I can't take credit for discovering this place, as many others already know of it, including the friend that took me there.
Imagine a small, family-run Italian deli that makes everything in-house, right down to the muffins they serve at breakfast. The prices are very reasonable, and the service friendly.
This place exists, and is located in the sub-basement of the Ontario Power Generation building, on the southwest corner of University and College. It's called Onorio's Deli, and is indeed family-run. If you were coming in off the street, you would enter at the Bank of Montreal level, then head down two floors (elevator or stairs).
I've stopped in there for a breakfast or two, and have been there numerous times for lunch. I've always come away spending $6 or less, and have been very satisfied with my meal. I really enjoy the thin-crust pizza that they make fresh every day, and the muffins at breakfast are great. The fresh pastas rotate daily, and I've tried the lasagna, which is quite good. It closes at 3pm, and opens early. I would guess before 8, but I'm not sure. I was there once at two, and all they had left running was the cold sandwich counter, which was quite satisfying, but I did have a hankering for pizza, which left me a little saddened.
A notable fact, is that the gentleman working at the cash is visually impaired, and needs to know what you've ordered, which bill you've handed him. He will tally and make change accordingly, and with some pleasant banter, I might add. Seating is limited, but rarely full, and Queen's Park or the U of T campus is a slight walk away, for a fine picnic.
Has anyone else been to Onorio's?
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