50 years of fantastic food

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Who doesn’t love warm home-cooked food? Throw in great prices, friendly owners and you’ve got the perfect place to eat. That’s just a fraction of what Brioni Supermarket has to offer.

The quaint family run business has been a favourite spot of families who live in the area to get some delicious food, and even pick up a few groceries!

The store offers a wide variety of Italian food including, pizza, lasagna, pastas, roasted vegetables, chicken and countless other amazing dishes. Everything sold is homemade and absolutely amazing! Portion sizes are huge and most meals are $10 or less!

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The Brioni family has been running the establishment for 50 years, and never fails to put a smile on the face of whomever walks in the door.

Mr. and Mrs. Brioni always welcome everyone in the shop with open arms and serve huge servings of whatever food you are purchasing. They always have something witty to say to each other and love the store dearly.

Brioni’s also sells groceries and have a small butcher’s counter that has amazing cuts of meat and sausages. The only thing you can’t get at this adorable Italian market is an appearance from the Pope! (But they’re working on it).

I have been going to Brioni’s for over 8 years and it is just as amazing as the day I first had it. I remember being in 3rd grade and enjoying a slice of their pizza for the first time. Despite being eight years old at the time, I knew that it was the best pizza I would ever eat, and I was right!

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If you’re looking for amazing home cooked food, made by the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, visit Brioni’s. In June they will be celebrating their 50th anniversary and will be cooking up free burgers, hotdogs and more for anyone who wants to stop by. You will also be able to pick up some of their signature dishes and shop around the day of as well.

Mr. Brioni told me he wasn’t sure of the exact day the barbeque would take place, but he assured me that it would be lots of fun and the food would be amazing!

Brioni’s is without a doubt one of the best places to eat in Weston, and is run by some of the best people in the community as well. Situated at 169 Gary Drive, its surely a hidden gem in the area.

Here’s to 50 years of amazing Italian food, and many more to come!


This post was sponsored by: Diane. Her heart is still in Weston.

Mulcair lends an ear.

Mike Sullivan, Asha Ahmed, Tom Mulcair.
M.P. Mike Sullivan, Wiff owner Asha Ahmed, Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair.

MP Mike Sullivan and Federal Opposition Leader, Tom Mulcair hosted a small business round table on Wednesday, February 11th, inside Wiff Restaurant, a Somali fusion eatery on Weston Road.

According to Mulcair, small and medium sized businesses are responsible for 80% of new jobs in Canada, hence his election year push into Weston to gauge the mood of Weston’s entrepreneurial community. He acknowledged that these are very tight times for small businesses in the GTA.

Mulcair is promising to lower the small and medium business tax rate from 11% to 9%, along with an accelerated capital cost allowance. He claimed that the Conservatives have reduced the tax burden for large businesses to the tune of $15 billion. ‘The rich are getting richer and the poor getting poorer’, he declared.

A wide variety of enterprises were represented included brewing, urban farming, book selling, money transfer, dry cleaners, chartered accountancy and store-front businesses. The common thread of comments seemed to be how hard it is to operate a business here in York South-Weston, especially when such difficulties are compounded by rampant obstructionism from all three levels of government. There seems to be a perception of super efficiency when it comes to enforcement of rules and assessment of taxes combined with a reluctance to provide any service in return. Another business owner bristled against what seems to be a fixed Federal Government procuring process. Mention was made of store owners unable to afford fuel so they operate in cold buildings.

Mulcair promised to look into the big banks’ refusal to work with companies that send remittance monies overseas. Only one bank deals with remittance companies but apparently charges outrageous rates.

Many business owners expressed the concern that until they make a profit, they won’t be paying any business income tax. I heard afterwards that one city inspector is presently making things difficult for at least two Weston businesses while others endure irritants such as excessive development charges and bloody-minded nit-picking. The entrepreneurs seemed to agree that more is needed to help businesses thrive along with less red tape and a reduction in municipal and provincial taxation.

Federal business tax reductions won’t help struggling businesses. Nine percent of zero is still zero.

Oh yes, citizens of Weston we can help: if you want a vibrant walkable shopping district, support local businesses. Buy Local.