I stumbled across this place over the weekend, looking for some desserts to bring to a friend. We were driving along Highway 7 near Jane, looking for desserts.
I spot "Il Fornaio Bakery", a bakery and hot table in a somewhat unglamorous building on Highway 7. The handmade signs in the window advertise "Zeppole". This could be good, I think. Or, then again, it could be quite bad.
Well, it was very, very good. I walk in and it is immediately apparent that this is a family business. The very nice woman there tells me that all of the desserts are made by her father, every morning. Now we're talking.
She gives me a sample of a very bland looking almond cookie. But, again, looks are deceiving. It's absolutely delicious; one of the best cookies I've had lately. Rich, moist, surprisingly sumptuous, and with genuine flavour. I buy a dozen. Then, there was the "Napoleon" style custard puff-pastry thingers. Another winner. Reminiscent of a Parisian bakery. And, the cannolli! Don't get me started. She filled them to order, and they were some of the best I have had in Toronto. They were crispy and fresh. The filling was very good. The chocolate ones were surprisingly good; usually, I find chocolate cannolli to be disappointing because of the filling; but, this filling was like the stuff you find in a good eclair.
Then, she insists that I try a Zeppole. It was, like the other things, excellent and fresh. More custard and puff pastry.
When my friend saw the almond cookies, he laughed dismissively. But when he tasted the cookie, so modest and so unassuming in appearance, he was very pleased. Amazed, even
Anyhow, the desserts at this place are wonderful. I used to think that I really did not love Italian desserts. I was wrong.
I did not try the food on offer at this place. Just the desserts.
I wish I could remember the exact address. But, I'll make it back nonetheless.