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Panzerotti in the GTA?

PrometheusOnFire Nov 27, 2012 04:29 AM

If we accept the rough definitions of a panzerotti as a fried pizza and a calzone as one which is baked, are there any places in the GTA. that make a lecture-free panzerotti? Olimpic '76 made decent one back in the day, and I believe Bitondo's fries their panzerotto now. Are there any other places that can satisfy my craving for the Italian version of heart attack on a plate?

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    13inches Nov 27, 2012 04:54 AM

    Ricci's Pizza in Woodbridge makes a great fried one.


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    1. re: 13inches
      franpelyk Nov 27, 2012 06:04 AM

      After Bitondo's, there is no other. I suggest you also get their steak on a kaiser with hot peppers, cheese and mushrooms. Then.....take it all across the road to the Monarch and wash it down with a cold beer! That, is heaven!

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      youdonut Nov 27, 2012 08:56 AM

      pizzaville gives you a choice of fried or baked, san francescos is the same way.

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        trane Nov 27, 2012 08:58 AM

        Abruzzo's was always my favourite. Richmond Hill delivery area. They offer a choice of baked or fried.

        However, Bitondos sounds pretty good, I may have to check it out the next time I'm down that way.

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        1. re: trane
          srobes Nov 28, 2012 09:24 PM

          Seconded! Love Abruzzo's panzerottis.

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          Doopsylalolic Nov 27, 2012 11:35 AM

          Columbo's Pizza, 1794 Danforth Avenue, Toronto.
          I also recommend their arancini.

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            flonie Nov 27, 2012 08:37 PM

            Fresca at College and Spadina. They are one block west of Spadina on College St. This is great old school panzerotti. It's made fresh on the spot and they brush a garlic oil when it comes out. Delicious and for $7.50 for a cheese one you can't go wrong. It's huge!

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            1. re: flonie
              dmartins123 Nov 27, 2012 10:19 PM

              Franks Pizza House on St Clair (near Landsdowne) makes the best panzo. They have been doing it for decades.

            2. TorontoTips Nov 29, 2012 08:37 PM

              I'm with srobes and trane - I think Abruzzo on Yonge in Richmond Hill edges out Bitondos for the deep fried wonder of Panzerotti, and they are always piping hot and made fresh, where I've had a couple of not-quite-hot-enough 'panz' from Bitondos.
              Both are great, and there's something crazy-good about Bitondo's marinara sauce, but I'd give the final nod to Abruzzo, by a nose. :-)

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              1. re: TorontoTips
                disgusti Nov 30, 2012 01:17 AM

                commisso bros up at castlefield and eglinton(ish) does a decent one at 3 am

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                  Yongeman Nov 30, 2012 05:57 AM

                  Ha ha. Anything tastes good at 3:00 am. I used to get their sandwiches on the way home from whatever bar.

                  1. re: Yongeman
                    trane Dec 4, 2012 12:39 PM

                    Love their canolli

                    1. re: trane
                      Yongeman Dec 4, 2012 02:06 PM

                      At 3:00 am, or without the qualifier?

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                        trane Dec 5, 2012 10:11 AM

                        At 3am. I like it other times too, but I'm not well schooled in the various bakeries in the city as to make a general claim that it's "good".

                        I'd gain about 100 pounds if I did endeavour on such a survey..so going to leave it at that.

                        1. re: trane
                          Yongeman Dec 5, 2012 12:01 PM

                          Ha ha. Fair enough, trane. I know what you mean.

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