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Jun 23, 2009 10:23 AM

Carpe Diem! New pizza on King East

A new pizzeria/cafe called "Carpe Diem!" opened this week at 263 King St. East, just past Sherbourne. Popped in today and tried a slice to go and was very impressed. The pizza slices are square and very thick -- think 2 to 3 inches thick -- but with authentic Italian ingredients. The margherita was great, just sauce, good mozzarella and a few basil leaves. It looked plain but it was very flavourful all the way through. I really like the dough: it was a bit chewy and soft but the crispness of the toppings held it all together nicely.

It's a small menu, just four types of slices and a couple salads listed on a whiteboard, along with an espresso maker and the usual array of espresso coffees, which I didn't try. It's just a counter and two tables, though it was way too hot to consider eating inside today with the pizza ovens going. But on first impression this seems like a great new option for cheap quick takeout in an area that needs it.

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  1. Sounds great, Gary! As a true pizzahound I will be heading there ASAP.

    Thanks for the heads up.

    1. Had a couple of slices/squares for lunch today. Will go back for sure - nice to have a take-away pizza joint in the neighbourhood!

      1. Thanks, I too will be checking it out!

        1. Just adding a place link.

          Carpe Diem! Cafe
          263 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

          1. Thank God it's not one of these pizza places trying to be too good for take-out (cough, terroni. cough, libretto)

            Sounds great


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            1. re: duckdown

              i'm sorry, but what exactly is wrong with take-out at terroni? i've called my order in advance or just dropped in and it never takes more than 15 minutes to get a nice fresh meal out. they offer me a seat and even a glass of water (which i expect but don't always get at other places) and get my bill settled quickly. i much prefer it to eating in when the noise levels become ridiculous.

              1. re: duckdown

                Too good for take-out? What does that even mean? And what's the problem with a restaurant wanting to focus on being a dining in establishment? Besides, they both do take-out. They just don't have slices sitting on the counter for people to walk in and buy.