BELLE OF THE ’BALL
NINO D’AVERSA, 7287 Yonge St., 905-881-7393
“It’s like real Italia,” says Mama Rosa after a big bite. The secret to an authentic meatball sandwich is in the meat, says Mama, and the folks at Nino’s appear to have it figured it out. “You know the meatball has spent some time simmering in the meat sauce. They’ve met before!” she says with a laugh. Perfectly moist without being sloppy, and the spicy notes are just right, says Mama. Salute! Price: $6.25
Boccone Deli and Pizza, 1378 Yonge St.
Fresh Italian bun, lively sauce and fiery peppers match well. Overall, a great sandwich at a fair price. Price: $6.25
THE VEAL DEAL
Commisso Bros., 8 Kincort St.
Visually appealing and packing a mighty flavour punch. Mushrooms, cheese and “perfect spiciness” add dimensions of flavour. Two thumbs up from Mama. Price: $5.25
MEAT, MEET SAUCE
California Sandwiches, 3703 Chesswood Dr.
Decent sauce, but the meat wasn’t baked in it, Mama suspects, and too much bread crumb. Average value. Price: $5.55
NOT-SO-GREAT BALLS OF FIRE
Bitondo Pizzeria, 11 Clinton St.
“This is like a sloppy joe,” says Mama. “It’s not really meaty.” Flavourless cheese and bland, soggy bread leave her feeling uninspired. Price: $5.25