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Anyone been to Dino's wood fired pizza?

itryalot Aug 17, 2007 06:20 AM

It used be another pizza place and name has changed. Dear nephew is craving some wood fired pizza and want to go over drop off some pizzas and libation, since he has no car.

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    bruce_from_sydney RE: itryalot Mar 1, 2009 12:40 PM

    My wife and I ate here this past Friday and it was great. The warmth of the wood oven and the pizza guy genuinely cared about his craft. Tasty food - unpretentious environment, quiet and warm and terrific value.

    A tasty meal for sure. We ate in.

    1. duckdown RE: itryalot Mar 1, 2009 12:50 PM

      I like Dino's -- everything about it except the fact he doesn't offer fresh mozzerrella (even for an added price)... the pizza margherita is made with shredded mozz :(

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        GregCanada RE: duckdown Nov 6, 2009 02:09 PM

        What do you consider fresh mozzerrella? He shreds a fresh block of mozz. every day, next time ask him and he'll show you how he does it. Everything on his pizza's are fresh!

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          itryalot RE: GregCanada Nov 7, 2009 04:03 AM

          Fresh block is different from fresh (packed in whey).

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        Pincus RE: itryalot Mar 1, 2009 07:18 PM

        Is it strictly takeout?

        1. mlukan RE: itryalot Mar 1, 2009 08:00 PM

          Dino's is great. Dino himself is a great guy as well. I have not been in a due to lack of a vehicle but his crust is always superb and sauce is excellent.

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            SocksManly RE: itryalot Nov 7, 2009 02:51 AM

            Walked in a week or so ago. No slices! I was so hungry too.

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              mlukan RE: SocksManly Nov 7, 2009 07:14 AM

              Dino doesn't do slices. I recommend calling about 15 minutes ahead and ordering a pie. You don't want something that's been sitting there all day, you want a fresh pie out of a hot wood burning oven, that's when Dino's is at it's best. Can I just say that I still love Dino's and his quality has not gone down one bit. It's literally gotten better. His crust and sauce are fantastic.

            2. Davwud RE: itryalot Nov 19, 2009 02:54 AM

              Where is Dino's??


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                jeffs101 RE: Davwud Nov 19, 2009 06:05 AM

                North side of The Queensway, a couple blocks west of Royal York.

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                  mlukan RE: Davwud Nov 19, 2009 08:11 AM


                2. finefoodfriend RE: itryalot Jan 16, 2010 07:40 PM

                  After reading so much about this place we tried it tonight. Unfortunately we were not all that impressed. The toppings are limited to traditional ones, no eggplant, goats cheese, broccoli, sun dried tomatoes. The crust was nice around the edges but soggy in the middle and he forgot to put our requested green peppers on it. The place is small, looks clean and has a few tables with plastic tablecloths on them. i think the majority of his business is take-out. He seems like an okay guy and probably just wants to stick to the basics and if that's what you like then it's way better than all the pizza chains.


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                    duckdown RE: finefoodfriend Jan 17, 2010 11:03 AM

                    I agree that their biggest problem is with their toppings..

                    The guy has a nice wood fired oven but refuses to make my favorite wood fired pie (the margherita) because all he wants to use is bagged, shredded mozzerella cheese :(

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                      DDD RE: duckdown Jan 17, 2010 12:11 PM

                      We've ordered it three times, twice was good, the other was too salty.

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                        zxwaze RE: DDD Feb 20, 2010 01:53 PM

                        5 of us went for lunch today , all of us were underwhelmed . The biggest problem for all of us was the quality of the ingredients , especially considering the price of the meal ( 2 pizzas , i pita, 2 salads = $66.00). The caesar salad contained ultra low quality baco-bits which stained the romaine with a ghastly pink tint, combined with the acrid dressing and phony flavored croutons were a chemical assault on the palate. Greek salad was sprinkled with a red "Seasoning" from a large shaker in the kitchen which along with the sliced olives helped offset any charm the tiny chopped vegetables and bland feta could muster. the pizza crusts were good not great with only a hint of smokey flavor from the impressive wood oven. the toppings on both were sparse and of poor quality , particularly the meat products ( The sausage in particular was visually off putting, texturally spongey and devoid of flavor)The spinach pita was the most successful dish by default ,because of its longer cooking time the presence of the wood fire was more obvious and the spinach gave it a fresh clean taste. There is a lot of good pizza available in the city so schlepping out to Ginos is not worth the trip.

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                          Swansonian RE: zxwaze Feb 23, 2010 09:45 AM

                          We decided to try Dino's in part because the review's of the previous place - Wize Guyz - was so good, and figured the successor would be too. Wrong. It was last Friday night and we tried to order by phone using the correct number (looked it up in 4 different places!), and kept getting bumped to some psysiotherapy joint! So I sent our son down to order in person and he was told to come back in 30 minutes. He did, and then he was told to come back in another 25 minutes. He did, and when he walked in they still hadn't made our pies, and when they realized, they sheepishly prepared it right away and 20 minutes later they were done. Had the pizza's been fantastic, MAYBE we would have been grudgingly satisfied - but they were "just ok", nothing special. We could have ordered from several other places and probably got better pies, fast and quite likely cheaper.

                          I'm crossing Dino's off our list.

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                            Aaron Jay RE: zxwaze Jul 11, 2010 02:35 AM

                            Is too much $$$ The price is too much and the wings we got $15 for 6 or 7 in side or less ... :(

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                              mlukan RE: Aaron Jay Jul 11, 2010 08:24 PM

                              I'd have to say, this doesn't sound like the Dino I know at all. I'm a regular customer and have never heard him treat his staff poorly, or even raise his voice for that matter. In fact, to me Dino has been one of the more friendly Toronto restaurant owners I have met, he always greets me with a smile and strikes up a conversation with me. I highly doubt this is a regular occurrence.

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                                justsayn RE: Primavera Sep 18, 2011 02:55 PM

                                I have had some great pizza over the years but beware! We ordered the greek pizza and asked them to add chicken. The chicken was tandoori spiced which completely ruined the zah!

                                Really great pizza though.

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