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The Best Pizza in Toronto: Local Restaurants for Pizza Lovers

 

Best Pizza in Toronto

Best Pizza in Toronto: our list includes Mangia e Bevi, pictured here (Photo: Glen MacLarty)

Back in 2008, two standout local restaurateurs—chef Rocco Agostino and manager Max Rimaldi—opened Pizzeria Libretto on Ossington Avenue with the promise to serve some of Toronto’s best pizza. It wasn’t long before lines snaked out the door, and locals were clamouring to get a taste of the thin-crust pies coming out of their authentic Neapolitan wood-fired oven. The restaurant’s success sparked a dining trend that is still going strong. Toronto’s pizzascape has never been more interesting, and visitors are well-advised to sample some of the stunning creations being produced throughout the city. Here, we offer our guide to the best pizza in Toronto, with at least one option for every pie enthusiast.

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BEST PIZZA IN TORONTO FOR THIN CRUST
Pizzeria Libretto
Both locations of this legendary pizza maker bustle with hungry locals, dying to devour the Neopolitan pies. Thin crusts with blistered rims carry decadent and original topping combos. Try the “Duck Confit,” a happy marriage of its rich titular poultry with Bosc pears.
• Pizzeria Libretto, 221 Ossington Ave., 416-532-8000, pizzerialibretto.com, map and reviews
• Pizzeria Libretto, 550 Danforth Ave., 416-446-0400,
pizzerialibretto.com, map and reviews

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BEST PIZZA IN TORONTO FOR LUNCH
Mangia e Bevi
Tucked away in an office building on the eastern edge of downtown, Mangia e Bevi aims for perfection with simple yet creative flavour combinations; see, for example, its “Trentina” pie composed of airy crust, mushrooms, San Marzano sauce, cured pork and Gorgonzola cheese. All of its delicious pizzas are best enjoyed at lunch—but reservations (bookable online) are recommended, because all the local office workers know this place well.
• Mangia e Bevi, 260 King St. E., 416-203-1635, mbresto.com
• Map and reviews

BEST PIZZA IN TORONTO FOR ORIGINALITY
Pizzeria Defina
This Roncesvalles neighbourhood pizza joint is a crowd-pleasing destination that promises interesting and hearty combinations sure to intrigue even the strictest pizza purist. The “Lasagna Pizza,” for example, uses ground beef and fior di latte to replicate its namesake pasta dish. Looking for something lighter? Try the “Pizza Salad.”
• Pizzeria Defina, 321 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-534-4414, pizzeriadefina.com
• Map and reviews

BEST PIZZA IN TORONTO FOR COOL CRUST
Queen Margherita
Whatever the chefs here are doing with their dough, they should never stop. Slices fold and cut perfectly, they blister deliciously, and they hold loads of toppings—any kind you can imagine!—without being too chewy or prone to breaking. With two locations, the Queen is ready to serve you in both ends of Toronto.
• Queen Margherita, 1402 Queen St. E., 416-466-6555, queenmargheritapizza.ca, map and reviews
• Queen Margherita, 785 Annette St., 647-345-4466, queenmargheritapizza.ca, map and reviews

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BEST PIZZA IN TORONTO FOR SIMPLICITY
Viva Napoli
Located in the tony and charming Mount Pleasant district, Viva Napoli lives up to its name, celebrating pizza’s birthplace with simple but sublime ingredients. The standard margherita pizza here is nothing but top-notch San Marzano tomato sauce, creamy and pure mozzarella, and a finishing sprig of fresh basil.
• Viva Napoli, 679 Mount Pleasant Rd., 647-344-8482, Facebook page
• Map and reviews

BEST PIZZA IN TORONTO FOR FANCY PIES
Buca
You won’t soon forget the pizza—or the entire dining experience—for which Buca is rightfully famous. The hip restaurant turns out flawless, oblong pizzas with cracker-like crusts cooked to order. Diners cut their own using heavy-duty scissors. Try the “Uova do Quaglia e Bottarga,” composed of soft quail eggs, fresh chilies, taggiasche olives and cured tuna. Reservations are highly recommended.
• Buca, 604 King St. W., 416-865-1600, buca.ca
• Map and reviews

BEST PIZZA SPOT IN TORONTO FOR FAMILIES
F’Amelia
The name says it all. Cabbagetown is blessed to have this homey, rustic Italian eatery that’s set up in an actual house. Their list of 10 quality pizzas has something for every member of the family: the “Norcina” (mushrooms, pork sausage, prosciutto, nutmeg) for your adventurous daughter, or the funghi (mushrooms, fior di latte, spinach, fontina, olive oil) for your vegetarian brother.
• F’Amelia, 12 Amelia St., 416-323-0666, famelia.com
Map and reviews

BEST PIZZA SPOT IN TORONTO FOR ROMAN PIES
Falasca SPQR
You can’t make a reservation at this Davisville restaurant, but you can get a great pizza in the Roman style. Check out some of the unorthodox toppings—hard-boiled egg, rosemary, Scarmoza—that appear on their impressive menu of 24 pizzas.
• Falasca SPQR, 2059 Yonge St., 647-352-5155, falascaspqr.com
• Map and reviews

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BEST PIZZA IN TORONTO SERVED IN A FORMER GARAGE
Gusto 101
There are all kinds of little things that can make for a special night out at Gusto 101. Sure the pizzas are to die for—especially the delectable “Da Dee” with sweet potatoes, kale and Spanish onions—but the rest of the menu is equally superb, as are the cocktails and the charming setting in a transformed auto shop.
• Gusto 101, 101 Portland St., 416-504-9669, gusto101.com
• Map and reviews

BEST PIZZA IN TORONTO TO PAIR WITH WINE
Strada 241

A pizza place in Chinatown? Why not! Just like its gorgeous room (full of wood accents and Nonna-worthy smells), Strada 241’s menu speaks to the experience and professionalism of its celebrity owners, the Rubino Brothers of TV’s Made to Order. The service is excellent, especially when it comes to recommending wine pairings to accompany your pizza.
• Strada 241, 241 Spadina Ave., 647-351-1200, strada241.com
• Map and reviews

BEST PIZZA SPOT IN TORONTO FOR BIG GROUPS
Terroni Adelaide

There are a few Terroni outposts in Toronto, but its Adelaide Street venue—located in a former courthouse and jail just steps from the Eaton Centre—is the most impressive, and can handle groups of any size. The stunningly delicious pizzas, which are cooked with uncompromising authenticity, can be served in the main dining area, the patio, or one of the many private rooms for big groups.
• Terroni Adelaide, 57 Adelaide St. E., terroni.com
Map and reviews

 —By Matthew Fox
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