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Aug 27, 2008 08:19 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen.....The new Champ Pizzeria Libretto

I had the pleasure of visiting Toronto's newest and pizzeria tonight and WOW, it lived up to the hype and much more. As soon as we walked in we were greeted by the manager Jamie who welcomed us very cordially to a very beautiful modern restaurant which I was pleasantly surprised with. For the first night being open to the public they seemed pretty organized and the kitchen had a nice flow. The waiter immediately brought us some nice breads with olive oil and balsamic and a lovely Prosecco all of which was excellent. We ordered the buttermilk calamari from which was recommended by our waiter and it was a good recommendation. The breading was light and flavorful and the calamari was cooked perfectly. It had a wonderful sauce underneath which had a little bit of heat, I had that aching feeling of desperation to lick the bowl which I think should be made proper etiquette for good sauces. The wife and I each ordered a Margherita Pizza since we have been craving it as we haven't been to New York in a while and didn't want to share. For me it was perfect, the crust was exactly the way I like it, a crispy outside with a soft and chewy inside with a little bit of char and salty flavor. The sauce was nice and chunky and mixed perfectly with the mozzarella. Its the best pizza Ive had in Town and one upped Terroni IMHO. If they can keep the quality in line with what I had tonight this place is going to be an instant success. The only thing I question being a problem in this city is the communal tables as Torontoninans generally like to keep to themselves, I didnt have a problem with it myself though. We then ended off the meal with a canolli and the lemon Gelati which were both excellent especially the Gelati. I took a few picks of the food but didnt want to spoil the look of the restaurant as the pictures didnt do it justice. Hope you enjoy the food porn and check out the joint for yourself, if you like REAL pizza I promise you wont regret it.

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  1. What was the approximate damage to your wallet for that delicious-sounding meal?

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    1. re: Pincus

      Buttermilk Calamari $9, Pizza's Were $12 each and the canoli was $3 and lemon gelati was $5. Including all that and a few glasses of the sparkling prosecco espresso, a latte for the wife and taxes it was $59 which to me is pretty reasonable for the quality and quantity of everything we had. If you were going to go and have a couple of pizzas and cokes it would be just as reasonable as your local chain pizzerias and about twice the quality and service. I was actually surprised that the price was fairly reasonable considering Toronto's lack of great pizza joints and Terroni's Monopoly on this type of pizza.

      1. re: mlukan

        Was this cannoli the real deal (orange-flavour, chocolate and pistachio) or was it bland?

        1. re: merlot143

          Meh.... it was not the highlight of the meal, I would certainly recommend the Gelati over it, I didnt get a nice picture of the Gelati because I started eating it before I remembered to take a shot. The canolli was fairly bland and not the best Ive ever had but at the time I wasn't disappointed because I was still thinking about the pizza.

    2. oh yeah, that pizza looks awesome.

      id ask them to cut my calimari thinner, i like a more crispy kind

      looks great...cant wait for take-out to be ready

      1. I went to their website and it mentioned that they have communal tables? Are there some private tables? I don't like sharing a table.

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        1. re: Tabinet

          I ate there last night as well and yes there were some private tables. Keep in mind that they are not currently taking reservations so go early if you want a private table.

          I had the Duck Confit pizza and pear salad which was delicious! Wine list is very interesting and very reasonably priced.

          1. re: lorie007

            Thanks for the information. I don't really get the point of communal tables - does anyone enjoy eating like that? I'm a social/people-phobe...why not have more smaller tables instead of one big one?

            This place is vaguely in my neighbourhood [if I really stretch] so I will definitely check it out. I'm vegetarian, but their pizza looks delicious!

            1. re: Tabinet

              The general discussion of whether you do or don't like communal tables is off topic for this regional board, so we'd ask that if this discussion continues, you start a new thread on the Not About Food board, or join this recent discussion:

              Of course, if you have anything specific to report about the communal tables at Pizzeria Libretto, you're welcome to continue the discussion here.

              1. re: Tabinet

                ...personally I like the whole communal thing, I find it to be PL, the communal table is less than half of the seating, the only fault in it in this case, actually this tends to be an issue elsewhere too, is having enough room on the table for all the plates -- especially large pizza ones -- we took up what would be twice our allowed space if people were sitting all around us...

              2. re: lorie007

                I was so tempted to have the Duck confit pizza but had to have the margherita first, thanks for the recommendation, Im gonna get it for sure tonight, yes I'm going again because I dont feel like I got my fix. Cant stop thinking about it.

              3. re: Tabinet

                Yes they do have some private tables. People seemed to stay slightly away from each other at the communal tables anyway, there was one chair between each group of people.

              4. I was also there last night (in fact, I think I was walking in when you were trying to capture a pic of the outside?). I couldn't believe how busy this place was for opening night!

                To test the waters I, too, ordered the margherita pie. I thought the crust was DELICIOUS. The sprinkling of salt was fantastic. If i have one minor quibble, it's that the centre of my pizza became limp and soggy as it sat. I'm not sure if it's because it may have been rolled slightly too thin to stand up to the wetness of the tomato topping, or if the oven was in such constant use it cooled down just enough to slightly under bake the bottom. Regardless, I finished every last bite.

                My husband got the sardine pizza. Sardines and black olives (not pitted). No cheese. It was really yummy, and I don't think his was soggy at all

                I truly look forward to going back for more of the tasty food and great service.

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                1. re: Delish

                  By total chance I was walking past on opening night, even though I'd just had dinner I couldn't resist popping in to try the pizza. From the moment you walk in you have a great feeling, the staff are super friendly and the place was bustling mere hours after opening.

                  I just had a margarita which was great, the key for me was the super rich tomato sauce. This is the first true contender for Terroni's I've had in Toronto.

                  1. re: Delish

                    I was also there opening night with a couple of friends and was blown away by the quality of the food and how smoothly service ran for their first night. I'll post a review soon. But as a preview, the sardine pizza and the carmelized onion & italian saussage pizza will both blow your mind. Rocco and Max are so earnestly passionate about their pizza they can't help but make a superior product. For my money, probably the best pizza i've had in the city.

                  2. According to their online menu the Duck Confit pizza is $154...does that sound a little steep to anyone else? :)

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                    1. re: Strongbad789


                      but that better be one hellofa pizza :)