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HELP - Saskatchewan Style Pizza??

Prairie Guy Nov 4, 2003 10:46 AM

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.


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

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    freelancer Jul 14, 2013 09:08 AM

    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
      prima Jul 14, 2013 06:36 PM

      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
        prima Jul 15, 2013 08:37 AM

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

        Houston Pizza

        Pizza Stop

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          limitedtimeoffer Jul 23, 2013 12:54 PM

          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.

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        MooseJawToronto Jul 5, 2013 06:12 PM

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

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        1. re: MooseJawToronto
          Kassi22 Jul 14, 2013 04:44 PM

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

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            Ediblethoughts Jul 14, 2013 04:50 PM

            Which is closed?

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              Kassi22 Jul 15, 2013 08:24 AM

              spelled it wrong.

              Casa Di Giorgios - 1646 Queen St E

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

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          lecanadianfoodie Nov 5, 2010 09:31 AM

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


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

          1. Dr Butcher Aug 6, 2010 12:04 PM

            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.


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

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              childofthestorm Aug 4, 2010 06:45 PM

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

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

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              1. re: childofthestorm
                somewhere4 Aug 4, 2010 07:15 PM

                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
                  bogie Aug 5, 2010 09:06 AM

                  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!

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

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

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                    kwfoodiewannabe Aug 5, 2010 10:11 AM

                    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!

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                      bogie Aug 6, 2010 05:53 AM

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

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                      somewhere4 Aug 5, 2010 10:51 AM

                      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.

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                        MarkhamDee Aug 6, 2010 10:18 AM

                        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.

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                          Pincus Aug 6, 2010 11:25 AM

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

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                            bogie Aug 6, 2010 12:19 PM

                            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!

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                      somewhere4 Aug 4, 2010 06:23 PM

                      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
                        mlukan Aug 4, 2010 06:29 PM

                        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.

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                          smartygirl Aug 5, 2010 11:06 AM

                          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.

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                          Prairie Guy Nov 4, 2003 11:16 AM

                          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
                            DD Nov 6, 2003 09:35 AM

                            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
                              BL Nov 6, 2003 12:07 PM

                              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.

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                                Anibelle Nov 6, 2003 02:15 PM

                                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.

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