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Pizzeria Ludica

The newest contender in the Neopolitan pizza race. It's in the old Verace spot, next to T&T Supermarket downtown. I picked up three pizza's tonight - Margharita, Carne and Quattro Stagione. All three were excellent in my opinion. Good charring on the crust with proper leoparding. Toppings were generous, especially on the Quattro St.

They have an interesting concept - they have hundreds of board games on their wall. Sounds great, but doesn't a restaurant want some turnover? I mean, if people are playing games for a couple of hours what is their plan? Regardless, really good pizza. My only minor quibble was with the oregano topping on the Quattro Stag. - it didn't need it and detracted somewhat from the delicious toppings. I think this place has real potential - and I like that they allow for pick-up, unlike some "snobbier" places in Gastown.

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  1. Apparently they're just a rebrand?? Verace Facebook page has the same posts as the Ludica one...

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      1. Only been to Verace once, and we really liked it. It's time to re-visit them.

        Games rationale ....... seems they thought it through:

        http://www.ludica.ca/about.html

        I'd rather see diners having a great time playing board games and eating, talking and interacting, than a bunch of hipsters sitting around a table staring and texting on their phones with no words spoken.

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        1. re: LotusRapper

          I tried Verace once and really didn't care for it. If they've re-branded then they've up'd their game. I'm just happy it's on my husband's way home from work..

          1. re: Quattrociocchi

            Same here. We did a pizza crawl with a bunch of folks and tried several pies. The oven didn't seem to be hot enough, so interesting that the pies are better -- maybe a new pizzaiolo?

          2. re: LotusRapper

            Board game cafes are a trend in Toronto right now. I think we've had 3 or 4 of them open in the last couple of years, though they're a bit less focused on food, and more on drinks and games.

            The main one, Snakes and Lattes, charges a cover charge to play games ($5 per person) to help with the need to turn tables fast. I'm not sure if the others do or not.

            I'm actually kind of curious about a place that's trying to be both a fairly serious restaurant and a board game place. Might try to check it out while I'm in Vancouver next week.

              1. re: LotusRapper

                That reviewer seems to...uh...lack some...requisite knowledge.

                1. re: flowbee

                  Well the world moves quickly-who knew that dipping Pizza in oil was the new black?

                  1. re: Sam Salmon

                    Just be happy it's not ranch dressing .......