Top 5 Places to Get Pie in Mississauga
Eating pie is something of a ritual. Most of the moments I have had occasion to enjoy pie have been part of cherished memories: sun-kissed peach pies during summer brunches, fall homemade apple pies, unforgettable thanksgiving pumpkin pies with just the right amount of whipped cream, and the ever cherished memory of the unassuming friend who mysteriously makes a mean chocolate-strawberry.
Even so, there are moments outside of the ritual when the craving becomes too much to bear and the search for a perfect piece ensues. Just the right crust, just the right filling: just right. In this quest, I have found that Mississauga has a great deal to offer beyond the regular store bought concoctions.
From savoury to sweet, here are the top five pie spots in Mississauga:
On the south west end of Mississauga, you can find a quality pie at a grocery store price. In addition to the plethora of baked goods they create daily, Truscott Italian Bakery & Deli has a wide selection of inexpensive, freshly baked pies. I recommend the apple pie, which goes for just $6.99; it has all the star qualities of an apple pie: it's flaky crust is packed with thinly sliced, spiced apples that are cooked to perfection. It's the perfect choice for a pie buyer on a budget.
Sometimes the best pies are found in the most unlikely places. Elmwood is a small butcher shop in Port Credit, located just east of Hurontario on Lakeshore Rd. It's known for its premium and exotic meats, but also has a wide selection of cheeses and prepared items. As soon as you walk in, look to your left; you will find a freezer stacked full of house-made savoury pies. My personal favourite is the steak and mushroom - thick pieces of steak and mushroom in a golden crust. The chicken, though a little bit more on the simple side, is also delightful. Despite being frozen, these pies are a strong choice for a fall meal when you're in a pinch. I stack my freezer with them on the regular.
Having the opportunity to taste test pies across the city has made me realize: pumpkin pie is hard to get just right. It can be too dense, too moist; it can even have too much pumpkin. If finding a perfect pumpkin pie for your Thanksgiving meal has been a challenge in the past, search no farther; La Casa Dolce has your pie. With the perfect blend of spices, the soft interior and the fresh whipped cream garnish, their pumpkin pie is more on the subtle side and it is simply delightful. Located at the Queensway and Cawthra, La Casa Dolce is a beautiful bakery that boasts an array of freshly baked goods, so when you go in to pick up your pie order (I had to call two days in advance), don't be surprised if you end up leaving with a few extra treats to take home.
Nestled in the heart of Streetsville, Kate's Town Talk Bakery is a quaint little spot that is easy to miss if you're just passing by. The exterior of the bakery is as true to the product inside: no frills, quality, homemade styled pies. I had a simple personal-sized Tourtiere (a meat-pie originating from Quebec), with a twist: just spinach and cheese, no meat. I was pleasantly surprised with the perfectly flaking crust. To top it all off, it had a mouthwatering cheese interior, with the subtle taste of spinach to complement its other flavours. If you are ever passing through Streetsville, be sure to stop in here. If you want a dessert pie, call in advance so they can have it ready or you.
Le Delice is easily one of the most visually appealing bakeries I've visited. Their offerings are strikingly beautiful. When you walk to the back of the store, you will find a wall of freshly baked pies; from apple to key lime, they have it all. I ordered a bumbleberry for pickup, but when I got to the store I was disheartened - looking at all the different options made me seriously question if I had made the right choice. I stuck with my gut and purchased the bumbleberry. The crust was a mixture of old and new; it had a thick, homey feeling with a sweetness that cannot easily be described in words; the interior was a hearty mixture of fresh fruits, beautifully sweet. Uniquely, this bakery had a strong sense of community where customers were freely speaking about the quality of the goods, and praising the shop for having a changing seasonal menu. Their changing menu is undoubtedly indicative of the superb concoctions they have made, all rooted in fresh goods. If you have ever asked, 'can a pie be decadent?' La Delice answers that question, unequivocally yes. Though it's a bit far for some, located in the Battaglia’s plaza in Lorne Park, it is certainly worth the visit.