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Jun 3, 2009 12:15 PM

What happened to Massimo's Pizza ??

We used to order from Massimo's Pizza on College at least once a week. The Margarita Pizza was always consistently awesome.
Around three months ago things started to change.
The pizza was noticeably inferior , and the other things like the House Salad were no longer as good.
Giving them the benefit of the doubt, we kept trying...
Same outcome. Definitely not the same awesome-ness as in the past.
So we stopped ordering, until recently when we gave it one last shot.
Upon receiving the same inferior results, we called to question what had happened.
The person on the phone said that the owner had fired the chefs/pizza makers that had been working there for years.

Bad idea....

Oh well, it was great while it lasted....

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  1. It seems to be completely staffed/run by Asians now. No, I'm not racist against Asians, but it's just not the same. If I went to a Chinese restaurant and found all the staff to be Polish, I'd be put off as well.

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    1. re: ziggystardust

      I saw Asians there 20 years ago, and their pizzas were very good, and remained so over the years.

      1. re: ziggystardust

        I'm sure there will be some who say Massimo's hasn't been good since 1974.

        1. re: ziggystardust

          I actually asked the current operator, what had happened to the Asian gentlemen who worked there. He told me that the owner had recently fired them.
          Bad move! They made the best pizza...

          1. re: ziggystardust

            I have to confess that I've had way too many bad or mediocre pizzas made by Italians to buy this.

          2. My last pizza from about a month ago was a decline too. Also ordered over the phone and they were out of a couple of the regular toppings we get which was weird. The person on the phone didn't seem to understand when I ordered beef (which is actually tasty sliced up meatballs) and then said "the chef says we don't have that now". I asked if it was off the menu or just out..and they didn't seem to understand what I was talking about.

            I hope this is temporary because it's my favourite delivery pie in the city.

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            1. re: abigllama

              Had a slice of the arriabiatta this afternoon - not bad, seems to be returning to the original stuff. For the past year (ever since the Restaurant Makeover) the pizza has been pretty crappy until today - thankfully.

              1. re: jkmanosque

                I had a pepperoni slice from there a couple days ago and it was great - it was super-fresh, right out of the oven (bubbling hot! yow!), so that may have had something to do with it. For a slice on the run, Bitondo is my favourite followed by Massimo.

                1. re: jkmanosque

                  Same boat- they got Restaurant Makeover'd, and the quality and quantity went down. I needed a quick fix the other day and it was actually decent. In no way am I back to the slice-a-week habit, but it was nice to see.

                  And Im pretty sure the original family is still there, spawn of Massimo and his brother.

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                1. been asian since as long as i can remember.... and never very good

                  neither is bitondos!

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                  1. re: duckdown

                    I agree about Bitondo's, .... overrated

                    1. re: ziggystardust

                      thank god someone agrees, lol... i never understood the hype on this place and usually get flamed every time i say it's not good

                      1. re: duckdown

                        You remind me I have to try this place out. Maybe I will get a slice and then go to Caplansky's for a backup meal just in case. :)

                        As for Massimo's, been there once, solidly mediocre experience, can't see making a special trip there ever again unless there are a LOT of rave reviews here.

                        1. re: Pincus

                          I have never liked Massimo's.. then again I went after R. Makeover

                        2. re: duckdown

                          It's partly a matter of taste, but also what you grew up with. Bitondo reminds me the most of the pizzas I had growing up when we would visit relatives in NYC (Brooklyn) and Boston every summer. On the flipside, I've tried John's around the corner, which a lot of people here have raved about, and it's just about the worst pizza I've ever had in Toronto. Maybe I've just had bad luck there.

                          1. re: simplepieman

                            massimo's was brilliant about 15 years ago, the shine faded with time and restaurant makeover was the final nail in the coffin

                          2. re: duckdown

                            To me, it's like the emporer who wears no clothes. Everyone thinks they're supposed to like it, so they do. I'm not saying it's bad, it's just not as incredible-to-die-for as many people say it is. I agree with simplepieman, John's around the corner is much worse.

                      2. Went back today for a second slice this week and I take back everything I said in my earlier post - the slice i bought today (arrabiatta) was disgusting; sort of reminded me of pizza toppings on wonder bread - the crust was soggy, seemed almost unbaked. Didn't recognize any of the workers from previous years. It ranked up there with the worst pizza I've ever had - too bad I once really enjoy their slices - what happened since the Makeover show????

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                        1. re: jkmanosque

                          Since the makeover show, their slices got smaller to fit into the carousel food warmer (gross!), in addition to some design changes that, in my opinion, robbed some of the disputable charm the joint had previously.

                          It still serves as the post-drunk walk home is just pizza after all.