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The WHERE List: Best Pizza Spots

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Whether you like your pizza served with classic pepperoni or with innovative ingredients, Where editors from across the country have chosen their favourite spots for this popular dish.

Whistler

Looking for organic dough covered with a wide array of mouth-watering toppings? Look no further than the two locations of Avalanche Pizza. Yummy choices include the beef and blue cheese pizza and the curry chicken pizza.

Ottawa

Located in the heart of the ByWard Market, The Grand Pizzeria offers authentic Napoletana pizza in a chic, laid-back atmosphere. A wood-burning oven and extensive wine list add to the charm.

Edmonton

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria serves Neapolitan pizza,  the 200-year-old, Naples-originated version that utilizes imported Italian flour to make the ultra-thin crust, imported San Marzano tomatoes for the sauce and fresh whole milk mozzarella balls. The light, soft and crispy crust contains low levels of gluten, which translates into easier and better digestion. Add a fresh salad and glass of wine, then finish up with an espresso or dessert like their Milan-made tiramisu.

It’s hard to imagine anybody having more fun making mouth-watering ’za than Funky Pickle Pizza Co. owner Danny Chau, whose big smile and community-booster spirit are bonuses on top of his premium, tender-crust pies. Six 100-per-cent veggie varieties (Lonely Hearts, Wedgetarian, Greek, Veggie Fiesta, Roasted Garlic Veggie and Falafel) as well as meaty breeds (Pepperonly, The Big Meaty, Cornald Sausanager, The Pig Kahuna and more) deliver paradise by the slice or by the pie.

Halifax

If you like your pizza a little more creative than pepperoni and cheese, check out Morris East on Morris Street in Halifax. This intimate spot specializes in unique gourmet pizzas, with locally sourced ingredients. The prosciutto with blue cheese and fresh arugula is absolutely unforgettable.

Toronto

The question of where to find the best pizza in Toronto has been hotly debated for many years, and though the frontrunners are numerous, it’s a safe bet that Terroni ranks near the top, offering 30 classic and restaurant-original thin-crust pies. Though a relative newcomer, Pizzeria Libretto (221 Ossington Ave, 416-532-8000) has also made the jump from neighbourhood fave to destination eatery, thanks to its authentic, flash-fired pizzas made with organic, stone-ground floor and imported San Marzano tomatoes.

Vancouver

Italian food goes upscale at CinCin, where each pizza is cooked to perfection in the wood-fired oven. The bustling room on Robson Street is a popular destination for Hollywood celebrities.

Canadian Rockies

We are fans of pizza served bubbling hot from a forno oven. In Jasper, try Jasper Pizza Place — there’s a sweet roof top patio visitors often miss. In Banff, our favourite pizza comes from the apple wood burning oven at Cilantro—it’s worth the walk or drive from downtown to this charming restaurant located on the side of Tunnel Mountain.

Muskoka

If you’re craving a pizza while visiting the Muskoka-region hub of Huntsville, look no further than the Cottage Waterfront Grill. Enjoy one of four tried-and-true pies in the comfortable dining room, or better yet, on the 200-seat waterfront patio. A diverse menu of other cottage-country favourites is sure to please your choosier dining companions.

Victoria

In Victoria, a fine piece of pizza is as easy as a trip to San Remo in the Quadra Village, about 10 minutes from downtown. The popular restaurant has been a favourite among locals for year, offering a mix of Italian and Greek cuisine and a quaint Mediterranean-inspired setting. Create your own classic from their array of tasty toppings or opt for one of San Remo’s own house pizzas. The delicious Caesar salad is the perfect appie!

Calgary

At Pulcinella they make pizza the old-fashioned way: thin-crusted pizza with fresh tomato sauce and simple toppings cooked in a wood-burning oven Napoletana-style. Meanwhile at Wicked Wedge you’ll find pizza with a twist–thick whole wheat crust with innovative veggie and meat combinations like caramelized onions, fresh rosemary, lime-grilled chicken and spicy Italian sausage, plus they’re open late to satisfy late-night crowds.

One response to “The WHERE List: Best Pizza Spots”

  1. Nancy says:

    I am married to a pizza gormand. We have travelled across Canada eating pizza at least once a day (I kid you not). The best city in Canada for pizza is, without doubt, Regina. It is home to (in order of preference) Western Pizza, Sparky’s and Houson’s. It’s the unique cheese formulas, the really sweet tomato sauces and the fact that the toppings are piled on like submarine sandwiches (at least an inch thick) that make them so unbelievably good. Even the Food Network has produced programs on Regina’s famous pizza.

    I am shocked and amazed at how Saskatchewan is always completely ignored in Where.ca travel information. Give credit where credit is due. Regina has the best pizza. Ask anyone who has been there and eaten pizza at any of these three pizzaria chains.

    Regards, Nancy

    Nancy

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