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  • Prairie Guy Nov 4, 2003 10:46 AM
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This might sound like a weird question to anyone not from the prairies.....but does anyone know of a place in Southern Ontario that makes pizza like they do in Saskatchewan?? It is the best pizza ever made (All Dressed, cheese baked on top like a pie) and I miss it!! Places in regina like Western Pizza, Houston Pizza, and Trifons.

Pizza in Toronto is not the same.....thin, and skimpy on the toppings!!! I doubt there is a place, but who knows? It would be silly to quit my job, and move back to the praries just for the pizza!! haha.

Thanks.

Link: http://www.western-pizza.com

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  1. Oh yeah....Reward could be available on any information!! (Free Pizza or gift certificate from the discovered establishment!)

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    1. re: Prairie Guy

      OHMIGAWD, Prairie Guy! I too am a Prairie Girl and know EXACTLY what you're talking about when you say "Saskatchewan Style Pizza". But in my neck of the woods, it was Venice House and Family Pizza. There were no toppings like sundried tomatoes and artichoke hearts (no offence, I love these too), but it was straight up, unadulterated, pepperoni, salami, peppers, mushrooms, onions and maybe some pineapple. And square pieces cut from a round pie --- sheer brilliance.

      The hunt continues....

      1. re: DD

        Your Saskatchewan Style Pizza, sounds quite a bit like our Montreal-style pizza. The cheese on top, & you use the term all-dressed(I thought it was strictly used only in Quebec). These are the hallmarks, of our pizza in Montreal.

        1. re: BL

          way north of Toronto in Sunderland is the Sunderland Bistro. Their Pizza is fabulous much like Montreal/Saskatchewan pizza apparently - lots of toppings and cheese on top.

    2. I was about to start a new thread on this topic when I came across this post.

      I used to think Saskatchewan and pizza in the same sentence was an oxymoron until I went to a place called Johnny's Pizza in Ottawa that specialized in the genre (cheese over all the toppings, etc.), then I became a convert.

      Any suggestions for this type of pizza in the GTA? (6+ years since the last post on this thread)

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      1. re: somewhere4

        AKA PRAIRIE PIZZA There is a more recent thread on it here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1055...
        I still haven't found anything like it though, its not that huge of a loss not having it here IMHO, but when you grew up on the stuff you get a craving once in a while.

        1. re: somewhere4

          you might try chicago pizza shack in hamilton: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/523250 i hope i have the right place. i went there years ago and had a crazy deep dish pizza that was basically like 2 deep-dish pizzas sandwiched together with more sauce and cheese on top. don't think i finished the slice.

        2. It does sound similar to Montreal, where I grew up. And my favourite in Toronto is Danforth Pizza House. Just sayin'.

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          Danforth Pizza
          920 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1L9, CA

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          1. re: childofthestorm

            Danforth pizza house bakes a fine pie. But it's not quite Saskatchewan/Prairie/Montreal - call it what you will style pizza.

            I guess I'll have to go west --- or east -- next time I have a craving.

            1. re: somewhere4

              As a transplanted Edmontonian, I can relate to your plight. The closest I've found in metro Toronto is definitely Olympic 76 Pizza on Glouchester (sp?) just off Yonge. They have a medium thick pizza, tasty sauce, lotsa cheese and toppings.

              I'm going to the Kitchener Blues Festival this weekend and I'll be checking out Pepe's, they're supposed to have a substantial pie too.

              Halifax Donair (locations in Milton and Burlington) does more of a Montreal style pizza, they even have the elusive dough ball in the middle.

              BTW, I love Venice House!

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              Olympic 76
              8A Gloucester St, Toronto, ON M4Y1L5, CA

              Halifax Donair
              295 Main St E, Milton, ON L9T1P1, CA

              1. re: bogie

                Of course, this is just MHO, but there is really NO decent takeout pizza in KW. All chains... Pepe's may be the best of the worst, but personally, I would pass. Go for a Philly Cheesteak at Taste of Philly cheesteak on King st. downtown. Better than anything I have had in Toronto, on par with Jim's in Philly!

                Have fun at Bluesfest! I know I will!

                1. re: kwfoodiewannabe

                  Thanks for the tip, I think we'll do a couple of cheesesteaks instead of Pepe's pizza.

                2. re: bogie

                  I'll have to check out Olympic 76 pizza. Never heard of it.

                  Have fun at the Blues festival. I grew up in the KW area and had my fill of Pepi's pizza. It's good pizza made with generous portions of fresh ingredients -- not the best I've had but better than the chains.

                  The tastiest items on Pepi's menu are their subs: try their meatball or pepperoni subs.

                  1. re: bogie

                    bogie - another transplanted Edmontonian here... if Olympic 76 is anything like Edmonton's Royal Pizza (at least during their vintage years, in the location S of Whyte on Calgary Trail) - then I'll have to make a trip... thanks for the tip.

                    I personally haven't found a real substitute for prairie pizza here, so have just made a point to go out with family and friends for the occassional trips back West... on the other hand, there are plenty of great GTA dining experiences that you just don't get in Edmonton, so I try to enjoy those, and make sure to take visiting guests out to 'something different' when they come to see me.

                    1. re: MarkhamDee

                      Olympic 76 reminded me of Montreal pizza (lots of cheese over the toppings). Don't know how it compares to Saskatchewan pizza.

                      1. re: MarkhamDee

                        Not exactly a substitute for Royal Pizza (or my personal favourite Pharos Pizza-RIP), but darn good pizza nevertheless. The crust isn't quite as thick and chewy, but it is cheesy and well-done with a lot of toppings underneath. Hope you like it!

                3. Pizza Pino's in Ajax might fit the bill. It's a Montreal style pizza IMO but looks pretty close to the western style pizzas I've seen.

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                  Pizza Pino
                  855 Westney Rd S, Ajax, ON L1S3M4, CA

                  1. Perhaps the deep dish pizza at Chicago Pizza Kitchen is what you are looking for?

                    http://www.chicagopizzakitchen.ca/

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                    Chicago Pizza Kitchen
                    2338 Major MacKenzie Dr, Maple, ON L6A3Y7, CA

                    1. Did you ever find a place? I have been looking for years.

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                      1. re: MooseJawToronto

                        My Husband is from Regina.. he says the 'closet' thing he has found to Houstons, Western, Tumblers, etc is Casa Di Gorgio pizza.

                        1. re: Kassi22

                          Which is closed?

                          1. re: Ediblethoughts

                            spelled it wrong.

                            Casa Di Giorgios - 1646 Queen St E

                            Not closed... I had it the other day. I

                      2. What about Panago? You could just ask them to put the cheese on top. It's similar to Pizza Hut.

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                        1. re: freelancer

                          Panago's pizza doesn't taste much like Houstons or other SK-style pizzas, at least in my experience. Different dough, different sauce, different approach to toppings. Most SK pizzas I've eaten (mostly in Regina, Moose Jaw and small towns- could be different elsewhere) have a half inch layer of meat/other toppings under at least a quarter inch layer of cheese, so the dough becomes a vehicle for the melted cheese and toppings.

                          1. re: prima

                            For Hounds who aren't familiar with SK-style pizza, these are the types of SK-style pizzas I'm talking about.

                            Houston Pizza
                            http://www.tripadvisor.ca/LocationPho...

                            Pizza Stop
                            http://www.tripadvisor.ca/LocationPho...

                            1. re: prima

                              boy do i miss vern's. i used to get the regular t-rex.

                              i was probably about 25 pounds heavier than i am now though.