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

    1. 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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      1. re: gutes

        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?

        1. re: gutes

          What NYC pizza would you compare it to?

        2. 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.

          1. 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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            1. re: Skeets

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

            2. 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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              1. re: bogie

                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!!

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

                1. 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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                  1. re: szw

                    Why the loss of satisfaction?

                  2. Hours??

                    DT

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

                      Fantastic.

                      DT

                       
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                      1. re: Davwud

                        This might work better

                        DT

                         
                        1. re: Davwud

                          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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                          Danforth Pizza
                          920 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1L9, CA

                      2. 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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                        1. re: fickle

                          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.

                          1. re: peppermint pate

                            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.

                            1. re: fickle

                              yes please do that!

                              1. re: shekamoo

                                Here it is.

                                 
                                 
                                1. re: fickle

                                  maybe these will be easier to read.

                                   
                                   
                                   
                                   
                                  1. re: fickle

                                    Thanks!

                              2. re: fickle

                                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.

                                1. re: peppermint pate

                                  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....

                                  1. re: shekamoo

                                    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.

                                    1. re: peppermint pate

                                      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!

                                      1. re: abigllama

                                        boooo

                                        1. re: abigllama

                                          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.

                                          1. re: peppermint pate

                                            Worth a trip.

                                            DT

                                             
                                             
                                            1. re: Davwud

                                              You're killing me...

                                              1. re: Davwud

                                                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!

                                                1. re: Davwud

                                                  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?

                                                  1. re: abigllama

                                                    It is not

                                                    DT

                                  2. re: fickle

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

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                                      1. re: damonster

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

                                        1. re: Pincus

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

                                          DT

                                          1. re: Davwud

                                            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.

                                            1. re: Pincus

                                              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.

                                              1. re: dmartins123

                                                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

                                      2. Closed. Drove there today

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                                        1. re: rav813

                                          Ya, it's been mentioned on other threads.

                                          DT