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nasdaddy Jan 5, 2011 05:23 PM

I am a bit biased since this place is local to me, on Marlee north of Eglinton, but I have to say this is probably my new favourite non-chain pie aside from Terroni.

The crust is thin, a bit crisp (I prefer crunchier but that's not NY-style) and I think there was a hint of basil which was nice-not overpowering.

The owner is from Coquine on Yonge, and seems quite capable in the kitchen. I look forward to other reviews and/or trying their sangwiches.

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Coquine
2075 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A4, CA

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    szw RE: nasdaddy Jan 5, 2011 09:01 PM

    I work very near there...I am interesting in checking it out. Do they sell by the slice? Any website?

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      gutes RE: nasdaddy Jan 17, 2011 04:08 PM

      Been there twice in the last two weeks. AMAZING pizza. I reccomend the Bigga it has pepperoni, bacon, homemade sausage and after it's done they put on fresh cut slices of mortadella and some fresh basil. That with the dough knots with either caramel or nutella to dip in for dessert and you're all set. Best pizza i've had in Toronto and up there with many of the pizza's I've had in NYC.

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        szw RE: gutes Jan 17, 2011 06:20 PM

        The couple slices I had were pretty good but not really comparable to NYC pizza IMO. I never bought a whole pizza though, just slices. I still like it a lot and will keep going back. Anyone try the sandwiches or cooked foods?

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          Herb RE: gutes Feb 4, 2011 02:18 PM

          What NYC pizza would you compare it to?

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          Pincus RE: nasdaddy Jan 18, 2011 09:36 AM

          Is the address of the pizzeria itself:

          1 Romar Cres,
          Toronto, ON, M6B1R7

          I wanted to confirm, as the little map on the right now shows where Coquine is/was.

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            Skeets RE: nasdaddy Jan 20, 2011 08:26 AM

            I can confirm that the address is indeed 1 Romar Crescent (if you're taking the subway, exit the Glencairn platform at the north end and walk west on Viewmont street and then south on Marlee. Bigabaldi's is just south of Paul's Tomato Pie). They've only been open 7 weeks. The website is www.bigabaldis.com but isn't up and running yet.

            Now to the food: The pizza was excellent! In addition to whole pies, sandwiches, and pasta, they sell slices that are thin, crispy, fairly large, and made with excellent ingredients. I tried two slices and the owner offered me a donut (it looked like a big timbit) sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar with a side of nutella for dipping.

            I think I've found my go-to pizza delivery place and I'll be back for sure.

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            Bigabaldi's NY-Style Pizza
            1 Romar Crescent, Toronto, ON M6B 1R7, CA

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              GoodGravy RE: Skeets Jan 20, 2011 10:16 AM

              The big timbit sounds like a zeppole unless it had a hole in it.

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              bogie RE: nasdaddy Jan 21, 2011 06:33 AM

              Easily the best pizza I've had in my 6 years in Toronto. Not quite the anorexic thinness of Libretto, QMP or other Napoli wannabees. It's not exactly NY pizza, but a damn good pie nevertheless. A little thicker, great sauce, quality cheese, fresh herbs and perfect baking is what sets them apart. Toppings are also great quality, not typical chain stuff, more like what you find at an Italian deli counter. They sell a thicker, deep dish pie too which is more Sicilian than Chicago. Plus, they have a full menu of other tasty goodies such as arancini, meatball-stuffed buns, sandwiches, calzones, pastas, salads and cinnamon knots for dessert. They even sell bread! Kudos to the enthusiastic counter staff too, something rare to find these days. A small 6-slice Bigga pizza with pepperoni, sausage, bacon and mortadella is $15 if I remember correctly, about the same for the small deep dish salami pie that we had. Great value IMO, because our 2 small pizzas ended up to be enough for two dinners. They also have a catering menu FYI.

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                kwass RE: bogie Jan 21, 2011 08:21 AM

                I cannot wait to try this place! I don't live particularly close, but it sounds like it will be worth it to make the trek out there!!! Like I said, I cannot wait and will be going soon!!

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                Pincus RE: nasdaddy Jan 21, 2011 07:10 AM

                Thanks all, this sounds like a must-visit spot!

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                  szw RE: nasdaddy Jan 21, 2011 01:57 PM

                  after a few more visits i'm not as impressed. I recommended the place to a few neighborhood friends and they tried things other than pizza and all were unimpressed.

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                    Pincus RE: szw Jan 24, 2011 09:38 AM

                    Why the loss of satisfaction?

                  2. Davwud RE: nasdaddy Jan 25, 2011 07:38 AM

                    Hours??

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                    1. Davwud RE: nasdaddy Feb 4, 2011 02:08 PM

                      Had a slice today at lunch and it was fantastic.
                      Bigga Slice: Pepperoni, Mortadella, Bacon and Italian Sausage.

                      Fantastic.

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                        Davwud RE: Davwud Feb 4, 2011 02:27 PM

                        This might work better

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                          scottl RE: Davwud Feb 25, 2011 08:53 AM

                          I went there for lunch today and thought that it was very good. I do not know exactly what New York style pizza should be but I can say that it was thin crust, cheesy and a bit greasy on top. BTW a bit greasy on top is a compliment. I am a big fan of Danforth Pizza House which excels on the greasy attributes. The lady working the cash was very friendly and gave me 2 of their dough knots complimentary. Dough knots are little pizza dough twists that are deep fried and covered in cinnamon sugar. Mmmm. I wil return.

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                          920 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1L9, CA

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                        fickle RE: nasdaddy Apr 17, 2011 03:42 PM

                        Thanks for pointing this place out. Today was a perfect day for ordering in. The dough knots are really good. Next time I'm going to make a meal out of 5 of the garlic ones and then 5 of the cinnamon sugar ones. Yummy! Pizza was good but the dough knots are fantastic.

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                          peppermint pate RE: fickle Apr 17, 2011 04:35 PM

                          I didn't realize they deliver - website doesn't have much info. Any idea what their delivery zone is? So far, I've been pretty disappointed with my deliveries from Pizza Nova, Panago and Mamma's Pizza.

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                            fickle RE: peppermint pate Apr 17, 2011 04:48 PM

                            Their delivery zone is Lawrence to St Clair and from Caledonia to Mount Pleasant. If I get the chance, I'll try to scan their menu and upload it.

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                              shekamoo RE: fickle Apr 17, 2011 05:16 PM

                              yes please do that!

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                                fickle RE: shekamoo Apr 17, 2011 05:19 PM

                                Here it is.

                                 
                                 
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                                  fickle RE: fickle Apr 17, 2011 05:28 PM

                                  maybe these will be easier to read.

                                   
                                   
                                   
                                   
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                                    shekamoo RE: fickle Apr 18, 2011 06:10 AM

                                    Thanks!

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                                peppermint pate RE: fickle Apr 18, 2011 09:17 AM

                                Thanks fickle - I'm just a titch outside their zone but hopefully, I can entice them with an enhanced delivery charge. I can't believe how hard it is to get a decent pizza delivered these days.

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                                  shekamoo RE: peppermint pate Apr 18, 2011 09:34 AM

                                  please do let us know if they can be tempted by the enhanced delivery charge. I am 'comfortably' outside their range, but maybe once you break the dam....

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                                    peppermint pate RE: shekamoo Apr 21, 2011 04:29 PM

                                    Ha - will do - I've generally had pretty good luck (Copper Chimney, Oriental Garden, Sukhothai, etc.) if they up the delivery surcharge (usually not more than $2-$3) and if I order during off-peak hours.

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                                      abigllama RE: peppermint pate Apr 23, 2011 02:09 PM

                                      I tried to get them to go down to Bloor and offered a surcharge and they said they couldn't do it.. They mentioned they'd recently shrunk their delivery area because of issues. I'm a bit far but good luck!

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                                        shekamoo RE: abigllama Apr 25, 2011 01:00 PM

                                        boooo

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                                          peppermint pate RE: abigllama Apr 29, 2011 10:26 AM

                                          Well, I'm not as far out of their zone as you are but they politely declined my request as well. The guy was very nice about it but the extra time on that delivery would throw the rest of their deliveries off. I was bummed but I respect their position. Oh, and I'm pretty sure he said the eastern end of their delivery zone is now Avenue Road, not Mount Pleasant.

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                                            Davwud RE: peppermint pate Apr 29, 2011 10:30 AM

                                            Worth a trip.

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                                              peppermint pate RE: Davwud Apr 29, 2011 10:39 AM

                                              You're killing me...

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                                                shekamoo RE: Davwud Apr 30, 2011 05:40 AM

                                                OK this does it. They wont deliver to me either, so I will try takeout sometime soon. good pizza is not to be ignored anywhere!

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                                                  abigllama RE: Davwud Aug 22, 2011 09:49 PM

                                                  The location looks like a fairly easy walk from the Glencairn subway station so we're thinking of making the trip up one night. I'm suspecting not from the info on the website, but anyone happen to know if it's licensed?

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                                                    Davwud RE: abigllama Aug 23, 2011 03:16 AM

                                                    It is not

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                                    kwass RE: fickle Apr 21, 2011 04:55 PM

                                    I was there recently and I have to agree that the dough knots were awesome. I do have to say, however, that I was a little disappointed with the pizza. I was looking forward to greasy, New York, Style Pizza, with a really soft, floppy crust, and that's not at all what the pizza was like. It was tasty, but it wasn't what I was hoping for. Their crust was actually quite crispy.

                                  3. tbonetak RE: nasdaddy Apr 23, 2011 08:59 AM

                                    Ordered last night and after some mishaps that delayed delivery by quite a while (It happens, I'm not going to get all in a huff about a new place having growing pains.) we received a lovely pie brought to our door by, I'm guessing, the man himself. I can't confirm as he was wearing a hat, however. Full marks for going above and beyond to make things right.

                                    Crispy but not crunchy crust, really great sopressata. The crust had really great flavour. Having just moved days ago from the Junction, it was an excellent contrast to Vesuvio's, whose crust I've always found rather flavourless and underseasoned. In all, a great success. Two days in the area and we've already found our go-to pizza place. I couldn't be happier. It's a very good pizza and a place that seems really dedicated to getting things right. Great combination to have.

                                    1. damonster RE: nasdaddy Apr 28, 2011 08:41 PM

                                      NOW review, they mention a request to deliver outside their usual area.
                                      http://www.nowtoronto.com/food/story....

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                                        Pincus RE: damonster Apr 29, 2011 07:38 AM

                                        He didn't like two things on the menu and gave it three stars? Sheesh.

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                                          Davwud RE: Pincus Apr 29, 2011 09:53 AM

                                          Or saying this "premier pie emporium." 3 stars??

                                          DT

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                                            Pincus RE: Davwud Apr 29, 2011 11:25 AM

                                            Who knows. Maybe he's reached his pizza review quota for this quarter and can't give out any more stars.

                                            Speaking of stars, I think the stars are right for me to do a road trip there this weekend.

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                                              dmartins123 RE: Pincus Aug 22, 2011 09:26 AM

                                              Got some take out from Bigabaldi's yesterday. Large Calabrese pizza and a "bomba" meatball. It was pretty good and sure beats the chains. Its good to have something like this in the area.

                                              There were a steady stream of customers going in and out...hopefully they last.

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                                                bbbradk RE: dmartins123 Aug 22, 2011 10:58 AM

                                                I tried them a few times over the last few weeks.
                                                The steak sandwich was fresh made and fantastic.
                                                I agree that the bombas are a great treat too.
                                                I really love the rice balls (although my girlfriend prefers the bombas).
                                                Best of all though are the cinnamin coated dough knots with caramel dip.

                                                Another great thing is both times I have been there, the staff have been super friendly (really makes you want to go back)

                                                The only bad thing I would say, is both times I have been there, the slices on display looked really old.
                                                To be fair, both times were after 9:00 p.m. and the rest of the menu is pretty much fresh made

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                                        rav813 RE: nasdaddy Feb 18, 2012 03:50 PM

                                        Closed. Drove there today

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                                          Davwud RE: rav813 Feb 18, 2012 05:39 PM

                                          Ya, it's been mentioned on other threads.

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