Nino D’Aversa Bakery Ltd

Posted on June 5, 2011


In a sea of Korean and Iranian restaurants up here in North York, lies one very distinct Italian Cafeteria/Bakery.  Amidst the sea of foreign characters, the colors of Italy’s flag on a sign beckons you to come in and try their fare.  One day about two years ago,  I decidedly did find time to come in and have my fill.  

Walking in, you would find the usual Italian cafeteria fare of antipasti and various savory dishes like pizzas, eggplant and veal parmigiana, different pastas, risotto balls, Italian sausage and so much more.   Right in the heart of the restaurant is where they entice you with eye candies like a big selection of in-house made gelato, cookies and pastries and really rich and strong aroma of freshly brewed espresso.  The treats does not stop there. As you walk further into the restaurant as one wall has usual grocery Italian fare and freshly baked artisan breads.

The place is always brimming with locals.  Young and old alike, just like me, having some sort of battle in their own minds.  That is how to decide what to have for this time around.  There are too many options in this place and so far, everything that I have tried did not disappoint.  I have been a regular to this place, my favorites includes a good latte, eggplant parmigiana, risotto ball or the simple but ever comforting spaghetti and meatballs. I often order antipasti (the one with the artichoke was tender and flavorful) and an entrée.  Most often than not, I  order my food as a take-out but I do eat in.  I do this as their servings are always more than I can eat.  The other half usually becomes my lunch the next day.When I am indulgent, after my filling lunch, I would make room for one of their pastries on display and a warm cup of latte.  Each time I walk out after a meal, I come out with a good mood and a very content tummy.

What is funny though, is that I have never tried their gelato. About a month ago, I told my sister about this place and it was my niece, Gabrielle, who asked me with hopeful eyes if she could try their gelato. My niece, being lactose intolerant and have an allergy for nuts, have a limited choice.  I was thankful that they do have options for someone who has allergies.  After various trips to this restaurant, we have tried several of the flavors (lemon, raspberry, coffee, chocolate, cheesecake and pistachio).  But my most favorite is lemon gelato.  It has a good balance of acidity and smooth creaminess despite being devoid of anything lactose.  These days, it’s not the eggplant parmigiana I come back for.  It’s their lemon gelato ;)

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