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Nov 11, 2009 06:15 AM

Buddha Pie - anyone been??

BlogTO profiled Buddha Pie, in the Junction area, as having the best margherita pizza around.

I'm in Roncesvalles so it's close by, anyone know if it's worth trying?

Here's the link to the BlogTO post:


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    1. re: ingloriouseater

      No relation to Buddha Dog. I think the line they're both using is "make me one with everything".

      Buddha Dog
      163 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R2L3, CA

    2. I went. It's tucked away up on Annette Street in High Park. To be clear, the place is more “urban-hipster” then “Mom and Pop” ---so don’t be thrown off by sparse decorations or Allman Brothers jamming in the background.

      It’s DEFINITELY worth checking out though (or taking out)...

I've been twice now and have tried both the "Old School" Pepperoni and the "Zen" Margherita and really enjoyed them both. 

I found the Menu online at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Toronto...

      The Pepperoni and the Cheese on the "Old School" were delicious and according to the owner, both from the notable Cheese Boutique (in Toronto). The homemade sauce was killer and you could really taste the fresh Basil. 

      The (signature) "Zen's" Valaroso "Robusto" Style Pear Tomatoes (the closest they could find to the San Marzano tomatoes I assume) were very flavorful and the fresh Mozzarella di Bufala sublime.

      The best part was the pizza dough, though, I should note---if you’re looking for a loaf of bread or Chicago-style, best try somewhere else. Buddha's dough is prepared with premium ingredients and leavened naturally resulting in an authentic charred and blistered thin-crust.

      It’s a tiny joint, but it’s definitely the real deal. So, if you’re a foodie and don’t mind taking out (they don’t deliver and have limited seating), you won’t be disappointed. Like Burrito Boyz, get ready for a short line up- - but won't complain - - as they just opened, seem really nice, and make kick-ass Pie! ;


      Cheese Boutique
      45 Ripley Ave, Toronto, ON M6S, CA

      Burrito Boyz
      120 Peter St, Toronto, ON M5V2G7, CA

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      1. I noticed a philly cheesesteak sandwich on the menu. Has anyone tried that?

        1. That does look like good pizza, thanks for sharing.

          1. I literally just got back from there a half hour ago. On a whim, we drove up there to give it a whirl. I ended up talking with the gentleman owner a bit about tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a few other things. He brought us samples of the raw valroso tomatoes to taste (incredible) and I just couldn't leave at that point without buying a can to take with me. He also inquired if we were driving (yes), then if we had our own pizza cutter at home (yes). His rationale was that he wouldn't cut for us since it transports better uncut and, since we were driving home to eat it he gave us the fresh basil in a seperate bag so it wouldn't wilt. His very high level of attention to detail pays off, it was easily the best Margherita I've had yet in this city, flavor-wise. We also had a pepperoni pizza and the pepperoni and sauce were both excellent. Highly recommended, will definitely be going back to support these great people and their endeavor.

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            1. re: Boodah

              Curious as to how it compares to Pizzeria Libretto.

              Where are they on Annette? I have driven back and forth on Annette a number of times recently and have never seen this place. Are they closer to Jane, near the Java Joes?

              1. re: Lazar

                I wouldn't really compare the two, you're talking about radically different styles of pizza. For what it's worth, though, I think the margherita at Buddha Pie is superior to Libretto's.

                Buddha Pie is in the same building complex as The Healthy Butcher (assuming you know where that is) on the corner of Runnymede and Annette.

                1. re: Boodah

                  No wonder I didn't see it. I thought that it was between Runnymede and Jane.

                  Better than Libretto? That is a bold statement. I think this calls for a taste test.

                  1. re: Lazar

                    Obviously taste is subjective and it's just my opinion but I'm partial to really thin crust pizza and the Valroso tomatoes they use at Buddha Pie are just awesome, hence why I bought a can from them. Plus, as people are fond of saying, they're REALLY stingy with the basil at Libretto and that really makes a margherita what it is.

                  2. re: Boodah

                    I think you mean Butcher by Nature, not The Healthy Butcher.