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Bona Pizza -- thumbs up!

merlot143 Jan 23, 2007 06:51 PM

Just had my first pizza from Bona Pizza & Pasta. Quite tasty. I had it with tomatoes, artichokes and pesto. They delivered in half an hour. Not a heavy pizza at all, like I found sometimes at Cora's. The crust wasn't too thick, and the cheese didn't overpower everything else. Good chow!

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  1. thought_for_food RE: merlot143 Jan 23, 2007 07:04 PM

    I had my first pizzas there a couple of weeks ago - the Mediterranean and the Bruschetta - and they were delicious. High quality, plentiful toppings; a crust of very nice texture; smooth cheese. Two mediums came with a Bona salad (also very good) and cost just under $40 for delivery. Two hungry people could only finish about half the order at first sitting. For anyone living in the Riverdale / Danforth / East York area, these pizzas are definitely worth trying.

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      GeoNit RE: thought_for_food Feb 9, 2007 09:42 AM

      Here's a locator map for Bona;


    2. spades RE: merlot143 Jan 23, 2007 07:21 PM

      Do they deliver to the downtown core (King/Jarvis area)? This area is totally dead for decent pizza delivery and I usually wind up hoofing it over to Terroni to get my fix.

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        merlot143 RE: spades Jan 24, 2007 08:54 AM

        Much as I enjoyed the Bona pizza, I think Terroni has better pizza. They do deliver in the area on their map. In fact, our office at Harbourfront couldn't get pizza delivered because we were 5 minutes outside their range. Urgh!

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          Googs RE: spades Jan 24, 2007 10:23 AM

          I would appreciate it if you'd let me know how your 'za is on arrival. Only reason I haven't ordered yet is the uncertainty about how hot & crisp it would be after the trip to Corktown.

          Does anyone know if they will half-bake your pizza? Best way to get it exactly right is to finish it in your own oven.

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            childofthestorm RE: Googs Jan 24, 2007 12:16 PM

            I live in Leslieville and mine was hot and crisp (I ordered thin crust well done) upon arrival. And this was in minus 15 weather. So I was impressed.

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              spades RE: Googs Jan 28, 2007 05:55 PM

              Ordered it last night. Pizza came amazingly fresh. Great crust, amazing toppings; a very tasty pie.

              I did order it very late when I'm sure they were not that busy, but pizza came to my condo in approx. 30 minutes, steaming hot.

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              Googs RE: spades Jan 24, 2007 10:25 AM

              The quality after delivery question is for Spades about Bona, not Merlot143. I placed my question correctly, but it mysteriously moved a space. Hmmmmm.

            3. thought_for_food RE: merlot143 Jan 23, 2007 07:28 PM

              Looks like you may must make it, Spades: http://www.bonapizzapasta.com

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                Mila RE: merlot143 Jan 24, 2007 08:37 AM

                Had our first Bona pizzas this Saturday. Very good. Did one Milan and one custom. I like that they do 3 crust thicknesses and a choice of whole wheat.

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                  Webdude RE: Mila Jan 24, 2007 08:51 AM

                  Bona does whole wheat? That's new. We've been ordering from them for years - my brother found them in the Yellow Pages and ordered us our first 'za from there the day we moved into our first house.

                  Shows what can happen when you're a slave to consistency. Must. Try. New things.

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                  childofthestorm RE: merlot143 Jan 24, 2007 09:29 AM

                  Just had my first one on Saturday too, I'll be ordering from there again. Very good, very fresh tasting, didn't feel like garbage after eating it.

                  Can't wait to work my way through their list of toppings!

                  1. Vise RE: merlot143 Jan 24, 2007 12:42 PM

                    Thanks for the heads up... we've been ordering from Pizziaolo lately but am always interested in trying something new.

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                      julesrules RE: merlot143 Jan 25, 2007 08:10 AM

                      I heartily recommend the 4-cheese pizza, and the insalata bona (a CH reco, thanks whoever you were!)

                      1. Vise RE: merlot143 Jan 27, 2007 07:45 PM

                        Ordered from Bona tonight and to be honest I was less than impressed... maybe it was an off night but the toppings were scarce and the crust (ordered thin) was crisp but the pie was generally lacking in flavour. The cheese was barely melted and the sauce was kind of bland... we're in Leslieville so I think our ordered suffered due to the distance. As much as I wanted to like it I think I'll be sticking with Pizzaiolo for now.

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                          merlot143 RE: Vise Jan 28, 2007 09:28 AM

                          It's too bad you didn't enjoy your first Bona pizza. I really liked the crust, and I agree the toppings were kinda scarce, or at least spread out, but I didn't mind that because I thought the whole package worked well together i.e. you could taste more of the yummy crust that way. Different strokes...

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                          KitchenVoodoo RE: merlot143 Jan 28, 2007 11:43 AM

                          I used to order from Bona years ago when they were on the Danforth, and although the pizza tasted better than anything else in the area I found the toppings were so finely minced/diced and combined there was no way to taste the individual items. Even when double mushrooms were specified, no actual slices of mushroom could be seen.

                          1. ostracario RE: merlot143 Jan 28, 2007 11:55 AM

                            I've been ordering from Bona for years & have always been more than happy! Always great, and I like the thin crust and the wide variety of toppings that are available. The only thing I'm not thrilled about is their selection of salads...they're pretty sad. But what great pizza!

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                              antifoodie RE: merlot143 Feb 1, 2007 06:00 AM

                              Love the Bona, been ordering it since I moved to Toronto six years ago. I actually ordered a spaghetti for my daughter a few months ago, and it too was very good, and dirt cheap.

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                                bobbieMac RE: merlot143 Feb 1, 2007 05:59 PM

                                Bona's probably my favorite pizza take out place. Usually have it once a month. I still prefer making pizza at home on the pizza stone, but that requires time and planning.

                                Some of their pastas aren't bad either. The penne arabiatta is nice and spicy...mmm...

                                1. Webdude RE: merlot143 Feb 9, 2007 09:11 AM

                                  We've ordered twice in the past couple of weeks from Bona, and I hafta say... meh. In my books, it's slipped.

                                  First, the crust. It used to be one of the best features of this place, and now it's just pedestrian. Our second-most recent order was supposed to be on a thin crust (which is how we always order it), and it wasn't.

                                  Last night, I neglected to ask for thin crust, and it had the consistency of that other place with the orange boxes (which get topped with ketchup and baked, if ya know what I mean).

                                  The toppings - again, our usual - roasted red pepper, sauteed onions, roasted garlic and goat or feta cheese - were average. At best.

                                  Up until recently, whenever we ordered a large pizza (which costs very nearly $25, after all), it came with three cans of pop. No more. Now - and this was confirmed by the guy taking my order - with a minimum $22 order - you get one measly little salad. Big whoop.

                                  While it's still better than the chain pizzas, I'm no longer sure it's worth the substantial difference in price.

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