Continuing on my quest for inexpensive lunch options close to work I ventured over to Valoroso Foods. Valoroso is an Italian Grocery and Deli located on the corner of Sutherland and Burtch and is very close to work making it possible to get there, have a browse at all the interesting food items, order lunch and get back to work within my 30 minute lunch.
I really enjoy browsing the selection of imported European items and have found some unique pasta shapes as well as candies. I'm also a fan of their lattes for a quick pick me up during the work day, at $3.50 for a latte its the most affordable coffee in the area. Of course, while standing waiting to order coffee I'm always tempted by the baked items and end up spending more and adding a biscotti, cookie, or croissant to my order!
The lunch counter at Valoroso has a wide selection of things from pizza, to cold salads, panini, and hot pasta dishes there is pretty much something for everyone. I was later in the day when I went and the selection was a bit limited so I went with a Frittata Sandwich - a thin slice of baked egg with veggies in it topped with provolone and some veggies and then toasted in the panini press. I added a San Pelegrino (as you do when at an Italian place) and had a great lunch for under $6!
While it is definitely possible to get lunch for under $10 here you do need to pay attention to prices as the hot dishes and salads are sold by weight and it is very easy to get carried away and have your order get a bit more expensive than planned.
Valoroso was in the news last year as a result of an investigation into changing the best before date on some of their canned and dried imported goods but since then have corrected that problem and I think have even increased their customer base since then.