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May 13, 2010 09:42 AM

Viccino Pizzeria - gourmet wooden oven pizza in Beaches

Anyone know anything about this place. It seems the owners are always opening and closing restaurants in this location but this one sounds interesting enough to try and it opens today.

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  1. Oh, I saw that in development a while ago and wondered... I found a picture of their pizza oven:

    1923 Queen Street East
    (416) 693-1010

    Viccino Pizzeria
    1923 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON M4L1H3, CA

    1. Thanks for the heads up. Hope someone on here tries it soon!

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      1. re: ylsf

        No problem. I am a long time lurker, first time poster. May get takeout tonight as I live very close by (and they have an opening special).

        I'm a little skeptical as they seem to churn restaurants in and out of that location with the same owners ... but food has always been pretty good and it looks like they have invested in the oven.

        1. re: vanhalen26

          I live nearby, too, and would get take-out tonight. Do you know when they open? What sort of opening special do they have?

          1. re: Full tummy

            MIni review ... went tonight and pizza was very good. Nice family run type place it seemed.

            Crust was crispy and thin, yet a bit chewy as well. Nicely done. Sauce was also good - bright with a bit of spiciness to it.

            Cheese was average and toppings were average - but selection is OK if looking for variety.

            I had a personal pizza and drink for 8 bucks, and the serving size was pretty large given what I paid and the quality.

            I'd rate it as one of the better pizza places in the city, certainly the best in the area. Haven't tried Queen Margherita Pizza yet though.

            As long as their pricing is competitive, it will be my first choice for pizza in the beaches area, but not sure if I would travel across the city just to eat there.

            Service was a bit slow - but you would expect that on opening night as they did a local flyer drop the night prior. I called my order in and was told 15 minutes to prepare and when I got there in 15 they hadn't started it ... and then I got caught in the rain walking home which just started when the pizza was ready!

            Anyways - give it a try if you are a beacher -very enjoyable.

            Queen Margherita Pizza
            1402 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

            1. re: vanhalen26

              I went tonight also. Thought the pizza was quite good, despite the disorganization of the first night (which was to be expected). I will definitely be back. I ate in and didn't see a personal pizza size on the menu. Is that a special or something that was offered on the flyer. (I don't recall receiving a flyer.) I live near Woodbine & Danforth, so the location is very convenient for me.

              1. re: Full tummy

                So, I just wanted to follow up my very short post. I am no expert on this style of pizza, but I know what I like. The crust was thin and pliable, though not mushy, with a fair bit of char on the edges. Toppings were abundant, unlike other experiences with this style of pizza where I've felt jipped after receiving a pizza with three basil leaves and four wedges of something else on top.

                The one thing that is a bit jarring about the resto is that it's a bit of a contrast. They've done a nice job on the decor, and the pizzas are great, but the rest of the menu feels a bit like a standard pizza place... with the regulation chicken wings, garlic bread, lasagne, and two kinds of salad--both, as far as I could tell, served with commercial salad dressings.

                When you've got grilled vegetables to go on the pizza, why not offer a grilled vegetable platter? If you've got the fresh mozzarella and tomatoes, plus loads of fresh basil, why not offer a Caprese salad? Why only a garden salad or a Caesar?

                The sign outside advertises pizza and pasta, but I think they have only spaghetti bolognese, alfredo sauce, or lasagne, and that didn't inspire me.

                So, the pizza is where it's at here. I hope they develop their menu a little more so that the other options reflect the quality of the pizza they serve.

                1. re: Full tummy

                  Thanks for the report! I live close by so I've been watching for the restaurant's opening and crossing my fingers that the pizza might be good. I'll report back as soon as I have a chance to give it a try. Too bad that the rest of the menu sounds so standard - there are enough places in this area doing mediocre salads and wings! Do you know if they're open for lunch?

                  1. re: ms. clicquot

                    Sorry, don't know about lunch. Let us know what you think.

      2. The oven looks beautiful. Too bad it's again in an area I never visit

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        1. Anyone notice if this place is licensed?

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          1. re: JamieK

            I am pretty sure they are because, as far as I could tell, the table next to us had wine with their meal. I didn't even attend to this, since I'm pregnant. Let us know if you find out for sure.

          2. I stopped by today for lunch. They are still getting settled - they have only been open for a couple of days. We perused the menu, which was riddled with obvious typos (which has nothing to do with the food but for first impressions, it does make you question their attention to detail). The menu is a bit different - lots of pizzas but many of them are somewhat unusual such as duck with cherries. As Full Tummy pointed out above, they also have basic chicken wings, salads, pastas, etc. The pizzas range in price from $15.99/$16.99 for a medium to $19.99 for a large. We chose to split a medium margherita, because it's simple so it's a good test for the kitchen. We also ordered some garlic bread with cheese. The pizza was quite good - simple sauce and the crust was nicely cooked with no soggy centre. It could have used a bit more fresh basil though - there were only three small leaves. The mozzarella wasn't the fresh kind but was fine. Unfortunately, the garlic bread was a miss. It wasn't cooked long enough and the cheese didn't melt properly. I won't comment on the service because apparently a couple of their waitresses called in sick so they were doing the best they could. Luckily it wasn't busy. We spoke with the owner, who told us they are planning to start delivery soon. I would definitely order from them but would probably stick to the pizzas.

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            1. re: ms. clicquot

              First, cherries and duck do NOT belong on a pizza. It smacks of trying too hard and not knowing enough.

              Second, any place offering such basic Italian comfort food should NOT be attempting gourmet. It smacks of trying too hard and not knowing enough.

              Third, a pizza oven does not make great pizza. A person does. Do I need to say it again?

              1. re: Googs

                I have to agree about the weird toppings. I must admit to being a little put off some of the menu descriptions (chicken tikka? tuna on pizza?) which was partly why we went with the margherita. I prefer very simple pizzas with Italian inspired ingredients but maybe there is a market out there for some of their unusual ideas.

                1. re: ms. clicquot

                  I think they will have to learn what topping combinations work/sell and what don't. I had the "pissaladiere" (straightforward with olives and anchovies), and I enjoyed it. At most pizza places, it's easy to choose or customize toppings to one's taste, but the crust is the crust. That part they did pretty well, so I can forgive them some weird-sounding combos (since I don't have to eat them). That said, I won't knock a combination till I've tried it.

                  1. re: Full tummy

                    Yes, I did see that you could 'build your own' with the toppings listed, which might be the route I'll go next time. I thought the pissaladiere sounded interesting, as did the mushroom one. And you're right - it's probably a good idea to keep an open mind about combinations I haven't tried. Maybe they're delicious!

                  2. re: ms. clicquot

                    Tuna on pizza is not unusual in Italy. I have had it in Sicily and Napoli. Italians love their tonno.

                    1. re: munchieHK

                      Fair enough. I'll try to avoid passing judgement until I've tried it!

                      1. re: munchieHK

                        I love tuna on a pizza if it is done well!

                  3. re: ms. clicquot

                    "The mozzarella wasn't the fresh kind but was fine."


                    so it's another Dino's? A place that has a wood burning oven, but doesn't use the proper ingredients... inexcusable on a Margherita to used shredded bagged mozz!

                    1. re: duckdown

                      I don't think Viccino is in the same league as Libretto or Queen Margherita, given the quality and combination of their ingredients. Their goal doesn't appear to be making authentic Neapolitan-style pizza. I agree that it's a shame they don't use top-notch products, since they have such a beautiful oven producing a lovely crust.

                      However, even with the mozzarella they are using, I preferred Viccino's pizza over the chains in the area such as Pizza Pizza (ugh!) or Pizzaville. Maybe customer feedback will change their direction over time and help them be the best they can be. We can only hope...

                      1. re: ms. clicquot

                        Yes, I agree. Since I didn't know the Margherita didn't come topped with fresh mozzarella, I assumed they had it in stock. Hence my comment about the absence of a Caprese salad on the menu... Maybe, as you say, they will listen...

                        1. re: ms. clicquot

                          Oh definitely better than a pizza chain I'm not denying that -- so is Dino's... But it could be so much better...

                          Strange that the pizza's there are from $15.99 - $19.99 and use lower quality ingredients than QMP and Libretto which are both cheaper... hmmmmm.....

                          i seem to remember the take-out margherita from Libretto being $14 and a buck more at QMP.. maybe things have changed

                          PS: for an awesome wood fired margherita with fresh mozzerella , check out Ice Cream Patio in's a loud italian eatery but most food has been top notch.. never mentioned on here and just recently tried it, it was one of the top 3 margherita pizzas ive had in the gta so far..