Italia Bakery offers authentic Italian baked goods as well as sandwiches and take-home pasta and pizza dough.
Sure, they have sandwiches. Nothing special there. Also their own frozen pasta for take-home. They also bake their own bread, which is pretty darn good too.
But what takes the cake are their cakes and cookies. Crostoli, canoli, amaretti, oh my gosh, I can hardly list them all and the selection always seems to change once in a while.
They are amazing. Always fresh, not too sweet and amazingly tasty. The vast selection will never leave you feeling bored, unless you're already dead.
Do not miss their own panettone (though they also sell stuff imported from Italy). It is the best I've ever tried to date. By far. Every time we take it to a dinner party, it's gone in minutes. You may not be able to find it because it usually sells out. If you see it there, best to snag it immediately. Otherwise you will have to call in and reserve one.
Go see what real Italian pastries should taste like!
Mrs. C and I were shopping for panettone to give away at Xmas and cannoli for ourselves. We spotted Italia Bakery and decided to give them a try. The bakery was nice looking inside, but a bit cramped. Service was brisk to the point of impatience, and the counter staff were not friendly. I will say they were brutally efficient. We got a few pannetone, some cannoli and vanilla squares. Not expensive, but not free either. We sampled some of the baked goods as soon as we got home and they were all very tasty. In Toronto there are lots of great Italian bakeries, but there are only a few on this side of the country. Italia was a great find and we will be back for more soon, despite the attitude.