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Pizzeria Libretto anyone know when its doors open at 221 ossington?

mlukan Aug 1, 2008 04:51 PM

I'm so stoked. Anyone know anything besides REAL Neapolitan pizza?

  1. duckdown Aug 27, 2008 01:11 PM

    Looking at the pizza on their menus -- is it raw sliced tomatoes or a tomato sauce?

    I'm not big on raw tomatoes on my pizza... but a tomato sauce with wonderful mozzerella and basil on a wood fired pizza sounds perfect

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    1. re: duckdown
      Pantz Aug 28, 2008 09:56 AM

      I think the canned San Marzano's are run through a food mill to achieve a sauce. The tomatoes are basically "cooked" by the canning process and by the time they've been blasted by a 900 degree oven they are definitely not raw.

      Looking forward to trying this place. I'd love to see the oven!

    2. duckdown Aug 27, 2008 11:16 AM

      Need them to start doing take-out.

      1. r
        rlouise Aug 27, 2008 11:06 AM

        It's now open! looks so good.


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        1. re: rlouise
          Food Tourist Aug 27, 2008 07:47 PM

          Sign out front said they were officially opening today at 5 pm. Can't wait to check it out!

          1. re: Food Tourist
            Pincus Aug 27, 2008 08:24 PM

            Well, I know where I'm going tomorrow.

            1. re: Food Tourist
              Food Tourist Aug 31, 2008 10:56 PM

              I just wrote a long review and then my computer ate it.

              So here's another version:
              Enjoyed dinner on Sunday night. Highlight was the excellent service and the house-made sausage pizza ($13), though the sausage itself was so-so. Margherita pizza ($12) was too soft with skimpy toppings (basil in clump in centre). Apparently all ingredients go into the oven raw, so the longer they need cooking, the crispier (better) the pizza becomes. Another factor may be elapsed time between oven and table as we suspect the margherita was waiting around before being delivered. Marscapone-hazelnut bruschetta ($6 for 3 pieces including olives and red pepper on side) is too crunchy (overtoasted) with weird topping. Would stick to conventional ingredients next visit. Burrata-heirloom tomato salad ($7) lacked runny-soft texture to the cheese and not enough taste to the tomatoes themselves considering their pedigree, but enjoyable nonetheless. Chocolate-hazelnut sorbetto ($5 for 3 small scoops, one small yummy biscotti and 3 raspberries as garnish) reminded us of flavourful fudgesicle! Slightly sour Reunion Island espresso ($3) and average pinot noir ($6.50) didn't do much to round out the meal, but the all-Italian wine list is both affordable and accessible as every one is available by the glass, ranging from $4.50 to $12. Yes, we'd return, but will try other menu offerings. Take-out appears to be available already, as evidenced by the people leaving with 5 boxes piled high. Great vibe and music that appeals to 30-somethings.

              1. re: Food Tourist
                duckdown Sep 1, 2008 12:56 AM

                wow, i visited again tonight and was right behind 2 guys getting 5 takeout pizzas, piled on top of eachother

                i was right behind them but only got a single margherita pizza... I wonder if you were there when I was :) This was probably around 8 or 9pm I think.. maybe later

                my pizza was 80% sauce this time with 15% mozzerella and 5% basil

                The mozzerella is great but theres SO little of it... I love their tomato sauce but there was a serious lack of mozzerella

                My pizza was nice and crisp this time though.... I'm going to go ahead and say theyre still having consistency issues but it has potential to be awesome.

                I was planning on getting my Caplanskys takeout tonight but it was closed!

                1. re: duckdown
                  Food Tourist Sep 1, 2008 08:08 AM

                  We seem to be following each other around, dd! I was there from 9 pm on. This place has major potential.

                  I heard Caplansky had a big party on Friday - darn, I missed it!

                  1. re: Food Tourist
                    duckdown Sep 1, 2008 08:40 AM

                    Hehehe yeah we always seem to miss eachother

                    I've only tried the margherita so far, but next I will try either the prosciutto pizza or the sausage one.. I am fans of both so it would hard to go wrong with them

                    I popped in for the Caplansky's grand opening party on the Friday but there was no way to tell if people were fellow forum goers, I didn't stick around but it looked alright

                    Cheers :-)

          2. duckdown Aug 9, 2008 12:48 PM

            Let me know when the take-out is ready :)

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            1. re: duckdown
              erly Aug 9, 2008 01:25 PM

              Is this restaurant affiliated with the Silver Spoon, or is it the former Chef from Silver Spoon opening his own restaurant?
              I very much enjoyed the food at Silver Spoon, but would not return because of server issues. I would be delighted to have Chef's food at another venue.

              1. re: erly
                Marimba Aug 10, 2008 06:56 AM

                It's the owner/chef from Silver Spoon opening a pizza parlour...love the Spoon!...Marimba!

                1. re: Marimba
                  futronic Aug 10, 2008 08:15 AM

                  Looking forward to this!

                  1. re: futronic
                    visualhornet Aug 19, 2008 02:24 PM

                    So are these guys open yet? Craving some pizza for

                    1. re: visualhornet
                      laurelmcg Aug 20, 2008 11:02 AM

                      I walked by yesterday and the windows are still papered up with the coming soon sign. So excited for this to open. Who knew Ossington would become the next hot spot!

                      1. re: visualhornet
                        dragonflygrl Aug 21, 2008 04:48 PM

                        I got a peek inside the other day, and had the chance to speak briefly with the manager. They are aiming to open around the 26th,(Aug).

              2. Recyclor Aug 8, 2008 07:31 AM

                This place is news to me, and it sounds great!...any chance they have a wood fired oven?

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                1. re: Recyclor
                  mlukan Aug 8, 2008 08:11 AM

                  Yes they have a Wood-burning oven which was made from a third generation pizza oven builder in Naples and shipped here.

                2. c
                  cutehinano Aug 7, 2008 07:42 PM

                  Is it supposed to be a sit down type restaurant or a take out place? I live down the street so I'm super excited.

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                  1. re: cutehinano
                    pizzeria_libretto Aug 8, 2008 07:09 PM

                    it is a full service restaurant that will be open for dinner only to start. In September we will start lunch and take out, and then not too soon after delivery.

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                    Pincus Aug 2, 2008 04:07 AM

                    If all those ingredients get used, I will be visiting regularly!

                    1. p
                      pizzeria_libretto Aug 1, 2008 08:43 PM

                      I'm the proprietor of Pizzeria Libretto. We were trying to open for August 8th, but have been delayed with construction by one week. We should be open for mid August. We will be making pizza according to the VPN guide lines. The rest of the menu consists of appetizers, salads, house-made salumi, and formaggi.

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                      1. re: pizzeria_libretto
                        mlukan Aug 1, 2008 09:21 PM

                        Thanks for the reply. Nice to hear it right from the source. Ive read the guidelines you will be following and I LOVE IT. REAL PIZZA for real pizza lovers. Cant wait to try it!! Please post when you have opened your doors for us pizza starving Torontonians and good luck with your business.

                        1. re: pizzeria_libretto
                          dragonflygrl Aug 8, 2008 07:03 AM

                          Do you have a website for Pizzeria Libretto?

                          1. re: dragonflygrl
                            pizzeria_libretto Aug 8, 2008 07:02 PM

                            it will be live with menus and all other info very soon.
                            thanks for the interest

                            1. re: pizzeria_libretto
                              salumifan Aug 26, 2008 07:33 AM

                              Any chance that the restaurant is opening up this week for dinner?

                              1. re: salumifan
                                mmmarmoset Aug 26, 2008 08:18 AM

                                Last night there was a sign on the door that said they were having a private party, but would be open to the public tonight.

                                (I'm a frequent reader and new poster...looking forward to participating in the Toronto chow discussions!)

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