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Jan 18, 2011 12:54 PM

New Pizzeria Libretto location opening on the Danforth

Good news for east enders ! Sounds like it should be open by the summertime.

Pizzeria Libretto
221 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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  1. I'm so happy I could cry! You've made my day!!!

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    1. re: JennaBean

      Have a link.

      Pizzeria Libretto Danforth
      550 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1P7, CA

    2. I wonder where the location will be. I don't consider the "east end" to be anything west of Victoria Park. If it's going to be located in Riverdale, I'd guess that the old "Trapezzi" location could be a possibility.

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      1. re: foodyDudey

        LOL that's very funny b/c I don't consider anything East of Vic Park Toronto! :-)

        1. re: JennaBean

          If it's east of VP, it's the "East End" in my books. So actually, I think we have a similar mindset. I just can't see how an area just a km or two eat of Yonge and Bloor can be called the "east end", as it's nowhere near the end,, it's just the start of the eastern side of Toronto.

      2. WIll be nice to see how it measures up to QMP...the pizza warfare heats up.

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        1. re: grandgourmand

          Agreed. And when there is a food war, we all win !

          1. re: grandgourmand

            Now Magic Oven will have some competition!

          2. I thought it was the Danforth?
            Just wondering which restos on the Danforth have closed recently....

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            1. re: atomeyes

              the old Myth location never opened. It looks like there might be remodeling happening there but as far as I can tell, it is vacant.

              Not trying to start any rumours but that would be an ideal location for PL. Please!

              1. re: Zengarden

                The Willow also closed, did anything new open there? But Danforth stretches for km's past the Greek section, maybe they are opening near Donlands, or Dawes Rd.

                1. re: foodyDudey

                  Myth has had a sign on it for a while, that it will be "Legions Sports Bar" if that will actually happen is anyone's guess.

                  Willow is already a new place, called Factory Girl, it's either open already or very close to it.

                  There's that place on the south side with the roll up windows that's been vacant and for lease since Mel Lastman was Mayor.

                  I would not be surprised to see them go for a cheaper location further east, Woodbine or Coxwell even.

                  Factory Girl
                  193 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N2, CA

                  1. re: bytepusher

                    I'd be surprised if it was further east than coxwell. But i'd also be surprised if it was between broadview and pape.

                    i've never been to the ossington strip (gosh, i haven't lived), but from what I can tell, between pape and coxwell, there has to be something comparable, as far as edginess goes.

                    1. re: grandgourmand

                      Someone else mentioned (in the other PL thread) that this new location is going in the former Trapezzi spot. That was also my guess.

                      It's good to see I'm not the only one who hadn't made the trip out to any restaurant on Ossington. I don't wait in queues to get into restaurants so unless the policy is different at this location, I won't be there in a hurry either. It was mentioned that they wanted to open in a family friendly location, so I can imagine families waiting outside on the sidewalk to get in. :-)

                      505 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1P5, CA

            2. Can't wait myself but according to the news - it won't be open until the end of the summer. And when they say the "Danforth" isn't that supposed to mean somewhere between Broadview and Jones (aka Greektown)?

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              1. re: mingo.jones

                People use the term "The Danforth" to mean to mean any part and it ends around Warden. Even the boundaries of Greektown aren't well defined, the Greek restaurants only start around Chester and there are very few east of Carlaw. Pretty soon it will be sushiTown, as cheap sushi places are springing up all over Danforth.

                1. re: foodyDudey

                  I've never waited in line to get into Libretto on Ossington.

                  1. re: jamesm

                    Then maybe I was mistaken, I was sure I read that they don't take reservations and it was hard to get in without waiting around.

                    1. re: foodyDudey

                      I've been twice at around 12:30 and never had a line up. The place was hopping but there was no queue. I only go on Mondays now; the black truffle and egg pizza tends to do that to people :p

                      1. re: table4onthefly

                        I just checked and easily found a few mentions of long wait times. Here is one:

                        If they open near me at least I can walk back home and they can call when the table is ready.

                        1. re: foodyDudey

                          I"ve been 3 times and never waited in line. Nor would I. The pizza is delicious though. I'm currently hooked on the Duck Confit and Pear pizza. So unbelievably good.

                      2. re: foodyDudey

                        True, no reservations but I've never had to wait in any sort of line. Same with Black Hoof and Hoof Cafe actually.

                        The Black Hoof
                        928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

                        1. re: jamesm

                          Well, that's fortunate for you but the rest of us encounter lines from time to time. I have waited in line at libretto but it moves pretty fast. And don't be mislead, there are plenty of line ups at BH as well, maybe you just aren't in any of them.

                          Excited for the new location of Libretto, wonder how well it will be accepted.

                        2. re: foodyDudey

                          They don't take reservations but they do take cell numbers so it's not as horrible as it sounds.

                      3. re: foodyDudey

                        So true...There are literally sushi places are literally kitty-cornering everything else out of that block.

                        The best pizza on the Danforth is still Danforth Pizza House.
                        I would even rank it #2 on my list behind Libretto for best Pizza in Toronto.

                        I did the QMP thing a month ago and wasn't wowed like I thought I would, or should be.

                        My guess is Libretto will open somewhere East of Greenwood and west of Main.