For those living in downtown Toronto, the ability to grab food on the go is a luxury as much as it is a necessity. We are (mostly) busy people, and we (all) love pizza, and sometimes schedules do not always allow for an entire pie. We’ve searched the city’s busiest streets and managed to find the best pizzas – sliced, and ready to go. Check out these hot spots the next time you’re in a hurry—or only 1/8th hungry.
11 Clinton Street
In a tiny, well-worn storefront just off of the mean streets of Bloor West, lies the granddaddy of pizzerias. Consistently voted the best in town, the folks at Bitondo’s have opted for ho-hum décor and paper plates, instead channeling all of their talents into creating amazing pizza. Perfect for take-out, grab a slice or an equally famous hot sandwich.
(Photo by Francis Mariani via Flickr)
189 Harbord Street
Operating for more than 40 years, this unassuming, family-run location is a neighbourhood go-to for piping hot pizza. Pick your own dough (thin or thick crust) and gorge on a small, medium, large, or EXTRA large slice of your choosing. Extra hungry? Have them deliver a whole pie right to your door.
650½ Queen Street West | 469 Church Street | 1181 Dundas Street West (at Get Well Bar)
In addition to operating a couple of fairly upscale joints (for those interested in making a night of it), North of Brooklyn also offers quality slices for those on the go. Gourmet dough and unique ingredients are used to create some of the most inventive, and delicious, Italian around. Visit one of three fancy locations near you—and check them out on Instagram for seriously mouthwatering inspiration.
402 Bloor Street West
The denizens of Bloor West are lucky enough to have Za just within their grasp. Despite some seriously out-there concoctions (like the Oh, Canada pie – topped with maple syrup and potato chips), they also manage to do the traditional Italian stuff just right. Stop in for a slice—or stay and check out the features menu, which includes gourmet ice cream, and poutine.
1598 Bloor Street West; 1130 Queen Street West
With two convenient locations to satisfy your cheese cravings, each King Slice pizzeria dishes up fresh and fantastic pies, with an assortment of toppings, sauces, pastas, calzones—even dough types (go for the thick crust!) Individual creations are great, but so too are the custom offerings, like Pollo Basilico, Al Tono, and the King Slice Special, which is just a little bit of everything.
Described as one of the first restaurants to introduce pizza to Toronto, Mamma’s Pizza has been satisfying hungers since 1957 with fresh ingredients and a dedication to tradition. The real Mamma prided herself on her recipes, and the dedication is still maintained to this day, as evident by their more than ten locations throughout the GTA.
385 Yonge Street
The slices at The Big Slice are pretty well documented. In addition to a whack of mouthwatering sides and add-ons, this Yonge Street institution has more than lived up to its reputation as purveyors of perfect (and perfectly fast) pizza. If you can make it past the crowds of tourists stationed outside, stop in for one (or two) of their famously massive slices.
(Main photo by Ginny via Flickr)