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My goal is to create a poll of best pizza in Toronto. There are two kinds of pizza styles to be polled, traditional thin crust italian wood oven or similiar style, and the thick crust american/canadian style. Please post only your choice for each, without comments, and I will keep adjusting this posting to show the total counts. Ideally you put the address for any of the non-chain places so others can find.
Thanks!

THE TOTAL VOTES
Thin Crust-
02- Terroni

Thick Crust-
01- King Slice
01- Massimo's

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  1. Thin - Terroni (Queen West location)
    Thick - King Slice - 1598 Bloor Street West,

    1. Thin Terroni
      Thick Massimo's

      1. i don't believe you can update the original post......

        5 Replies
        1. re: pinstripeprincess

          Yes you can and already have. I will adjust the votes once you add yours. Thx.

          1. re: TdotFoodKing

            we will see....only time will tell.


            Chow!
            HL.

            1. re: HarryLloyd

              I think we've only got 2 hours to do this debate then edit is gone.
              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/44524...

              So quickly...
              Thin Terroni
              Thick Danforth Pizza House

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              Danforth Pizza
              920 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1L9, CA

              1. re: Mila

                thin - caffe doria
                thick - danforth pizza house

                1. re: millygirl

                  thin - Roma Ristorante (Bloor & Gladstone)
                  don't like thick crust..

        2. Thin - Terroni
          Thick - Olympic 76

          5 Replies
          1. re: fickle

            Passed Olympic 76 after my dance class yesterday...can you please describe it, fickle?

            1. re: Food Tourist

              Hi Food Tourist, it's an old school pizza joint where they make your pizza to order. The crust is chewy, slightly doughy and toppings are generous. The cheese is on top (as opposed to under the toppings) so it gets baked nice and brown (my preference). They serve it piping hot from the oven on one of those raised pizza plates (sorry, don't know what they're called). They do have a takeout counter on the other side of the dining room. I've never ordered it to go since I prefer the dining room. It's definitely not gourmet, just yummy comfort food.

              1. re: fickle

                That sounds great, Fickle. Do they have a beer & wine license?

                1. re: Googs

                  ..just in case anyone other than me was wondering where to find Olympic 76...

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                  Olympic 76
                  8A Gloucester St, Toronto, ON M4Y1L5, CA

                  1. re: Googs

                    Yes, they have beer and wine.

            2. Thin - Terroni
              Thick - Columbos - Danforth/Coxwell

              1. Thin - Dino's Woodburning Oven Pizza (Queensway west of Royal York across from Burger King)
                Thick - meh, no likey so much.

                1 Reply
                1. re: Davedigger

                  Tried Dino's last night, and thought it was great. Im definitely going back. Thx!

                2. And yes I stand corrected....you cannot edit your original post. I'll place the totals as we go then.

                  1. THE TOTAL VOTES (so far)
                    Thin Crust-
                    5- Terroni
                    1- Cafe Doria
                    1- Roma Ristorante
                    1- Dino's Woodburning Oven Pizza

                    Thick Crust-
                    2- Danforth Pizza House
                    1- King Slice
                    1- Massimo's
                    1- Olympic 76
                    1- Columbos

                    3 Replies
                    1. re: TdotFoodKing

                      Ooops, that should read 2 for Danforth Pizza House :)

                      1. re: millygirl

                        done, thx

                        1. re: TdotFoodKing

                          Thin Crust - Terroni

                          Thick Crust - La Lucciola (on Eglinton Ave W bt Bathurst and the Allen)

                    2. THE TOTAL VOTES (so far)
                      Thin Crust-
                      6- Terroni
                      1- Cafe Doria
                      1- Roma Ristorante
                      1- Dino's Woodburning Oven Pizza

                      Thick Crust-
                      2- Danforth Pizza House
                      1- King Slice
                      1- Massimo's
                      1- Olympic 76
                      1- Columbos
                      1- La Lucciola

                      1 Reply
                      1. re: TdotFoodKing

                        Thin - Terroni
                        Thick - Danforth Pizza House

                      2. Thin: plain cheese at Mamma's (shoot me now fellow Hounds)
                        Thick: Margherita at Massimos on one of their occasional good days

                        I specifically would vote against Terroni, Columbo's, and Danforth

                        11 Replies
                        1. re: embee

                          Well that's just great..... I read this thread and wanted a pizza. Only to find all the debit machines are down..... sigh..... no cash on hand.... lol
                          You know what?
                          Mama's is not all that bad really, when I am lazy and want delivery, that's where I go.
                          However, I had two good experiences with Panago recently.

                          1. re: embee

                            Your voting for Mamma's over Terroni? Oh my. Well I will add it to the list despite my strong objections. The pizza vote is a democratic process I suppose.

                            1. re: TdotFoodKing

                              Sad, isn't it.

                              I don't have much experience with the Terroni on Queen W. I find the one on Yonge an over hyped, over priced, attitude laden place serving good ingredients turned into blah pizzas.

                              Note the "plain cheese" at Mamma's and the "occasional good day" at Massimo's references.

                              Maybe my pizza palate is stuck in different cities and eras - New Haven and Brooklyn a long time ago.

                              1. re: embee

                                Ya maybe give the Queen st. location a try. I find the staff really pleasant and laid back, probably due to the neighborhood. You mention Brooklyn which reminds me of Mario Battali's places. Otto in NYC is by far the best Ive ever had, even better than Italy. Too me Terroni comes close to that. I find Mamma's to be very fake tasting, or sort of processed.

                                1. re: TdotFoodKing

                                  Interesting how palates perceive things so differently. To me, Mamma's seems to use fresh and high quality ingredients in their pizzas. I admit my standards for evaluating chain food are more relaxed than my standards for evaluating "artisinal with attitude". But, relative to the Yonge Terroni location, Mamma's also tastes better. I keep harping "plain cheese" because the toppings used at Mamma's, though also apparently high quality, are bland and mess up the crust.

                                  My standards were set by Frank Pepe's and Sally's in New Haven and Totonno's in Brooklyn. Whether significant or not, all use coal burning ovens. Totonno's even made their own cheese. I haven't been to any of these places in a long time. They all still exist. I've no idea whether they remain great.

                                  I pass both Columbo's and Danforth at least twice a day. I really wanted to love both. The people at Columbo's are great and Danforth evokes nostalga. Neither serves what I'd call bad pizza, but neither justifies a special journey.

                                  1. re: embee

                                    Yes Totonno's still exists and is still great. Many chowhounders still love it. I always find Mamma's to be soggy or too soft. But at the same time its been a while, so deserves another chance. Try the San Giorgio at Teronni on Q., if you like proscuitto. It tastes like they use Proscuitto di Parma which is very rare, as most places uses cheaper quality proscuitto's. Give King Slice a try, for thick crust, be interesting to know your thoughts. King Slice - 1598 Bloor Street West, between Keele and Dundas on Bloor.

                                  2. re: TdotFoodKing

                                    Slightly OT - I actually wasn't impressed by Otto's pizza. So I guess I won't like Terroni that much, either.

                                    1. re: piccola

                                      Care to vote? So far Terroni is leading by a big margin, so you may want to give it a try.

                                      1. re: TdotFoodKing

                                        Sad to say, I haven't tried ANY pizza in Toronto since I moved here last month. Right now, I don't know enough to vote in any "best of" category - but no worries, I'll share my opinions once they're informed.

                                        1. re: piccola

                                          Well if you decide to give Terroni a try, I think most agree the Queen West location is the better one. If you go after 7:30 its usually a bit of a wait. I like to sit at the bar anyway, as it feels like a real Roman trat. or like some of the great places in NYC you may be used to.

                                          1. re: TdotFoodKing

                                            Oh, I'll try it for sure. I have to make my own mind up about it.

                            2. THE TOTAL VOTES (so far)
                              Thin Crust-
                              7- Terroni
                              1- Cafe Doria
                              1- Roma Ristorante
                              1- Dino's Woodburning Oven Pizza
                              1- Mamma's

                              Thick Crust-
                              3- Danforth Pizza House
                              2- Massimo's
                              1- King Slice
                              1- Olympic 76
                              1- Columbos
                              1- La Lucciola

                              3 Replies
                              1. re: TdotFoodKing

                                Thin: Terroni's
                                Thick: Danforth Pizza House.

                                Lucky me: I work by the first and a live by the second!

                                1. re: bluedog

                                  Thin: Chico's Pizza at Eglinton/Mount Pleasant
                                  Thick: Pizza Memo's

                                  Those are my choices for delivery, but for eating at a restaurant, it's definitely Terroni on Queen.

                                2. re: TdotFoodKing

                                  Thick: Regina's on College
                                  Thin: not a fan of the "cracker crust", so no vote here

                                3. THE TOTAL VOTES (so far)
                                  Thin Crust-
                                  9- Terroni
                                  1- Cafe Doria
                                  1- Roma Ristorante
                                  1- Dino's Woodburning Oven Pizza
                                  1- Chico's Pizza
                                  1- Mamma's

                                  Thick Crust-
                                  4- Danforth Pizza House
                                  2- Massimo's
                                  1- King Slice
                                  1- Olympic 76
                                  1- Columbos
                                  1- La Lucciola
                                  1- Pizza Memo's

                                  4 Replies
                                  1. re: TdotFoodKing

                                    Thin Crust
                                    Marcellos on St Clair W http://www.marcellospizzeria.com/
                                    Honourable mentions to Terroni and Desserts Plus

                                    Thick Crust
                                    Camarra's http://www.camarra.com/

                                    Corporate Pizza
                                    Mamma's slice is pretty good folded in half.

                                    1. re: mikeb

                                      Marcellos is my second favorite. Its very good too. Im surprised not to see more votes for it.

                                      And Mamma's again? Im so confused lol

                                      PS to all, I'll only count your first 2 choices, 1 thin, 1 thick. thx

                                      1. re: TdotFoodKing

                                        I was going to ask about Marcellos. Haven't been there in years, but it used to be a regular fave.

                                    2. re: TdotFoodKing

                                      I want to place my vote.
                                      Thin crust - Mama's Thick crust - Danforth Pizza House
                                      Thank you

                                    3. THE TOTAL VOTES (so far)
                                      Thin Crust-
                                      9- Terroni
                                      2- Mamma's
                                      1- Cafe Doria
                                      1- Roma Ristorante
                                      1- Dino's Woodburning Oven Pizza
                                      1- Chico's Pizza
                                      1- Marcello's

                                      Thick Crust-
                                      5- Danforth Pizza House
                                      2- Massimo's
                                      1- King Slice
                                      1- Olympic 76
                                      1- Columbos
                                      1- La Lucciola
                                      1- Pizza Memo's
                                      1- Camarra's

                                      2 Replies
                                      1. re: TdotFoodKing

                                        I decline to vote for thin.

                                        Thick: I would have voted for Danforth, but since no one's mentioned Gerrard Spaghetti & Pizza, I'll vote for them, even though I've only had their pie once. (It was excellent.)

                                        1. re: pouletsecret

                                          I loved this place years ago but then, to my taste, something went wrong and stayed that way.

                                      2. Thick Crust - Venice Pizza. 2636 St Clair Av E, East York (416) 751-6666
                                        Thin Crust - Piccolo in Cabbagetown

                                        My $0.02 - The quality of pizza has gone downhill in this city ever since the introduction of Pizza Pizza. It has to be be cheap enough, fast enough, and trendy enough to compete. Pizza was much better 30 years ago when it was made by mainly family run operations or the solo, genuinely Italian, artist.

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                                        1. re: Googs

                                          I'm adding another vote for Venice Pizza's thick crust.

                                        2. I was trying so hard to stay out of this but I can't resist supporting one of my favourite restaurants. Put me down for
                                          Thin crust - Roma Ristorante
                                          I decline on the thick crust.

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                                          Ristorante Roma
                                          1090 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H1M6, CA

                                          1 Reply
                                          1. re: JamieK

                                            I tried Roma the other night based on a recommendation from someone in this posting. I was surprised, thought it was pretty good. I'll have it for take out again.

                                          2. THE TOTAL VOTES (so far)
                                            Thin Crust-
                                            9- Terroni
                                            2- Roma Ristorante
                                            2- Mamma's
                                            1- Cafe Doria
                                            1- Dino's Woodburning Oven Pizza
                                            1- Chico's Pizza
                                            1- Marcello's
                                            1- Piccolo

                                            Thick Crust-
                                            5- Danforth Pizza House
                                            2- Massimo's
                                            2- Venice Pizza
                                            1- King Slice
                                            1- Olympic 76
                                            1- Columbos
                                            1- La Lucciola
                                            1- Pizza Memo's
                                            1- Camarra's
                                            1- Gerrard Spaghetti & Pizza

                                            1. thin-john's pizza on college
                                              thick-danforth pizza house

                                              1 Reply
                                              1. re: traceym

                                                My vote for thin crust is John's Pizza on Baldwin
                                                Thick crust-Bellissimo on Esplanade

                                              2. THE TOTAL VOTES (so far)
                                                Thin Crust-
                                                9- Terroni
                                                2- Roma Ristorante
                                                2- John's Pizza
                                                2- Mamma's
                                                1- Cafe Doria
                                                1- Dino's Woodburning Oven Pizza
                                                1- Chico's Pizza
                                                1- Marcello's
                                                1- Piccolo

                                                Thick Crust-
                                                6- Danforth Pizza House
                                                2- Massimo's
                                                2- Venice Pizza
                                                1- King Slice
                                                1- Olympic 76
                                                1- Columbos
                                                1- La Lucciola
                                                1- Pizza Memo's
                                                1- Camarra's
                                                1- Gerrard Spaghetti & Pizza
                                                1- Bellissimo

                                                4 Replies
                                                1. re: TdotFoodKing

                                                  For thin crust, my vote is Pizza Banfi.
                                                  For thick crust, I second the vote for Regina above (you missed it in the total).

                                                  1. re: LiviaLunch

                                                    Yes your right. I'll add it. Maybe I was being subconsciously biased. I cant stand Regina's, thinks its terrible. But all votes should count.

                                                    1. re: TdotFoodKing

                                                      Curious reaction from the polltaker. I could say much the same about other nominations (some of which arrived at our house with their grease seeping out the soggy bottom) but didn't out of respect for personal tastes. Italian sausage + artichoke pizza from Regina = heaven! :-)

                                                      1. re: LiviaLunch

                                                        Ive said on another posting Regina was by far the worst meal I had in my life. They use jarred sauce from what I can tell. But its been about 2 maybe 3 years, so I always give recommended places a 2nd shot. Maybe its due.

                                                2. THE TOTAL VOTES (so far)
                                                  Thin Crust-
                                                  9- Terroni
                                                  2- Roma Ristorante
                                                  2- John's Pizza
                                                  2- Mamma's
                                                  1- Cafe Doria
                                                  1- Dino's Woodburning Oven Pizza
                                                  1- Chico's Pizza
                                                  1- Marcello's
                                                  1- Piccolo
                                                  1- Pizza Banfi

                                                  Thick Crust-
                                                  6- Danforth Pizza House
                                                  2- Massimo's
                                                  2- Venice Pizza
                                                  2- Regina's
                                                  1- King Slice
                                                  1- Olympic 76
                                                  1- Columbos
                                                  1- La Lucciola
                                                  1- Pizza Memo's
                                                  1- Camarra's
                                                  1- Gerrard Spaghetti & Pizza
                                                  1- Bellissimo

                                                  4 Replies
                                                  1. re: TdotFoodKing

                                                    Thin - Bar Mercurio
                                                    Thick...haven't found one yet worth mentioning.

                                                    1. re: dinin and dishin

                                                      I have a new entry...Bona...and if you want to read why...

                                                      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/460730

                                                    2. re: TdotFoodKing

                                                      As far as I know the two Johns (College and Baldwin) are actually completely unrelated establishments.

                                                      1. re: basileater

                                                        not according to their website -
                                                        http://johnsitaliancaffe.sites.toront...

                                                    3. thin-faema (christie-dupont)
                                                      think-? Don't know of good ones but will try danforth P.H. next time i pass by.

                                                      1 Reply
                                                      1. re: BritinCan

                                                        Ya Faema is pretty good, forgot about them.

                                                      2. It would be great if Chowhound had an option where you could save lists like this for a certain type of food in a city...polls that would always be open for voting and I think it would be a helpful resource for someone looking for a quick recommendation and not wanting to search through masses of old threads.

                                                        Anyway, on topic, I'll vote Terroni's for thin and don't really have a vote for thick.

                                                        3 Replies
                                                        1. re: Strongbad789

                                                          I think that's a great idea! A constantly updated tally - brilliant!

                                                          My votes are:

                                                          Thin: Pizza Roma
                                                          Thick: Amico's

                                                          1. re: Delish

                                                            so what happens if the quality changes? how many times can i vote? once it hits thousands the odd vote here and there will not even get noticed.


                                                            Chow!
                                                            HL.

                                                            1. re: HarryLloyd

                                                              Yes, quality changing is a problem. If you asked me for best pizza 2 years ago I would say Il Gatto Nero on College. It used to be a dump, one of the bars where only older Italian gents would hang out. But the food and coffee was unbelievable. Now, sadly they moved, updated, renovated, and draw a younger crowd. (well my age) but last time I went I was so disappointed. Maybe they got too busy for their own good.

                                                        2. Thin: Terroni
                                                          Thick: Golden Pizza

                                                          1. THE TOTAL VOTES (so far)
                                                            Thin Crust-
                                                            11- Terroni
                                                            3- Roma Ristorante (aka Pizza Roma)
                                                            2- John's Pizza
                                                            2- Mamma's
                                                            1- Cafe Doria
                                                            1- Dino's Woodburning Oven Pizza
                                                            1- Chico's Pizza
                                                            1- Marcello's
                                                            1- Piccolo
                                                            1- Pizza Banfi
                                                            1- Bar Mercurio

                                                            Thick Crust-
                                                            6- Danforth Pizza House
                                                            2- Massimo's
                                                            2- Venice Pizza
                                                            2- Regina's
                                                            1- King Slice
                                                            1- Olympic 76
                                                            1- Columbos
                                                            1- La Lucciola
                                                            1- Pizza Memo's
                                                            1- Camarra's
                                                            1- Gerrard Spaghetti & Pizza
                                                            1- Bellissimo
                                                            1- Amico's
                                                            1- Golden Pizza

                                                            2 Replies
                                                            1. re: TdotFoodKing

                                                              How is Vesuvios? They were great 2 years ago. How's the pizza now?

                                                              1. re: dragonflygrl

                                                                I find it hit and miss. When I first had it I thought it was the best. Then after a few overcooked deliveries, I lost interest. Maybe eating it there is better, which Ive never done. For take-out I was going between King Slice and Vesuvio's for awhile. Now I jump between Roma and King Slice.

                                                            2. THE TOTAL VOTES (so far) - with addresses added, try somewhere new!

                                                              Thin Crust-
                                                              11- Terroni - 720 Queen St. West, Balmoral, Victoria, Adelaide
                                                              3- Pizza Roma & Restaurant - 1090 Bloor Street West
                                                              2- Mamma's - various, www.mammaspizza.com
                                                              1- John's Italian Caffe - 27 Baldwin St.
                                                              1- John's Classic Pizza - 591 College Street
                                                              1- Cafe Doria - 1094 Yonge Street
                                                              1- Dino's Wood Burning Pizza - 820 The Queensway
                                                              1- Chico's Pizza - 796 Mount Pleasant Road
                                                              1- Marcello's - 1163 St Clair Avenue West
                                                              1- Piccolo Bar & Restaurant - 226 Carlton Street
                                                              1- Pizza Banfi - 333B Lonsdale Road,
                                                              1- Bar Mercurio - 270 Bloor W.

                                                              Thick Crust-
                                                              6- Danforth Pizza House - 920 Danforth Avenue
                                                              2- Massimo's - 302 College Street
                                                              2- Venice Pizza - 2636 St Clair Ave East
                                                              2- Regina Pizzeria & Trattoria - 782 College Street
                                                              1- King Slice - 1598 Bloor Street West
                                                              1- Olympic 76 - 8-A Gloucester Street
                                                              1- Columbos - Danforth/Coxwell -address ?
                                                              1- La Lucciola - 965 Eglinton Avenue West
                                                              1- Pizza Memo's - 407 Queen Street West
                                                              1- Camarra's - 2899 Dufferin Street
                                                              1- Gerrard Spaghetti & Pizza House - 1528 Danforth Avenue
                                                              1- Bellissimo Pizzaria & Ristorante - 164 The Esplanade
                                                              1- Amico's Pizza - 1648 1/2 Queen Street West
                                                              1- Golden Pizza - 1201 Broadview, 2360 Danforth Avenue, 516 Danforth Road

                                                              2 Replies
                                                              1. re: TdotFoodKing

                                                                you forgot to add faema to thin list.

                                                                1. re: BritinCan

                                                                  Thanks I'll add it.

                                                              2. thin - politica
                                                                thik - pizza pizza (the one at bathhurst & queen only)


                                                                Chow!
                                                                HL.

                                                                1. 1 - Politica
                                                                  2 - Regina's

                                                                  No comments.

                                                                  1. THE TOTAL VOTES (so far) - with addresses added, try somewhere new!

                                                                    Thin Crust-
                                                                    11- Terroni - 720 Queen St. West, Balmoral, Victoria, Adelaide
                                                                    3- Pizza Roma & Restaurant - 1090 Bloor Street West
                                                                    2- Mamma's - various, www.mammaspizza.com
                                                                    2- Politica Resto Bar - 127 Strachan Avenue
                                                                    1- John's Italian Caffe - 27 Baldwin St.
                                                                    1- John's Classic Pizza - 591 College Street
                                                                    1- Cafe Doria - 1094 Yonge Street
                                                                    1- Dino's Wood Burning Pizza - 820 The Queensway
                                                                    1- Chico's Pizza - 796 Mount Pleasant Road
                                                                    1- Marcello's - 1163 St Clair Avenue West
                                                                    1- Piccolo Bar & Restaurant - 226 Carlton Street
                                                                    1- Pizza Banfi - 333B Lonsdale Road,
                                                                    1- Bar Mercurio - 270 Bloor W.
                                                                    1- Faema Cafe - 672 Dupont Street

                                                                    Thick Crust-
                                                                    6- Danforth Pizza House - 920 Danforth Avenue
                                                                    3- Regina Pizzeria & Trattoria - 782 College Street
                                                                    2- Massimo's - 302 College Street
                                                                    2- Venice Pizza - 2636 St Clair Ave East
                                                                    1- King Slice - 1598 Bloor Street West
                                                                    1- Olympic 76 - 8-A Gloucester Street
                                                                    1- Columbos - Danforth/Coxwell -address ?
                                                                    1- La Lucciola - 965 Eglinton Avenue West
                                                                    1- Pizza Memo's - 407 Queen Street West
                                                                    1- Camarra's - 2899 Dufferin Street
                                                                    1- Gerrard Spaghetti & Pizza House - 1528 Danforth Avenue
                                                                    1- Bellissimo Pizzaria & Ristorante - 164 The Esplanade
                                                                    1- Amico's Pizza - 1648 1/2 Queen Street West
                                                                    1- Golden Pizza - 1201 Broadview, 2360 Danforth Avenue, 516 Danforth Road
                                                                    1- Pizza Pizza - various

                                                                    1. Well it seems there are some obvious favorites. But thanks for your thoughts, I tried some new places because of this and they were pretty good. There was some debate on whether this format was good or not. I kind of like it. For example there is a best Italian post floating around now. Try and read that and tell me what the majority of Chowhounders feel is the best? Its difficult to tell. Im not saying this place should be full of polls, because it would be boring. But for some foods I think it works. Want to try another? Best Sushi, Best Burgers, Best Italian?

                                                                      13 Replies
                                                                      1. re: TdotFoodKing

                                                                        I, personally, would love to see best burgers. There's just so many conflicting burger recs out there that having the information conglomerated like this with some voting would be really useful to me.

                                                                        1. re: vorpal

                                                                          I was kind of thinking burgers myself. Im looking for some new places.

                                                                          1. re: TdotFoodKing

                                                                            Well, you can take Hal Burger off your list (if it was ever on)...it's for lease. Some will rejoice and say, "I told you so!" Others will be sorry. Personally, I liked it, but I think that the place was a little too upscale for its (and the burger's) own good.

                                                                          2. re: vorpal

                                                                            What a great idea.

                                                                            I want to see one for Thai food.

                                                                            My vote goes to Salad King.


                                                                            Chow!
                                                                            HL.

                                                                            1. re: HarryLloyd

                                                                              If we have a thai vote, there should be two categories - one for authentic and one for non-authentic (the ones that have Thai in their name).

                                                                              For pizza, I'm surprised nobody has voted for the thin crust funghi pizza with truffle oil at Lil Baci.
                                                                              I would vote for thin crust at Wise Guyz but they seem to have closed down. So I guess my vote goes to Terroni but only the Yonge/St. Clair location. I hate the Queen West location.

                                                                              For thick, I want something gooey and greasy with generous toppings and cheese that stretches when you bite in and a crust you enjoy eating instead of pitching or dipping. Any ideas?

                                                                              1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                Wise Guyz is now Dino's Woodburning Pizza. Kicks the snot out of Wise Guyz. :)

                                                                                1. re: Davedigger

                                                                                  Oh good, I will definitely try them soon and report back.
                                                                                  I'd like to change my thin vote to Via Allegro in the meantime.

                                                                                  1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                    Regarding Dino's - their crust tends to be overcooked/burnt, so overall I'd say they are average despite being generous with toppings. They don't have basil or fresh mozzarella but they do have artichokes and fresh parsley and garlic. I really wanted to like them because of proximity and friendly staff, but it won't be my go-to pizza place. I'll also be checking out the nearby italian places (Thyme 4, Pazzia Osteria, Santa Monica, Mamma Martino's, etc.) for good pizza.

                                                                                    1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                      Hmmm. Sorry to hear you didn't like it much. I tend to expect some charring on crusts that are done in a woodburning oven though.

                                                                                      I didn't like Thyme 4 the one time I tried it - can't remember if the crust was too thick or if I didn't like the tomato sauce they used. Mamma Martino's food has consistently been on the decline over the past decade, so I'm wary to try them.

                                                                                      Let us know how the others are.

                                                                          3. re: TdotFoodKing

                                                                            the thing is, what the majority of chowhounders think does not necessarily jive with my own personal palate. i respect their favourites but i don't always agree and that is why i value descriptions and comments that go into detail as to why they enjoyed their meals. once i learn who has similar tastes to me, it makes it easier to know if it's a place that i will have great success with.

                                                                            1. re: pinstripeprincess

                                                                              I agree. Comments are required in order to understand the whys and wherefores of individual tastes. I need to know when someone is being particularily finicky (and about what) or when they are demanding perfection every single time they visit a casual resto like Terronis. So if one were to really do a meaningful poll on here, it would be nice to judge based on areas such as Food, Service, Atmosphere and Value...along with the necessary comments.

                                                                              I also agree that polls should last a year at most and then start fresh again perhaps with historical data kept along side.

                                                                              The other problem with polls with no comments is that it opens it up to cheating. You can always tell the shills with their lavish diatribes of positivity VS the more balanced reviews. As well, it is important to see other postings by the same reviewer to understand their biases, and to see if they in fact have posted for any other resto.

                                                                              1. re: deelicious

                                                                                Yes I agree that asking for no comments was not a good idea in this poll. I think if its done in a way, that you vote first, then if you choose to add comments you can and should. Its easy to see the choice and add it up if done that way. But if you want to see why the person chose it you can read on. It should be an all around vote based on the total experience.

                                                                            2. re: TdotFoodKing

                                                                              The problem with best sushi is that you'd have to separate into price categories otherwise everyone would vote for Sushi on Bloor or some such nonsense.
                                                                              For $37 plus tax you can get the best sushi at Kumai in Mississauga. For $80, you can get the best sushi at Kaji. You see the problem.

                                                                            3. I love thick pizza
                                                                              So my thick choice goes to Olympic 76 pizza

                                                                              I don't really like thin pizza, so I won't pick for that category.

                                                                              1. THE TOTAL VOTES (so far) - with addresses added, try somewhere new!

                                                                                Thin Crust-
                                                                                11- Terroni - 720 Queen St. West, Balmoral, Victoria, Adelaide
                                                                                3- Pizza Roma & Restaurant - 1090 Bloor Street West
                                                                                2- Mamma's - various, www.mammaspizza.com
                                                                                2- Politica Resto Bar - 127 Strachan Avenue
                                                                                1- John's Italian Caffe - 27 Baldwin St.
                                                                                1- John's Classic Pizza - 591 College Street
                                                                                1- Cafe Doria - 1094 Yonge Street
                                                                                1- Dino's Wood Burning Pizza - 820 The Queensway
                                                                                1- Chico's Pizza - 796 Mount Pleasant Road
                                                                                1- Marcello's - 1163 St Clair Avenue West
                                                                                1- Piccolo Bar & Restaurant - 226 Carlton Street
                                                                                1- Pizza Banfi - 333B Lonsdale Road,
                                                                                1- Bar Mercurio - 270 Bloor W.
                                                                                1- Faema Cafe - 672 Dupont Street

                                                                                Thick Crust-
                                                                                6- Danforth Pizza House - 920 Danforth Avenue
                                                                                3- Regina Pizzeria & Trattoria - 782 College Street
                                                                                2- Massimo's - 302 College Street
                                                                                2- Venice Pizza - 2636 St Clair Ave East
                                                                                2- Olympic 76 - 8-A Gloucester Street
                                                                                1- King Slice - 1598 Bloor Street West
                                                                                1- Columbos - Danforth/Coxwell -address ?
                                                                                1- La Lucciola - 965 Eglinton Avenue West
                                                                                1- Pizza Memo's - 407 Queen Street West
                                                                                1- Camarra's - 2899 Dufferin Street
                                                                                1- Gerrard Spaghetti & Pizza House - 1528 Danforth Avenue
                                                                                1- Bellissimo Pizzaria & Ristorante - 164 The Esplanade
                                                                                1- Amico's Pizza - 1648 1/2 Queen Street West
                                                                                1- Golden Pizza - 1201 Broadview, 2360 Danforth Avenue, 516 Danforth Road
                                                                                1- Pizza Pizza - various

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                                                                                1. re: TdotFoodKing

                                                                                  Thin - Terroni on all levels!

                                                                                  1. re: TdotFoodKing

                                                                                    Well, I don't know if it should be categorized as thick or thin, but my favourite is Pizzaiolo. Maybe put it down under thick, though it isn't very.

                                                                                  2. I want to vote for Roma's as well (been going there for about 10 years now, lived in the neighborhood all my life).

                                                                                    As well Bitondo's (College/Clinton) is awesome too!

                                                                                    We should start one for italian steak sandwiches too - forget California's, San Francesco on Clinton (across from Bitondo's) is the best I've ever had.

                                                                                    1. thick dante's in thronhill

                                                                                      1. For Thick....Dante's in Thornhill

                                                                                        Thin- Terroni

                                                                                        1. Thin - Terroni's

                                                                                          Thick - King Slice (Their sandwich sign outside used to say, "You may not know how to cook, but surely, you would know how to taste!" 'Nuff said!)

                                                                                          1. My vote for favourite thin crust pizza goes to Dino's Wood-Burning Oven Pizza, if only for the crust itself. Don't get me wrong - the toppings are decent, but the crust itself is stellar - it could definitely go head-to-head with any of the top pizzerias in NYC...!

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                                                                                            1. re: redearth

                                                                                              Everyone go to DINO'S!!!Good to see someone else sees the good qualities in Dino's. I feel Dino has the best crust in town hands down. I do put him on the level of NY pizza. God I want some Lombardi's!!! anywayI want to convince him to start using fresh mozza and buffalo mozza, fresh basil, and fresh garlic. The combo would make him the best pizza in town with no argument. And Dino is a super nice guy which is pleasent. I'm worried about the place because it seems a little quiet right now. But once the word gets around about how good this pizza is Im sure it will be busy. Check it out at 820 Queensway.

                                                                                              1. re: mlukan

                                                                                                Right on! I too have been trying to convince him to try some fresh mozza, but he seems unconvinced, considering how expensive it would be. And perhaps he's right. NYC pizzerias go through such massive quantities of fresh mozzarella that they create their own market for its production and subsequent price drop. Here, not so much. Still, it would be nice to get that classic combo of simple san marzano tomato sauce, fresh basil, garlic, and mozz, on a perfectly charred, thin, wood-oven fired pizza crust, in Toronto. It must be possible!

                                                                                                1. re: redearth

                                                                                                  Too bad Dino's mediocre Mimmo pizza with bocconcini is $16.99 already...too-salty capers overpower the cheese, and sardines are ho-hum. Other than fresh parsley, toppings seem canned. Crust wasn't burnt last time, thank goodness.

                                                                                                  1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                    I agree - what's with the capers? On the other hand, I don't mind a little bit of char to my crust (not burnt all over, of course, but a few carbonized bits enhance the baked-in-a-wood-burning-oven experience, IMHO).

                                                                                                2. re: mlukan

                                                                                                  I too am worried because it's quiet. He needs to start up delivery again!

                                                                                              2. Thick - Pizza GiGi (Harbord, east of Bathurst)
                                                                                                I grew up on GiGi pizza and still crave it. They do a great Sicilian slice but I'm a traditionalist, preferring straight up and down Pep, mush & GP

                                                                                                Thin - IL Paesano (Brown's Line/Horner)
                                                                                                Great homemade sauce with cheese baked on top of toppings.