Best Italian sandwiches in Toronto

From veal to cured meats, there are lots of different of Italian sandwiches to wrap your hands around in Toronto. Packed with toppings, the sandwiches can be found at Toronto’s Italian bakeries, pizzerias and lunch counters. Here are the best Italian sandwiches in Toronto. [The Colossal Coliseum sandwich at San Francesco Foods. Photo by Jennifer D'Agostino]

Uno Mustachio

1
95 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C2

Located on the lower level of St. Lawrence Market, Uno Mustachio has built its reputation on veal sandwiches. Made on site, the veal is perfectly cooked in homemade tomato sauce, and then loaded with your choice of onion, roasted peppers, mushrooms or jalapeno peppers. You can also order chicken, meatball and eggplant sandwiches.

Vinny's Panini

2
787 Dupont St Main, Toronto, ON M6G 1Z5

The sandwich board at Vinny’s Panini is filled with so many Italian sandwiches it might be hard to choose just one. Pick from the breaded chicken cutlets, meatball, sausage, veal, breaded eggplant and more for the ultimate lunch. The toppings include cheese, mushroom, onions, eggplant and rapini.

San Francesco Foods

3
609 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B7

Open since 1954, San Francesco Foods was the first establishment to offer Italian sandwiches in Toronto. The menu includes veal, chicken, steak, meatball, eggplant, veggie and pulled pork. The secret behind the delicious sandwiches is the sauce, a family recipe that includes a blend of herbs and spices simmered in the top-secret tomato sauce.

California Sandwiches

4
244 Claremont St, Toronto, ON M6J 2N2

The name may say California, but this restaurant got its start in Toronto’s Little Italy. Originally a grocery store, it quickly became known for its menu of Italian sandwiches. Popular picks include veal, meatball, veggie, chicken, sausage and steak. Toppings include jalapeno peppers, sautéed onions, mushrooms, mixed veggies, sweet peppers and provolone cheese.

Bitondo Pizzeria

5
11 Clinton St, Toronto, ON M6J 2N7

The sandwich menu at Bitondo’s is short and sweet. It offers five sandwiches, all made fresh to order, with topping options like sweet peppers, mushrooms or cheese for an extra 75 cents. Popular choices are the chicken cutlet and veal.

Fusaro's Kitchen

6
147 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5V 2L7

There are lots of options on Fusaro’s panini menu! Choose from the Uno, a sandwich with spicy salami, prosciutto, mortadella, provolone, Italian coleslaw and arugula, or the Sette with arugula, mortadella, marinated eggplant, tomato relish, foir de latte on Calabrese bread. You can also order veal and chicken parmigiana sandwiches.

Sanremo Bakery Inc

7
374 Royal York Rd, Etobicoke, ON M8Y 2R3

SanRemo is known for its delicious pastries, doughnuts and cakes, but it also has a savoury menu that is worth checking out. The sandwich selection is massive and includes deli meats, Mediterranean vegetables, grilled chicken pesto, Porchetta, caprese, eggplant and more.

Nonna's Place

ON

With everything made fresh in-house, Nonna’s Place stays true to its name. The sandwiches include veal, chicken, meatball, veggie, tuna, eggplant, assorted Italian deli meats and sausage. Toppings include mushrooms, onions, hot peppers, sweet peppers, cheese, zucchini, tomatoes and eggplant.

Agincourt Bakery Limited

8
3059 Pharmacy Ave, Scarborough, ON M1W 2H1

The veal sandwiches are Agincourt Bakery are some of the best in the city. The veal is tenderized and lightly breaded, then quickly fried before a slow braise in the house-made tomato sauce. This spot also offers chicken, meatball and eggplant sandwiches.

On A Bun

9
A 841 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G4

With multiple locations across the GTA, On A Bun offers quality Italian sandwiches to the masses. The menu includes all the usual suspects: veal, chicken, meatball, sausage and onion, and eggplant. The sandwiches come in two sizes, junior and regular.

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