Great Pizza Delivery in North York?
OK, I'm looking for your help. I am at Yonge & Sheppard and desperate to find a great neighbourhood pizza delivery joint.
I am hoping to find an undiscovered gem I have missed - perhaps in the Avenue Road area? (where I seldom go).
Yeah, Abruzzo is half-decent, but won't deliver here, Dante's is massively, painfully overpriced and rather weak IMO, and aside from that it's chains, chains and more chains. The bst of the conglomerates is perhaps our local Pizza Nova, which is unbelievably inconsistent, ranging from half-decent to abysmal, depending on the day.
For reference, my fave pizzas come from Danforth Pizza House, Vesuvios, Colonnade in Ottawa, Bocce, LaNova or Anchor in Buffalo (i.e. - no cracker-thin, sun-dried, poached-pear, whole-wheat spelt, organic duck confit, soy-cheese, yuppie-pies need apply :-)
I would LOVE to find a Danforth Pizza House type joint run by an old guy named Angelo, Guido or Vito, open for years with faded pictures of the food painted on the window glass, hand-tossing a great New York / Buffalo neihgbourhood-style pizza.
Here's an example of what the ideal pizza might look like... this one is from Anchor Bar, Buffalo
I will have to try Paisano's again, but my one visit a few years ago resulted in really pedestrian pasta - a la Boston Pizza. I did not try the pizza, but I shall.
The idea that "lots of people like it" scares me, since Pizza Pizza sells more pizza than anyone else, and "people" earnestly keep telling me to try it again, that it's much better now, (but then they usually also recommend a pre-packaged plastic tub of crust-dip) lol.
Did you end up finding a good pizza spot? I'm in North York and am consistently disappointed with the pizza I get. It sounds like I'm looking for the same thing as you were. I would be so happy if you could recommend a spot for me
PS: I agree Collonade in Ottawa is very good.
re: C mac
The OP is clearly a discriminating delivery-pizza enthusiast - with a penchant for traditional pie treatments. I'm not sure our tastes are similar, but let me offer some suggestions. The aforementioned Paesano's seems right up his/her alley. I'm not sure if they deliver, though. No matter. Pizzas are best right out of the oven, and if you don't want to eat in, picking up the pie yourself, then rushing it home, is next best. In which case, try the pizzas at Trio, a superior Italian resto with a wood-burning oven, on Yonge St. several blocks north of Lawrence. It often offers every one of the pizzas on its dining room menu at a flat $10 (some are $15 when eaten in the resto). But you have to pick the pizza up yourself. Inexplicably, Trio has TWO websites, each somewhat different, only one of which promotes the $10 deal. Go figure.
I'll also throw in the name of Paese, a first-rate Italian resto on Bathurst St. just north of Wilson Ave. I've only had its pizzas in the dining room of late, but I used to pick them up myself in years past. Pizzas average about $15, if I recall correctly, which is a tad high for personal-pizza takeout but average when dining in situ. No delivery that I'm aware of. Not exactly the traditional pizzas the OP lusts after, but pretty good nonetheless.
I agree with most of the others that the chains in North York are mostly a washout. Acceptable enough when you're desperate for pizza, but no match for a good, one-of-a-kind stand-alone pizza house.
re: C mac
I've wanted to try Paisano's every time I've made the trip to Sobie's Barbecues. Old school Italian gets me every time. What would you recommend there, you know, other than the pizza?
For the record, I think the pizza in the OP's picture looks burnt. I would never eat such overdone pepperoni.
Thanks for the tips - looks like my fears are true... no real artisan or neighbourhood pizza to be found!
Just for others' info, all the suggestions here are quite respectable for chains - Pizzaville is decent, I don't like their crust, Mamma's Pizza like Mezze Notte have very heavy dried-herb flavours that I don't like, Panago is a no-go :-) and it's been 5 or 6 years since I tried Napoli Vince, and though I wasn't impressed, I am going to give them another shot.
C'mon, anyone got a good place?
I'm tired of driving down to the Danforth!
Anyone want to open one?
I'm desperate! :-)
Ahhhh but there is hope my friend.
As this place is not what it used to be ever since Maple Leafe got listeriosis, Paisano's Italian food is still a very popular choice. There Pizza used to look exactly like the picture you posted. Once Maple Leafe had the listeriosis problem, the changed pepponi and it's never been quite the same. Having that said, many people like it so I say you give it a shot.
I've always had really good pizzas from the Yonge/Sheppard Pizzaville. I know it's a chain but every time me and my friends order it's consistently very good. We always go for multiple meat toppings, saving veggies for salads. And I'm a big Pizza Junction fan btw, so I'm hip to your Anchor Bar comparison.
(There is also a Panago, Avenue Rd. south of Wilson.... since you mention Avenue Rd. No mom&pops Buffalo-style places that I am aware of though.)
I've been happy enough with pizza from the Mamma's Pizza at 4903 Sheppard, n of Yonge & Sheppard. I like it better than Pizza Nova or any other chains in the area. http://mammaspizza.com/locations
Have you tried the pizzas from Mezza Notte a few blocks north? I always order pasta, but some of my Italian friends that live in the area order their pizzas.
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Hi Toronto Tips. You mentioned when you were offering your opinion about Cynthia's Chinese Food that you were looking for good pizza delivery in North York, and I responded to your request there, but I'll repeat what I said. I haven't been there since I was a kid, but there's a place that we used to order from, that made awesome pizza, called Napoli Vince. They're still around and somebody already responded to my post saying that "he loves Napoli Vince"...so give it a try...hopefully, you'll like it!