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Panzerotti in the GTA?

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


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    1. re: 13inches

      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!

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

      1. 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

          Seconded! Love Abruzzo's panzerottis.

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

          1. 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

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

            2. 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

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

                1. re: disgusti

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

                    1. re: trane

                      At 3:00 am, or without the qualifier?

                      1. re: Yongeman

                        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

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