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red twizzler Dec 11, 2009 11:10 AM

I live in the Avenue Road/Wilson area. Last week I received a flyer with a coupon for a free medium pizza from Panago at 1852 Avenue Road. The only restriction was it was good for up to $16.00 and expires December 31,2009.

When is the last time you got a coupon like this? Today I decided to pop in after the gym. I was greeted warmly by a lovely couple who I assume are the owners. I felt bad just getting a freebie so I ordered a ceaser salad and some rosemary bread sticks. He charged $4.09 for the entire order. I left briefly to move my car and when I came back he said I forgot to charge you for the rosemary breadsticks. I left my purse in the car and when I told him I would get the money he said pay me the next time. Have you ever? I insisted on paying him. I am not used to all this kindness!

I thoroughly enjoyed it. The pizza had lots of cheese on it which is hard to find sometimes. The salad was very fresh and a nice portion and the breadsticks irresistible.

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    ylsf Dec 11, 2009 12:43 PM

    They just opened up one of these down the street from me in Oakville so hopefully I will find a free pizza coupon in my mailbox one day....

    I have heard good things about this joint. I think I tried them years ago when they first moved to Ontario but I don't really recall how it compares to other chains/individual pizza places

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    1. re: ylsf
      duckdown Dec 11, 2009 01:10 PM

      Tropical chicken pizza, replace the onions with bacon


      BBQ chicken pizza, replace the onions with pineapple


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        caitlink Dec 11, 2009 02:37 PM

        i received one, too. No dollar limit - just says free medium pizza (does not say # topping). Will definitely try it out.

    2. mickie44 Dec 11, 2009 02:53 PM

      Can't comment on the freebie but Panago's has been our go-to pizza for a long time in BC. Best thin crust and good combinations.

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        Squiggles Dec 12, 2009 03:27 AM

        Popped in to the Bremner Rd (Toronto) location yesterday for lunch. $6 for a personal pizza and a drink. You can order any pizza on their menu and they make it fresh for you. Sure beats a slice that's been sitting under a warming lamp all day. The only problem was that I only had a half an hour for lunch. The pizza came pretty quickly, but I burnt my tongue scarfing it down : ). It will certainly be my go to lunch place when I'm working in that part of town!!!

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        1. re: Squiggles
          red twizzler Dec 12, 2009 04:09 AM

          They make each and every pizza fresh. My medium pizza was ready in 10 minutes!

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          Lavender Chocolate Dec 13, 2009 04:29 AM

          PANAGO ROCKS! Most under rated chain Pizza in Canada. Tons of toppings and a solid effort to use more expensive ingredients inlcuding organics and a tomato sauce that actually tastes good..

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            Pincus Dec 13, 2009 07:21 AM

            Do they all have sit down tables? Wouldn't mind trying a pizza from them, but getting it to my place by any means would be annoying.

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              duckdown Dec 13, 2009 09:46 AM

              No tables; there *might* be a counter with stools along the back window at some locations..

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                duckdown Dec 13, 2009 09:47 AM

                also, i was told the reason alot of pizza places or take-out joints might not have tables, is because if there are tables they are required to have a public washroom as well. My friend who worked at a pizza place before said thats why alto of places just have high bar stools and a counter top; no washroom is required

                1. re: Pincus
                  magic Dec 14, 2009 11:14 AM

                  There is at least one counter by the window with a few stools. Mainly they are for waiting, but I've seen kids tucking in at this counter comfortably enough. There might even be two counters. For sure one though. This is for the Avenue Rd. location.

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                    Pincus Dec 14, 2009 01:33 PM

                    Thanks to you both for the info. Will drop by sometime over the holidays to check it out.

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                      magic Dec 14, 2009 06:03 PM

                      Enjoy :)

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                  svanegmond Dec 13, 2009 06:28 PM

                  I've ordered from the downtown location. As a pizza I didn't like it at all; thick, doughy, deep-dish style, which means that the pizza dough fries in its own grease. I found it to be reminiscent of Pizza Hut, albeit with better ingredient quality.

                  Considering the hype and the price, it was a let-down.

                  Downtown, I'd go to Pizzaiolo and at home my local haunt is Amico's.

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                  1. re: svanegmond
                    abigllama Dec 13, 2009 11:53 PM

                    That's weird you got a greasy deep dish from them. I enjoy Panago is a lighter alternative to most of the pizza in the city. They use solid ingredients and notice there's hardly ever any grease stains on the box. I've had several pizzas from the downtown location and it's always been pretty much the oppositve of the wet, greasy pizza from Pizza Hut.

                    1. re: abigllama
                      duckdown Dec 14, 2009 05:18 AM

                      I find it the total opposite of greasy as well. It's certainly nothing like that "deep fried dough" appearance of Pizza Hut.. I think he's mistaken Panago with somewhere else

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                      food face Dec 14, 2009 02:28 AM

                      I find Panago to be far superior in quality and amount of Toppings to Pizzaiolo. I actually find Pizzaiolo to be too doughy and dry. I have never found Panago greasy.

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                        Idas Dec 14, 2009 03:27 PM

                        I agree. We ordered the free pizza and first the order taker for no reason cancelled our order so 1 hour later I called back to find out no pizza is coming. They were polite but had no explanation. So we waited another 15 minutes for a pizza (they rushed it and we live 5 minutes away from the Ave Rd/Wilson one) and it was TERRIBLE. Soggy, tasteless. The one slice I had gave me a tummy ache the next morning. Even my kids who wil eat Pizza Pizza would not touch this thing.
                        I second the Pizzaiolo, which by my prayers being answered is opening up on Ave Road near us. Thank god.
                        Also, probably soggy because they screwed up the order again and gave me whole wheat dough. Now that I know they cook on a conveyer belt, that explains everything.

                        In the area, for convenience based pizza, Pizzaville is 20 times tastier than Panago.

                      2. Davwud Dec 14, 2009 04:56 AM

                        I've found it to be the best chain pizza I've had. A good solid pie but nothing mind blowing.


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                        1. re: Davwud
                          OTFOODIE Dec 14, 2009 05:48 AM

                          While I agree with most of the positive comments, there is one thing that I really don't like about Panago - the conveyor belt oven. I like my pizza well done and they only have one timing - yes, I have asked that they put it in for longer and I was told that it is not possible. So while it is good, it is undercooked for my liking. I'll stick with Pizza Nova for my chain Pizza, with Panago my #2 choice.

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                            robb Dec 14, 2009 05:57 AM

                            Loved so much about this place (Avenue Road). Owners couldn't be friendlier, place is imaculate, great concept and space, tons of choices, gave me a thermal bag to bring my pie home........big problem...pizza sucked. Very bland crust, acidic sauce, topping under the cheese so kept having to put them back on after every bite...like a poster above, reminded a lot of a bad Pizza Hut pizza. Will not go back and wil stick to Pizzaville, Pizza Patio for chains in the hood.

                            1. re: robb
                              duckdown Dec 14, 2009 06:19 AM

                              You can ask for toppings on top of the cheese; I always do.

                              Nothing I hate more on a pizza than soggy ass pepperoni's that are UNDER the cheese..

                              I've never actually tried a Panago pizza with plain tomato sauce, so it may be acidic indeed.. I stick to the BBQ Chicken or the Tropical Chicken

                              To call it a "worse version of Pizza Hut" is borderline ridiculous to me though, good luck with pizzaville and pizza pizza

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                                robb Dec 14, 2009 06:34 AM


                                Said Pizzaville and Pizza Patio for chain pies in the hood. Will not eat Pizza Pizza. FYI-new Pizzaola going in across from the Montreal Bagel House where Sushi Days used to be. Anyone familiar with this pizza?

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                                  duckdown Dec 14, 2009 06:45 AM

                                  I've had the Pizzaola at Jane & Bloor; it strikes me as one of the places that would be good if you order a whole pizza, but their slices are always stale because they're one of the places with a bunch of varieties of slices sitting under a heat lamp all day..

                                  at least thats how it was on my last time eating at one

                                  never heardof pizza patio, sorry for the mixup

                                  1. re: duckdown
                                    robb Dec 14, 2009 01:52 PM

                                    Actually my mix-up...meant Pizzaville and Pizza Nova...I don't even know where I got Pizza Patio from!~

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                                      mikeb Dec 14, 2009 06:44 PM

                                      Pizza Patio was a pizza place on Yonge north of Lawrence that closed in the late 80s. I almost had a heart attack when I saw your first post. I agree with you comments on Panago. We ordered from the Avenue Road location and found it pretty meh. I did not like the crust--although I prefer thin crust. Nice delivery guy, though.

                                  2. re: robb
                                    abigllama Dec 14, 2009 10:59 AM

                                    I've had slices at a couple of locations of Pizzaiolo and it's very bland and tasteless pizza. It's really about picking your toppings because that's all you'll taste. Crust and sauce are just set props for the toppings. They have a variety they refer to as Chicago deep dish and it's just the same as the rest with a thicker crust.

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                                      Pincus Dec 14, 2009 01:32 PM

                                      Agreed, Pizzaiolo slices are nothing to get excited about. To me, they are much the same as Amato slices in terms of taste and texture.

                                      They beat Pizza Pizza slices, but for me that's not difficult. French bread topped with tomato paste and put in a toaster oven can win 5 times out of 7 in my taste test. :)

                                      1. re: Pincus
                                        Idas Dec 14, 2009 03:36 PM

                                        We currently go to the PIzzaiolo on St. Clair and we find for the convenience their slices are very decent. My spouse says the fresh made pizza's are amazing. I've not had one, waiting for the Avenue Road location to open up.

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                                          Pincus Dec 15, 2009 06:29 AM

                                          Never tried a fresh pizza from Pizzaiolo. Slices are not the best way to judge the pizza from a place, problem is there aren't any locations near me. Plus I am spoiled by Danforth Pizza House and Bona. But someday I'll get a small one fresh in house, I think their location on Bloor near Bathurst has lots of seating.

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                            stet Dec 14, 2009 06:05 AM

                            I got one of these freebie cards when I moved into my new place, and I was also really pleased. It basically cost me the tip to the delivery man, and I think the toppings at Panago are superior to most other chains in the city.

                            Another thing that I like about Panago is the free dipping sauces, usually a crapshoot with other chains due to cheapskate-ism or just poor sauce choices in general. Panago has a number of different selections, though, and their Chipotle dip is really nice.

                            The only downside I've found is that the pizza sizes are slightly smaller than the same sizes at other places, so the bill ends up being a little more compared with Pizza Nova (which is my other go-to).

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                            1. re: stet
                              duckdown Dec 14, 2009 06:22 AM

                              I agree, the pizzas are quite small for the money.. but they do have quality toppings

                            2. Ediblethoughts Dec 22, 2009 04:23 PM

                              I was disappointed tonight when I tried to order from them; they won't deliver east of Yonge.

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                              1. re: Ediblethoughts
                                Pincus Dec 23, 2009 11:50 AM

                                Yeah, that's why I have to go eat in to try them out.

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                                  Ediblethoughts Dec 23, 2009 02:32 PM

                                  It's a long way to drive for pizza!

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                                    Pincus Dec 24, 2009 06:20 AM

                                    Well, TTC too, so I plan to make an afternoon of it in the area. Not sure what else is around there to shop in/observe, but I'll find something. Maybe just pack the laptop and find someplace with wireless after my Panago feast.

                                    1. re: Pincus
                                      Ediblethoughts Dec 24, 2009 10:54 AM

                                      Sorry, my brain blip. It's actually not that far to go---I had that other Chicago pizza place on the brain. That one is far to go. I'm more reluctant to go to eat at Panago because the sound of their salads from the menu don't look too exciting to me.

                                      1. re: Ediblethoughts
                                        duckdown Dec 25, 2009 04:18 PM

                                        Actually I had a caesar salad there just a day or two ago, you can add one on for only $3 if you buy a pizza. It was fine, and the lettuce was fresh

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                                          Ediblethoughts Dec 25, 2009 04:32 PM

                                          I don't tend to order ceasar's--I'm more of a spinach, mista, arugula salad or roasted veg salad person. (I don't think they had that sort of thing.)

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