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Panago Pizza - coming to Avenue Road

domesticgodess Jun 15, 2009 04:09 PM

As I was driving home today, I noticed a sign on a store that Panago Pizza was coming soon!! The store is located on avenue road (on the west side) near old orchard.
I am thrilled that they will be in the neighborhood as I have been a fan for 3 years now!!
Will keep everyone posted.

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    Greekfood Koukla Jun 15, 2009 05:44 PM

    Saw this too. I've only seen the commercials, but have never tried it. What's it like? What would you compare it to of the pizza places we have in Toronto?

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      domesticgodess Jun 15, 2009 06:31 PM

      If you seach for Panago on this board you will see other discussions.
      However I will give you a quick recap: To begin with the place is spotless. I mean SPOTLESS!!. As for the pizza - I love it - the crust, the cheese, the sauce,- its a far better quality pizza than other chains. But I must admit, Im not eating pizza every week. Probably three times a year and we really dont experiment. Its either Panago or Pizza Pizza when Im desperate.
      You should try it. You wont be disappointed.

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        food face Jun 27, 2009 05:18 PM

        I just tried Panago for the first time. It was delish. It's sort of like the less greasy and better quality version of Pizza Hut. Love it.

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          Davwud Jun 29, 2009 07:03 PM

          I was thinking that it was like Pizza Hut used to be when it was good. I wasn't sure so I didn't say anything.

          DT

    2. Davwud Jun 18, 2009 07:17 AM

      I made a special trip up to the one at Dufferin and Steeles. I wouldn't say that it's a wasted trip but not one I'd do again.

      The pizza it's self is good. Nothing great but a good solid pizza. You walk across the street to Panago instead of going to Pizza Pizza. The lunch special of a personal pizza and drink for $6 is a pretty good deal. I can eat more than that much pizza but it's fine.

      So all in all, of the chains in the city, it's one of the better ones but it's not in the elite class.

      DT

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        theresah Jun 18, 2009 12:02 PM

        This pizza is great. I was wondering if anyone knows what is going in the old Shoppers Drug Mart spot at Avenue and Woburn. It would be nice if it was a fresh veg/fruit market. This area really lacks great produce at reasonable prices.

        Any help would be great.

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          CarNut Jun 30, 2009 07:01 AM

          CIBC. Sorry!

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            callitasicit Jun 30, 2009 09:30 AM

            Is it open yet at the Avenue Road location?

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        magic Oct 27, 2009 10:55 AM

        It looks like this loaction is pretty close to opening now. Any info on an exact date??

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          domesticgodess Oct 28, 2009 06:17 PM

          i was pretty sure it looked open as I drove by the other day but clearly from magic's post, its not!! ITs been FOREVER. As you can see, I really really like their pizza.

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            magic Oct 28, 2009 06:49 PM

            It's darn close to open, or so it appears, but no, I don't think it's open. Close though.

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              food face Oct 28, 2009 06:59 PM

              Panago- Your'e killin me! What does it take for an uptowner to get some of the good stuff? I'm dyin over here!

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                domesticgodess Oct 31, 2009 11:57 AM

                its open!! hip hip hooray...guess who's having pizza for dinner on sunday? LOL

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                  magic Oct 31, 2009 02:22 PM

                  Right on. Thanks for the update....!

                  And enjoy :)

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                    magic Oct 31, 2009 06:35 PM

                    Brave soul that I am, I ventured there today. Halloween night. Dinner rush. Second day open for business. I must've been desperate. They were surprisingly on top of things tho. Although they were absolutely slammed and obviously trying to cope with all the usual kinks of a grand opening they were pretty good! They were smart. They had at least a dozen staff on hand. Can't tell you how many pizza places I've been to on Halloween that didn't have the common sense to have half of the staff that this new Panago had working tonight. When they knew they would need it. So good for them! I must say, there were a few kinks (got some toppings wrong a friend's pizza, and a couple other mistakes as well). But I knew this going in, and I certainly would not hold it against them considering the circumstances. All in all, well done for them, right.

                    The ‘cheesy meatball’ pizza was absolutely delish. Damn tasty meatballs. The BBQ chicken pizza was nice, but no better/no worse than most chain BBQ chicken pies. Fairly typical, somewhat forgettable. Would def return for the meatball pizza tho. And again, snaps to them on sending me on my way in 20 mins on one of the busiest night of the year, and on their opening weekend no less.

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                      domesticgodess Oct 31, 2009 06:46 PM

                      thanks for the review. Im delighted to hear that they are busy!!
                      Most likely I will do delivery tomorrow nite.
                      I have a feeling this place will be a hit in the neighborhood.

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                        food face Oct 31, 2009 07:00 PM

                        I had Panago today too at this location. Halloweened it up. The meatballs where very good. No tomato sauce just the meatballs and gooey cheese. Terrific. This is not only the best chain pizza I've had but the best pizza in Toronto I've had. Fresh toppings, tons of cheese with a great sauce.

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                          magic Nov 1, 2009 04:09 PM

                          I actually made a mistake, Panago did not get any toppings wrong after all. My bad. Yay Panago for getting a fairly complicated order out 100% on such a crazy night.

                          Respect.

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                            abigllama Nov 2, 2009 01:21 AM

                            We get those meatballs on every pizza from Panago, they're awesome!

                2. duckdown Oct 31, 2009 12:20 PM

                  Their specialty are the chicken pizzas. If you're just getting pepperoni, green peppers and mushrooms or something, how remarkable is it going to be really.. you gotta get adventerous at panago, haha

                  I like their tropical chicken pizza.

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                    PizzaLuver Nov 26, 2009 04:07 PM

                    WORST delivery service EVER. Ordered from them a bunch of times and were consistently late. Don't order from this location unless you feel like waiting 2 hours for your pizza. Completely ridiculous and not even close to the quality you get out West. FAIL.

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                      robb Nov 26, 2009 06:48 PM

                      Picked up from this location a couple of weeks ago. Lots of really good things....great concept.....really nice staff.....cool oven.....spotless (it is only 2 weeks old).......really intersting pizza choices and dips.....they give you a thermal bag to keep your pie warm....Only I negative...the pizzas sucked-I mean really sucked. Lousy flavor...very acidic sauce...toppings are under the cheese so every bite causes a large exodus of toppings.....crust was like cardboard....wanted so much to love this place. Reminded me a lot of bad Pizza Hut pizza.

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