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Piazza Tomasso's "Pizza Plus"

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My sister and I, former Montrealers who grew up on Piazza Tomasso, Miss Montreal, House of Wong (dinner #4 for two), etc., have been craving Piazza's Pizza Plus, along with their spaghetti with breaded ribs and their risotto with chicken livers, mushrooms and meat sauce. (Wherever in Italy did these people come from? Such unusual dishes!)

Anyway, the Pizza Plus was made on a thick crust, with tomatoes (I seem to recall that it wasn't quite a tomato sauce; more like chunky tomatoes) and ham (?) and mushrooms and green peppers, I think. The cheese is something we just can't place. It definitely wasn't mozzarella. It was kind of funky -- a bit strong and slightly nutty and sort of stinky-foot smelly, all in a really good way.

Does anyone know anything about the Tomasso family, where they came from and, most importantly, what kind of cheese and pork product was on the Pizza Plus?

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  1. Seems they are still around. Perhaps you could ask them through their Facebook page.

    https://www.facebook.com/PiazzaTomasso

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    1. re: SnackHappy

      The restaurant is not still around. Closed more than 20 years ago. That's a spin-off(frozen food business). Don't know if any of the family members are still involved in this operation.

        1. re: EaterBob

          And it appears that the PT frozen-food company went bankrupt in 2012. http://raymondchabot.com/en/public-re...

          1. re: Tatai

            I still see their frozen food product available now.

    2. Piazza Tomasso pizzas were made by DaVinci Foods under a 3rd party agreement. The pizza is terrible Tommy Tomasso would be rolling in his grave to see what has happened to his good food that made his restaurant famous.

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      1. re: finefoodie55

        You're talking about the frozen food business(Piazza Tomasso pizzas)? DaVinci Foods is also originally a spinoff of a Montreal Italian restaurant/pizzeria.

      2. Having grown up in Montreal in the 1960s and 1970s, I adored Pizza Plus along with their spaghetti and meat sauce and meat balls. and chicken "burger" (really a type of chicken salad sandwich served on a burger bun) . About ten or more years ago I contacted one of the Tomasso brothers asking for the Pizza Plus recipe, but he was reluctant to divulge much except for the following: yes, a thick crust of which a few commercial brands are available and reasonably similar; marinara tomato sauce, the Tomasso brand of which was still available a decade ago for commercial establishments, fresh Italian sausage, fresh green peppers and fresh mushrooms. Last but not least, the cheese, believe it or not, is Kraft SWISS singles (white square shaped slices) which I had seen for myself in the 1970s at their take out kitchen and which Mr. Tomasso confirmed. He admitted that his own daughter had cravings for the old Pizza Plus. You may wish to contact one of the Tomasso brothers yourself to see if they would reveal the recipe or sell/ provide it to a restaurant that could resurrect our old favourite!