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Hot Dining: In Vogue Italian at Viva Napoli

Midtown Torontonians now have a Neapolitan pizza joint to call their own. Viva Napoli recently opened on Mount Pleasant Road, and quickly became a hit with diners seeking the hallmarks of an “authentic” Italian pie—thin, wood-oven baked crust, San Marzano tomato sauce and other simple, fresh toppings. Owner Giustino Iorio lived in Naples for more than a decade, and applies exacting standards to staples like the margherita ($13), but with more than 20 pizzas on the menu, there’s also room for creativity: the ortolana ($15), for example, has eggplant, zucchini, peppers and cherry tomatoes, and the tartufata ($20) features tartufo spread, shrimp and apple slices. Dinner Monday to Saturday, 679 Mount Pleasant Rd., 647-344-8482.

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