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Introducing: Pizzeria Libretto’s much-anticipated (and PATH-accessible) downtown location

Introducing: Pizzeria Libretto

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Name: Pizzeria Libretto
Contact Info: 155 University Ave., 416-551-0433, pizzerialibretto.com, @PizzaLibretto
Owner: Libretto Restaurant Group
Executive Chef and Partner: Rocco Agostino
Chefs di “Cucina”: Tiffany Wong and sous chef Carmen Mach

The Food: The new Libretto serves the same simple, seasonal food as the chain’s Ossington and Danforth locations. The menu is divided between rustic Italian starters (including chef Agostino’s namesake arugula salad with squash and beets) and generously topped Neapolitan pizzas, which are flash-baked for 90 seconds each. At $15 for three courses, the weekday prix-fixe lunch menu is one of the better deals downtown.

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Introducing: Queen Margherita, the new Neapolitan pizza parlour on Dundas West

Introducing: Queen Margherita Pizza

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Name: Queen Margherita Pizza
Contact Info: 772 Dundas St. W., qmpizza.com
Neighbourhood: Trinity Bellwoods
Previously: A paint store occupied the upper floor, while Hard Luck Bar called the basement home
Owners: John Chetti, Rocco Mazzaferro, Tom Mediati and Roberto Scala
Chef: Head chef John Galante creates and executes the menu with guidance from exec chef Jonathan Gushue (previously of Langdon Hall)

The Food: The menu is divided between snacks, starters and pizzas. For $38 you can sample the entire snack section, which includes prosciutto di Parma, cacciatore, olives and hunks of Parm. Familiar QMP starters (like the much-loved potenta with sausage) are joined by octopus carpaccio, ricotta-stuffed eggplant and other new additions. The wood-fired pizzas range from conventional (the namesake Margherita) to straight-up quirky (the “Roberto Scallopini AKA Birdman,” which is topped with kale, garlic aioli and toasted sunflower seeds).

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Review: Cellar Door brings the urban trattoria experience to Toronto’s outskirts

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Cellar Door 1 star½
3003 Lakeshore Blvd. W., 416-253-0303
Cellar Door 1 star½
3003 Lakeshore Blvd. W., 416-253-0303

Chef Robert Rubino brings the urban trattoria experience—original cocktails, handmade pastas, wood-burning-oven pizza, seasonal ingredients—to Toronto’s ever-expanding outskirts. A colourful caprese salad with orange and red cherry tomatoes and creamy burrata is a lovely starter.

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Introducing: Via Mercanti 2.0, the new Elm Street outpost of the Kensington pizzeria

Introducing: Via Mercanti

Name: Pizzeria Via Mercanti
Neighbourhood: Downtown Core
Contact Info: 87 Elm St., 416-901-1899, pizzeriaviamercanti.ca, @via_mercanti
Owner: Romolo Salvati, who also owns the Kensington Market location
Chef: Eleuterio Giannattasio

The Food: Owner Romolo Salvati grew up near the Amalfi coast, and has been kneading pizza dough since age sixteen. Wood-fired Neopolitan pies are the focus of the menu, but other options include fresh-cranked pasta, risotto and traditional Italian secondi, like veal scalloppine and grilled lamb chops. Sandwiches come stuffed with prosciutto and meatballs, and require two hands to eat. 

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Via Mercanti, the Kensington pizzeria, is opening a second location

Pizzeria Via Mercanti

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The Neapolitan-style pizza parlour from ex-Queen Margherita pizzaiolo Romolo Salvati is bringing its wood-fired pies and fresh-cranked pasta to a new location in the downtown core. The new outpost will occupy the first floor of the 19th century heritage property at 87 Elm Street, which also houses a YWCA centre. Via Mercanti 2.0, which opens in October, will be bigger and fancier than the no-frills Kensington store with over 80 seats and a sprawling terrace. [NOW]

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Pizza Hut unleashes its latest gimmick pie: the cheesy beef poutine pizza

Pizza Hut Poutine Pie

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The sure sign that a food trend has exploded beyond niche status: it’s co-opted by a fast-food chain. Pizza Hut Canada is embracing the Canadiana food revolution with a limited-edition poutine pizza that’s loaded with fries, gravy, shaved steak, cheese curds and mozzarella.

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Review: Queen Margherita Pizza brings flash-baked Neapolitan pies to Baby Point

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Queen Margherita Pizza 1 star½
785 Annette St., 647-345-4466

Queen Margherita is Baby Point’s most exciting restaurant arrival in years. Posh, pizza-starved families pack the place every night, their conversation amplified by the tall windows and polished concrete floors, while a life-sized, pastel-drawn portrait of Queen Margherita of Savoy looks over the room with dignified indifference.

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Introducing: Enzo Pizza Bar, the new make-your-own pizza joint on Queen Street West

Introducing: Enzo Pizza Bar

Name: Enzo Pizza Bar
Neighbourhood:
Queen West
Contact Info:
646 Queen St W., 416-366-0009, getenzo.com, @enzopizzabar
Owner:
Ryan Menchella

The Food: Customizable personal pizzas. Diners choose a sauce (white or red) and toppings (cheese, meat and veggies). There’s also a list of nine ready-to-order ‘zas, including the classic margherita and the more exotic filomena topped with würstel.

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Introducing: Queen Margherita Pizza’s new Baby Point location

Introducing: Queen Margherita Pizza’s new Baby Point location

Name: Queen Margherita Pizza
Neighbourhood: Baby Point
Contact info: 785 Annette St., 647-345-4466, queenmargheritapizza.ca, @qmpizza
Owners: John Chetti and Rocco Mazzaferro
Chefs: John Galante (chef de cuisine), Matthew Rzeszutek (head pizzaiolo) and Rocco Mazzaferro

The food: Traditional wood-fired Neapolitan pizza made with the essential Italian ingredients: Caputo Tipo 00 flour and San Marzano D.O.P. tomatoes, along with specially made Ontario fior di latte mozzarella.

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Toronto Life Cookbook: Queen Margherita Pizza co-owner John Chetti shares his 10 favourite pizza toppings

Toronto Life Cookbook: Pizza

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VIDEO: a supercut of the 39 best pizza scenes in the history of film

In the movies, pizza is most often portrayed as fuel for teenaged stoners, but this new supercut proves its range is quite a bit wider. Some favourites: the immortal “turbo Ginsu” scene from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1:58); an affronted restaurateur exclaiming “This is not a pizzeria!” in the Italian neorealist classic The Bicycle Thief (3:38); and Sandra Bullock dreamily ordering a pie online way back in 1995 in The Net (3:54)Warning: this video may make you go out and pick up a slice after work. [h/t Buzzfeed]

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Him: 6 gift ideas for guys, from light-hearted to titillating

Buying a Valentine’s Day present is hard. The gift needs to not only appeal to your guy, but also match the tone of your relationship: low-key if you haven’t been dating very long (or just aren’t into grand gestures); sexy if you’re all about passion; or romantic if you can pass hours gazing into each others’ eyes. To help, we rounded up some creative Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him to fit all kinds of connections.

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Introducing: Boccone Trattoria Veloce, Massimo Capra’s new Italian restaurant at Pearson Airport

Introducing: Boccone

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Name: Boccone
Neighbourhood: Mississauga
Contact info: Domestic departures, Terminal 1, Pearson Airport, 416-776-0492
Owners: Massimo Capra and SSP, a UK-based food and beverage company operating restaurants in 140 airports around the world (SSP is a competitor to OTG, which is also opening new restaurants at Pearson)
Chef: Massimo Capra, owner of Mistura and Sopra and Restaurant Makeover star. More recently, he designed the menus at Fraticelli’s in Richmond Hill and Massimo Capra’s Rainbow Room in Niagara Falls.

The food: Casual Italian favourites, with a wide enough range to appeal to airport travellers (Capra promises the dishes are held to the same  standard as at his restaurants).

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Cheap Eats: 11 Toronto restaurants (and bars and food shops) where you can eat well for less

Cheap Eats!

2013 is shaping up to be the Year of Cheap Eats in Toronto. Lobster prices are at record lows. Delicious Asian street food is plentiful. And every fancy restaurant is tripping over itself to offer a sandwich deal. (Some bars are even serving inventive cocktails for $10 or less, a steal in the age of the $18 Manhattan). Below, 11 of the best deals in town right now.

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Queen Margherita Pizza’s Baby Point location is set to open in two weeks

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Back in September, we told you that Queen Margherita Pizza was opening a new location at 785 Annette Street. Now we can tell you the opening date: February 4. Owner John Chetti also told us that construction is still underway at the Dundas and Bathurst location, which could be open as early as March. Your move, Libretto.