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The Best Veal Sandwich in Toronto

Posted by Rick McGinnis / September 6, 2012

Veal Sandwich TorontoThe best veal sandwich in Toronto is a matter of very bitterly divided opinion, which might have something to do with how aficionados consume them - either voraciously, to quench their midday lunch hunger, or late at night, to fill up a beer-filled belly after hitting the town.

Halifax has its Donair, Montreal has poutine, and New York its famous pizza, but Toronto's favorite after-midnight food is quite possibly the veal sandwich; served on an Italian bun, drenched in sauce and covered with mushrooms, cheese and peppers (hot or sweet). You can argue about the details - the breading and thickness of the veal, the sweetness of the sauce, and whether hot peppers are essential or pointless - and chances are people will get pretty passionate about their favorite.

Here are the best veal sandwiches in Toronto.

See also:

The best sandwiches in Toronto
The best panini in Toronto
The best Italian hot tables in Toronto

Photo by sharp.photo in the blogTO Flickr pool

California Sandwiches

California Sandwiches

Here, you’ll find the sandwich in its classic form; breaded and fried veal on a crusty Italian bun, served with the usual toppings of cheese, onions, mushrooms, peppers. Big and well-stuffed, it comes with the sauce on the side, a popular option at this Dufferin lunch spot, probably because you can control the degree of messiness essential to the veal sandwich experience. More »

San Francesco Foods

San Francesco Foods

You'll find more classic sandwich offerings from this Little Italy perennial, with tender veal served in a big Kaiser, the full range of toppings and the optional sauce on the side. It’s a shame that too many folks know the San Francesco sandwich as a late night after-bar snack, since it deserves to be appreciated in the bright light of day. More »

Mustachio

Mustachio

This St. Lawrence Market lunch counter serves the most radical variation on the veal sandwich. It’s served on foccaccia bread with almost no sauce, in a trio of variations. On the high-end “Godfather,” you’ll find both eggplant and parmagiano. It’s a monster of a sandwich, though purists might want to plead for extra sauce. More »

Fusaro's

Fusaro's

The most civilized of the veal sandwiches is served by this Spadina eatery on a tidy, oblong bun that’s easy to grip, and almost dainty in its presentation. The sauce is rich and sweet, and the sit-down version comes with a neat side of salad and olives that will almost convince you that you’ve gone for the healthy lunch option. More »

Vinny's Panini

Vinny's Panini

There’s a tart edge to the homemade sauce on the veal sandwich at this Dupont Road lunch counter, and a toothsome crust on the veal. These are the small variations that make veal sandwich eaters rabid in their allegiances, and that’s given Vinny’s a loyal following in this relatively quiet pocket of the Annex. More »

Commisso Bros

Commisso Bros

Thanks to the massive hot table at this west-end takeout spot, you can get your sandwich topped with anything from grilled veggies and roasted peppers to the usual mushrooms and hot peppers. Commisso’s is a bakery, so as you’d expect, the bun is fresher than you’d otherwise expect. More »

Bitondo Pizzeria

Bitondo Pizzeria

Across the street from San Francesco’s, this well-worn Little Italy standby serves its veal sandwich with a simple, fresh-tasting sauce and a notably crisp corn meal-filled crust on its veal. More »

Nonna's Place

Nonna's Place

This family-run deli/lunch place in the Junction Triangle serves a big, moist sandwich filled with a pleasingly sweet sauce, layered with crunchy peppers. It helps that they also provide some of the sweetest service around. More »

Discussion

62 Comments

sezme / September 6, 2012 at 02:46 pm
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Oh great, thanks, blogTO! Now my brain won't quit nagging me until I relent and go to California Sandwiches.
Raman / September 6, 2012 at 02:57 pm
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If you are from the West End, hit up Pomodoro in Brampton.
I think it trumps them all.
Mike / September 6, 2012 at 03:04 pm
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Whoa, whoa, whoa. This is veal we're talking about. They're not sandwiches. They're sanGwiches.
shane / September 6, 2012 at 03:07 pm
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Tony and Nicks (or Anthony and Nicholas, as we sometimes call them)on dundas just east of dufferin has a tasty veal, and they deleiver...
John Vealman / September 6, 2012 at 03:20 pm
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Vinny's should be higher than number 5. It's the best. Freshly made to order. Can't beat that!
Michael Polo / September 6, 2012 at 03:31 pm
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Tomasso's on Eastern east of Broadview are recommended in your in a Riverdale way.
sanjay / September 6, 2012 at 03:36 pm
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Rocco's Plum Tomatoe on Queensway (east of Parklawn) is amazing.

Mustachio's is the worst I think - taste like it's made of paper.
Ken / September 6, 2012 at 03:41 pm
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Mustachio's doesn't serve them on foccaccia by default. Their standard Veal & Eggplant sandwich comes on the classic italian bun, with plenty of sauce. Mushrooms, onions, hot peppers, cheese are all free toppings, unlike a certain Californian sandwich place.
I'd easily put Mustachio's standard Veal & Eggplant over California's -- much more depth to their tomato sauce; California's sauce is just "tart" without a lot of flavour. Also, if you add eggplants to California's Veal sandwich, they come unbattered.
Tony / September 6, 2012 at 04:18 pm
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Dante's should be here!!! Ok.. technically Richmond Hill, but come on!! If not, San Remo on Royal York! Fogeddaboutit!!!
Mike / September 6, 2012 at 05:04 pm
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Hand's down Rustic Bakery on Rustic Rd near Keele and the 401. They have there own bakery so the bread is amazing! I used to think California Sandwiches was the best until I had theirs.
Jordan Clarke / September 6, 2012 at 06:00 pm
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You didn't even mention cafe braziliano?????
Joe / September 6, 2012 at 08:48 pm
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Anyone remember the Chateau Tavern on Duferin near St Clair. They made the best veal sandwiches. Unfortunatly it is gone now.
Elena / September 6, 2012 at 08:48 pm
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Dino Panino in Woodbridge. But then you're in Woodbridge
Cartman / September 6, 2012 at 09:54 pm
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Don't you mean best tortured baby cow sandwich?
rick mcginnis replying to a comment from Cartman / September 6, 2012 at 10:39 pm
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You must be a ball at parties.
Gabe / September 6, 2012 at 11:21 pm
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If you're right downtown and want to grab a veal sandwich then hit the Big Slice at Yonge and Gerrard. Great Veal Sandwich Great Classic Big Pizza slices
Mario / September 6, 2012 at 11:25 pm
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Tony and Nicks on Dundas just east of Dufferin!
Babies are Tasty replying to a comment from Cartman / September 7, 2012 at 06:48 am
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That's what veal is? I had no idea.
Who knew baby animals could be so tasty?
Terry / September 7, 2012 at 08:09 am
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Anyone who still eats veal, after all we've learned about the horrible conditions in which the calf is raised, should be shot.
parkdaler replying to a comment from Terry / September 7, 2012 at 09:04 am
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beat it and go mope on another thread...
Jacob / September 7, 2012 at 09:24 am
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I'll second Tony and Nick's. Delicious veal and make sure you ask for it hot, opposed to sweet.
sezme replying to a comment from Terry / September 7, 2012 at 09:30 am
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Anyone who still doesn't eat veal sandwiches, after all we've learned about the incredible satisfaction they provide, should shoot themselves.
Aydin / September 7, 2012 at 09:30 am
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And if you're in the East End, there's a San Francesco's on Coxwell, just south of O'Connor. And they deliver!!
Joji / September 7, 2012 at 10:01 am
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Agincourt Bakery hands down. Go at lunch. There's usually a line but it moves fast. I can't believe California Sandwiches is #1 let alone on the list - but I guess the Claremont location is waaay better than the one in Scarborough which is mediocre at best.
Johnny LaVeau / September 7, 2012 at 11:03 am
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Mustachio's is a joke. The lineups run out the door for one of the most mediocre veal sandwiches on this list. I would skip it entirely. Their sauce is thin, the veal is too greasy. Just forget about it. The people waiting in line at this place are either dumb or don't know better.

The only one missing on this list is LaRose Bakery. What sets them apart is that the veal is baked not fried. I know this is not authentic but their buns are super fresh and their sauce is fresh tasting. Highly recommended.
Joe Scratch / September 7, 2012 at 11:14 am
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I'm very surprised that Primo Veal at Pharmacy and Sheppard isn't on the list. Their sandwiches are easily top three in the city.
Jason / September 7, 2012 at 11:23 am
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There's a new game in town that's worth a try.
The Crazy Tomato, at 2714 St.Clair Ave. E. in
East York. I tried their veal sandwich the other night and was pleasantly surprised. Not too much sauce, with a nice hint of garlic, on a soft bun. They make some killer Pulled Porchetta Sandwiches too! IMHO
opensource1111 / September 7, 2012 at 11:25 am
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Veal sandwiches as the late night food? Never heard of this. I love veal sandwiches, but everyone knows late night means pizza or chinese.
Bobby / September 7, 2012 at 05:01 pm
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Mustachio's is straight fail
t. / September 7, 2012 at 05:41 pm
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Nice to see the love for San Fran. Pro tip: Order it hot, take it upstairs to the monarch next door and wash it down with a cold labatt 50.
peter / September 7, 2012 at 08:00 pm
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how is commisso bros on here? who would even dare eat that filth
Mike G / September 7, 2012 at 10:11 pm
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Ricci's in Woodbridge is BY FAR the best of all these places.
Fat Greaseball / September 8, 2012 at 09:07 am
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Callifornia sandwiches on Claremont. Best in the world!
tootsie replying to a comment from Jason / September 10, 2012 at 09:29 am
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How much are those meals? I live nearby and am hungry!
Brian / September 12, 2012 at 01:21 pm
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Mamma Martinos on the Queensway near Parklawn are the best i have ever eaten followed close by Californias
Alix James / September 13, 2012 at 10:52 am
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Columbo's on the north side of Danforth, just east of Coxwell. I actually don't eat murdered baby cow sammy, but my wife does, and says they are excellent. (I order the murdered adult chicken sammy, which is also excellent. Also: their rice ball.)
Mcancilla / September 16, 2012 at 07:59 pm
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San Remo and Niño D'Aversa bakeries are the 2 best veal sandwiches in the cit. Veal is always tender, fantastic sauce and great bread. By far head and shoulders above any of the other restaurants on this list.California gets way to much hype, their veal is huge but often dry, with a soggy kaiser, not what it once was.
lu / September 17, 2012 at 04:07 pm
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molisana bakery in mississauga is by farrrrr the best!!!
Cosplay / September 26, 2012 at 05:26 am
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I'm very surprised that Primo Veal at Pharmacy and Sheppard isn't on the list. Their sandwiches are easily top three in the city.
Camille / October 10, 2012 at 09:02 pm
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Uhh, who still eats veal these days?

It's pretty common knowledge that veal calves are taken from their mothers mere minutes after birth and confined in tiny crates for their entire short and miserable lives.

No thanks.
Mario / October 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm
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Best veal place is Sinopolis in Vaughan. They used to be in Toronto but moved up north. They are hands down better then Cali Sandwiches. They are on Jane Street
VealLover / November 5, 2012 at 09:17 pm
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Molisana is Woodbridge is amazinnnnnnnnngggg!
John / November 6, 2012 at 06:08 pm
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Commisso's on the list? What's wrong with the world when that cockaroach infested place gets a nod on any "best" list. It's passable at 3 am, because your option is between that or McDonalds, but please, keep Commisso's off any future "best" list.

Anyways, the best sandwiches are from a lil place off the beaten bath in concord called Vicentina Meats. Go there, get a steak, veal, or chicken and you'll be in heaven. The porchetta is another story. i'd get the porchetta last, because once you get the porchetta you'll not want to try anything else.
faith / November 10, 2012 at 08:26 am
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if ever in scarborough give Primo Veal a try, I promise you won't be disappointed. It's alittle momma and pop shop but they serve up one of the best veal sandwich that I've every tasted.
devan / November 18, 2012 at 08:43 pm
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where's SANREMO's at?
Dom / March 29, 2013 at 12:58 am
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I'm surprised that Tre Mari Bakery is not mentioned. Incredibly good veal sandwich that I had recently....but then again, maybe they are too obvious, and taken for granted..... being right in the middle of Corso Italia (St Clair west of Dufferin)
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JP replying to a comment from Terry / August 8, 2013 at 03:20 pm
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you're an idiot! Milk fed veal (also called provimi veal) is raised under horrible conditions, the veal they use in veal sandwiches is red veal, raised the same as any other cow, just slaughtered young. If you have a problem with that, then you should probably not eat meat at all. What the hell are you doing posting in a thread where people are talking about veal sandwiches anyway??
Jcp / November 23, 2013 at 03:35 pm
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What a bunch of disgusting, nasty, ass low lives talking about stuffing their fat, cholesterol laden obese gullets. We dont care that YOU like it, it is so cruel and insane that people still eat tortured baby animals. Make a list of local hospitals and cardiologists as I'm sure you'll be giving them a lot of business. I'd save the life of a baby calf ANY day over the gluttonous omnivores.... Disgusting savages.
Me replying to a comment from Jcp / November 23, 2013 at 07:25 pm
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And we don't care that you don't like it and it makes you cry.
Joe Foodie / December 13, 2013 at 05:10 pm
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California #1 no way not anymore when nonna was at the helm ya but there quality went down hill and prices went up. $14 for a veal no thanks. I only hit Brazil Café for veal free toppings, hot table and the best expresso in town.
Orson / March 22, 2014 at 04:13 pm
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You come out with this 'best' list and you STILL haven't done anything on 'best park bench to chug listerine on'? Common Blog!
Socialeete / March 22, 2014 at 04:43 pm
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North Pole bakery by far will beat all of these! http://www.blogto.com/bakery/north-pole-bakery-toronto
Craig / March 22, 2014 at 04:55 pm
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Primo Veal (Sheppard and Pharmacy) makes a mean veal... better than California if you ask me... More meat... better bun...

I was a hardcore California SanGwiches guy until i found out about this place...

also if you venture east of the city, In Whitby there is a great place called Mancini's (223 Brock St. North - Whitby). Great Veal there too... they also have a frequent buyers card, buy 9 veals and get the 10th free.
Jason / March 22, 2014 at 05:02 pm
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San Remo Bakery on Royal York (just south of the Gardiner) is great too, for us Etobicoke folks.
pepsigirl77 / March 22, 2014 at 06:01 pm
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U forgot primo veal at Victoria Park and Sheppard.
Chris replying to a comment from Tony / March 22, 2014 at 06:10 pm
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San Remo bakery all the way....delicious. California sandwiches' sauce is just too salty.
GBomb / March 23, 2014 at 09:54 am
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I'm surprised nobody mentioned Rocco's Plum Tomato on the Queensway east of Parklawn. One of my faves by a long shot. The steak and chicken are winners too.
VealQueen / April 12, 2014 at 10:14 pm
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AGINCOURT BAKERY TOPS ANY AND EVERY VEAL OUT THERE! MASSIVE IN SIZE. TOPPINGS INCLUDE : RAPINI, HOT PEPPERS, SWEET PEPPERS, ONIONS, MUSHROOMS, CHEESE, AND A SPRINKLE OF PARMESAN ALWAYS! THIS VEAL IS OFFERED ON A GIGANTIC BUN OR AS A DINNER WHICH CAN BE MIXED WITH ANYTHING FROM SLOW ROASTED POTATOES TO PASTA OR SALAD OF CHOICE. OPTIONS ARE ENDLESS. PRICE IS RIGHT! IT'S LOCATED AT PHARMACY AND SHEPPARD. ONE LIGHTS NORTH OF SHEPPARD ON THE EAST SIDE OF PHARMACY TUCKED AWAY IN THE CORNER OF A STRIP PLAZA! THIS PLACE HAS POLICE, FIREMEN, AND HYDRO ONE THERE DAILY. THE PEOPLE OF SCARBOROUGH KNOW WHERE IT'S AT! AGINCOURT BAKERY! CHECK IT OUT AND FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF.
DEDICATED VEALQUEEN OUT!
Gorrister replying to a comment from VealQueen / June 10, 2014 at 03:13 pm
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Well, you've convinced me to never go to that place. Moron.

By the way, everyone whining about how veal is baby cow and you shouldn't eat baby cows: what difference does it make that they're young? If you argue that it's not okay to eat veal and it is okay to eat other kinds of beef, you're a shallow hypocrite.

I'm going to go get a veal sandwich.
james replying to a comment from sezme / July 15, 2014 at 11:50 am
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please reconsider eating veal :( baby cows tho...
james replying to a comment from Camille / July 15, 2014 at 11:51 am
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right?!!!

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