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The Best Italian Bakeries in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / December 13, 2011

Best Italian Bakeries TorontoThe best Italian bakeries in Toronto are usually more than just bakeries. Yes, each boasts racks of fresh ciabatta, focaccia, and other breads and buns, plus ricotta-filled cannoli, almond cookies, and sweets, but the shops don't begin and end with a little flour and yeast. All of the bakeries on this list offer a fully-stocked hot tables, complete with veal sandwiches, pizza slices, hot pasta and more.

And as if that wasn't enough, more, still, make their own gelato (though most, just in the summertime), which accompanies their espresso bars, deli counters, or pantry shelves. And have I mentioned olive bars? These bakeries, in other words, offer the various aspects of Italian eating, emphasizing — most importantly — the principle of abundance

Here is the list of 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

La Rose Bakery

La Rose Bakery

For those who love bread, the presentation at La Rose in Etobicoke will certainly inspire awe. And wicked carb cravings. For something a little sweeter there's the cannoli, of course, and plenty of almond cookies and sweets to tide you over until you hit the hot table. That's right. Carbs and protein. Glorious. More »

Tre Mari Bakery

Tre Mari Bakery

Tre Mari has been in Corso Italia for more than fifty years, operated by the Deleo family and keeping true to original recipes. There are always plenty of fresh parigina, cannoli, and croccante on hand, plus a fully stocked hot table, deli section, and espresso bar. More »

Francesca Italian Bakery

Francesca Italian Bakery

This Scarborough bakery was named for the owner's wife which, I think, I speaks to its authenticity in and of itself. (That and the framed picture of the Pope on the wall.)The Sicilian cannoli made here are some of the best in the GTA. It's a must-grab for Francesca's regulars who stop by for a warm loaf. Gelato in the summer, and a hot table all year round. More »

Rustic Bakery

Rustic Bakery

Named for its street, not rough North York surroundings, Rustic Bakery has a wide assortment of bread that is all baked on location. Around lunchtime, though, it's all about veal on a bun, which is the without-doubt Rustic Bakery hot table favourite. Also the place for an authentic Italian espresso. More »

San Remo Bakery

San Remo Bakery

San Remo is huge, and it has pretty much everything you'd ever want from an Italian bakery. Lots (understatement) of baked goods, of course, plus whole cakes and pies, a meat and deli counter, a hot table, gelato, espresso, and grocery. And perhaps most importantly, San Remo has plenty of seating since the sight of all that food is sure to make you hungry. More »

Nino D'aversa Bakery

Nino D'aversa Bakery

Nino D'aversa is known for its bread (which can be found at various outlets throughout the GTA), but like most Italian bakeries, it doesn't stop at a few Vienna calabrese or ciabatta buns. The North York bakery offers two types of cannoli (Siciliani and Sfoglia) among its other pastries, as well as specialty foods, hot items, plus Italian music and magazines. Because a zeppole just isn't as good without a side of gossip. More »

Messina Bakery

Messina Bakery

The cannoli, again, is the big draw at this family-run bakery. Still, those who can tear their eyes away from the crunchy ricotta-filled delights will notice that Messina also has a fair spread of almond and shortbread cookies, pies, strudels, and other sweets. Messina's hot table offers pizza, pasta, and sandwiches. More »

Dorio's Italian Bakery

Dorio's Italian Bakery

Owned by Manuel and Josie Dorio, this bakery has actually made quite a name for itself through its custom-designed wedding cakes. Of course, a little flower garland topper never got in the way of a hearty plate of lasagna, and Dorio's serves it daily from its bakery hot table. If not in the market for a wedding cake, Dorio's offers smaller sweets such as tiramisu, cannoli, and danishes. More »

Agincourt Bakery

Agincourt Bakery

The vibe at Agincourt Bakery is kind of like that of your nonna's kitchen, with people bustling about and the smell of fresh cooking luring you in. The oversized veal sandwich is what draws in most, but the fresh breads and pastries (plus the great selection of almond cookies) shouldn't be overlooked. More »

Discussion

23 Comments

Lioness / December 13, 2011 at 03:24 pm
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How could you possible skip The North Pole Bakery at Greenwood and Danforth? The best rolls ever and the rest of their food is great too.
Mike / December 13, 2011 at 03:25 pm
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Give the pizza at Messina a try. It's very tasty despite the bakery not being known for its pizza.
akio / December 13, 2011 at 06:28 pm
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Francesca's is awesome!! And the cannoli are just like my nonna used to make :)
Eric / December 13, 2011 at 07:05 pm
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Lamanna's @ 401 and Port Union in east Scarborough is the best. Veal sandwiches, porchetta, best desserts in the city. It's always packed for a reason.
Jenelle / December 13, 2011 at 08:51 pm
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Interesting to note that none of these bakeries are located in the neighbourhood we insist calling Little Italy.

Daniel replying to a comment from Jenelle / December 14, 2011 at 01:17 am
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jenelle: that's because italians no longert live in little italy.

i will definitely check out rustic bakery next time i get my hair cut next door!
dv / December 14, 2011 at 08:57 am
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Do any of these bakeries make panforte? I'd love to be able to find this dessert in Toronto but have still been unable to.
Cyril Sneer / December 14, 2011 at 10:42 am
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There we go, REAL deserts and pastries. None of this cupcake crap.
Cliff S / December 14, 2011 at 12:55 pm
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WTF blogto, Has the world ended?

There's nothing south of St. Clair (#5 excepted)!?


Actually kind-of refreshing for a change.

mr. hood / December 14, 2011 at 03:03 pm
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um what about commisso's uptown on caledonia


come on!


thats legendary bakery goods!
Jenelle replying to a comment from Daniel / December 14, 2011 at 06:35 pm
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@Daniel I know, I was being snarky...
A true italian / February 4, 2012 at 03:05 pm
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Oh wow..is this the "mafia" owned list of bakeries? All of these are burini owned and operated. No class, no taste. All are crap.
antonio. 99 / March 8, 2012 at 12:07 am
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wow yummy list of bakeries. give this list a thumbs up.!! a true italian i disagree.no such thing as mafia.
Wenzel / May 5, 2012 at 03:23 pm
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These are more what italians call pasticcerie, not bakeries.
Where are the breads?
Mari / June 29, 2012 at 07:57 pm
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Hi

I don't know who creates these best of lists, but whoever does should actually go and research these places. I went to the tre mari bakery and it was disgusting. Dirty and the pastries smelled of egg going bad. I won't be following these lists anymore.


Get your facts straight before claiming you can rate anything in Toronto
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 10:58 pm
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Interesting to note that none of these bakeries are located in the neighbourhood we insist calling Little Italy.
am replying to a comment from dv / October 17, 2012 at 09:23 am
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Spuntino Italian Bakery makes it!
Elisa / April 18, 2013 at 03:31 pm
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A great italian bakery for those of you living in Markham, Ontario is RAYMERVILLE BAKERY Located on RAYMERVILLE DRIVE AND MCCOWAN ROAD! Most amazing local italian bakery with fresh desserts, cakes, imported italain grocery, fresh coldcuts, fresh baked buns, pizza.. the list goes on!
Elisa / April 18, 2013 at 03:31 pm
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Does anyone know where I can find italian ketchup in toronto though?
ELISA / September 28, 2013 at 12:42 am
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DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE TO FIND "PANNA DA CUCINA" IN TORONTO? ; its used to make pasta not sweets.
ELISA replying to a comment from Elisa / September 28, 2013 at 12:43 am
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Amazing, been going there since I was a kid and I used to work there!
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Thanks in support of sharing such a nice thought, article is fastidious,
thats why i have read it entirely
italian / September 5, 2014 at 08:41 pm
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The best Italian bakery I have ever been to is Capri Bakery. This bakery has been around for years. They have a great hot table at affordable prices. They are known as having the best cannoli ever. The filling is like no other I have ever tasted. The selection and quality of bread and buns is great. Their cakes, cheesecakes, doughnuts and pastries never disappoint. It is in an industrial area on Oakdale Rd...just off of sheppard between Jane and weston rd. Worth a try...

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