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Viva Napoli on Mt. Pleasant

Yongeman May 18, 2011 07:00 PM

As I was walking over to Il Gelatiere for some excellent gelato (pistachio and pera), I noticed the scent of wood smoke in the air. I didn't really think about it and figured it was someone's fireplace. On the way back up Mt. Pleasant, I noticed a new restaurant, basically directly across the street from Lai Toh Heen. Windows are still partially covered, but way in back of the restaurant was a wood-fired pizza oven and a man reaching into it with a wooden pizza paddle. It's called Viva Napoli. That's all the information I have at the moment.

Il Gelatiere
647 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

Lai Toh Heen
692 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

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    torontofoodiegirl RE: Yongeman May 20, 2011 05:42 PM

    I just noticed it today too. Very exciting...hope it's good. If anyone has any further info, please let us know.

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      torontofoodiegirl RE: torontofoodiegirl Jun 14, 2011 11:23 AM

      I passed by it last week, and asked a couple of guys who were doing some work on it when it would open - they said maybe in a couple of weeks.

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      nuggieg RE: Yongeman Jun 26, 2011 01:29 PM

      Does anyone know if they are open Sundays?

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        pizzalover01 RE: nuggieg Jul 9, 2011 08:22 AM

        Closed Sundays....open the rest of the week at 530....

      2. syoung RE: Yongeman Jun 26, 2011 10:41 PM

        Hmmm... interesting indeed! Do they serve anything besides pizza?

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          celtgirl RE: syoung Jun 27, 2011 11:56 AM

          Stuck my head inside yesterday, they are open Sundays, closed Mondays (very Italian, that). I will post after I eat there tomorrow.

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            eatermama RE: celtgirl Jun 28, 2011 06:00 AM

            Is there any info out there about this place? Website? Phone number? Cant find anything!!

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              pizzalover01 RE: eatermama Jul 9, 2011 08:23 AM

              Got the phone number its 647 344 VIVA

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          celtgirl RE: Yongeman Jul 4, 2011 01:06 PM

          No, much googling & 411'ing later, there is nothing,but it does exist & it is open, I've been.

          serivce=needs to be worked on
          variety of pizzas=excellent
          sauce=meh.... but what can you do? It's hard to get the correct tomatoes in N. America.

          It's close to the Gelato shop, so at approx. 647 Mt. Pleasant Ave.

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            eatermama RE: celtgirl Jul 4, 2011 02:00 PM

            Hubby, Kiddo and I went last week, around 5:30 on Thursday. It was super family friendly at that time, which I liked.

            The pizza was good, not great, but given its still in the soft opening phase, I'm absolutely willing to give them time to improve and figure out exactly how the oven works. Crust was a little thin and sauce a little watery, so the middle got a bit soggy but the flavors were excellent. I thought it was far better seasoned than the pizzas Ive had at Queen Marg.

            They said they were working on constructing a website this week.

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              pizzalover01 RE: celtgirl Jul 9, 2011 08:34 AM

              Its 679 Mt. Pleasant ave.....

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              wontonfm RE: Yongeman Jul 4, 2011 04:48 PM

              Glad to hear positive feedback so far. Would love to have an alternative to Grazie when I want "sit down" pizza in the 'hood.


              2373 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2C8, CA

              1. syoung RE: Yongeman Jul 4, 2011 08:14 PM

                Once again, to those who have been, is this just a pizza joint? All the reviews seem to point to pizza only.

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                  scotgirl RE: syoung Jul 5, 2011 11:07 AM

                  Yes, just pizza - but a fairly large variety including some very interesting combos. I also went last Thursday. It was very busy - there was a line-up when we left. Agree with a previous poster, the pizza is good not great. The only other item on the menu was 'antipasta special' however they didn't have anything yet - the waiter said it was because they have just opened. There is no wine list or wine details/prices on the menu. I think they need to fix this - even with a blackboard list of available wine. Will go back when they have settled for a few weeks.

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                    syoung RE: scotgirl Jul 5, 2011 10:38 PM

                    Thanks scotgirl. Other than its Napoli origins, how do they compare with some of the better pizzeria places around town such as Libretto?

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                      raebmv RE: scotgirl Jul 7, 2011 08:16 AM

                      So, what was the price point, if you don't mind my asking?

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                        pizzalover01 RE: raebmv Jul 9, 2011 08:36 AM

                        Pizzas start at $10.00...a margherita is $13.00!!!!!

                  2. prima RE: Yongeman Jul 6, 2011 11:53 AM

                    Does anyone know if Viva Napoli takes reservations? I'm guessing it's a no, based on the comments re: line-ups, but I'd appreciate it if someone could confirm.

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                      eatermama RE: prima Jul 6, 2011 01:04 PM

                      I don't think they even have a phone yet!!!

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                        sloweater RE: prima Jul 7, 2011 08:05 AM

                        I tried calling today: 647 352-8484. The guy who answered only spoke Italian, so it was a short conversation. I'm planning on checking it out this weekend. I'll update if there are any changes re: wine list and other menu items.

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                          prima RE: sloweater Jul 7, 2011 08:37 PM

                          Thanks for posting the number.

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                            millygirl RE: prima Jul 8, 2011 04:20 PM

                            Looks like a great little spot. Drove by today.

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                            Fotoguy RE: sloweater Jul 12, 2011 08:18 AM

                            Hi all....this is the wrong phone number......(it's a different restaurant).

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                              prima RE: Fotoguy Jul 12, 2011 12:23 PM

                              My friend called (647)352-8484, and made a reservation in Italian. Turns out that we wouldn't have needed a reservation by 8:30 pm on Saturday night, since the restaurant was maybe 2/3 full when we arrived. Down-to-earth people running the restaurant, and a good place to practice your Italian.

                              Softer crust than Queen Margherita or Libretto. Better tasting sauce than Queen Margherita, and the pizza I ordered was less charred than the last one I ordered at Libretto. Viva's kitchen tended to be heavy-handed with the cheese.

                              I liked my Margherita Pizza. Not sure I liked it any more than I like Trio, Libretto or Queen M, but I liked it, and would return. The fact the Margherita is $13, rather than the $15+ one might pay on Queen E or Ossington might be an incentive to some.

                              Not sure I'd travel more than 20 minutes for this pizza, but it's a nice option to have in North Toronto, and I liked the atmosphere.

                              3239 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N2L5, CA

                              viva napoli
                              679 mt. pleasant rd, Toronto, ON , CA

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                                Fotoguy RE: prima Jul 12, 2011 12:45 PM

                                The phone number is actually 647-344-8482.....the number that you posted is a different restaurant (the guy who answered the phone when I called that number was a little pissed....;~)
                                I just called this number (647-344-8482 - Viva Napoli) and made reservations for tonite.

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                                  prima RE: Fotoguy Jul 12, 2011 12:50 PM

                                  Weird. I'm positive my friend called the number posted by sloweater above(647-352-8484), since I emailed her that phone number (647-352-8484), and that's the number she called to make the reservation. A couple days ago, I read that Viva had added a 2nd number (the 647-344-8482 number), but it sounds like 647-344-8482 is the only number that is currently working for Viva Napoli. Since both of these numbers are cell numbers, it's quite possible the restaurant owner you spoke with knows the Viva Napoli people, or that Viva Napoli changed phones in the last week.

                                  Glad you got a reservation, and hope you enjoy it.

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                                    sloweater RE: Fotoguy Jul 12, 2011 12:59 PM

                                    I got the number from directory assistance. When I called, the guy answered Viva Napoli, but he only spoke Italian. Don't know what to say...

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                                      prima RE: sloweater Jul 12, 2011 01:05 PM

                                      BTW sloweater, thanks for mentioning that the guy that answered only spoke Italian. If it's the same owner we met, in person, he does speak a fair amount of English, but he's more comfortable speaking Italian. All the servers we talked to appeared to be completely bilingual. ;-)

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                                        sloweater RE: prima Jul 12, 2011 01:22 PM

                                        I'm looking forward to heading over. The pizza options on Mt Pleasant are pretty scant. Dinner there combined with a trip to Il Gelatiere would make for a pretty good night. What's their wine list like?

                                        Il Gelatiere
                                        647 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

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                                          prima RE: sloweater Jul 12, 2011 01:33 PM

                                          Not sure- I didn't read/see the list. I asked for a glass of Chianti when I sat down, and our server seemed a little confused, so I then asked for a glass of red. I have no idea what kind of red it was. All I can say is that it was a generous pour and that it wasn't corked. ;-)

                                          They do have some apertivi beyond the typical Campari in stock.

                                          My friends decided to head over to Yonge to try out Simply Italian for gelato, since we've visited Il Gelatiere many times over the years. Hadn't been to Simply Italian before- it certainly is drawing crowds. If you haven't tried it yet, might also be worth checking out. Although I guess it makes more sense to pair Viva Napoli with Il Gelatiere, and Falasca with Simply Italian. ;-)

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                            MichelinHound RE: Yongeman Jul 17, 2011 05:47 PM

                            Very disappointing. This wasn't a Neapoletan style pizza by any stretch of the imagination.
                            For a place that calls itself Viva Napoli and brags about cooking the pizza at under a minute, this was a disaster. For background, I have been to Naples and sampled the real deal at numerous places there, and have become a VPN afficionado over the years.
                            So, we went there a few days after they opened, and tried 2 pizzas- 1) the margherita (that's a staple...if they can't do that one well, the rest will follow), 2) we got suckered into the most expensive one on the menu- for $20 the one with apples in it.
                            Ok, I'll give them a B+ for creativity on ingredients, C for taste, and will totally flank them on the pizza dough, mozza & sauce. Give me a break...it was a disaster...as if the dough did not rise properly or whatever they did to it, it had no taste whatsoever.
                            I'm forgetting this place as quickly as I found out about it. Sorry.

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