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Dec 20, 2004 03:43 PM

pizza in the general vicinity of Bathurst and Eglinton but willing to travel

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I would love to find a decent pizza delivery/take-out spot somewhere near my general vicinity. I grew up in Toronto when mom-and-pop pizza places were everywhere and Pizza Pizza and 2-4-1 had yet to battle things out and drag pizza quality to hell. It took me 10 years to find a decent spot in Boston only to move back here 6 months later thinking I was safe in the assumption that I wouldn't have a problem finding a decent pizza in Toronto. So far I'm having problems.... Looking for: thin crust (not NYC style tissue paper and definitely not Chicago style), traditional ingredients and attitude (no BBQ chicken, taco sauce, or feta cheese please), a sauce that tastes of something more complex than canned tomato soup, fresh mushrooms (not evil canned variety) and a price that won't inflict sticker shock. Is there such a beast?

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    Vinnie Vidimangi

    The request has been made before and here is the same answer.

    It is a good thing that you are willing to travel. I can only recommend Buzzy's in Niagara Falls NY on Niagara Falls Rd. about three quarters of a mile before Military Trail (the outlet mall road) on the right side. Have one of their set pizzas. The white pizza is our favourite.

    Buzzy's is worth even a trip this long, but why one has to go that far given that there are in excess of 500,000 Italians almost first or second generation in southern Ontario is a mystery which if explained will explain a lot about Toronto chow.

    Monte Carlo (Eglinton near Bathurst) is exactly like it used to be 35 years ago: a nothing.

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    1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

      Gotta agree with you on Monte Carlo. Always felt tehy were seriously overrated. Used to like La Lucciola many years ago.

      Best pizza I've had in Ontario was even further away in Windsor at a place called Capri.

      1. re: ShpiezMaven

        Camara's hands down. Its pricy but delicious. Glencairn and dufferin area.

        1. re: MC

          I had tried them (Camarra's)) 20 odd years ago and remembered them being okay so I tried them about a year ago and was terribly disappointed -- mediocre pizza, slow service, overpriced.

          1. re: ShpiezMaven

            Try Torroni...on Yonge just South of St Clair at pizza mama mia is in the kitchen...and she owns another one on Queen east...paper thin pizza...they dont even slice it in the cut your own...miranda

            1. re: miranda

              Have to second the opinion on Mamma's. There is a location on the north side of Eglinton, a couple of blocks west of Bathurst, that offers both a dining room, a patio (okay, have to wait a while for that) and take-out. And they always deliver promptly. We have been ordering their thin-crusts for about 3 years now and always end up eating more than we had planned to because it is so good. Another one I'd highly recommend is Louie's Classico on Yonge St, a few blocks north of Eglinton. Their special touch is cornmeal in the crust.

            2. re: ShpiezMaven

              Totally agree with comment! Drove all the way from Richmond Hill to try them ( lured by their Advert.,)a couple of months ago. Complete waste of time,energy and money! Even President's Choice - 'Frozen' Wood fire thin crust pizza taste better!

        2. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

          Isn't Monte Carlo now George's?

          I prefer that pizza to order in than any of the other shlock around. We ordered from Louie's Classico prior to that and it was quite awful. Cheese falling this way and that. No good.

          Downtown though nothing beats John's Classic at College and Clinton.

        3. I can't vouch for all of them, but my favourite 'chain' pizza is Mamma's. Fairly thin crust, good sauce and flavourful pepperoni. By the way, I hate Pissa Pissa. There's a Mamma's at Yonge just north of Lawrence and one at Bayview and Eglinton.

          1. For take out it's hard to beat Pizza Banfi at Lonsdale and Spadina.

            1. Pazza on Eglinton, south side, west of Bathurst,east of the Allen is worth looking into.
              I can't guarantee their pizza will meet your exact expectations, but their food is good quality.

              1. Vesuvios at Dundas west and High Park Ave. has authentic Italian pizza. Two brothers have been there nearly 50 years and still run the place. It is so good. But I have a friend that is used to Pizzapissa and he doesn't like Vesuvios and wrongly claimed that oil had been poured onto the pie. Vesuvios has a dinningroom attached and deliveres in the area. Not cheap. YUM

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                1. re: M. Vincent

                  I remember Vesuvios from when I was a kid. They used to have another branch closer to this neck of the woods as well as the one on Dundas. I model my own Veal Pizzaiola on theirs.