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LASAGNE: can anyone point to a delicious, reliable takeout source? Eataly's SO disappointing!

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Jul 21, 2008
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LASAGNE: can anyone point to a delicious, reliable takeout source? Eataly's SO disappointing!

Always searching for a really great lasagne to go. Since Vesuvio closed (which was pretty good, juicy and flavourful and meaty-cheesy) I have despaired! But I had read somewhere that Eataly's lasagne was great. As anyone who cooks will appreciate, lasagne is one of those dishes that takes a good deal of trouble to make, not to mention demands an instinctive "Italian grandma" sensibility which most of us do not possess. So I am always looking for a really good takeout lasagne portion or two. (For that matter a good restaurant serving - most in Toronto are abysmal imho). Anyway, encouraged by Eataly's excellent, somewhat unusual Tira Mi Su (very creamy and rich) I purchased three portions for a friends' dinner the other night. We all have quite different tastes - but taking our first fork-full, we all looked up at one another simultaneously and expressed disappointment. Tons of doughy pasta, bland tomato sauce, and barely ANY ragu or ANY cheese - really mingy quantities of each, and each fairly tasteless, overwhelmed by blah pasta and blah sauce. Reminded us of frozen supermarket versions, like the taste of slightly burned processed ketchup! To Eataly's shame, Loblaws' former high-end frozen lasagne (I write former as I haven't seen it for a year or so) was significantly better! And as I wrote, Vesuvio's is no more RIP.... Anyway, why bother with the hassle of parklng and the relatively high prices - this is the end of my imagined romance with Eataly. Would love to know if ANYONE knows of a decent lasagne easily available. Terroni's Sunday special - discontinued in their current limited menu - is good; but when you buy it frozen from their commissary, Sud Forno, not so wonderful.
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I have found lasagne from well-run Greek restaurants to be amazing. It is probably fattening but very, very good.
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choclover wrote: I have found lasagne from well-run Greek restaurants to be amazing. It is probably fattening but very, very good.
I wonder if it's because they make it with bechamel sauce. Many lasagna recipes call for bechamel, but I don't think any italian places (and certainly not ready-made fresh/frozen manufacturers) go to that level of effort. And since Moussaka has bechamel as a primary ingredient, it might be convienent for a greek restaurant to include it in their lasagna.
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Bologna Pastificio at Dufferin and Lawrence. Its a take-out only place where you have to heat everything at home, she just has everything in fridges. The prices are very, very, high and I think you might have to pre-order the lasagne, but the quality is definitely there. And yes, it is made with bechamel sauce. I personally prefer her other pasta options - tortellini, gnocchi, etc, but the lasagne is very popular. The place is very clean with an open kitchen so you can see everything. There is no website and remember its cash/cheque only, no credit cards.

https://www.blogto.com/restaurants/bolognapastificio/
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trane0 wrote: I wonder if it's because they make it with bechamel sauce. Many lasagna recipes call for bechamel, but I don't think any italian places (and certainly not ready-made fresh/frozen manufacturers) go to that level of effort. And since Moussaka has bechamel as a primary ingredient, it might be convienent for a greek restaurant to include it in their lasagna.
I thought that the Greeks have their own name for layered pasta made with Béchamel sauce - Pastitsio. Admittedly, I've never heard of lasagna made with Béchamel referred to as lasagna.
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Should send them an email with your receipt to show your displeasure with the product.
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trane0 wrote: but I don't think any italian places (and certainly not ready-made fresh/frozen manufacturers) go to that level of effort.
Bechamel requires effort?
And I'd be kind of shocked if an Italian place didn't also have it on hand.
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Palma Pasta HWY 10 east of The Queensway, they have a couple other locations.
I've had San Remo's lasagna and Queen's Pasta, I found Palma's better.
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death_hawk wrote: Bechamel requires effort?
And I'd be kind of shocked if an Italian place didn't also have it on hand.
To be fair, I do find hand whisking Bechamel requires a bit of elbow grease. Or maybe I'm weak.
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Add ricotta cheese sauce layers. Much easier than making a bechamel.
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death_hawk wrote: Bechamel requires effort?
And I'd be kind of shocked if an Italian place didn't also have it on hand.
I'm not familiar enough with italian cooking to know what other dishes would use it other than lasagna. However, it might make sense to avoid its use given that 99% of people probably don't expect it as an ingredient in lasgna and the added prep-time to it creates. Assuming it's not coming in a plastic bag from a restaurant supply company.

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