Pizza shops in Toronto are a dime a dozen, but finding a unique slice that can’t be replicated and warrants a subway trip across the city is how legacies are made. Here’s a list of the most inspiring pizza we found across the city. [A note on eligibility: although this list encourages innovation and rebellion amongst food makers, there are no dessert pies here – sorry!]
Serving large, thin-crust artisanal slices with which they supply a pair of scissors to cut, Buca offers eight pizza varieties split evenly between bianco and al pomodoro options. Take the Tartufo Bianco with taleggio cheese, duck yolk, and fresh white Molise truffle, or the Polpo al pomodoro with braised octopus, n’duja, Yukon potato, Taggiasche olives and parsley.
Offering Roman-style pizza in as many as 39 varieties, this Yonge and Eglinton shop boasts a menu filled with specialty slices. Try a square slice of the Zucca E Porcini with pumpkin pureé, porcini mushrooms, radicchio, fresh mozzarella, and parmigiano; the Gamberi with shrimps, iceberg lettuce, and cocktail sauce; or Pizzabuona with walnut cream, smoked prosciutto, brie, and walnuts, and pay by the pound.
Finding inspiration in a classic salmon dish, Ferro offers a pie topped with smoked Atlantic salmon, capers, red onion, lemon mascarpone, mozzarella, and arugula. The chefs also churn out specials like wild boar sausage pies with caramelized onion, sun-dried cherry tomatos, fior di latte, and ricotta cream sauce.
This new Danforth East gastropub rewrites the script on “meat lovers” with wood-charred pies topped with wild boar meatballs, in-house wood-smoked bison sausage and double-smoked bacon, tomato sauce, fior di latte, mushrooms, caramelized shallots, and garlic.
This Roncesvalles pizzeria is clearly taking cues from the Polish neighbourhood it resides in. They offer a pierogi pizza complete with fior di latte, mashed potatoes, farmer’s cheese, double smoked bacon, caramelized shallots, and chives. There’s also an option called the Roncy, with Yukon gold potatoes, pancetta, asiago, caramelized shallots, cracked black pepper, and rosemary.
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Pizzeria Libretto prides itself on offering authentic, Vera Pizza Napoletana-certified pizza, meeting strict guidelines set out by the Italian Government (do not ask for pineapple here). Still, they’re not afraid to mix things up. Case in point: Libretto’s duck confit white, topped with substantial morsels of duck confit and thinly sliced Bosc pear. Libretto’s presently working on a street food-influenced restaurant collaboration with Porchetto & Co., and we can’t wait to see what they come up with.
The biggest thing setting this new Annex pizza joint apart from the other pizzerias in the city is its method: barbecue. But the novelty doesn’t end there. Check out these two signature menu items: the Oh Canada, featuring maple syrup, potato chips, crispy bacon, and mozzarella; and the Za-vlaki, a pie covered in tzatziki sauce, roasted chicken, pico de gallo, garlic butter, and mozzarella.
(Main image by Pizzaria Defina)