Name: A3 Napoli Pizzeria e Friggitoria Neighbourhood: Little Italy Contact: 589 College St., a3napoli.com, @A3Napoli Owners: Libretto Restaurant Group and Nick auf der Mauer Chefs: Rocco Agostino (Pizzeria Libretto) and Nick auf der Mauer (Porchetta & Co.) The Food: Quick-service Neapolitan snacks split up into three categories: VPN-certified, wood-fired pies (à la Libretto); pizza fritta (stuffed… Read more »
Vegan pizza lovers, rejoice! Though Apiecalypse Now shuttered its Markham Street bakeshop, it recently reopened as a vegan pizza parlour and snack bar on Bloor, right across from Christie Pits. Pies include the BBQ Buffalobotomy (“non-chicken” slathered in BBQ sauce), the White Walker (creamy garlic sauce, more of that “non-chicken” and arugula) and their Mac &… Read more »
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… Read more »
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… Read more »
Cellar Door ½ 3003 Lakeshore Blvd. W., 416-253-0303 Cellar Door ½ 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.
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… Read more »
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… Read more »
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.
Queen Margherita Pizza ½ 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.
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… Read more »
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… Read more »
Photography by Reena Newman | Food Styling by Sasha Seymour
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… Read more »
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… Read more »
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… Read more »