In Toronto, food is king and it’s easy to fall in love with all the great cuisine this city has to offer.
If you’re craving a true Italian-style pizza, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s our list of the best authentic Italian pizza parlours in the city, and no crust shall be left behind!
Located in the Junction, Vesuvio was the first restaurant to introduce New York-style pizza to Toronto. Since 1957 it’s been serving up authentic Italian cuisine. Customize your pizza, or if you’re feeling a little spicy, order up the Volcano: Hot peppers, hot capricollo and hot Italian sausage. The heartburn will be worth it.
Pizzeria Via Mercanti
Simplicity is king at Pizzeria Via Mercanti. With two locations to choose from (Kensington Market & Elm Street) there is enough pizza goodness to go around.
Choose from over two dozen styles of pie, or go for the Ciambella Ripiena made with a ricotta & soppressata-stuffed crust! Perfecto!
Pizzeria Libretto has made its mark in the Toronto Neapolitan pizza scene. If you haven’t been before, schedule it into your day planner now! It will be hard to choose which pie to order, but if you’re looking for a different spin on the classic, try the Libretto Margherita: white pizza sauce, crushed tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. This might even be better than Nonna’s pizza… but don’t tell her I said that!
Pizzeria Oro Di Napoli
For anyone in Southwest Toronto craving the authentic Italian taste, check out this new pizza spot, which had its grand opening a few months ago. As soon as you walk into Pizzeria Oro Di Napoli you are immediately drawn to the wood-burning oven, which was imported straight from Italy! The crust is crispy and chewy at the same time and is truly delicious. Try the signature pie, Pizza Oro and get all your food groups in one bite!
The best food is made from simple ingredients and that’s exactly what you get at this family pizzeria, which has been serving up pies in Toronto for over three decades.
Pizza Gigi may look modest, but it packs a big bite in its slice. Open from 4 p.m. – 4 a.m., seven days a week, you can always get your pizza fix here. The classic Margherita is the way to go.
For a different spin on your classic Neapolitan pizza, check out Maker Pizza. Using only dough imported from Italy, there are 13 unique pies to choose from at this Chinatown hidden gem. From Napoli Dynamite to The Spudnik to Apocalypse Cow, the decision-making might get strenuous! Or just go for Frank’s Best… because frankly, it’s not often you get honey on a pizza! Insider tip: the sesame crust is all the rage!
Whatever type of ‘za you end up choosing, remember the steps: tear a piece off, fold it in half, take a bite and let the sauce drip down. THAT is how you eat a proper Italian pizza!
Image via Pizzeria Libretto