Culinary Explorer: Lady York Foods, Toronto, ON


Lady York Foods
2939 Dufferin St.
Toronto, ON

Open daily, hours vary (click on link below for further info) big & free parking lot~

Lady York - early days

If you like shopping for Italian food products, and by this I do mean any and all Italian food products, this family owned shopping mecca is THE place to go! It’s just like grocery shopping in Italy and, just might give you the added bonus of Italian vacation flashbacks!

I totally get why it’s been around since 1959! I go. A lot. I’ve been to Lady York Foods so many times, I can honestly say I don’t know why I haven’t posted on it! So to me, a little nod and recognition for my fave Italian food shopping store in Toronto is well overdue.

Bottled water, Italian style

When you see bottled water by the case, still on skids – you know you’re shopping Italian! I’m not afraid to admit, that seeing this actually gives me little pangs, and makes me long to return to bella italia. (So no, five vacays there is NOT enough!) 

There’s so much to tell you about, I hardly know where to start! The massive meat & deli counters have everything imaginable, from veal shanks for osso bucco, to house-made sausages, to numerous kinds of salami & prosciutto.

Lady York meat counter Lady York deli counter

For some kitchen basics…

Lady York olive oil selection

Olive oil….

cheese at Lady York Foods

Just one of the cheese counters…

Lady York pasta aisle

While hard to show the size & scope of some of the food selections, this is the pasta aisle. Yes. Just pasta!

Savoiardi selection, Lady York Foods

Making tiramisu?  Check out the choices for the Savoiardi needed for everyone’s favourite Italian dessert…! Excellent prices too, not only for this item but throughout the store. 

Goodies from other countries included… (they even carry rye bread!)

There’s also gluten free items…

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And just a sampling of specialty products…

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For sweet endings…

Perugina chocolate selection Baci cookies: lemon or chocolate

Next time you feel like getting your Italian on in the kitchen, shop at Lady York for everything you need… and yes there are massive produce aisles carrying all the usual suspects, and items in season. Right now there’s fava beans & artichokes~

ps watch for their sales flyer, which runs Monday to Sunday!