Maddie & Kiki Review Sinatra’s Italian Sandwiches

IMG_1260We ordered the veal on a bun (Obviously! When there’s veal on a menu, you can bet your first born child that we’ll be ordering it!). We also ordered a large pasta salad, and a small sized container of spicy olives.

The veal was pounded thin, coated in the standard Italian breadcrumbs, and the chew-factor was on point…not chewy or fatty at all! Plus, there were layers upon layers of the delicious meat! There is a “double meat” option on the menu, but we fear that if someone orders it, they’ll end up in the Oshawa location of the Lakeridge Health emergency room with a dislocated jaw. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

The bun was huge and Kaiser-like, but we doubt it was made in house – a big let down seeing as this restaurant specializes in sandwiches. We would’ve preferred a crusty homemade Italian bun to be the delicate pillow for the precious veal cutlets.

Their homemade tomato sauce was more like a tomato paste, which suits this sandwich because a more traditional Italian tomato sauce would have sogged the bun and gooed up the veal breading. The trick to creating a luscious veal sandwich is the perfect ratio of sauce to sandwich. Sinatra’s certainly nailed this!

Now to discuss the travesty that was the pasta salad. Oh dear goodness, was it ever horrible. It was dry, flavorless, unexciting, dry, and dry! (I’m not sure what you’re trying to tell us.  Was it dry? – ed.) It featured a few pieces of celery, carrots, and onion that were all cut inconsistently and there were flakes of dried parsley and basil. Dried parsley and dried basil should be abolished from grocery store shelves across the world. In no way should one ever shake some of that devilish dust onto anything at ANY POINT IN TIME! The “salad” was dressed in nothing, it was basically just pasta and veg in a container. We won’t be ordering that again!  However, the olives were briney, spiced with crushed chilies, and pit-in which makes them tasty, extra olive-y and delicious!

Presentation: We ordered our food to go, so the sandwich was wrapped in foil and the sides came in Styrofoam containers. Standard stuff, which is typical of this type of restaurant.

Portion Size: They certainly don’t let you down in the portion department! The veal is stacked high and huge. If you don’t have as “manly” of an appetite as we both do, you could even cut the sandwich in half and save some for later….but we plowed ours down in one sitting.

Overall Vibe: The restaurant is more of a glorified waiting space for people ordering takeout.

Price: Most of the sandwiches are around the $7.95 mark, with the veggie options being priced slightly less. If we had to choose between a Sinatra’s sandwich or a foot-long piece of junk that costs the same price, we’ll take Sinatra’s any day!

Length of Service:  It took about ten minutes to receive our order, which is all it should take to put this sandwich together.

Customer Service: The staff who were working were not overly friendly, but were probably just excited to be going home soon, as we went around 7:15pm and the restaurant closes at 8:00pm.

Verdict:  We will definitely be returning for the delicious veal sandwich! Great price, great taste, great location. However, to all of our fabulous readers, you have been warned:  the pasta salad is not to be consumed even if it was the last food on earth. NOTE: In the case of the world ending and this pasta salad is the last bit of food available, we suggest composting it and using it to grow new tasty food that does not make you cry when you chew it.

Rating:  6/10

Location: 944 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa


11427923_864045713670956_3445622935967094228_oAbout Maddie & Kiki:  Maddie and Kiki Longo, best friends since 1988, have been food enthusiasts from the time they were tall enough to reach the kitchen countertop to begin mixing and experimenting with delectable ingredients of all kinds. The two sisters grew up in an Italian household, appreciating all kinds of cuisine and learning that the
> most important things in life are family and good food. Although the sisters no longer live under the same roof and are separated by a thirty minute car ride, they still spend 90% of their time together. They both work for the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work, they write and produce their hit television show Maddie & Kiki: The Foraging Sisters, they are proud to be ambassadors of Durham Region and are involved in a number of community events. When the sisters aren’t foraging or cooking, you can catch Maddie ‘loving on’ her cat, Little Ricky, and Kiki working on her farm in Kendal.

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