HOME > Chowhound > Ontario (inc. Toronto) >

The Great Pizza Debate

TdotFoodKing Oct 10, 2007 08:17 AM

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

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. TdotFoodKing RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 10, 2007 08:19 AM

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

    1. e
      EarlyDrive RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 10, 2007 09:09 AM

      Thin Terroni
      Thick Massimo's

      1. pinstripeprincess RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 10, 2007 09:49 AM

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

        5 Replies
        1. re: pinstripeprincess
          TdotFoodKing RE: pinstripeprincess Oct 10, 2007 09:50 AM

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

          1. re: TdotFoodKing
            HarryLloyd RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 10, 2007 10:27 AM

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


            Chow!
            HL.

            1. re: HarryLloyd
              m
              Mila RE: HarryLloyd Oct 10, 2007 10:40 AM

              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

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

              1. re: Mila
                m
                millygirl RE: Mila Oct 10, 2007 10:54 AM

                thin - caffe doria
                thick - danforth pizza house

                1. re: millygirl
                  p
                  pearlD RE: millygirl Oct 10, 2007 11:00 AM

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

        2. f
          fickle RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 10, 2007 11:12 AM

          Thin - Terroni
          Thick - Olympic 76

          5 Replies
          1. re: fickle
            Food Tourist RE: fickle Oct 31, 2007 12:09 PM

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

            1. re: Food Tourist
              f
              fickle RE: Food Tourist Nov 1, 2007 05:26 PM

              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
                Googs RE: fickle Nov 2, 2007 08:27 AM

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

                1. re: Googs
                  dinin and dishin RE: Googs Nov 2, 2007 11:47 AM

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

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

                  1. re: Googs
                    f
                    fickle RE: Googs Nov 2, 2007 02:46 PM

                    Yes, they have beer and wine.

            2. mariecollins RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 10, 2007 11:20 AM

              Thin - Terroni
              Thick - Columbos - Danforth/Coxwell

              1. Davedigger RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 10, 2007 11:30 AM

                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
                  TdotFoodKing RE: Davedigger Oct 21, 2007 07:33 AM

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

                2. TdotFoodKing RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 10, 2007 11:34 AM

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

                  1. TdotFoodKing RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 10, 2007 12:07 PM

                    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
                      m
                      millygirl RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 10, 2007 12:17 PM

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

                      1. re: millygirl
                        TdotFoodKing RE: millygirl Oct 10, 2007 12:22 PM

                        done, thx

                        1. re: TdotFoodKing
                          a
                          acd123 RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 10, 2007 01:28 PM

                          Thin Crust - Terroni

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

                    2. TdotFoodKing RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 12, 2007 03:38 PM

                      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
                        Poorboy RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 12, 2007 04:08 PM

                        Thin - Terroni
                        Thick - Danforth Pizza House

                      2. e
                        embee RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 12, 2007 04:14 PM

                        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
                          Poorboy RE: embee Oct 12, 2007 05:28 PM

                          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
                            TdotFoodKing RE: embee Oct 12, 2007 09:59 PM

                            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
                              e
                              embee RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 13, 2007 08:33 AM

                              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
                                TdotFoodKing RE: embee Oct 13, 2007 08:44 AM

                                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
                                  e
                                  embee RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 13, 2007 09:53 AM

                                  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
                                    TdotFoodKing RE: embee Oct 14, 2007 07:36 AM

                                    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
                                    p
                                    piccola RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 13, 2007 05:45 PM

                                    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
                                      TdotFoodKing RE: piccola Oct 13, 2007 09:06 PM

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

                                      1. re: TdotFoodKing
                                        p
                                        piccola RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 14, 2007 05:15 PM

                                        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
                                          TdotFoodKing RE: piccola Oct 15, 2007 05:13 AM

                                          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
                                            p
                                            piccola RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 15, 2007 07:08 PM

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

                            2. TdotFoodKing RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 12, 2007 10:01 PM

                              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
                                b
                                bluedog RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 13, 2007 06:51 AM

                                Thin: Terroni's
                                Thick: Danforth Pizza House.

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

                                1. re: bluedog
                                  m
                                  mochapj RE: bluedog Oct 13, 2007 07:32 AM

                                  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
                                  b
                                  Brennius RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 13, 2007 11:17 AM

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

                                3. TdotFoodKing RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 13, 2007 08:48 AM

                                  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
                                    mikeb RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 13, 2007 10:22 AM

                                    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
                                      TdotFoodKing RE: mikeb Oct 13, 2007 04:37 PM

                                      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
                                        pescatarian RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 17, 2007 01:02 PM

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

                                    2. re: TdotFoodKing
                                      c
                                      Crusty RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 13, 2007 03:32 PM

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

                                    3. TdotFoodKing RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 14, 2007 07:26 AM

                                      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
                                        p
                                        pouletsecret RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 14, 2007 07:37 AM

                                        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
                                          e
                                          embee RE: pouletsecret Oct 14, 2007 09:59 AM

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

                                      2. Googs RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 14, 2007 10:53 AM

                                        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.

                                        1 Reply
                                        1. re: Googs
                                          NovoCuisine RE: Googs Oct 14, 2007 12:23 PM

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

                                        2. JamieK RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 15, 2007 05:26 AM

                                          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.

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

                                          1 Reply
                                          1. re: JamieK
                                            TdotFoodKing RE: JamieK Oct 15, 2007 08:19 AM

                                            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. TdotFoodKing RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 15, 2007 08:22 AM

                                            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. t
                                              traceym RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 15, 2007 09:35 PM

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

                                              1 Reply
                                              1. re: traceym
                                                f
                                                food_whiz RE: traceym Oct 16, 2007 03:44 AM

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

                                              2. TdotFoodKing RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 17, 2007 09:01 AM

                                                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
                                                  l
                                                  LiviaLunch RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 17, 2007 12:14 PM

                                                  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
                                                    TdotFoodKing RE: LiviaLunch Oct 17, 2007 12:34 PM

                                                    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
                                                      l
                                                      LiviaLunch RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 17, 2007 03:22 PM

                                                      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
                                                        TdotFoodKing RE: LiviaLunch Oct 17, 2007 04:01 PM

                                                        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. TdotFoodKing RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 17, 2007 12:34 PM

                                                  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
                                                    dinin and dishin RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 17, 2007 12:39 PM

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

                                                    1. re: dinin and dishin
                                                      dinin and dishin RE: dinin and dishin Nov 19, 2007 07:18 PM

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

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

                                                    2. re: TdotFoodKing
                                                      b
                                                      basileater RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 24, 2007 08:41 AM

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

                                                      1. re: basileater
                                                        JamieK RE: basileater Oct 24, 2007 08:51 AM

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

                                                    3. b
                                                      BritinCan RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 17, 2007 12:57 PM

                                                      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
                                                        TdotFoodKing RE: BritinCan Oct 17, 2007 02:27 PM

                                                        Ya Faema is pretty good, forgot about them.

                                                      2. s
                                                        Strongbad789 RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 17, 2007 01:12 PM

                                                        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
                                                          Delish RE: Strongbad789 Oct 17, 2007 01:18 PM

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

                                                          My votes are:

                                                          Thin: Pizza Roma
                                                          Thick: Amico's

                                                          1. re: Delish
                                                            HarryLloyd RE: Delish Oct 17, 2007 02:16 PM

                                                            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
                                                              TdotFoodKing RE: HarryLloyd Oct 17, 2007 02:34 PM

                                                              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. Tara9000 RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 17, 2007 01:25 PM

                                                          Thin: Terroni
                                                          Thick: Golden Pizza

                                                          1. TdotFoodKing RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 17, 2007 02:30 PM

                                                            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
                                                              d
                                                              dragonflygrl RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 17, 2007 07:31 PM

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

                                                              1. re: dragonflygrl
                                                                TdotFoodKing RE: dragonflygrl Oct 18, 2007 06:18 AM

                                                                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. TdotFoodKing RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 18, 2007 07:08 AM

                                                              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
                                                                b
                                                                BritinCan RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 18, 2007 08:05 AM

                                                                you forgot to add faema to thin list.

                                                                1. re: BritinCan
                                                                  TdotFoodKing RE: BritinCan Oct 18, 2007 08:14 AM

                                                                  Thanks I'll add it.

                                                              2. HarryLloyd RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 18, 2007 07:15 AM

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


                                                                Chow!
                                                                HL.

                                                                1. h
                                                                  hungryhungryanne RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 18, 2007 08:00 AM

                                                                  1 - Politica
                                                                  2 - Regina's

                                                                  No comments.

                                                                  1. TdotFoodKing RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 18, 2007 08:22 AM

                                                                    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. TdotFoodKing RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 20, 2007 07:51 AM

                                                                      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
                                                                        vorpal RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 20, 2007 07:57 AM

                                                                        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
                                                                          TdotFoodKing RE: vorpal Oct 20, 2007 08:02 AM

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

                                                                          1. re: TdotFoodKing
                                                                            y
                                                                            Yongeman RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 20, 2007 08:31 AM

                                                                            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
                                                                            HarryLloyd RE: vorpal Oct 20, 2007 12:49 PM

                                                                            What a great idea.

                                                                            I want to see one for Thai food.

                                                                            My vote goes to Salad King.


                                                                            Chow!
                                                                            HL.

                                                                            1. re: HarryLloyd
                                                                              Food Tourist RE: HarryLloyd Oct 24, 2007 01:05 PM

                                                                              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
                                                                                Davedigger RE: Food Tourist Oct 29, 2007 01:30 PM

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

                                                                                1. re: Davedigger
                                                                                  Food Tourist RE: Davedigger Oct 29, 2007 04:48 PM

                                                                                  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
                                                                                    Food Tourist RE: Food Tourist Nov 19, 2007 05:48 PM

                                                                                    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
                                                                                      Davedigger RE: Food Tourist Nov 26, 2007 11:00 AM

                                                                                      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
                                                                            pinstripeprincess RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 20, 2007 12:45 PM

                                                                            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
                                                                              deelicious RE: pinstripeprincess Oct 20, 2007 01:03 PM

                                                                              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
                                                                                TdotFoodKing RE: deelicious Oct 21, 2007 07:11 AM

                                                                                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
                                                                              Food Tourist RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 24, 2007 01:09 PM

                                                                              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. l
                                                                              lonestartor RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 20, 2007 09:02 AM

                                                                              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. TdotFoodKing RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 21, 2007 07:32 AM

                                                                                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

                                                                                2 Replies
                                                                                1. re: TdotFoodKing
                                                                                  deelicious RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 23, 2007 02:30 PM

                                                                                  Thin - Terroni on all levels!

                                                                                  1. re: TdotFoodKing
                                                                                    Full tummy RE: TdotFoodKing Nov 26, 2007 12:47 PM

                                                                                    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. t
                                                                                    TorontoConcierge RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 23, 2007 03:41 PM

                                                                                    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. g
                                                                                      galambo RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 23, 2007 07:46 PM

                                                                                      thick dante's in thronhill

                                                                                      1. b
                                                                                        bjinyyz RE: TdotFoodKing Oct 29, 2007 02:02 PM

                                                                                        For Thick....Dante's in Thornhill

                                                                                        Thin- Terroni

                                                                                        1. r
                                                                                          rbcj RE: TdotFoodKing Nov 2, 2007 03:09 PM

                                                                                          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. redearth RE: TdotFoodKing Dec 26, 2007 07:52 AM

                                                                                            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...!

                                                                                            5 Replies
                                                                                            1. re: redearth
                                                                                              mlukan RE: redearth Feb 4, 2008 10:21 PM

                                                                                              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
                                                                                                redearth RE: mlukan Feb 5, 2008 02:49 AM

                                                                                                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
                                                                                                  Food Tourist RE: redearth Feb 6, 2008 04:13 AM

                                                                                                  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
                                                                                                    redearth RE: Food Tourist Feb 6, 2008 04:32 PM

                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                  Davedigger RE: mlukan Feb 20, 2008 11:28 AM

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

                                                                                              2. e
                                                                                                EtobicokeSlim RE: TdotFoodKing Feb 8, 2008 09:44 AM

                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                Show Hidden Posts