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CAu Jul 1, 2006 07:53 PM

After reading many previous posts on delivery from Dante's, I finally made my way over to have a try for myself.

My SO and I found the pizza to be very good, we ordered a small deluxe which had grilled peppers, salami, pepperoni, onions, mushrooms and tomatoes, plus we also shared a rigatoni with meat sauce and meatballs.

I thought the pizza was quite good. It stayed nice and hot for a long time while we ate. We must have been there for at an hour and the cheese was still stringy at the end. They piled on the toppings as well, no stinginess there. The pasta wasn't anything out of the ordinary, but I liked the meatballs.

The pizza is a little more expensive than your typical chain pizzeria, but still reasonably priced. The 12" we ordered was $23.85. Parking is not easy in that little mall, but seems that people park all over the place. Quite a popular little restaurant to eat in as well.

  1. jonnybee Sep 15, 2006 06:47 PM

    Definitely some of the best pizza in the GTA, though I feel they have started scrimp on their toppings the last few years. Their pepperoni (which is some of the best you'll ever have on a pizza)keeps getting cut thinner and thinner, and I believe they used be a little heavier on the cheese. If only they had some serious competition up this neck of woods, they'd either have to lower their prices or make the pizza like they used to.

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      Davwud Sep 16, 2006 03:19 AM

      Not sure where your "Neck of the woods" is but give Toppers a try. Really good pizza and a decent price. It's our usual. Dante's for a special occasion.

      DT

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        jonnybee Sep 17, 2006 12:23 AM

        I am actually in Thornhill so I have the luxury of easily picking up a pizza rather than waiting an hour for delivery. On a sidenote it is unbelievable how many Dante's delivery cars you'll see around the 'hood on a Sunday night.

        Where is this Toppers? I recall that Toppers was the name of a Pizza-Pizza like chain I had in Sudbury, which sufficed after a night of heavy beer drinking, though I think any pizza will do in that situation (anyone who is familiar with Vancouver's ubiquitous 99 cent slices knows that inedible pizza becomes manna when the bars get out).

        When I am feeling frugal I'll usually go with Mama's Pizza or Laterna. If I'm going to allot myself that many calories for dinner I sure as heck don't want Pizza-Pizza or 2-4-1 and don't mind paying paying few bucks more.

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          Davwud Sep 17, 2006 12:30 AM

          They have a number of them in York Region. They claim to have Italian bread crust. Whatever, they do make a great pizza dough.
          They do have one in Sudbury but I dare say it's a damned sight better than Pizza Pizza.
          http://www.toppers.ca/categories/inde...

          Enjoy
          DT

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      EB_TO Sep 12, 2006 02:08 PM

      Finally tried Dante's delivery last night. We wanted to try something other than our usual (Domino's).

      I didn't realize how big the pizza was so I ordered 2 large pizzas. Wow, are those huge. My brother and I who were eating did not even get through one (which is usually the case when we order at Domino's). So we have plenty left over for lunch today. Also ordered garlic bread with cheese which was also nice (4 big slices).

      Was very happy with the food. Yeah, it's more expensive than Domino's but boy did we get our fill!

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        superizzy Aug 18, 2006 02:12 PM

        went for dinner last night.

        Pretty much a rehash of what others have already said.

        Portions were massive. Food was excellent.

        We ordered the Italian Fiesta (meatballs, veal, sausage, etcin red sauce ) > Came with huge side salad (basic green iceberg but nice). The meatballs were especially good.

        Lasgna, very very good.

        Super Deluxe Pizza. The amount of toppings they put on is mind boggling compared to most chain places.

        Onion rings . Wow delic, andagain huge portions.

        Bill was aroun $80 and we probably ordered enough for 6 people

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          Chester Eleganté Aug 24, 2006 05:15 PM

          We went for most of the same items last week though we did the delivery route instead. A friend of mine always used to recommend the delivery option for the pizza, noting that ingredients melded together better with the longer sitting time, but now I'm not so sure after the last couple of tries.

          Super Deluxe Pizza still quite good. Fiesta and lasagna look deceptively small in the takeout containers, but they're still a decent size. Meatballs nice, veal overdone with sitting time. I wasn't so impressed with the lasagna, though I can't say I've really liked any restaurant ones. Crab salad was okay.. prolly should've went for crab caesar or prosciutto & provolone. Onion rings are a bad idea for takeout. I guess the main point is that I should eat at the restaurant itself. Really though, I've felt that ever since they closed down for a short time (maybe a couple years ago?), the pizza has gone from great to very good, and they started skimping on stuff like pizza and salad toppings. And the prices went up. But hey, c'est la vie. Pizza still the best around.

        2. Webdude Aug 1, 2006 01:44 PM

          Or, "Dante's... Hold a line, please," as it was known in my family.

          Food? Outstanding. The pizza has a freshness and a quality you'd be hard pressed to find pretty much anywhere else.

          For the meat eaters - or those not worried about cholesterol,
          saturated fat or blood pressure - there's also a dish called (I think)"Italian specialty." It's sliced veal, veggies, cheese, peppers and Dante's famous tomato sauce all baked together into enough food for four hungry people. For four days.

          We did once have a problem with a Dante's pizza. When we called to complain, they sent another driver out to retrieve the errant pie. And then a third, an hour later, with our replacement. No apology, explanation or offer of compensation, of course.

          But the 'tude is part of the experience. It's like the Seinfeld soup Nazi - you eat the food, and enjoy it, because of the atmosphere, not despite it.

          (Edited to remove wonky content)

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            CAu Aug 1, 2006 08:27 PM

            We've been back a few times since I first posted, but I haven't tried the delivery yet.

            I've found though that they typically get busy later on in the evenings on Fridays (the day we normally go). If you get there before 7:30 you'll usually have a seat, but after that there seems to always be people standing around waiting.

            Their salads are very good, and all their food is meant for sharing!

            I haven't experienced any attitude from them as yet, but still the food is great and even a little attitude would not spoil it.

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            spides Jul 31, 2006 09:11 PM

            Dante's smoked provolone and prosciutto salad with house dressing is also yummy. One salad is enough to feed the 2 of us for a meal.

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              joshster89 Jul 28, 2006 03:15 AM

              Dante's pasta is amazing for the price. Their meat sauce is thick and tasty. My dad swears by their pizza and it's one of the only pizza places in Toronto he will eat from. I personally find the crust too crispy for my liking. Their best deal is the Veal Cutlet dinner which comes with about 2lbs of veal in tomato sauce with peppers, mushrooms and onions as well as a regular sized salad and half order of pasta. All of that for $19. They also have Italian sandwiches which are very large and very much worth it at around $11 each. Dante's is expensive so expect to spend about $30-40 for two people. They have no LLBO but that's not really important for me when looking for a restaurant as I do not usually drink out.

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                Lambchop Jul 28, 2006 05:08 PM

                I have never been to Dante's. Are they the one at 267 Bay Thorn Drive at Thornhill?

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                  live4food Jul 29, 2006 09:28 PM

                  According to their website (http://www.dantesitalian.ca) posted earlier in this thread, yes.

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                    Lambchop Jul 31, 2006 04:34 PM

                    Thank you for the link. I printed the coupon from their website and save me $5. Food is good. The Deluxe pizza is the best main-stream pizza I ever had. Will definitely go back and order sth different ... I meant different toppings. I also tried the Veal dinner. It's good deal and also good taste.

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                  live4food Jul 29, 2006 09:29 PM

                  They actually sell the sauce bottled. from their menu: "Litre Tomato Sauce" $6.75. Whenever I am there I try and get one... its just too good to pass up.

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                  pmccabe_25 Jul 27, 2006 07:57 PM

                  Does Dante's deliver to downtown Toronto?

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                    kerwintoronto Jul 28, 2006 03:48 PM

                    http://www.dantesitalian.ca/delivery_...

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                    live4food Jul 25, 2006 03:51 PM

                    I've been going there for about 25 years now and if that doesn't say something to you nothing will. They have expanded their dining room through the years and now literally have fleets of deliver drivers flying around the area. To be honest, their dining room service isn't usually that great (at times downright crappy) but going there is worth it. I don't understand why they expanded their menu to include stuff that doesn't make sense to be there but *shrug* whatever, I stick to the core oldies but goodies.

                    As much as I like their pizza, I adore their meat lazagna! To me its the best thing on their menu. The tangy sauce, nthe gooey cheese. *drool* Its a bit pricy but not really when you consider that one order, as take out is usually a meal for two and we're both very stuffed. As an eat in meal, we often have some left over to go with a salad the next day or one person swoops in and snaps it up first and its a pouty war.

                    When I was a student and on a more limited budget, I'd get a 'side order' of Italian Meatballs. Sopping up the sauce with the rolls they give you was such fun. When taken home a quick batch of pasta would stretch it further.

                    Their salad's are HUGE as in to be eaten family style and definately not to be tackled on your own. I have only tried they crab ceasar and never seemed to stray from that yummyness.

                    I usually stick to the 'Za or lasagna but on occasion, I haved strayed and/or tried my dining companion's dish. Their meat ravioli was killer, chicken or veal parmigiana, dauntingly huge (but not nearly as good as California Sandwiches), canneloni and tortellini are good but not good enough to make me stray from my beloved lasagna.

                    http://www.dantesitalian.ca

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                      wallywalter Aug 5, 2006 04:00 AM

                      I've been going there for over 26 years. Veal sandwiches are to die for. Dining in is also very pleasant whether you're there for pizza & beer after a tennis game or dining with freinds and family.

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                      Trisha Jul 24, 2006 01:09 AM

                      As far as I am concerned, there is NO other pizza which compares to Dantes! They are outstanding! I visited Toronto and the surrounding townships fairly recently, and was lucky enough to have tried a Dantes Pizza via a friend of mine.

                      NOW...I live was born and live in Southern California. There are many local pizza eateries, Hollywood style "Wolfgang Puck" type pizzas, California Pizza kitchens...yadda yadda yadda.

                      NOTHING compares to the quality, freshness, taste and value (you get what you pay for) than a Dantes pizza. My only gripe is that I have to fly over Two thousand miles to get one! I had their pizza on more than one occasion. Each time, their pizza was delivered piping hot, heaped with whichever toppings I specified. And sure, it is a bit more than "regular" pizza. But they are not regular in any sense of the word. Their pizza is fantastic! I didnt mind paying more than the conventional pizza because you truly got your moneys worth and more.

                      I would whole heartily recommend Dantes Pizza to anyone in the area, and especially to the tourist who visits Ontario. You owe it to yourself to find this hidden treasure!

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                        Wil Jul 4, 2006 12:59 PM

                        My wife and I enjoy Dante's once and awhile as well, mainly because they are the only decent non-chain italian food available in our area (404/Major MacKenzie area) I also love their pastas!

                        1. kerwintoronto Jul 4, 2006 06:23 AM

                          I agree. My wife and I have seen Dante's delivery cars around our area for years but finaly tried it earlier this year and are hooked. The pizzas are definitey a touch more dear than chain pizzas but well worth it.

                          Their entrees and salads are huge for the $ and decent value...enough for lunch the next day if I don't split it over dinner.

                          1. Davwud Jul 3, 2006 04:57 PM

                            I love Dante's. IMHO it's the best in the city.

                            I agree that it's a bit expensive however I've found this to be very acceptable for two reasons. Better quality and better value. A large from them may be more expensive than a chain pizza with the same toppings but if you were to weigh them, the Dante's would weigh more. So it's a good value.

                            Enjoy
                            DT

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                              wordsworth Sep 13, 2006 11:30 AM

                              A bit more expensive? It's MUCH more expensive and the food is mediocre.

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                                galambo Sep 15, 2006 02:47 AM

                                in your opinion. but if you compare it with pizza pizza and the like, its food from the gods... but this comparison is not very fair.

                                thier pizza is BIG (you do get what you pay for)
                                the taste is the best pizza, i have tasted in toronto. but the bar was never that high in the first place.
                                if you have a better pizza place, please tell us

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