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User Reviews and comments on Wanda's Pie in the Sky

From: forsythshelby@hotmail.com on Dec-09-2003
I would like to know how to get Wanda's cook book. When I go to the book store what do I look for. Please let me know. Thanks, Debbie

From: M. on Feb-23-2004
Stumbled across Wanda's the oher day. Had a couple of really good sandwiches for lunch, followed by a big slice of sour cherry pie. Yum! Just wish we'd been able to taste more varieties.

From: Libby on Apr-16-2004
Best sandwich and soup I've ever had. Service leaves much to be desired, and if you're going at lunch, be prepared to wait. It's worth it, though!

From: Jen on May-19-2004
I made a trip out to Wanda's Pie in the Sky and was very disappointed. A limited selection of pies and cranky service do not warrant a trip.

From: Jean on Sep-28-2004
You made my friend's and I birthday with your delicious lemon merrigue cake...it was better than chocolate!!

From: Jean on Sep-28-2004
You made my friend's and my birthday with your delicious lemon merrigue cake...it was better than chocolate!!

From: lina montanaro on Oct-09-2004
I purchased your book Wanda's pie in the sky and I am very upset everytime I make a recipes I realized that there is always something not right. It cost a lot of money to bake before you print a book you should make sure all the recipes are perfect with out any mistake on the print. I already made a phone call to advise them that they should make correction on your website. I made a Lemon Meringue pie she mentioned to put vanilla extract in the filing which made the filling not a very nice yellow and changed the taste a bit. I am sure that that vanilla was not to be put in filling because all the recipes does not call for that. Lina

From: Neil on Oct-21-2004
The worst cheesecake in the world is, without a doubt, a cheesecake that is not there. That is exactly what I found when I arrived at Wanda's: no cheesecakes. Best cheesecake in town? What is the point if I have to call them and order it? If they are so good, they should be making them and selling them all the time. Their website has a huge selection of 12 kinds of cheesecake. You would think they would have at least 1 basic cheesecake. What do they have? Nothing. My rating for Wanda's: come back later for your stars-- just kidding-- ZERO STARS.

From: jenn on Apr-11-2005
I bought a Strawberry-Rhubarb pie at Wanda's Pie in the Sky and brought it home, excited to try it because I had heard such great things. I cut into it and tasted it and was so disappointed. It was obviously a pie left over from the day before and re-heated. The berries inside were brown and tasted terrible. That is a lot of money for a pie that tastes horrible.

From: jenn on Apr-11-2005
I bought a Strawberry-Rhubarb pie at Wanda's Pie in the Sky and brought it home, excited to try it because I had heard such great things. I cut into it and tasted it and was so disappointed. It was obviously a pie left over from the day before and re-heated. The berries inside were brown and tasted terrible. That is a lot of money for a pie that tastes horrible.

From: stella on May-09-2005
the pies are good and kind of blah. not great. and certainly not the best in toronto. the selection is disappointing. they only have about 3 different pies per day that you can chose from, very strange for a store that is supposed to be the No-1 place for pies. the service is one of the worst in toronto. rude, arrogant staff, but only the women for some reason. not acknowledging you, gossiping about customers that just left in front of you, nothing is off limits for these people. I go sometimes for their chocolate pecan pie (that one is actually really good), but I try to get out of there as fast as possible, because I don't feel like being treated like garbage by some girl who doesn't know the slightest bit about manners and respect, and whose parents I have to feel sorry for.

From: Alison on Mar-18-2006
saw the reviews of Wanda's Pie in the Sky and felt like I should run to 'her' defence. I spent the better part of a year sitting every afternoon drinking tea, gorging on her amazing food (scones, soups, pies, etc...) and enjoying the small cozy atmosphere. In fact, I wrote my entire thesis sitting at a table in the corner of that small cafe on Cumberland. I have never felt so welcome and comfortable in a toronto cafe, the staff was friendly and generous, Wanda (when she came by, which she often did along with her husband) is also a friendly, open individual, who is passionate about her recipies and whose love of food shines through. I was disappointed to see the 'bad' reviews, I have never felt so much 'the opposite'. Love Wanda's! Its my favorite place to go in toronto for a great lunch and a sweet fix.

From: Yen on Aug-30-2006
Saw all of the negative reviews and I have to say, I mostly disagree from my personal experience with her cookbook.... I bought Wanda's cookbook after watching her on a segment of a canadian show demonstrating pie crusts etc. (how to get the right texture, butter vs. shortening, tips) and I have tried a few recipes from the book itself. Never tried a cheesecake yet, so I can't contest the other fellow who said the cheesecake recipes didn't work for them...I've made some of the cookies and brownies (rugulach & white chocolate brownies, chocolate pecan pie--everyone LOVED them!) and this weekend I'm going to make the lemon meringue cake this labour Day weekend and it sounds wonderful. I've never been to the cafe itself even though I live in the city, so no comment of the other people who said the service was bad and the pies were old. Yorkville is not quite my scene. But as an avid home baker who owns an extensive collection of baking & cookbooks, I can say the results have been nothing but positive for what I've made with Wanda's book. I would like to comment on the person who didn't have her lemon meringue pie turn out because of the addition of vanilla extract. While I see both recipes that do and do not call for it, I don't know if that can take the hit of the whole pie being a failure as its a matter of personal taste. Also, even from the best source sometimes, recipes can be altered and certain ingredients can be omitted as the person sees fit. If you though vanilla shouldn't belong, don't put it in. I get a lot of recipe ideas from bonappetit and the people who rate/review the recipes sometimes from famous chefs will suggest what they omitted or added to suit their own personal tastes. You don't have to read everything to the last letter, experiment a little! Or omit something you don't think belongs... Seems though that more people are upset about the service and the freshness of the store, but there is no question her book is one of my favourites in my collection and it is a must for every baker who loves desserts!

From: Nika on Nov-08-2006
I have been going to Wandas for six years. I have to strongly disagree with people who thought the pies at Wandas are not up to par. I have never ever had a pie that is as good as the sour cherry pie at Wandas. Her soups and sandwiches are first rate. In particular, in October 2006 I had curried coconut squash soup that was amazing. I even begged for the recipe. But alas, it is a closely guarded secret. Now, let me say a few words concerning the service. In my experience the service is friendly. Of course, you do not get the kind of attention that you would expect in the restaurant. But Wandas is not a restaurant; its a busy caf that offers first rate fare at low, low prices. In fact, there are very few other places in Toronto where you can get food of such high quality for this price. Do not listen to the bitter gourmands. Visit Wandas. Try their sour cherry pie (warmed up!) and make up your own mind.

From: ! on Jul-23-2007
Pie!

From: Linda Saslove on Nov-27-2007
I love Wanda's. No one make scones like hers by the way. I love the apple and blueberry ones. Used to go to her store all the time. I got the chocolate cake once for my boyfriend and it clearly was the best fudge choc. cake I had ever eaten. Absolutely love the cookies I have tried and all the pies. Just recently got her cookbook.

From: Linda on Nov-27-2007
I love Wanda's. No one make scones like hers by the way. I love the apple and blueberry ones. Used to go to her store all the time. I got the chocolate cake once for my boyfriend and it clearly was the best fudge choc. cake I had ever eaten. Absolutely love the cookies I have tried and all the pies. Just recently got her cookbook.

From: Murray on Dec-14-2007
We had the Saskatoon berry pie (special order) for a family dinner and it was superb. We have also had the best cheesecake we've had in Toronto (special order) from Wanda's, although Winnipeg is still where I've had the best cheesecake yet.

From: Emily on Jul-05-2008
Just picked up a special order coconut cream pie from their Mount Pleasant location and wanted to say I was really pleasantly surprised! The crust was fresh, and filling as it should be. One of the best pies I've had in Toronto and we will definitely visit again.

From: Norma on Oct-06-2008
Beware the lemon-less lemon meringue pie and crappy customer service. Bought a lemon meringue pie for my husband's birthday. No lemon flavour to it whatsoever. They cheerfully refunded my money, but what about my embarassment serving that lousy pie to a bunch of guests at the birthday party? What about the person behind the counter that gave me a hard time for not having cash because their debit machine wasn't working? What about having to ask for a $2 refund after being forced to use a cash machine across the street with a $2 service fee...and then being given 2 cookies without a choice, milk based cookies when I'm lactose intolerant. What about calling to discuss the pie on Saturday and never getting a call back? Never again!!!!

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From: Christina on Jan-06-2010
I've been to the Kensington Market location of Wanda's.... and they are hands down one of the WORST dessert places in Toronto. Not only are they serving mediocrity, their customer service is absolute garbage. I've been here three times and I'm never going back. All of the staff here are extremely unpleasant- rolling their eyes at me when I ask for a couple of minutes to select a pie, cut slopping uneven pieces, give condescending answers when asking about the flavours. The product itself is also terrible... the worst though has to be the lemon meringue. The crust tasted strongly of uncooked flour and the "lemon" part of the lemon meringue was not smoother as it should be but had more of the texture of scrambled eggs. Never again.

From: Sonia on Jan-27-2010
Wanda may be a great baker, but she and her staff are so unpleasant and the customer service is so terrible that I WOULD NEVER SET FOOT IN THAT BAKERY AGAIN EVEN IF IT WERE THE LAST ONE IN TORONTO!!!

From: Lucy on Jan-27-2010
I have an allergy to corn products and I had called to see whether Wanda could make me a certain cake without corn products. The person who answered the phone told me she would consult the baker and call me back soon. Eight hours later, with no response, I called again and the gentleman who answered told me that the bakers had gone home for the day and that someone would call me the next day. When I received that call, the person on the phone was very short with me and seemed to be annoyed by my questions, but she told me that the cake could be made without corn. When I received my cake, it was NOT as described on the menu. When I spoke with Wanda about it, first she tried to tell me that the cake I received WAS as described, and when I proved that it wasn't, she then told me that they had to change the entire cake to suit my allergy. I told her that it was fine, but that I had not been told that it would be changed. She angrily said that I had been told, and asked me if there was any other problem with the cake other than that it didn't match the description. When I said no, she said FINE and HUNG UP ON ME!!! I WILL NEVER GO BACK AGAIN!

From: sarah on Mar-08-2010
Rude! And for all the blatant crowing about having the best coffee, if their street sign is to be believed, the coffee is TERRIBLE. At least now I know that it's Dark City and their coffee is horrible and burnt and I'll know to avoid it in any other coffee shop I visit.

From: J on Oct-05-2010
My take-out strawberry rhubard pie had BLUE FUZZY MOULD inside once I had already eaten half of it! I am completely disgusted and would never go back! CHECK YOUR TAKE OUT PIES before paying. It was also obviously dry and old. The fruit inside was like fruit roll-up (no joke!). The crust was also quite stale and tasteless. I was NOT impressed and am not sure why this place is so popular! (I have also posted on YELP, Urbanspoon and written to the Toronto Food Health)

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