Restaurant: Sud Forno
Location: 716 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1E9
Price Range: $$
Brought to your by the same owners of Terroni, Sud Forno is an Italian bakery opened just a few doors down from the original Terroni location on Queen Street West. The interior feels modern but also as if you’ve momentarily stepped a century or two back in time. Though there are only a few window seats on the first floor, don’t let the small shop fool you! The upstairs have a beautiful long wooden communal table to sit at and it’s got a rustique, hipster feel towards it.
Other than Italian baked goods, Sud Forno also sell a variety of savoury food from pasta to porchetta as well. I would love to come back on another day to try their pizza and sandwiches!
One thing I really love about Sud Forno is their extremely helpful and pleasant service – even when the pastry shop is busy. Since I wasn’t too familiar with Italian pastries, I asked a lot of questions and the staff was really patient. He also somehow convinced me to purchase 6 pastries and no tax is included lol – I’m not complaining though :).
For those who are on a budget or diet conscious, Sud Forno offers miniature versions for some of their pastries as well ;). I believe it was 3 mini pastries for $3 – except for the cannoli.
Interestingly I found the cannoli here to be quite similar to the one at Bar Buca but the latter is a bit bigger. Love love the cannoli. It had a crispy shell filled with sweet ricotta and lovely hint of citrus from the candied orange.
Fluffy pillows of rich and tender fried pastry dough rolled in sugar and filled with nutella pastry cream – what’s not to love?! If you don’t like nutella pastry cream (really now!) then Sud Forno also offers a vanilla custard filling instead.
The crunch and crackle of the pastry layers was beautifully contrasted by the smoothness and creaminess of the filling. The sfogliatelle was not too sweet and just simply irresistible.
There was just a lovely hint of cinnamon with a not too sweet pastry cream filling. I normally don’t like cinnamon in pastry and I’m glad the staff convinced me to get this!