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Panago (pizza) - anyone tried this yet?

I saw an ad on tv for Panago; (another) pizza delivery chain.

Has anyone tried ordering from them? They have 2 locations in the GTA - Oakville and Whitby.

Their website is www.panago.com and their menu looks good.

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  1. I had some in Vancouver... it was pretty good for the Pizza Pizza - Pizza Hut spectrum but doesn't approach the quality of a good independent.

    1. I've had them a bunch of times (I live in Whitby). As mentioned, it's fine for chain-food. It's probably your best option if all you have to choose from are the big-box restaurants. But if you're in the Oshawa/Whitby area, I would suggest you try Pepi's.

      Of the pies I've tried from Panago, I would definitely rate their Tuscan Sausage and New York Deli the highest.

      As a point of reference, I'd say that it's at least twice as good as Pizza Pizza.

      1. I'd agree with that x2 Pizza Pizza rating.

        1. Yeah. Other pizza chains cease to exist with panago in the picture. Better than Pizza nova even!!!. Can't wait to get a location at yonge/eg where i live

          1. Any idea what their delivery boundaries are?

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            1. re: Brain of J

              Thinking about going there. Anyone else try it?

            2. I lived in Vancouver for 4 years and it was definitely my pizza of choice out of the chains available.
              They have a lot of choice and some great differentiating toppings....I also love their roasted garlic dip. I think you can even purcahase it by the bottle!
              If you try it, let us know what you think.

              1. i had panago for my first time, at their "gerrard and bay" location.
                it was AMAZING.....we had a a veggie option (pesto perhaps).
                Way better than any other pizza chain. Im also hoping for them to open up in my neighborhood.

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                1. re: domesticgodess

                  For 23 dollars and change, I had a large pizza...
                  Regular Crust
                  Italian Sauce
                  Grilled Chicken
                  Red Peppers
                  Caramalized Oniuon
                  Sauteed Mushrooms
                  Roasted Garlic
                  Extra Cheese
                  This is one of the best "chain" pizzas I have had for delivery service.
                  I had my first Panago a while ago and this is my delivery pizza of choice now.

                  Now, I tuned my coworkers into Panago a couple of weeks ago and I asked a couple of them what their thoughts were:
                  Better than Pizza-Pizza and Pizza Hut etc etc
                  And they picked up on the one thing that was in the back of my mind but I hadn't mentioned it, it was almost greaseless. That's what struck me, very little grease.

                  1. re: Poorboy

                    Poorboy that's why we like it, it's sort of a lighter pizza with no grease. It's not my favourite but a unique product that I enjoy from time to time. Also the price is usually reasonable too.

                    My fave chain delivery pie in the city is the Domino's Brooklyn Style, not the rest of the offerings but that specific specialty pizza. However it can be quite greasy but super tasty.

                2. I tried this about a month ago. I went to the Gerrard and Bay location. Pretty good, I must say. The crust is nice and thin, they don't scrimp on toppings, and it's not greasy.

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                  1. re: ctl98

                    I know most of you say it is better than Pizza Pizza and Pizza Hut which is not saying much at all. Could you recommend any pizzerias that are much better than Panago's that in the York Region area not Downtown Toronto?

                    1. re: callitasicit

                      It's better than most pizza chains but nothing special imho.

                      1. re: callitasicit

                        Panago got off to a great start,
                        they are fading fast in my opinion.

                      2. re: callitasicit

                        Callitasicit, if Bolton isn't too far try Caruso's Gourmet Pizza. A two-generation family operated business that competes on food quality and value-for-money over price. Pizzas have more than ample toppings and flavorful crust.

                        Caruso Gourmet Pizza
                        (905) 951-8888
                        212 Queen Street South Bolton, ON L7E 4T7

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                        Caruso Gourmet Pizza
                        334 Queen St S, Bolton, ON L7E2N9, CA

                        Gourmet Pizza
                        75 King St S, Kitchener, ON N2G1X2, CA

                    2. There have been signs for Panago to be opening on Ave. Rd. just below 401 for a while now. Anyone know when it is opening? As a major pizza lover, am anxious to try it. Is it a thin crust like Mamas or more of a deep dish?

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                      1. I've had Panago in Grand Forks BC, Calgary, and Regina. Very disappointed that there is none in the Niagara Region. I'm not saying that they are the best, but I love all the different choices.

                        So far in Welland I've found greasy pizza and Pizza Pizza (can't believe I used to love theirs). Little Caesars just opened but not much in the way of choices (cheese, pepperoni, deluxe, or Canadian).

                        Steve

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                        1. re: cpfan

                          I saw the sign for Panago's opening in the Avenue Road/401area as well, not sure when? Never heard of it. I hope it is better than Pizza Pizza.
                          I still wish that there was a really good pizza place there instead...

                          1. re: mlz

                            It's definitely better than PP. I had it a month or two ago and was quite happy. It's not "AMAZING" like a lot of people are saying but for a chain pizza it's easily the best. You'd certainly walk a block or two, past PP and Pizza Nova for a Panago.

                            DT

                        2. Tried Panago tonight as we were driving home through Oakville and my usual spot was already closed (Agabi's)

                          Had a really good BBQ Chicken pizza... They put care into the ingredients, thats for sure.. Best "chicken topping" I've ever had from ANY chain pizza thats for sure -- it's actually real chicken. Loads of crispy bacon, pineapple chunks (added this) and generous with the toppings.

                          Can't believe they don't have a chicken carbonara pizza though... As bad as East Side Mario's is, their Carbonara pizza is actually the one really good thing on their menu.. So Panago should read this! They have all the ingredients for the pizza already besides the carbonara sauce

                          Next time I will try the thin crust version...

                          Only downside is that it's a regular pizza oven (not wood burning or brick or anything.. just standard electric)

                          1. I went to the Bay & Gerrard location and tried their pepperoni and it was really good. They have a lunch deal - any small for $6 with pop and the $6 includes tax.

                            I said any because the ad shows pepperoni but the girl at the front showed us the menu and said that we could choose any one.

                            I love the crust! The sauce is nice and tomatoey and cheese is just yummy. Can't find a lot of pepperoni pieces but maybe because they are hidden under the cheese.

                            I would definitely go back and try the other pizzas, especially one with the multigrain thin crust.

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                            1. re: TOchowgal

                              Funny, I replied to this thread in 2007 and I ended my post with "I hope they open in my neighborhood". My wish will soon come true...they are opening a panago on avenue road. I think Panago is fantastic for a chain pizza store. In addition to their great pizza, the place is spotless.

                              1. re: domesticgodess

                                It is good pizza indeed.. Too bad they don't have a location closer to me

                                1. re: domesticgodess

                                  Well it's worth a shot...
                                  I hope they open in my neighborhood.

                              2. i like the tropical chicken pizza, but i substitute some ingredients... chicken, bacon, pineapple, and the tropical sauce... its great

                                1. Is the verdict still good on this place? I've been meaning to try it.

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                                  1. re: ziggystardust

                                    It's not going to beat a good independent pizza shop, but of the common chains, it's one of the better ones for sure IMO. I stick to the BBQ chicken pizza or tropical chicken

                                    1. re: ziggystardust

                                      I've been ordering from the Bay/Gerrard location lately (since Gigi took 3 hours to deliver a burned/cold pizza recently) and have been impressed by speed of delivery and quality. The Veggie Mediterranean is one of the best vegetarian pizzas I have tasted.

                                      1. re: caviartothegeneral

                                        Very interesting as I'm a Pizza Gigi fan and live in the delivery range of Bay/Gerrard. The main reason I like Gigi is because it's "old school pizza" , Veggie Mediterranean sounds anything but. How do they compare?

                                        1. re: ziggystardust

                                          Truth be told, I'll take a fresh Pizza Gigi pizza over Panago any day -- but I have simply had bad luck recently with Gigi taking hours to deliver. I have been looking for alternatives, and as far as franchise operations go, Panago is much higher quality than the competition (Pizza Hut or Domino's). Their menu is broad and does include a lot of 'new school' options (nothing as crazy, though, as a Pizzaiolo "Thai Pie") but you can get them to make something reasonably approximating 'old school' that they deliver hot and fresh.

                                          1. re: caviartothegeneral

                                            Good information to have, cheers. I haven't had any misfortune with Gigi delivery yet, but if I do decide to go with a chain, I'll give Panago a try.

                                    2. i hope they open in the culinary wasteland that is yonge and finch

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                                      1. re: shekamoo

                                        They are in Barrie now yonge and Big Bay Point.

                                      2. If anyone wants to try it or have some more pizza, it is featured on Groupon today (for Toronto listing but includes GTA stores like Oakville too). Pretty good deal, $10 for $25

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                                        1. re: ylsf

                                          Yup I just bought one, curious to try it. FYI the Groupon excludes delivery, you need to pick it up. But $10 for $25 is a pretty good deal. Anyone try the veggie pepperoni? Can't eat pork in the house and not a fan of chicken on pizzas.

                                          1. re: childofthestorm

                                            Child we're happy meat eaters and get the veggie pepperoni all the time and it's pretty good. We sometimes get it on a regular meat pizza just as a way to reduce some of the grease factor and always enjoy it. Ordering it with meat can be a bit confusing because the person thinks you're crazy.

                                            The lack of grease is why Panago makes a great alternative to other delivery options. It's far from the best pizza I've had but really enjoy higher quality ingredients that taste fresh. If you're craving pizza GiGi or something old school like that, this will probably disappoint, as it really is different.

                                            1. re: abigllama

                                              Awesome thanks, going to try it then. I've got Danforth Pizza House near me for when I want old school.

                                        2. Love the pizza. Always a fast delivery and the topings are awsome. No grease, jsut light pizza taste. Try it and out of all the box pizza chains this one is the best.

                                          1. Here's a deal for it: http://dealcatch.com/deal/52069/

                                            Never had them, but my friend sent me that deal and told me she's never been happier in her life. Apparently it's really good.

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                                            1. re: sepandee

                                              We love Panago. Unfortunately, the location at Steeles & Dufferin, which was the closest one to where we live, has just closed.

                                              1. re: farmgirl1836

                                                Dufferin and Steeles closed? Oh no, that was the closest location to me too. And I like Panago. :(

                                                I haven't had it in a while and now it looks like I'll have to wait a while to have it again.

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                                                Panago
                                                44 Gerrard St W, Toronto, ON M5G 1Z4, CA