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Mar 26, 2006 12:16 PM

Prairie Style Pizza in Toronto?? Please??

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This might sound like a weird question to anyone not from the prairies.....but does anyone know of a place in Southern Ontario that makes pizza like they do in Saskatchewan?? It is the best pizza ever made (All Dressed, cheese baked on top like a pie) and I miss it!! Places in regina like Western Pizza, Houston Pizza, etc.

Pizza in Toronto is not the same.....thin, dry, and skimpy on the toppings!!! Just Brutal. The college street italian pizza is pretty good, but Pizza Pizza...are you kidding me? It tastes like Mcain frozen pizza!

I doubt there is a place, but who knows? It would be silly to quit my job, and move back to the praries just for the pizza!! haha.


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  1. What you said really hits home for me!

    I always enjoyed the thin crust NY style pizzas here, when I visited from Edmonton.

    Now that I live here, I have had many great pizzas at Camarra and Terroni.

    However, like you, I now find myself missing the prairie-style pizzas. Why is it that we always want what we cannot have?

    Whether you know it or not, the prairie pies are based on Greek not Italian tradition. In fact, many Greeks maintain that their people invented pizza.

    To me the essentials are medium-thick crust, spicy sauce, large diameter pepperoni that is more like a summer sausage and lots of cheese that is baked to a perfect golden crust on top.

    So, does anyone know of any place, Greek or not, where we can find such pizza?

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    1. re: lb

      I don't know about Pairie pizza, but King David pizza at Wilmington above Sheppard makes fantastic pizza and the spinach pizza is like a pie with a double crust...fantastic.
      They may not be the same as what your looking for , but the quality and selection is so good, I recommend trying.

    2. Did you ever have any luck finding a Regina-like pizza?

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      1. re: rink

        Based on prairieguy's description Prairie pizza sounds like Ottawa or Montreal style pizza (thick crust, lots of quality toppings and cheese, and cheese on top), which I have been looking for since I moved to T.O. As far as I know, there is no such pizza here in Toronto. At Pizza Pizza I ask for extra cheese and still find bald spots!

        1. re: itsvince

          That's what I thought upon reading this - i.e. that prairie style pizza sounds a whole lot like Ottawa pizza, which I love dearly, being from Ottawa. (If you ever find your way up here, try Lorenzo's, which is superb.) I never found anything like it in Toronto.

      2. The only ones I can think of that come close in T.O. are Danforth Pizza House and Olympic 76 on Gloucester.

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        1. re: Pincus

          I can't speak to the Danforth Pizza house but Olympic 76 is NOTHING like the praire pizza you're seeking (e.g. Western, Verne's). Incidentally, I am not a fan of "praire pizza" but I enjoy Olympic 76 - their style is simliar to Copper Kettle in Regina. Praire pizza to me is like an open faced "hungry boy" sandwich, but to each their own!

          1. re: amy_whino

            Olympic 76 to me evoked Montreal pizza, although it would need a bit more cheese to get there. Never had "Prairie pizza", will have to make a trip out west some day to see what it's all about!

        2. Danforth Pizza House will definitely satisfy you - I'm from Montreal which serves a similar style. DPH put the cheese on top and isn't skimpy with the toppings, and the crust is thick and honestly one of the best I've ever tasted.

          1. I you don't mind an hour or so drive, you could head west of Toronto to Kitchener. There is a pizza place called Pepi's (somewhat of an institution there). Thicker crust, lots of cheese, real whole smoky bacon strips, etc. Zesty! Just a ridiculously good pizza. Not crazy overloaded to the extent of Houston Pizza, but out here as close as you might get. At least that I know of....

            At the end of the day, Toronto is a different place, so you might have to begrudgingly adjust to what this city has to offer it terms of its pizza. Which is certainly different than what you are used to. But I’m sure you’ll be able to fine something you like here. At this point you've had a few years ;)

            Pepi’s in Kitchener is great pie nonetheless. Might want to check it out if you feel like a drive. Great meatball sammos too.

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            1. re: magic

              Wow, Pepi's Pizza. My mom used to take me there after my annual piano recital in the Kiwanis Music Festival. That was seriously good pizza.

              Damn, magic! Now you've got me thinking about Pepi's...and Big John subs...and the stuffed cannelloni at Casa Rugantino...

              1. re: simplepieman

                Every weekend I say I'm going to make a Pepi's run yet I never do. I must change this :)

              2. re: magic

                Sounds great, I will def check it out during next trip to St. Jacob's Mkt.

                1. re: magic

                  Pepi's has a really sweet sauce, and I think sauce is integral to the overall pizza experience. I don't enjoy it fresh for that reason, and I don't know how it stacks up to the prairies. But it does have a nice fluffy crust, and is one of the best "morning after" pizzas going. Easily a pizza to pack up in your trunk for after the journey home.

                  1. re: urbnmns

                    Are all 3 locations of Pepi's serving equally good pizza? Thinking about picking one up, next time I drive through KW.

                    1. re: prima

                      I don't get there often but when I do I go to the Water St. location in Kitchener. No idea about the other locations. The King St. location is pretty much just takeout. Water St. location has tons of character.

                      Get the Reeses Pieces pie if they still bring it in. Sooooo good.

                      Great place.

                      1. re: prima

                        Sorry, like Magic, I've only had the Water St. pizza as well. (And per above, only like it cold!)