I have been craving a proper veal sandwich for ages. As I perused a list from another popular blog, I noticed one restaurant that sold veal sandwiches was listed as number one. It was a chain and had pricey fare. Hmmm. No. As I looked farther down the list, I came upon Nonna’s Place. The name – there was something about the name. I made my decision – they would be getting my money today.
When I walked into the door at Nonna’s Place on Bloor Street just west of Lansdowne station, I was immediately filled with warmth. There was a man sitting and eating a veal and pasta dish quietly. Ah yes, I know that body language. A love affair with one’s food. This was a good sign.
I have had steaming hot veal sandwiches in the past where the sandwich looked gorgeous on a plate and the cheese was melting off the ends and have been gutted after the first bite. I always feel nervous when I walk into a shop selling veal sandwiches – am I about to be disappointed? Again!!
Nonna knows her veal sandwiches. The bun was fresh, fluffy and yet firm. The veal was beautifully breaded, plentiful, jammed into the bun, the sweet peppers were fresh, juicy and aromatic, the cheese a nice compliment to the whole sandwich. Ladies and gentlemen, the angels were singing – ‘the perfect veal sandwich’.
As Joanne, the owner and I chatted – I noticed her husband and son working away quietly in the kitchen. Joanne told me the story of Nonna’s Place with a zest that could only come from love.
Nonna’s Place started as a dream for an ambitious Italian immigrant couple in 1964. Rocco and Francesca Zuccaro wanted to create a business that would support their young family while reflecting their Italian culture. A true Canadian Dream! 😉 Originally known as Shaw Grocery, the Zuccaro family supplied the Bloor Street and Symington area with their daily groceries. As time passed Francesca and Rocco continued expanding their soup and sandwich shop business. After 44 years the Zuccaro’s retired, leaving the Shaw Grocery store in the hands of their eldest daughter. Joanne changed the Shaw Grocery name to Nonna’s Place as a tribute to her parents.
A true mom and pop shop. Supporting these local shops is a no brainer. The prices are fantastic (Veal $6.00, Grilled Strip loin Steak $7.00, Meatball $5.50, Eggplant $6.00 etc.) and the service genuinely professional and appreciative. Joanne even makes her own Biscotti. You can also pick up other Italian staples and pasta dishes from her shop.
Keep it in the family with Nonna’s Place – I know where I’m going if I’m having a craving for some proper Italian nosh. By the way, I needed a nap for two hours after that sandwich. That says it all.
8.30AM – 4.30PM
1419 BLOOR ST WEST
Phone: (416) 531-7367