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Jan 11, 2010 11:54 AM

Queen Margherita Pizza

Anyone know anything about this place? It has "opening soon" and "wood burning oven" signs on the window.

It's in Leslieville on the north side of Queen East at the corner of Vancouver next door to Red Rocket Coffee.

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  1. No but I love a good margherita pizza. Please keep us posted sharkinsoup.

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    1. re: millygirl

      Will do millygirl!

      I'm hoping it'll be a Leslieville version of Libretto....

      1. re: SharkfinSoup

        That would be wonderful, wouldn't it!

      1. re: haggisdragon

        To have the words "Authentic Napoletana Pizza Ovens" in bold fonts on the windows.... they'd better deliver. In this day and age of Libretto, you can't just bandy those words about.

        1. re: thegory

          I hope they deliver (pun intended). Competition is good.

          1. re: haggisdragon

            Can't stop thinking about this place and soooo excited for it to open.
            We drove by yesterday just to scope it out. Love the look from the outside. Seems like a perfect spot. Since I don't normally go by that way, I'm counting on you fellow CH'ers for advance notice on opening.

            1. re: millygirl

              We're often in the Rocket for lunch - so I'll post as SOON as I see any activity!

              1. re: SharkfinSoup

                Hey sharkinSoup, any updates? I'm counting on you.
                Signed, Anxiously Awaiting Millygirl

                1. re: millygirl

                  Never mind, I just answered my own question.

                  MartiniBoys wrote that the opening is scheduled for March. It sounds very promising, apparently many of the ingredients are being shipped from Italy, including the wood burning oven and trained chefs.

                  1. re: millygirl

                    Oh good, I can line up closer to home. ;)

                    1. re: millygirl

                      Another location to get good margherita would be heavenly. Right now, the best location I have is Buddha Pie on Annette, and Libretto comes second.

                      I know that it may sound like sacrilege to some of you, but in the last little while, something happened at Libretto. The last few times I went it was good, but not the "Libretto good" to which I became accustomed. Not sure how to describe it, they have just been off their game recently.

                      1. re: Lazar

                        Definitely gotten sloppy there lately; all the recent reviews seem to reflect it also

                        Biggest complaint beeing that the pizzas are sloppily put together, and usually raw in the middle..

                        1. re: duckdown

                          Everyone there just getting tired from having the place slammed with people all the time? I will have to go there and check it out, haven't had raw pizza since my first day of university. :) I loved it when I went last year, too bad if they have gone downhill.

                          1. re: Pincus

                            Went there, hated the crowd, pizza not worth what you have to put up with (the crowd, snarky staff, etc...) Hopefully this new place will be a winner.

                      2. re: millygirl

                        Cool! Sorry I've been quiet - been on vacation....but I'll be back on "Margherita Watch" again now!

                  2. re: millygirl

                    exact same thing last time at libretto - pizzas raw in the middle! no problem with service though

                    if queen margherita is good that'll make 2 pretty decent pizza joints in the immediate neighbourhood - we think Giorgio's is good for traditional Toronto pizza

                    1. re: herbs go karts

                      That's too bad to hear. I also recently tried Libretto and enjoyed it, but couldn't see what all the fuss was about. It must have gone down by then. Terroni still gets my vote.

                      1. re: currycue

                        When I order a 12" pizza at Calabria I can talk directly to the cook. I have learned that it is better if I ask for well done or slightly charred, and the center will be cooked through crisply. It only takes 4 minutes in the wood oven.
                        I think they avoid charring for most orders, because some people will complain. I don't complain, I just tip the cook when I get the pizza, and he is appreciative.

                        Calabria Bakery
                        1772 Midland Ave, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

                        1. re: jayt90

                          I agree that Libretto has gone downhill--I think they have so much business that they don't care about the quality anymore, they are just trying to get everyone served. They also replaced their bufalo mozzarella w/fiore, and it's not the same.

                          I wasn't too impressed by the service the last time I was there--the server decided to correct my Italian in-law's pronunciation of San Pellegrino.....they weren't too impressed.....

                          1. re: celtgirl

                            Back to the topic at hand.....just drove past Queen Margherita's new digs and there's a sign hung now with a web address


                            I've sent them a message asking about opening dates, menu etc. I'll report back if I hear anything interesting from them.

                            1. re: SharkfinSoup

                              Sorry, I forgot to mention that I called the number a week or so ago, when the address was still The person that answered told me that they are expecting to open sometime in March, but he wasn't able to give a more specific date than that....still only a couple of weeks until March, so here is hoping.

                              1. re: Lazar

                                Keeping my fingers crossed for March, then!

            2. Any update on this place? It is March now

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              1. re: ylsf

                I called their number recently, and originally they were shooting for Mid-March, but it is looking like it will be closer to the end of March. But they are trying to bring the date as close to the original opening date as possible

                1. re: Lazar

                  Just called them. Their liquor licence has been delayed....because "two people behind them complained..." (uh, oh). They also said "they're all set up and ready to go, everything's done, pizza ovens are in, they just didn't want to open without a licence". So, I guess they're just sitting there waiting for the official word from the city - hope it doesn't drag on too long.

                  1. re: SharkfinSoup

                    Darn, when I saw this thread bumped up I was hoping you were writing to tell us they've now opened. We're dying to get in there, even did a drive by this past weekend just to see. Thanks for keeping us posted SFS.

                    1. re: SharkfinSoup

                      There is no reason they couldn't open without a liquor licence except maybe greed.

                      1. re: jayt90

                        Or they don't want to deal with upset customers who prefer to have an alcoholic beverage with their meal. Or they are operating on a tight budget and they think it would be more cost effective to wait for a liquor licence than to open without one.

                        1. re: jayt90

                          It's a bit of a haul for me to get over there. I enjoy a glass of red wine with my pizza, looks like they don't wan to disappoint me.

                          1. re: abigllama

                            Me too! Gotta have wine with my pizza, especially if it's really good pizza.

                        2. re: SharkfinSoup

                          If you think about it, they are probably going to be competing directly with Pizzeria Libretto (even though they are not in the same geographic area), who already serve alcohol.

                          Also, if they happen to have bar seating, I would think that they would want to have their licence. Why taunt everyone with alcohol that they are not allowed to serve?

                          Just a couple of thoughts.

                          1. re: Lazar

                            Martini Boys says they are slated to open the first week of April.
                            Yipee, can't wait. Apparently it's on 2 floors and sounds lovely.

                            1. re: millygirl

                              Just happened to check their website and you can make an online reservation. But before everyone runs excitedly to their site, I called just to make sure that it was not an error.

                              Unfortunately, it is a tiny error. It was not supposed to be up yet, but they did say that they will be open in 2 there's something good at least.

                              1. re: Lazar

                                They will be opening April 9th ... very excited !

                                1. re: Jeffroy

                                  Can it be true? That's THIS Friday! Yay!

                                  1. re: SharkfinSoup

                                    I am sorry to report that Queen Margherita Pizza will not be opening this Friday.

                                    They are going to be opening Wednesday, April 14th. How do I know? I called and left a message to make a reservation. A while later John (who I am assuming is the owner) called me back and informed me that Wednesday, April 14th is the day.

                                    He is not sure how the rumour started about Friday, but regardless he has assured me that they are open for business on Wednesday, April 14th.

                                    ....did I mention they were open Wednesday, April 14th?

                                    1. re: Lazar

                                      Jeffroy reported it in an earlier post up above.

                                      1. re: millygirl

                                        Millygirl, my post was an adjustment to the date. Jeffroy stated it was the 9th, I verified that it is in fact the 14th that they will be open.

                                        Just to clarify

                                        1. re: Lazar

                                          Hey Lazar, thanks so much for finding out QMP's opening date and posting it.

                                          I was just going to call them myself, so you saved me the job.

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                        1. re: JennaBean

                          Asking "Has anyone been yet?" at 11:27AM on the day the restaurant opens for the first time is jumping the gun just a little bit, don't you think? ;)

                            1. re: Flexitarian

                              they opened tonight. how was the Pizza??????? wish i could of made it

                            2. re: gregclow

                              You're so right. For some reason I had the 9th in my head at the opening date. My faux pas! :-)