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North of Brooklyn Pizza (Queen West)

Now open for a few days, we dropped in for a couple of slices; Pepperoni and White. Just under $10 total with tax.

Tasty, quality ingredients and the rest remains to be seen IMO. Too early for us to comment.

Simple menu - seating for 12 maybe....

Ready-to-grab slices will probably be Margherita, Pepperoni, White (ricotta, mozz, garlic and arugula dressed with lemon sauce), Veggie, Puttanesca.

Whole pies (as listed above) $18-22.00 Toppings $2.50

While there, owner? was trash talking Terroni. Least of his concerns...

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  1. grabbed a margherita slice yesterday (around 4.50 with tax) - thin, crispy crust, good sauce - enjoyed it and will be back.

    1. I can't wait to try this place! Keep the reviews coming. Apparently, they're closed Mondays, which sucks, because that's the day of the week that I'm in that area. I do find that weird though (as I said on another post) given that pizza places, are usually open 7 days/week.

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          1. re: justsayn

            The pizza looks really good in the picture. Especially the Margherita.

          2. re: kwass

            This was tweeted by them last Monday - "sorry, closed Mondays , open 4pm to 11 this week"

            So I guess hours and days will evolve.

            1. re: justsayn

              Good to know, I'll keep my fingers crossed that they start opening on Mondays.

          3. Not cool to go around trashing other peoples places.

            I will give this place a go though.

            DT

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            1. re: Davwud

              Yea it was douchy because he was really getting in to it. Not just a passing comment.

              1. I would love some actual NYC/ NJ style pizza...it doesn't look like this is it. Anyone know where to find some?

                  1. re: ylsf

                    Are those deck chairs painted silver??

                    DT

                    1. re: Davwud

                      Looks like it but I think they might be solid chairs because of the comments about "rust not included" or whatever it said,

                      So, I imagine maybe the small seating won't remain if they don't have a washroom? I thought there was a by-law about needing to have a washroom access, according to the NOW Toronto says "no washroom"... Not sure if they mean no handicap accessible washroom or no washroom at all?

                      1. re: ylsf

                        I was told a long time ago that the rules are, serve food to stay, must provide washrooms. The thing is, I was told that by someone managing a bar in a hockey rink. They were forced to put in ones in the bar. The ones right across the hall (Literally right across the hall) weren't acceptable.

                        DT

                        1. re: Davwud

                          Ah, that must be how Poutini avoids having a washroom. All food is served to go.

                          1. re: Davwud

                            A Yelp review for North of Brooklyn says that the place shares bathrooms with Hero burgers

                          2. re: ylsf

                            If you have less than 7 seats you can get away with no washroom. That's why a lot of coffee shops have couches, they (technically) count as one seat. The numbers are really weird when you get into them but whatevs.

                            1. re: LexiFirefly

                              Ah ok, thanks. Just I recall a lot of talk in the BP thread that they reason they changed their policy to be "seats are for waiting customers only and not for consuming food" was because they didn't have a washroom for patrons.

                              If they share their bathroom with Hero Burger as mentioned above then I guess it is a non-issue anyway.

                        2. re: ylsf

                          Those dough knots look soooo good!!

                          1. re: kwass

                            The ones at Bigabaldi were excellent. Hope these are just as good.

                            DT

                        3. we were going to order 3 slices, but that would have amounted to about $12 so we figured that to bump our order up to a full pizza at $18-20 wasn't a big deal. the pizza is somewhere inbetween new york style and pseudo-neopolitan. crisp enough that when you fold it in half it cracks instead, but no blistering at all. could use a little more browning though in my books. they use a great quality mozz that makes it super delicious and their tomato sauce is bright, tart and mildly sweet. i'm happy to go there again, though i'd encourage them to put more effort into pepperoni and topping distribution. there wasn't much of it (though it was great quality) but often there would be wide open spaces and then three piled on top of each other.

                          i really like the sesame on the crust (not sure if that was because of the pizza we ordered) but i would actually save to eat all the crusts at the end since i didn't want sesame flavour with my pizza. i'm not sure what to make of the garlic knots yet. i had a small bite of one, but i think they had made them too early otherwise they let them go too far for darkness then put them under again to melt the cheese and it has a very hard dark shell. was overdone for us.

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                          1. re: pinstripeprincess

                            I pretty much concur with PP's sentiments. It's a good effort and I've been eating NY style regularly for the past few years now. The set up and menu is pretty faithful to Best Pizza in Brooklyn. On the pizza: Thought the middle was a touch soggy, could have been more crisp.Pepperoni was meh, I've had better quality and this variant seemed a bit bland. Also the sesame is a bit distracting for a tomato slice I think left alone on the white pizza is just fine. Still, this is a fine addition for a casual pick up or sit down pizza joint for Toronto! Want to try their puttanesca slice next.

                            1. re: deabot

                              Looking forward to trying this - I love Best Pizza in BK. Hope they duplicate their grandma slice.

                          2. We tried a whole pizza the other day - it tasted great! It was a veggie one so we can't comment on the pepperoni (as others have commented on it). The sauce was tasty with a bit of a tang, the toppings were fresh, and the thin crust was crisp. My only complaint was that the crust was way too salty for me. We had drinks and I found myself still drinking tons afterwards. Just for comparison though, we also went to Terroni the following weekend. I hadn't been there for pizza before, but my husband had. Hands down, for crust alone, Terroni took the pie! The flavours in the Terroni pizza blended so well. The crust was perfect and did not detract from the overall pizza.

                            1. I tried the white pizza today: mozzarella and ricotta with arugula and lemon juice added at the end. This is a great combination. I am not a pizza person but certain flavour combinations will bring me back for more. This is up there with Pizzaiola's Bianca, my go to when the boys insist on pizza. I've had arugula at the end pizza before and I didn't like it but with the lemon juice this really worked for me. I'm craving it......

                              1. Tonight was very disappointing.

                                I was served a crappy, salty, over-priced slice of pepperoni. Pepperoni itself had decent flavour but there was nothing else good about it. It was also a very small slice - perhaps it was a mistake.

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                                1. re: justsayn

                                  There seem to be very mixed reviews about this place. So, my question to everyone who's been is...is it worth trying?

                                  1. re: kwass

                                    I always figure - when there are many fans, it is worth trying - try the white pizza if the ingredients interest you.

                                    But IMO its not at all worth travelling for.

                                    1. re: kwass

                                      worth trying, yes.. but not amazing. i find it overpriced for a rather small slice as well.

                                      i've tried the margherita (okay but have had better elsewhere) and the seasonal veg (the toppings were high quality, but roasted beets and carrots just don't really work well on pizza imho)

                                      the crust is pretty decent for a by-the-slice place (nice and thin) but nothing to write home about when compared to places like pizzeria libretto. i didn't love the sauce (it was just okay).

                                      1. re: helenhelen

                                        Where have you had better margherita by the slice? Does Libretto sell pizza by the slice? I'm not defending the place, I just want to know where to get a good slice.

                                        1. re: GoodGravy

                                          We really love the marghareita from Fresca Pizza at College and Spadina.

                                          They drizzle a garlic oil on top of it when it comes out of the oven. When it's hot out of the oven...mmm....

                                          Much better than Terroni's!

                                          1. re: flonie

                                            I find the slices at Fresca to be mediocre, at least when eaten on their own. But it's great that they put out dishes of freshly-chopped olives, hot peppers, and garlic/basil pesto on the counter. Being able to dress up your slice with fresh extras makes a huge difference. I wish there were more pizza-slice joints offering that kind of service.

                                            1. re: 5secondrule

                                              Just had a margerita slice at Fresca. The garlic/basil oil is a nice touch but that crust is the blandest crust I have ever eaten. Needs salt and I am not usually one to notice that.
                                              I had a great pizza at Pizza via Mercanti in Kensington. Do they sell slices? I am not that picky about pizza it's more about the topping combinations for me. I had a pizza with really good mozzarella, pesto and cherry tomatoes.

                                              1. re: crawfish

                                                yeah, pizza there is great. no slices though.. but they do serve a $10 smaller whole pizza at lunch time.

                                          2. re: GoodGravy

                                            it's nothing at all like libretto style (i.e. really thin crust gourmet style) but i do like the ones at massimo's on college. again, nothing like libretto's but at least it is a tasty slice of pizza.

                                          3. re: helenhelen

                                            while i get that the draw is by the slice, i think their full pies are where they offer value and tastiness.

                                            they're inbetween all the popular styles but what i consider "american" right now.... they do their own thing and i really appreciate what that is. i do want them to tweak a few things abotu their dough flavour and cooking times but their mozz and tomato sauce can't be beat by almost any of the TO shops.

                                            1. re: pinstripeprincess

                                              I like this pizza, been here a few times. Their whole pies aren't really a big value over the slice though. Yes, its a bit more value but not that much.

                                              1. re: szw

                                                at $4 starting per slice and then my pies starting at $18 w/ 6 slices each... seems like a lot of value to me.

                                                but really, what i meant is that these days my whole pizzas are about that price from everywhere else and i'd rather have some NOB over many of them.

                                                1. re: pinstripeprincess

                                                  the slices are tiny (smaller than other places for the same price, i find). they are good for a snack but will not fill you. how big are the pies?

                                                  1. re: helenhelen

                                                    18" around. which is pretty much a large or xlarge pie these days.

                                      2. I went last night at around 9:30pm and the pizza was hot and fresh. I'm not sure what kind it was because it had the milkiest mozza and pancetta (? a fatty, crispy pork bits that could best be described like that on chinese roast pork from the bbq shops). I liked that they had sesame seeds on the thin crust. Based on that experience I'll certainly be back to try more.

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                                        1. re: chocabot

                                          Maybe they were trying out a new ingredient?

                                        2. A bit frustrated. Went in a couple of days ago and spoke to a manager-ish guy about getting a big delivery on Saturday for a party. Was told it was no problem but to call on the day of to work out it.

                                          Calling today, phone rolls right to voice mail, mailbox is full. I hope this place isn't on it's last legs. Favourite slice in the city so hope they're doing ok.

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                                          1. re: abigllama

                                            Finally got through yesterday. Was told that because the party was a half a block out of the delivery zone they couldn't do it. This is after the manager-ish guy I spoke with earlier in the week said it was fine. They turned down a $100 pizza delivery over a half of a block.

                                            Talked to a friend that used to work at Via Mercanti. He suggested Enzo's around the corner from them. Enzo's saved the day and was awesome.

                                            As much as I love the slices at NOB, the customer service fail was maddening,. There was some advanced millennial douchitry with "sorry bro" as the final response. They are now dead to me.

                                            1. re: abigllama

                                              I've heard mixed things about Enzo's. You liked it?

                                              1. re: kwass

                                                It was really good. Solid crust and sauce, pepperoni was really good too.. Would probably order extra cheese the next time. . Different style form NOB, Neapolitan so it was more similar to what you'd get at Libretto but a bigger pizza. Will definitely be checking out the rest of their menu.

                                                The staff were super friendly and accommodating. It was basically the opposite of dealing with NOB. Enzo's just earned a regular customer, NOB lost one.

                                                Pardon the rant, but in a tight economy, who turns down a $100 olus tip pizza order? I even suggested putting it in a cab and they wouldn't do that. That's just bad business.

                                                1. re: abigllama

                                                  I agree...that's absolutely nuts that they wouldn't accept your order! Especially since, as you said, you weren't too far outside their delivery zone, and you offered to pay for a cab to have it delivered.

                                                  Though glad to hear that you liked Enzo's so much. I walk by it all the time, but was reluctant to try it because if the mixed reviews. I will definitely give it a try now.

                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                    Enzo's has a great make it yourself pizza. The slices were overpriced. Haven't been for awhile but I found the crust to be terribly bland.

                                                    1. re: justsayn

                                                      I know that you went when they 1st opened. Maybe they've tweeked things since then.

                                                      If you get back there before me justsayn, please let me know your thoughts.

                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                        I've been about 6 or 7 times but not for about 6 months. Lately it's been all about slices and sandwiches at the two Fornos; Sud and Cultura.

                                                        1. re: justsayn

                                                          I hear ya. II can't speak for Forno Cultura yet, but it's hard to go anywhere else with Sud Forno as an option. I run into that problem all the time. I'm actually going to be stopping by Sud Forno tomorrow :) I haven't tried the pizza yet though. Might have to get a slice tomorrow.

                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                            The style is completely different between the two. Forno tends to be on the more dry side of pizza styles but it's great! If you get to Cultura try the small ricotta cookie turnover pastry thing and the fruit tart.

                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                Strawberry, plum, almond slices flat tart. Wicked for what it is. ;-)

                                                                1. re: justsayn

                                                                  Ok. I'm going on Sunday. I'll report back :)

                                                        2. re: kwass

                                                          It is worth trying Enzo's in my opinion. I enjoyed it even though they were a bit scare on the toppings.

                                                    2. re: abigllama

                                                      They've been idiots since day one....don't take it personally.

                                                      1. re: justsayn

                                                        It was a drag to basically have the catering fall though on the day of the event. Especially after it was set up earlier in the week.

                                                        I'm just now hearing more stories of NOB douchitry since this happened and they apparently have a really bad reputation in the neighbourhood. What a shame, I really liked their pizza. Definitely won't be giving them another dime.

                                                  2. re: abigllama

                                                    I don't know why the moderators deleted my post because it's absolutely true and I refuse to allow my opinion to not be heard: this place SUCKS

                                                    It's overpriced and crappy and come on who the fuck wants to pay like five dollars for a teeny ass white slice? I know it's silly to compare things to other countries but man I can get a white slice at any number of places in NYC that is bigger, exponentially better, and cheaper. Fuck this overpriced garbage excuse for a pizzeria and fuck everything they stand for

                                                    1. re: disgusti

                                                      Gee I don't get why they delete your posts....anyway with the exception of the scorn and the passion behind it, I must agree head on with that assessment. As well I agree in that I don't see the point in comparing to other cities.

                                                      1. re: justsayn

                                                        It was definitely my favourite slice in the city. Overall I prefer the pies at Libretto or Via Marcanti but consider it different since it's not a place you can order a slice. Enzo's has filled in the NOB void for me. Have been back several times and it's always been solid.

                                                        Still won't set foot back in NOB even though I loved their slices. I refuse to fund douche baggery.

                                                      2. re: disgusti

                                                        For what it is worth, I really love North of Brooklyn's white slice, have no problem with the price, and the guys at the till have always friendly and accommodating.

                                                        The negative comments on this thread are really surprising!

                                                        1. re: JonasBrand

                                                          +1 I enjoyed my last visit there this week. Took some friends as well and the slice was down to the regular good one (was saltier on the previous two visits).
                                                          Service if you call it that is minimal (most of the time they look flustered but have been functional)

                                                          1. re: elvisahmed

                                                            Since we're talking about service in pizza places, I have to comment about Via Mercanti. I have been there 3 times now, different servers each time and every time I get the impression I am not wanted like I'm a burden, there is something they would much rather be doing than serving us. My 13 year old son even commented last time - and I hadn't said anything - "I don't think she really likes her job." You can imagine how bad the vibes are that a 13 year old notices. We live a few blocks away, I LOVE their pizza and they have better beer than Terroni but I will not pay for that kind of treatment.

                                                            1. re: crawfish

                                                              That's interesting because I've always had friendly and attentive service @ Via Mercanti.

                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                Me too. Granted I haven't been in a while.

                                                                1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                  Our first visit was soon after they opened, next time early this summer and the last time about a month ago. The second time we took an italian friend who spoke to them in italian and we still got disgruntled service. He loved the pizza though. We really want to be regulars but they obviously don't want us.

                                                              2. re: crawfish

                                                                A friend that worked in the kitchen said management is a bit brutal and moody. But there's no excuse for that sort of treatment.

                                                                However we've always had great service so may have gotten lucky. Friend was never working when we showed up so it wasn't an extension of that relationship.

                                                                For NoB I always stopped in for a slice when in the area. Service ranged from indifferent to super proud and excited about the pizza. The indifferent is more recent with the good service being shortly after they opened.

                                                                My rant is based on an incident where I spoke to a manager on Wednesday in person, was told that it was good to go for Saturday. Called Saturday and was told "sorry bro we can't deliver there" a couple of hours before my event. This is after trying to get ahold of them several times in the afternoon, leaving messages and not getting a call back.

                                                                1. re: abigllama

                                                                  That would result in a full on boycott if it were to happen to me. Absolutely abysmal in my mind.

                                                                  DT

                                                                  1. re: abigllama

                                                                    This is enough to make me not want to go.

                                                                    1. re: justxpete

                                                                      Yep, it sucks because I loved the pizza. But they are dead to me. They are no longer getting a dime from me and I'm more than happy to tell people how much the service and management suck.

                                                                      Honestly can't think think of a place where I loved the food but won't go back because of crap service. This is a first.

                                                                      1. re: abigllama

                                                                        Funny coincidence. I was flipping through the channels looking for the hockey game and poker was on instead. The announcer mentioned North of Brooklyn Pizza and I froze. And, the guy was from Canada. Says he serves pizza to a "bunch of hipsters" and that he's a "professional clubber". Lol. I'll pass.

                                                                        1. re: justxpete

                                                                          Astoundingly advanced douchitry! Amazing! Lol!

                                                          2. re: abigllama

                                                            Professional has never been the strong suit over at NoB. Also couldn't really get into their pizza after several attempts.

                                                        2. The pizza is great, service sucks bad.

                                                          Not sure if sauce is out of a can or not. Tasted metallic.

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                                                          1. re: honestfoodie

                                                            People that complain that the pizza is over priced have no clue, they are using DOP tomatoes and 00 flour , so there pies are a few more bucks where most places are using regular AP flour and reg canned tomatoes . Agree bout service being annoying but to say pizza is overpriced just ignorance

                                                            1. re: visualhornet

                                                              I don't think anyone's really complaining about the price. I think the main complaint is NOB's attitude and the way that they treat their customers.

                                                          2. According to BlogTo, NOB is opening a 2nd location on Church.

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                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                              That's actually a really smart move to open just below Woody's. The area is a pizza wasteland and the couple of chains in the area always have lines out the door when bars let out.

                                                              Possibly the eastern location would be less douchy?

                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                Walked by today, sign is up and a lot of activity going on inside. Sign on door says "Opening Very Very Soon!:

                                                              2. My boycott of NOB due to advanced douchitry was temporarily lifted to check out the recently opened Church St. location. They've definitely won me back.

                                                                We live just a couple of blocks from the new location and ordered take out. The staff were super friendly and excited about the food.

                                                                The kale salad with walnuts and dried cranberries was excellent. We got a pepperoni pizza and added semi-dried tomatoes and it was incredibly good. Both the kale salad and the semi-dried tomato topping appear to be unique to the Church location.

                                                                There was no douchitry, the food was excellent and I now have a new local goto for pizza!