Focaccia's Italian Eatery
Focaccia's Italian Eatery is open for takeout. A maximum of eight people are allowed in the store at a time. Masks are mandatory and hand sanitizer is at the counter.
Focaccia's prepares all of their food fresh including the handmade focaccia bread that gives the place its name and the pizzas that are sold by the half at just over $6.
The Etobicoke spot opened when sister-in-laws Josie Tersigni and Teresa Falotico decided to take their catering business a step further by having an eat-in restaurant.
Now there's ample seating space and a large selection of food items that are all prepared each weekday morning just in time for the lunch rush and served hot plate style to a steady flow of customers.
Situated in a fairly desolate area and closing at 4 p.m. every day, the majority of the mouths they feed are those working nearby coming in during the midday hours for a hearty bite to eat.
The portions are massive, yet the prices are consistent with that of a fast food restaurant with nothing going too far above $10.
If you ask for a single slice of pizza, you'll get half of a 10-inch, thin-crust pizza ($6.50). That's just the way they do things around here. You can specify to just get a quarter of the pie ($4.25) but considering the insane value, it makes sense to just go for the entire half.
The dough is prepared and hand-stretched in the back, with a new pizza coming out periodically throughout the day as the slices sell out.
If you're more of a panzerotti fan, they also prepare these fresh per order with the option of baked or fried ($8.99 plus $1.25 for extra toppings).
The focaccia is the namesake of the entire place and it's not hard to see why. They start baking the bread, which comes in about a dozen different varieties, as early as 6:30 a.m. each weekday morning.
The light and fluffy bread manages to hold the saucy veal, chicken parmesan, meatballs, and a generous amount of fresh-sliced steak when it comes to the sandwiches.
Each hot and cold sandwich is served on your choice of focaccia with some of the options including everything, cheddar, hot pepper and black olives.
We go with the Steak sandwich ($10.99) on everything with some added rapini ($1.75 additional). The amount of meat piled on the sandwich is impressive and offsets the slight bitterness provided by the rapini.
Spaghetti ($8.99) is made with fresh pasta and topped with a massive meatball as well as two pieces of garlic bread on the side for soaking up the tomato sauce.
A salad can also be added to the side of any lunch item, with the Kale (large: $9.99, side: $4.99) shredded and carefully massaged in-house. You won't find any bagged salad here. Chicken or steak ($4.99) can also be added on.
Focaccia's is generous, not only when it comes to their options and portion sizes, but also with friendly chatter as most of the customers in the line are known by name and order.