed to egg challah and even eggplant parmesan bread. The dizzying array of cake varieties - Italian rum, Black Forest, nocciola, frutti di bosco and more - makes La Rose a perfect place to find something for a holiday, family or religious celebration, or sample one of the pastries and you have yourself an everyday treat. More »

Racco Italian Bakery (Commisso Bros.)

Racco Italian Bakery (Commisso Bros.)

Most are familiar with the 24-hour Commisso Brothers hot table, but those veal sandwich buns don't get shipped in - they are also baked fresh in-house in the Racco Italian Bakery portion of the family business. Bread recipes come from the Calabria region of Italy, where the early roots of the Commisso family began. More »

Discussion

42 Comments

YumM! / November 24, 2014 at 01:15 pm
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In before the first showoff comes to tell us nothing in Toronto tastes anything like it does in Italy, or how their Nonna did it.
calzone / November 24, 2014 at 01:53 pm
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Great to see Rustic Bakery on the list. I've consumed many calories from their pastry section, not to mention their hot table! :)
foodgirl / November 24, 2014 at 02:14 pm
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Would love it if you guys would tell us where the food in the featured photo in your posts can be found...you never seem to.
matawoos / November 24, 2014 at 02:15 pm
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where can i get that bread on the first picture of the article?
aDawg / November 24, 2014 at 02:49 pm
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Pay attention, people. It's at the bottom, just before the businesses are listed: Photo of Lamanna's by Libby Roach.
local replying to a comment from foodgirl / November 24, 2014 at 02:49 pm
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It's from Lamanna's (#7). The photo credit is just before the listing begins. I agree it should appear directly below the photo itself. At least now you know just to scroll down a little further and you'll find the credit eventually.
Dm / November 24, 2014 at 02:59 pm
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Where does one purchase the pastry featured in the main photo of this post????? It looks amazing.
Extreme Eater / November 24, 2014 at 03:05 pm
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Lamanna's in Scarborough (near Rouge Valley) is well worth the drive. Decent coffee, tasty sweets, great lasagne.

However, Sanremo in Mimico is NOT worth the drive. Trust me, I've been reluctantly eating their food since 2006. Most of their sweets and pastries are disappointing. Same with their hot table.

NIno D'Aversa is quite good, nothing special.

Sud Forno is the best thing Terroni has produced. Hipster, overpriced, but still tasty.
RS replying to a comment from Dm / November 24, 2014 at 03:41 pm
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Seconded!

C'mon BlogTo, please start tagging your lead photos!
Carb Lover / November 24, 2014 at 03:48 pm
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SanRemo all the way! I wish BlogTO would do an updated article on the bakery, they've come a long way since 2011 when the article was written!
Johnny / November 24, 2014 at 03:55 pm
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Everyone knows the best Italian bakeries are in Woodbridge where all the real Italians live.
Francesca / November 24, 2014 at 03:56 pm
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St.philips should definitely be on this list. Same for molisana
John / November 24, 2014 at 03:58 pm
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Isn't commissos a mob hangout?
Dr. Mantis replying to a comment from John / November 24, 2014 at 04:06 pm
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OOHHHHHHHH!
Nick replying to a comment from RS / November 24, 2014 at 04:18 pm
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It says so right there people. The photo is from Lamanna's.
Details, Details.
Tony Shamas / November 24, 2014 at 04:35 pm
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These places are awesome!
Childhood / November 24, 2014 at 04:57 pm
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Nino's is one of those places you grew up with. Mom and dad sent you as a kid to buy some bread( back in the day) old Italian men smoking drinking espresso.Still love the pasteries bread and pizza :)
Moose / November 24, 2014 at 05:15 pm
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For those wondering about the lead photo, it is Sfogliatelli and it is marvellous
Greaseball / November 24, 2014 at 06:37 pm
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Nino's, Commiso's and Tre Mari were the heavy weights in the bakery business. Most Italian families bought from one of these three.
coco / November 24, 2014 at 07:33 pm
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WHY ISNT TRE ROSE ON THIS LIST LA ROSE SUCKS SO MUCH OMG
Toronto Cheese Head / November 24, 2014 at 07:45 pm
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WoodBridge may have a few decent bakeries. Too bad they are not in Toronto where the list is based on.


I agree with Carb Lover, San Remo has come a long way, and now with the new boys running the show I think they need an updated Bio on this site. The same goes for Tre Mari. Must have been a change in ownership because this place looks totally revamped. Love the food! Love the people! When I walk in there i feel comfortable like I am around family, great atmosphere.

BLOGTO! You need to update SAN REMO and TRE MARI BAKERY. Must has changed for these two Gems since 2011.

Toronto Cheese Head / November 24, 2014 at 07:47 pm
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WoodBridge may have a few decent bakeries. Too bad they are not in Toronto where the list is based on. I agree with Carb Lover, San Remo has come a long way, and now with the new boys running the show I think they need an updated Bio on this site. The same goes for Tre Mari. Must have been a change in ownership because this place looks totally revamped. Love the food! Love the people! When I walk in there i feel comfortable like I am around family, great atmosphere. BLOGTO, You need to update SAN REMO and TRE MARI BAKERY. Much has changed for these two Gems since 2011.

Man I love bakeries! They really make up a neighborhood
SLM replying to a comment from YumM! / November 24, 2014 at 07:55 pm
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Yes!!! I love you!!
SLM replying to a comment from YumM! / November 24, 2014 at 07:57 pm
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@YUMM Yes!!! I love you!!
Christina / November 24, 2014 at 10:21 pm
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In all honestly the best bakeries really are in woodbridge/Vaughan, specifically maple bakery and st.phillips,,, in toronto rustic is the most authentic italian
local replying to a comment from Toronto Cheese Head / November 24, 2014 at 10:31 pm
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Re: Tre Mari... The two sons took over the bakery when their father passed away a few years ago. They're lovely young guys and are doing an admirable job of gently ushering in changes without scaring away the old-timers.
Steve / November 24, 2014 at 10:40 pm
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Pane Vittoria in woodbridge for the win, hands down best espresso and bread
Filippa / November 25, 2014 at 09:48 am
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Moose : That isn't sfogiatelle but codi d'arogosta( lobster tails). Sfogiatelle are plain I sude and aren't that big.
Filippa replying to a comment from Filippa / November 25, 2014 at 09:55 am
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Oops, I meant sfogliatelle are plain INSIDE ( no ricotta or mascarpone or chantilly or mixed filling) like Codi d'aragoste /Lobster tails. The main picture are definitely lobster tails.
Ferdinand replying to a comment from Christina / November 25, 2014 at 01:53 pm
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Cool, I hope those bakeries make it to the top of blogwoodbridge.com's list of the best Italian bakeries.
Anthony / November 25, 2014 at 04:45 pm
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905>416 italian bakeries
Childhood / November 25, 2014 at 04:57 pm
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Does anyone remember Le Sem?
@Anthony / November 25, 2014 at 05:18 pm
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Ok here we go Woodbridge Italians verses Toronto Italians!
Rebecca / November 26, 2014 at 12:48 pm
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What this list and many others fails to do is to judge important things like ingredient quality and quality of the food/products. If you have a bakery that uses cheap flour, badly sourced fats, and loads and loads of sugar, they are not up to par on the craft of Italian baking/cooking. A place whose staples is donuts is a donut shop, not an Italian bakery, even if nonna is still hanging around.
Ponte di Legno / November 26, 2014 at 01:01 pm
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Nothing is more boring than splitting hairs about which part of town is more "Italian", when neither is particularly Italian.
J / November 26, 2014 at 02:12 pm
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While you guys argue about which part of town is more Italian, the Chinese and Indians are taking over everything. When all the old Italians die off and their kids dont want to take over their businesses, your culture is going to fade away, atleast in the GTA...

How many old Italian run restaurants or diners have been sold off to Chinese owners, who then cut corners and ran the business to the ground??
Francesco / November 26, 2014 at 05:41 pm
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You clearly havnt been to woodbridge, Bolton, Klienburg, maple, king city, where Italians run supreme
Silvia / November 26, 2014 at 09:04 pm
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As an Italian I'm actually amazed how authentic many of these bakeries are, esspically compare to the small town bakeries you see in Italy, not the touristy ones you see in the rich area of Milan
Steve / November 26, 2014 at 10:22 pm
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Nothing like my Nonnas home made bread on a Sunday morning after church
Childhood / November 27, 2014 at 09:22 am
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I don't know of any nonna's or mom's that make bread anymore, they either have gotten too old or just buy it now. I would say in the 60's 70's that tradition stayed but not anymore. Really, Nonna can put her feet up and have una bella espresso and enjoy una pezzo di panne from her favourite Italian bakery, she deserves the rest!!! Besides nonna needs all her energy for her lasagna making!!!! :)
Derek / December 18, 2014 at 05:52 pm
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The Best Italian Bakery is Sicilia Bakery 399 Four Valley Drive, Concord, ON L4K 5Z3
(905) 669-5421


I would eat there all the time when i was in the area. Authentic food and baked goods! Give them a shot!
Kathi / December 18, 2014 at 10:09 pm
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What about Kit Kat Italian bar and grill
On King st W at St Andrews station?

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