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Jan 7, 2009 05:39 PM

Amazing Ottawa and Montreal style pizza in Toronto - Dundas Pizza

I had to register to Chowhound for the simple fact that I can't believe Dundas Pizza (3088 Dundas ST W, Tel: (416) 763-2121) hasn't been brought up here at all! Ottawa pizza and Montreal pizza are some of the best styles of pizza around (IMO). For those who know what I'm talking about - I know there are many of you out there... I found this tiny place on Dundas just east of Runnymede a few months ago and can't stop ordering for myself or to share with others who have become hooked as well. The pizza is very reminiscent of pizza I've had in both these cities.

The details:

3088 Dundas ST W (east of Runnymede)
Tel: (416) 763-2121
Dundas Pizza is call ahead and pick-up only.
The price is very reasonable.

The pizza:
The pizza is very flavourful. The toppings are plentiful. The cheese goes all the way into the crust and the dough is a good dense dough, but interestingly still very light and always perfectly cooked; just brown enough without being over cooked.

I've ordered different pizza toppings from here, veg only and meat - both have been completely delicous all around.

Their slices are good for lunch - which I've grabbed quickly if I'm lucky enough to be around at lunch.

The place:

This is a small pizza place - no tables. The pizza baker (owner, I think) is really friendly and takes good care to make sure your pizza is exactly as you like it.

If you like pizza (which really, who doesn't?) and are sick and tired of paper thin pizzas or those that taste like cardboard, then try this place out.

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  1. what is an ottawa style pizza? pizza with a beaver tail on it?

    6 Replies
    1. re: Pigurd

      Ha! My thoughts exactly. I've lived the vast majority of my life in Ottawa and I have no idea what Ottawa style pizza entails (i.e. I doubt the existence of such a thing).

      1. re: vorpal

        Did you ever order non-chain pizza? It is pizza with a soft crust, not thin, but not overly bready, with toppings underneath a large quantity of cheese. If you're used to pizzas in Toronto, you will likely almost drop the boxes when the delivery guy hands them to you on your first time, as you don't expect the pizzas to be that heavy.

        1. re: tjr

          hmm, what is the difference between a montreal style pizza and ottawa?

          1. re: Pigurd

            They are roughly equivalent.

            1. re: Pigurd

              montreal pizza tastes better. Ottawa pizza is usually made by non-italians (lots of lebanese in Ottawa make pizza's). Montreal pizza's usually also have a distinctive sauce that you can't find in Toronto. Not sure what the seasoning is, but if you grow up with it, it defines what a pizza is...

              1. re: mark.kaminski

                I've tried Montreal pizzas, Ottawa is still the best. Yes, and the Lebanese know how to make great pizzas. The Lebanese in the city own mom and pop shops that have been around for 30 years or more. They're proud of the food they make and they should be.

      2. So are the toppings under the cheese like in Montreal?

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        1. re: childofthestorm

          Yes, most of the toppings are under the cheese.

          Ottawa-style pizza is one that has alot of cheese, alot of toppings, thicker crust and flavourful sauce. In short it is pizza that fills you up in a slice or two of pizza goodness!! IMHO this the best pizza in the city..hands down!

          1. re: Super Food Gal

            I know this may seem a bit silly, but what are your favourite pizza places in Montreal/Ottawa? Just to get a comparison...

            1. re: tjr

              Sorry for the delayed response. In Ottawa, my faves are Joe's Pizza and Lorenzo's. I would highly recommend you to stop in or call in (416.763.2121) to order a pizza. I wouldn't follow those who have not ordered a full, fresh pizza.

              1. re: Super Food Gal

                Hear, hear. Now that Ottawa style pizza has been pointed out to me, I know exactly what is being talked about. Growing up with it, I didn't realize that this wasn't the norm. Lorenzo's is absolutely fabulous: the best pizza hands down I've had in years.

        2. I wonder if this was "The only authentic Montreal style pizza" that montrealer70 wouldn't tell us about

          1. Been there for a slice.

            Although judging places on a slice rather than a fresh-made pizza isn't totally fair, I found the crust a bit too crunchy for my liking. From my dim memories of Montreal pizza, the crust was always soft and thick.

            I agree this place would be great for lunch because the slice was filling. If I ever get the chance to do take-out of a fresh pie, I will report back!

            4 Replies
            1. re: Pincus

              Other than the crust, what were the cheese/toppings like?

              1. re: tjr

                The cheese was very plentiful and on top if I recall correctly. Toppings were veggie and seemed fairly fresh (tomato slices I remember for sure and green peppers?). I never connected it with Montreal pizza though because of the crust style. It was thick, but crunchy.

                1. re: Pincus

                  I guess the search continues. I'll stop in and try it if I'm in the area though.

                  1. re: tjr

                    If you get a chance, check out his chicken offerings. They actually looked quite good, but I didn't want to overindulge when I was there.

              1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

                Colonnade Pizza in ottawa is the ne plus ultra of ottawa pizza. it's heaven, but not really "true italian" pizza. if the pizza debate is a semantic one for you, then forgetaboutit. But if you're wiling to call dough, cheese, sauce and toppings pizza - and I am - then you may well love Ottawa or Montreal pizza. Not deep dish, but thick, cheese on top. And Colonnade is just the best of that.

                1. re: metalmicky

                  Really? I never liked Colonnade - too soggy in the middle.

                  I do like mid-thick crust pizza though, which seems to be the definition of so-called Ottawa pizza. We used to order from the Prescott pub on Elgin. It's a square pie, and pretty basic, but tasty.

                  1. re: piccola

                    We ordered pizza from Dundas Pizza last night due to this post. It was great! I'm from Ottawa and I never realized there was such a thing as "Ottawa-style pizza" until I read this thread, and I realized, "Oh yeah! That IS what pizza is like in Ottawa!"

                    We'd called Vesuvio's, and the order we wanted (two small pizzas) would have come to $37. Normally we order from King Slice, and it's really good and slightly cheaper, but I wanted a change. I thought of Dundas Pizza! We called ahead and asked if they had any deals for two small or two medium pizzas, and the guy said he'd give us two mediums with three toppings each for $22 on the condition that we came and picked it up. we decided to go for it. My husband got ham, bacon and pineapple. It had real strips of bacon! Looked good. I got a veggie pizza. The tomatoes were a little pale, but otherwise it was yummy. And it was SO filling. A nice dense, thicker dough, and heaps of cheese. We have tons left over.

                    We will order from here again, for sure!! Thanks for the recommendation.

                    1. re: Sarah Cat

                      How was the crust on a fresh pie? Mine might have gotten crunchy from being around all day. Did it seem like a yeast-raised dough to you?

                      1. re: Pincus

                        The crust was wonderful! Not crunchy at all. It was dense and seemed yeast-raised. And SOOOO much wonderful cheese!

                      2. re: Sarah Cat

                        Sarah Cat,

                        I am super glad that you thoroughly enjoy this pizza. This was my first post on CH. I've also eaten Vesuvio's and King Slice, and I completely agree they are worlds apart from Dundas Pizza.

                        Your welcome for the recommendation.

                        1. re: Sarah Cat

                          Totally agree. I'm from Ottawa too...and until now, didn't realize there was 'Ottawa-style pizza'...although, I've always thought there was 'Ottawa-style sauce'. However, I am by far no expert on take out pizza. Maybe it's just because there was more of the sauce on the pizzas...but when I'm back in Ottawa visiting relatives, and there's pizza involved (which I'll admit, is quite a rare occasion) I've noticed that the sauce is a little sweeter. Again, probably because there's just more of it...