There’s a battle for turf & hungry customers raging in the Toronto pizza market, with a lot of great spots serving up crazily well-crafted ‘za, and all looking to wear the crown as the best in the city. Bravely, we ventured into the rough-and-tumble streets to find out who's really flinging and slinging the town's best pies, then power ranked them for your pleasure. Behold!
8. Pizza Gigi
What you’re ordering: Pollo Pesto
This place isn’t the prettiest, but it’s not about looks, it’s about the product -- and at Pizza Gigi, you get tried & true classic, fresh pizza. Create your own or choose from the 11 in-house options. Added bonus? It’s also open 'til 4a seven days a week.
7. King Slice
What you’re ordering: Sicily
The chefs at King bend the laws of science itself to create massive, awesome pies on super-thin, crispy crusts that beguilingly refuse to tear or crumble despite the heaving mountain of toppings heaped on them. Also try the Canadian Special w/ pepperoni, Italian hot sausage, crispy bacon, ground beef, ham, and 'shrooms.
St. Clair West
What you’re ordering: Mi Casa
A family owned and operated Italian eatery serving piping hot pies out of a wood-fired oven. Generous portions, reasonable prices, and a laid-back atmosphere help push this one up the list. Go here, and very soon the soppressata salami-loaded Mi Casa will be su... Mi Casa.
5. Mangia & Bevi
What you’re ordering: Bufalina
This ‘za; a combo of tomato sauce, Bufalina cheese, and arugula, piled on top of a thin crust is one of life’s great joys. The location is a little tricky to find, but consider it a treasure hunt (or whatever the hell gets you there) -- once you find it, you’ll keep coming back.
What you’re ordering: the chicken, red pepper, and asiago pizza
Vesuvio was one of the first restos to put down pizza stakes in the city, introducing their New York-style pizza to these mean streets in '57. In recent years, new kids have challenged their territory, but their fresh, handmade pies still remain among the best, and the pizzas themselves are basically all create-your-own.
3. Queen Margherita Pizza
Leslieville, Baby Point
What you’re ordering: Calabrese
Queen Margherita Pizza goes to great lengths to ensure the quality of their product. They cook their pies in a 900 degree wood-fired oven that was made in Naples, import their flour and tomatoes from Italy, and have their mozz produced exclusively for them in Ontario. It’s paying off -- they’ll soon be opening a third location in Dundas West. In other words, they are coming for the title.
Adelaide, Yonge, Queen
What you’re ordering: Capricciosa
A long-standing favorite and with good reason. Terroni take the No. 2 spot thanks to their famed thin crust numbers; the Marinara, Quattro Stagioni, and San Giorgio being among the most popular. They've put some serious work into crafting their menus, and it shows -- they've even opened up two spots in the notoriously competitive cut-throat 'za market down in LA.
1. Pizzeria Libretto
What you’re ordering: 'Nduja Sausage
Pizzeria Libretto rolled into town five years ago, opening up their first location on Ossington St and ripping away Terroni’s crown as the best Neapolitan pizza in the city. Now, they’ve opened a second location on the Danforth, and until someone else steps up their game, or another player comes into the city, they remain the pizza king in TO's streets.
1. King Slice1598 Bloor St W, Toronto
2. Pizza Gigi189 Harbord St, Toronto
3. Ferro Bar and Cafe769 St. Clair Ave W, Toronto
4. Mangia & Bevi260 King St E, Toronto
5. Vesuvio3010 Dundas St W, Toronto
6. Queen Margherita Pizza1402 Queen St E, Toronto
7. Terroni720 Queen St W, Toronto
8. Pizzeria Libretto221 Ossington Ave, Toronto
Sometimes you just want so much pizza that no amount can satisfy you... until you come to King Slice, where their pizzas really are king-size.
This bright yellow pizza resto will attract your eye and the pizza inside will appease even the most picky of palates.
This family-owned Italian bar and cafe serves up delicious pizza made in a wood-fired oven.
This Italian spot serves up a variety of styles of 'za, including one made with tomato sauce, bufalina cheese, and arugula, all on top of a perfectly crisp thin crust.
Vesuvio has been a pizza staple in Toronto since they opened their doors in 1957, and they still make fresh hand-made pies just like they began.
Queen Marg' produces some of the most quality pies in Toronto, using a wood-fired oven from Naples and ingredients imported from Italy.
Terroni offers delectable, regional Italian dishes that have been made in the same manner for generations, including a myriad of different pizzas that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate.
Libretto is all about traditions: traditional Neapolitan pizza flavors, traditional ingredients, traditional wood-fired oven. Take a seat in this cozy, authentic Italian restaurant and start with the beef carpaccio or a caprese salad and then pick from a variety of gourmet pizzas like the Libretto Margherita (made with buffalo mozzarella) or the Ontario Prosciutto and Arugula. If you have meat on the brain, sink your teeth into the Nduja pizza, made with nduja sausage and stracciatella cheese. Any way you spin it, you get the satisfaction of the crisp, sweet taste of wood-fired crust with gooey cheese and fresh sauce. Before you waddle home, get the tiramisu … word on the street is it’s pretty darn good.