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Apr 30, 2008 04:42 PM

Bye Bye Peter's Cajun Creole Pizza, Hello Magic Oven

Magic Oven is moving into the former space of the Only In Paradise Cafe at 360 Queen St E at Parliament right around the corner of Peter's. It'll take a long time to get that space in order after what the former owners have done to it. Having a-ny-thing on that corner that isn't scary to eat is an improvement. I'll be sure to report when the doors are open.

It won't replace Fusilli for a great pasta fix, but I'm looking forward to the first ever pizza joint in the 'hood. Can anyone tell me if they serve wine at Magic Oven? Not really important as I can walk it home and it'll still be hot, but kinda nice to know. Thanks gang.

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  1. lol, that would be my first question -- wine? According to the website, it will be a full-service site and so therefore will have wine and beer. The only concern is that it will be organic wine and beer, which is fine believe me, but kinda limits the choices for us wine drinkers for whom the organic part doesn't particularly matter. You can download a menu for the 360 site here -

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    1. re: JamieK

      Thanks for that. Yeah, I took a look at the menu online before posting. Looks like the kind of place that'll make me happier than hubby. Healthy pizza may seem like some kind of perverse joke to him. Organic red wine, unless something has reeeeally changed, still doesn't interest me. A quick sprint home to a simple Sangiovese may be best.

      1. re: Googs

        I was there recently, and they had beer and wine.
        I wasn't crazy about the food. I had pizza with spelt crust (the hook for me). It tasted good, though the nothing special. But the cost of $17-$18 was high for a pizza the size of a large dinner plate. Maybe it's the local ingredients that drive up the cost. I dunno.

    2. I've never been to Peter's, are they any good?
      That Tasty Burger place is kind of scary lookin, but then again so is DD's over near Broadview and I eat there :)

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      1. re: 50firstdatesguy

        Peter's was good in the past, but it's been terrible now for years. I wouldn't normally fete the arrival of a chain. That's how bad they are. If you need pizza in the Cabbage-/Cork-town area, try Big Momma's Boy. Expensive for 'za, but very good.

        Do not, I repeat, DO NOT eat at Mr Tasty. Trust your instinct on this one.

        1. re: 50firstdatesguy

          I had Peter's a couple years back and it wasn't that great and spiced in a heartburn city category.

          I havn't had food from a Magic Oven in about a year. It was above average but thought it was way overpriced. Partner's new diet might encourge use to return though.

          1. re: 50firstdatesguy

            I was at Peter's about a month ago I ordered an Italian sandwich and gotta say its was pretty bad! Truly disappointing. Working in an office in that hood has encouraged brown bagging it.

            1. re: cityplacegirl

              If you want Italian at lunch time, try Fusilli on Queen at River. True, traditional southern Italian cuisine. Dishes are deceivingly simple in their execution, but each mouthful is pure heaven.

              If you give me the intersection you work at, I can probably suggest a few other restos.

              1. re: Googs

                Queen and Berkeley

                The Berkeley Cafe is pretty good. Also I like the food at Magnia & Bevi on King Street (though i find when you order the take out from the owner he can work on his customer service, he likes to correct the way customers pronounce items on his menu but his does it in an unfriendly way)

                Will check out Fusilli and anymore suggestions you might have.

                Thanks Googs!

                1. re: cityplacegirl

                  You won't get any of that attitude from Giuseppe at Fusilli. Just a big AAAAYYYY and a smile. Like dining with family which sometimes you are. The resto is a family affair. His wife makes the only tiramisu I'll eat.

                  Not sure what kind of food you like, but here's what's nearby.

                  Right around the corner from your work at Richmond & Ontario is the fabulous Mengrai Thai. The name rather says it all. Further afield, if you're in the mood for diner style lunch, the try Zoulpy's at King & Princess. Very big portions, very reasonable prices. Be warned: Sandwiches are large enough for two people or at least a lunch and a half. Then there's the delightful Ms Constance cooking up French bistro fare at Weezie's on King at Power. You could compare mac & cheeses! Is it a greasy spoon burger day? Then you want Patrician Grill on the south side of King, west of Sherbourne. If you really want to test your high heel speed you might just make it to Jamie Kennedy's Gilead Cafe or all day healthy and tasty breakfast at Morning Glory. That's what I can think of right away.

                  Nothing wrong with the brown bag BTW. Healthier, lower cost, lower waste. It's all good.

                  354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

                  531 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A1V1, CA

                  82 Ontario Street, Toronto, ON M5A 2V3, CA

                  Patrician Grill
                  219 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1J9, CA

                  Zoulpy's Deli Restaurant - duplicate
                  244 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

                  Gilead - duplicate
                  4 Gilead Pl, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

                  Morning Glory Cafe
                  457 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1L6, CA

                  1. re: Googs

                    That's awesome! Thanks again for the recommendations Googs.