The Best Cheap Eats in Woodbridge
The best cheap eats in Woodbridge all have an Italian flair - not surprising given the high concentration of Italian-Canadians that call the city home. As someone who's lived and eaten in Woodbridge her entire life, I'd consider myself highly qualified to comment on all the deliciousness that the restaurants here have to offer. For those who don't hail from the land of carbs and pastries, listed below are the best bang for your buck in Italian cuisine, from soup to nuts.
Here are the best cheap eats in Woodbridge.
Writing by Stephanie Girardi. Photo of Centro Panino by Jesse Milns.
Look no further for authentic Italian pizza. With its perfectly light and crunchy crust, fresh toppings and savoury tomato sauce, the pizza at Ciao Roma takes you to Italy in just one bite. Offered in full or half sizes, these pizzas are perfect for sharing - or not, if you're really hungry. If you manage to save room for dessert you can enjoy even more pizza, this time topped with (my favourites) Nutella and fresh strawberries.
Picture a Subway shop. Now imagine it's run by an Italian family. That's Centro Panini. They offer customizable veal, chicken, eggplant, meatball and steak panini for dine-in, takeout or catering. Popular panini toppings include hot peppers, mushrooms and rapini. Classic sides like French fries are offered, but many opt for riceballs and olives.
The closest you can get to Sunday lunch at Nonna's. From its flagship location in Toronto to its bakery-style setup on Langstaff in the heart of Woodbridge to its restaurant-style addition tucked into the corner of Jane and Rutherford, the same great taste has followed. Here you can find all the typical lunch must-haves
The Ricci family have been serving Woodbridge for over 20 years after opening their second location at Weston and Langstaff - the first was in Malton. Their staples are pizza and panzerotti, topped and stuffed with classics like pepperoni and olives, and more gourmet options like eggplant and sundried tomatoes. This isn't just another pizza place - Ricci's also offers a wide selection of soups, salads and sandwiches and wraps, making them and ideal lunch break location.
Panini has 12 different kinds of sandwiches from prosciutto to grilled fish, which can be ordered on whole or wheat buns, and can be ordered with as many toppings as your panini can handle - and there are plenty to choose from. Beware the hot peppers - they pack a punch! They also offer seasonal side options like chili and pasta fagioli.
Known for their beautiful, elaborate special occasion cakes, St. Phillip's has been providing Woodbridge patrons with sweet treats since 2001. They offer traditional Italian pastries like cannoli and amaretti alongside clasics like peanut butter and shortbread cookies. By far the most mouth-watering choice is sfoglia cake - light, flakey, and just sweet enough. Dining solo? Try a pastry-size sfogliatelle. Here you can also find an impressive hot table full of stuffed chicken, veal, meatballs, and pizzas fresh from their wood-burning oven.
With their seemingly endless selection of breads and deli meats and their collection of specialty items and pastas, Emily's is a one-stop-shop for your Sunday lunch, including dessert. Cupcakes, tarts and pastries fill the windows of their display counters. My favourite is the mini tiramisu. A Christmas favourite, it always reminds me of the holidays. Their café-style setup and patio are perfect for enjoying your meal. In a rush? You can take your panini. pizza or veal and rapini to go.
With their pizza-by-the-slice, filled-to-order cannoli and espresso bar, Aida's has been a local favourite since it opened. Known for their wide selection of fresh breads and pastries, the aroma alone is enough to make your mouth water. If you have room after devouring a porchetta sandwich on fresh bread (a local favourite), pair any of their delicious pastries with a coffee of your choice. Nutella-filled biscotti work best for this.
This tiny shop just off Pine Valley is a go-to for many classic Italian desserts like cannoli and biscotti - don't forget the zeppole for the feast of San Giuseppe. One of the best ways to unwind after a long day is with one of their espressos and filled-to-order cannoli. Hungry for something more? You can grab some fresh bread, a slice of pizza or an empanada from their hot counter.
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