Elm Street Italian Deli Toronto

Elm Street Italian Deli

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Elm Street Italian Deli makes classic old school sandwiches from scratch, including all meats and bread.

Brought to us by the same people behind Cherry Street Bar-B-Que, all meats are produced at a central kitchen location. 

Elm Street Italian Deli Toronto

They're sliced and assembled into sandwiches in full view of customers in a small subway-tiled space decorated with old photos of Verona and Puglia as well as old Italian posters for Sergio Leone films.

Elm Street Italian Deli Toronto

There's no seating, but a sunny marble ledge is suitable for leaning and noshing. 

Traditional sandwich rolls are made using the poolish method with their own starter and baker's yeast for a bit of sourdough tang, fermented for about three days.

Elm Street Italian Deli Toronto

The Tommy Gunn ($12.95 for a full sandwich, $7 for half) sees a cold-smoked Italian pork sausage split and griddled with melted provolone for a bit of a hot dog vibe. 

Peperonata pepper sauce, lettuce, house dressing, giardiniera aioli, spicy mustard and pickled pepperoncini nicely background the bold, smoky flavours of the kind of sausage Cherry Street has a reputation for producing.

Elm Street Italian Deli TorontoThe Sergio Leone is the priciest option at $15.95 for a full sandwich, $8.50 for half, but it's also the beefiest. Based on a type of Tuscan beef stew called peposo, Cherry Street brisket is smoked, chopped up and braised with drippings, marinara and warm spices like nutmeg.

Originally stewed at the central kitchen for about 14 hours, the meat stews for around an additional two hours here, rendering it even more tender if possible, while still retaining big brisket flavour. Sweet provolone, garlic rapini, roasted red peppers and giardiniera aioli finish this one off.

Elm Street Italian Deli Toronto

The Don ($13.95, $7 for half) is so named because, well, it runs things around here, the cold cut head honcho of the menu.

Elm Street Italian Deli Toronto

It layers mortadella, pepperoni, beef salami, sweet provolone, red onion, tomato, lettuce, roasted red peppers, a muffuletta spread and bright basil aioli. 

Elm Street Italian Deli Toronto

The WOPer ($9.95, $14.95 for a double) is named for a dicey term for Italians, though it's a must try smash burger no matter what it's called.

Patties are made out of 100 per cent USDA prime brisket, flattened with a trowel and steamed with sweet provolone on top. 

Elm Street Italian Deli Toronto

They're then presented on a squishy toasted martins potato roll with pickled veg, lettuce, tomato and that same basil aioli, smothered in a sweet saucy marinara.

Elm Street Italian Deli Toronto

Wash everything down with a chinotto ($4.50) or other imported Italian soda. You might know chinotto by a popular brand name, Brio. 

Elm Street Italian Deli TorontoA lineup of side salads includes mushroom, fennel, greens, artichoke and three bean.

Elm Street Italian Deli Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


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