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Jan 26, 2005 01:18 PM

Best pizza in Toronto?

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I'm sure this debate has raged here before, but I need to know, where is the best pizza in Toronto?

p.s. Please don't say Amato. Their pizzas are more like salads...

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  1. As I've stated before on this board, I'd go with Wyze Guys on the Queensway.

    Fresh toppings a-plenty, a hot wood-fired oven, and an great selection of house specialities. Good value too!

    35 Replies
    1. re: Oxtail

      Terroni's at Queen and Claremont ... thin crust ... great taste ...

      1. re: MTC

        Thanks, thin crust is exactly what I'm looking for.
        I don't know why so many people like Pizza Pizza...too doughy.

        1. re: Brett

          People like pizza pizza because you can get 3 toppings for $9.99 (CAN). Can you really beat that? Plus their bright orange jalepeno cheese dipping sauce was just radioactive enough to taste great.

          1. re: Lex

            I've never understood "dipping sauce" with pizza.

            1. re: Maureen

              I think it is supposed to cover up the fact that the crust is a tasteless doughy mess...if you have to dip your pizza to provide you with decent flavour, there's something seriously wrong there.

              Honestly the best pizza I've had in Toronto was at Rocco's Plum Tomato (the original on Queensway). Nice thin and crisp crust and fresh toppings (mmm...artichokes).

              1. re: Maureen

                Indeed why dipping sauce for a nicely baked pizza dough with great toppings, or to crisp items like deep frying wings & adding wet sauce, or gravy and ketchup to soften french fries, etc. If we have had pizza for so long, and without dipping sauce, I'm guessing it came from a pizza chain to further try and create a better flavour in some way!

                1. re: Jar

                  I wish I was so optimistic, but I really think the pizza chains send you dip because people normally throw out their crusts...because the crust isn't edible most of the time!

                2. re: Maureen

                  I can't eat pizza without Garlic dip anymore :-S

                3. re: Lex

                  Honestly. I think it glows in the dark.

                4. re: Brett

                  Pizza Pizza stuffs the ballot boxes in those "readers polls" (eye, Now, Toronto Sun, etc) and then they brag "Ontario's #1 pizza 5 years in a row". I believe the Toronto Star food editor caught on to them and refused to give them recognition last year, but they still "won" eye, Now, and the Sun's polls.

                  There's no way they should be voted Best Pizza even if they were the only pizza place in town.

                  1. re: Brett

                    Honey, Pizza Pizza is for people who go to McDonald's for their burgers. ;-)
                    I suggest the pizza from Whole Foods!!!

                    1. re: SirAlain

                      Oh, now that's an insult to McDonald's lol I can understand the occasional craving for McDonald's Pizza Pizza NEVER!

                      1. re: Chris P Bacon

                        When McD's had their brief pizza offering in Canada, it was miles ahead of Pizza Pizza.

                          1. re: Pincus

                            Although they did have the rather wacky "value meal" combo ... Pizza, FRIES, and a drink.... that was bizarre....

                            1. re: TexSquared

                              But fries ON a pizza... now THAT would be art.

                              1. re: Googs

                                I saw a place on DD&D that had tater tots on pizza


                                1. re: Googs

                                  but fries on pizza in italy is sooo delish

                                  1. re: Googs

                                    Newish chain from west coast called Fresh Slice has fries as a topping option but I've never tried it. I have gotten a couple of take and bake pizzas from the Yonge location just north of Wellesley. They were decent but nothing really special. There's also some serious language challenges when ordering.

                                  2. re: TexSquared

                                    Potato on pizza is NOT uncommon especially in the Italian community. Of course the times I've had it, it was on a white pizza (sans sauce) with onions, olive oil, asiago cheese and oregano.

                            2. re: MTC

                              Totally agree with the Queen West location of Terronis for eat-in whole pies. But can't beat Bitondo"s-Clinton, 2 blocks south of College for slices and panzerottis.

                              1. re: MTC

                                Yes,great pie. The rest overpriced and very poor service.
                                Never again.

                              2. re: Oxtail

                                Another place in the west end is Milano's on Bloor near Kipling (still have to try the great WizeGuy recommendation) Family owned and lots of TLC in it.

                                Love Bitondo's in the city.

                                1. re: ca

                                  Milano's is by far the best pizza for a REAL bite of pizza you know.
                                  SO GOOD!

                                  AND you have to love how the vegetable guy comes to show them what he has and they decide on what they are getting based on freshness...

                                  Even the vegetable guy bought a pizza to go <3

                                  1. re: MissDarling

                                    I agree—Milano's is a great choice for pizza with generous toppings and cheese. Tastes nothing like the "factory" pizzas from the big chains.

                                    1. re: billforsyth.gta

                                      I tried Milano's based on the recs here and I was under-whelmed. We were visiting friends in the area and I said, Hey, I know of a place that some people are speaking highly of. A step up from Pizza Pizza, but I can tell you, not all that. Crust was doughy and under cooked, toppings were fresh, but waaay undercooked. maybe a one off however not ordering again.

                                    2. re: MissDarling

                                      milanos was a pretty good pizza i tried the veal sandwich there never again and not sure of the other things they make i remember camarras as a kid we use to order from there still do once in a while but there pretty expensive for a piece of dough lol but there are better pizzas out there that have already been mentioned pizza pizza is the worst pizza i ever tasted i guess the advertising still keeps them in business

                                  2. re: Oxtail

                                    The best pizza i have had in this great city is at a small trattoria in Corso Italia called The Big Ragu. The pizza is thin crust and delicious. They have a small selection but a good one. It really reminded me of being in a local pizzeria in Rome, where I am from. Try it you won't be disppointed...

                                    1. re: Luisa

                                      Luisa, have you tried anything else there other than the pizza?

                                      1. re: hungryabbey

                                        ohhh yes! i was very pleased with the menu and the owner Carmine is absolutely warm and inviting....great place for a good homestyle italian meal! you don't get more authentic than this place! hope you enjoy....mangia!

                                    2. re: Oxtail

                                      Yes I agree, Wize Guyz Pizza is the best pizza Toronto has to offer. You will find that they use real ingredients and their wood oven makes them my number 1 Toronto best pizza delivery choice.

                                      I recommend you try a Miami style pizza, its my favourite!

                                      1. re: Alice Puccini

                                        I tried it once when it just opened and it did nothing for me. I may have to re-visit though.

                                    3. Pizza Gigi on Harbord. It's been 18 months since I left the Annex and I still miss Gigi.

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                                      1. re: Jane

                                        I have to admit I was quite unimpressed with Pizza Gigi. Maybe I'll give them another chance, though.

                                        1. re: Brett

                                          Well, perhaps it's an acquired taste. If you prefer subtle, elegant thin-crusted 'za, then you're definitely in the wrong place. If you like robust, hearty, rib-sticking thick-crusted pies with very traditional toppings, this is the place!

                                        2. re: Jane

                                          Pizza Gigi is God Awful. Aside from Magic Ovens, the worst pizza ever. Cardboard crust. The cheap sour brick cheese. Surly crusty staff that are crustier than their crust ass crust. Pizza Pizza is better.

                                          1. re: food face

                                            Hahaha, I just found the way you wrote this hilarious...great post! I haven't been to Pizza Gigi, but I do know that Magic Oven is pretty bad.

                                            1. re: food face

                                              To quote Kevin in the Office: Pizza pizza is a hot circle of garbage. So pIzza Gigi must be really REALLY bad.

                                          2. and you're right about amato's, it's horrible. i saw a pizza there once with french fries on it.

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                                            1. re: sef

                                              French Fries on a Pizza, I may never go out again, becoming a hopeless recluse. French Fries --- YUK!! Now veggies on a pizza, I can take, please explain what is wrong with Amatos, not cooked, too many, etc. Never been there, but would like to know! It is a fact we eat too few of fresh fruit and vegetables. I mean, it's all to taste and at Pizzerias, often a slice of the Meat Lover's Pizza is available. Appreciate reply!

                                              1. re: Jar

                                                Checked postings through and it does seem there are many agree Amato's sure is not the place to go. Have to wonder why a place that is not a chain can do so poorly. Will try some of the praised ones when I can!

                                                1. re: Jar

                                                  Amato's is a chain with many branches.

                                                  Amato's is nowhere near as bad as the people here say. It is better than any of the other chain pizza establishments I have tried.

                                                  THEY WEREN'T FRENCH FRIES

                                                  1. re: ShpiezMaven

                                                    Yes,I can believe that you are right. Absolutelty no Pizzeria would put French Fries on a pizza ( I HOPE ), and herein is the discussion beyond this point --- several negative comments from others --- I will check out more favourable, intersesting offerings elsewhere!!

                                                    1. re: Jar

                                                      I can vouch for the use of frozen french fries on Amato's pizza.

                                                      The first time I ever had Amato was for a pizza and bowling bachelorette. I was looking forward to it since I had heard nothing but praise for Amato at that point. I was tempted by the description of the potato pizza on the menu - I expected it would come with thinly sliced potato. Needless to say I was horified when my pizza came with pale,limp and soggy frozen fries (the thick cut steak kind).

                                                      After that I wondered if it were just that one location that was cheaping out so I checked out the one on College this past summer and they too had frozen fries on their pie. The one difference was that those fries were golden brown - which I imagine would be marginally better than what I was served - but even still...

                                                      How hard is it to slice a potato or two, or five a day? I really don't see any excuse for a supposedly high quality/gourmet pizza place to cut such unforgivable corners.

                                                      1. re: Jar

                                                        French fries on a pizza?!?!?!

                                                        Now THAT's a taco!

                                                        1. re: Jar

                                                          actually, i have been to several pizzerias in italy that have a "pizza americana" with french fries on it...its actually not that bad...its a take i guess on pizza con patate.

                                                          1. re: icey

                                                            I can vouch for that. I got served a delicious slice with fries on it in Napoli. It was weird at first... but once you get over the initial horror... kind of delicious in that guilt-inducing kind of way. Next up: I try a greasy chip butty...

                                                            1. re: Manybears

                                                              This is true. Throughout Italy I've seen pizza with potato slices on it (fries), and I've heard that it's very popular there.

                                                  2. re: sef

                                                    I know. What's up with Amato? Does anybody eat actually pizza with potatoes and the equivelant of an entire onion on it?
                                                    I think everybody just goes there because it's open late. But their pizza, even the regular pepperoni and cheese fare, is nothing to write home about. I find them bland. Perhaps it's because the slices have been sitting out all day, and resemble wax sculptures of pizza.

                                                    1. re: Brett

                                                      One of best slices of pizza I've ever had was a slice I had in Rome that was topped only with potato, rosemary and olive oil.

                                                      Pizzabilities in Kensington (now gone) also had a wonderful potato pizza.

                                                      1. re: knuckles

                                                        There is a kosher pizza place called King David that makes great potatoe pizza

                                                        1. re: knuckles

                                                          Agreed with the Rome pizza comment - one of the best I had in Italy was potatoes rosemary, garlic and olive oil.

                                                          Oliver & Bonacini also made a decent potato pizza when they first opened up. Haven't been there recently as the service began to suffer after the 6th month...still keep on considering going for another bowl of their black bean soup though (YUM)

                                                          1. re: Mike

                                                            Mamma's Pizza makes an excellent pizza with thinly sliced potato.

                                                            1. re: cherrytreegirl

                                                              Are you kidding me Mamma's Pizza the worst pizza ever. A disgrace to Italian culture.

                                                              Mamma's Pizza
                                                              2335 Trafalgar Rd, Oakville, ON L6H6N9, CA

                                                        2. re: Brett

                                                          If I may add to the Amato dissing going on, they have also had a number of protests against them involving employees who were hired, came to work, and then never paid wages. Amato gets a couple of free weeks work out of these people, then they do it again with new people.

                                                          Not all the franchises are guilty of this, but Queen Street is, and is the worst.

                                                        3. re: sef

                                                          Small technicality since it is very close to Queen E. It is my favourite delivery in the area, love the spicy "cajun" sauce varieties. Including the link in case anyone wants to track them down.


                                                          1. re: sef

                                                            Probably wasn't french fries. They do a white pizza with potatoes on it that is actually pretty good.

                                                          2. Pete's Cajun is great, but I still like Il Fornello's pizza. The Elm St. location seems to have the most consistent pizzas, and the decor is nice as well.

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                                                            1. re: Chow chow

                                                              I agree! Peter's is amazing. I almost forgot about Pete's.
                                                              As for Il Fornello, never been, but I've heard a lot of good things about it.

                                                              1. re: Brett

                                                                Hmmmmmmm..........all this petes talk, I wanna try it.where is it?
                                                                I believe its called Coras Pizza @ collage and spadina. I LOVE THAT PLACE. 4 cheese spinach is great. Boston pizza is not too bad.
                                                                Theres a place on Yonge just south highway 7, called Tutti Benne, Very good pizza. Thin crust, wood oven ...very good, pricy but good.

                                                                1. re: ReuvenK

                                                                  Cora's is at Harbord and Spadina and has been a U of T student hangout for at least 20 years. Great for a fast inexpensive slice of 'za. Some find their sauce on the salty side but I've always been a fan

                                                                  1. re: ReuvenK

                                                                    Whatever you do, do not order from Peters Cajun. Worst pizza I have ever had. Had to throw away the entire pizza after eating one slice. I am perplexed that people are still recommending this horrible horrible place.

                                                              2. Vivoli on College. The owner recently came to Canada from Napoli (the birthplace of pizza!). The pizza's are very reasonably priced, and there is a large wood-burning pizza oven in the middle of the restaurant. He has a good selection of red and white pizzas.

                                                                Also, there is a rooftop patio, which should be nice in the warmer summer months.. Who can think about that now?

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                                                                1. re: neuf

                                                                  Thank you. Vivoli is just down the street, so I'm going to make a point of trying it.

                                                                  1. re: Brett

                                                                    hey its college and ?


                                                                    1. re: arno

                                                                      Not to overshadow Vivoli - because i like that place - but across the street there is a lesser known place called "The Standard" (college and beatrice) I ended up there on an extremely busy night - but was still completely impressed. It is completely affordable - (Pizza's were only $11 ) which is why i was so surprised by the quality of food. The atmosphere is also very pleasant - they were playing great jazz music and the servers were funny, friendly and personal.

                                                                      The pizza's were very thin crust, not too crispy - more floppy and gooey with a TON of flavour. I was very impressed.

                                                                      I also had the Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli with a rose sauce ($13) which was the perfect size and was DELISH!

                                                                      This place is perfect for the Italian craving fix ! You get the atmosphere, the service, and the amazing food for a cheaper price.

                                                                  2. re: neuf

                                                                    I was at Vivoli two weeks ago. Pizzas are excellent! One of the owners, Romalo, makes them to order right in front of you. I also had the rigatoni with cream sauce-excellent-light sauce.
                                                                    Service is slow though, be forewarned