Pizza at Piatto. Photo: Paula Bugden
The taste of Napoli makes its way to Halifax at Piatto Pizzeria + Enoteca on Morris Street, the only VPN-certified pizza in the Maritimes. Try a slice of Neopolitan-style pizza, all made with fresh ingredients including San Marzano tomatoes grown in the volcanic soils of Mount Vesuvius, and baked in a wood-burning oven. Pair it with an Italian wine.
Tomavino’s on South Street offers a relaxed, romantic atmosphere and great pizza, too. Pick up a six-inch pizza or a half nine-inch pizza with Caesar salad for lunch. For dinner indulge in the pizza vongole with baby clams, artichoke hearts, fresh roasted garlic, Parmesan and Alfredo sauce. Vegetable lovers can savour the pizza primavera with tomato sauce and three veggies.
For night owls, visit Freeman’s Little New York on Quinpool Road. Open seven days a week until 5 a.m., Freeman’s menu offers New York-style pizza with choices including Manhattan, BBQ chicken, Philly Cheesesteak and Greek.
Jennie Dobbs, owner of Morris East on Morris Street, takes some of the best local artisanal products and transforms them into creative dishes for every palate. Lunch and dinner menus include organic salads, unique appetizers and sandwiches and thin-crust pizzas baked in the wood-burning oven. The menu for Saturday and Sunday brunch offers wood-fired eggs, house-made bagels, and vanilla pear soufflé pancakes.
Pizza at Morris East. Photo: Andrew Chow
For those with gourmet tastes, check out Morris East on Morris Street. Try a thin-crust pizza made in a wood-fired oven, topped with fresh local ingredients. Find unique flavour such as peach, margherita and gluten-free selections, too. Pair your pizza with a wine from the extensive wine list.
For the family, head to Boston Pizza (Lower Sackville, Portland Street, Granville Market, Dartmouth Crossing and Bayers Lake). There are pizzas for meat lovers, vegetarians, spice lovers and those with more exotic tastes.
If you’re looking for a quick slice at lunch, stop in at Jessy’s Pizza on Barrington Street. Meat, pepperoni, works and donair pizzas all available by the slice for a great price.
Pizza at Camapagnolo Roma. Photo by KK Law
Not your average pizza joint: located in the up-and-coming East Village neighbourhood (www.eastvillagevancouver.ca), Campagnolo Roma never does things the easy way. In this Roman eatery, pizza dough, pastas and breads are made in-house. Butchery is done in-house as well. Features change constantly, showcasing local, seasonal ingredients. And the results of all the hard work are evident to your taste buds.—Sheri Radford
Andrew Paré shakes up an Im(pear)ed cocktail (L), Thyme Squared (middle) and Maker’s Mark Old Fashioned (R) at Hell’s Kitchen. Photo by KK Law
West 4th Avenue, the city’s former hippie hangout and birthplace of Greenpeace, lures with myriad tastes for every mood and budget. A young crowd packs into The Bimini, a two-tiered pub, and Hell’s Kitchen (pictured)—no relation to the hit TV show—for inventive pizza and a lively bar; down the street, Bistrot Bistro yields affordable, smart French fare in airy surroundings.—Tim Pawsey
Yep, it’s vegan!
The East Exchange is rapidly evolving as one of the city’s hottest dining districts. Helping that evolution are two new exciting eateries that recently opened in side-by-side heritage spaces:
• Corrientes Argentine Pizzeria brings us the flavour of Corrientes Ave, Buenos Aires, with authentic baked empanadas full of savoury fillings like smoked salmon, pickerel and feta cheese. 137 Bannatyne Ave, 204-219-5398.
• Boon Burger Café (pictured), Canada’s first all-vegan burger joint, serves up killer plant-based patties and poutine at its second spot inside a converted carriage tunnel. 141 Bannatyne Ave, 204-504-5394.
Exposed brick and cool light fixtures make Cork & Fin hip. Photo by KK Law
Modern flavours contrast heritage rooms at myriad Gastown haunts. Aptly named Cork & Fin (pictured) lures with fresh seafood such as scallop ceviche and smoked-in-house sablefish, in an intimate red-brick setting. Tucked away in the turn-of-the-last-century Le Magasin building, casual Nu Greek tempts with addictive baklava muffins, souvlaki and pita, baked daily. For excellent Neapolitan wood-fired pizza, visit Nicli Antica Pizzeria, which serves the ultimate margherita di bufala, marinara, funghi and more. Find super fresh rolls, cones and bento at sardinesque Sea Monstr Sushi, or, for modern tapas, head to equally compact and edgy Judas Goat Taberna.—Tim Pawsey
Neapolitan Pizza at Famoso
Canadian franchise Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria opened its second Calgary location in McKenzie Towne on Wednesday evening. (more…)
A pasta dish made 'al momento' at Mamma Garzzi's
Mamma Grazzi’s offers comforting food reminiscent of a mother’s kitchen. Known for Old World Italian cuisine with homemade pasta and hand-rolled thin crust pizzas, this restaurant sticks to an “al momento” philosophy of cooking, with each dish prepared individually to order. And with pastas and pizzas ranging from about $11-$20, this is good food that won’t break the bank (try the Odessa and Milano pastas, which are local favourites). Plus, now that the weather is warm, you can even enjoy your meal on one of the prettiest patios in the city.
25 George St., 613-241-8656.
Torontonians love their pizza. Even with well-established restaurants like Terroni and Pizzeria Libretto, there’s always room for a few more purveyors of quality pies. The latest to pop up is Piola, the first Canadian location of a well-liked chain of Italian pizza parlours. Catering to the urbane denizens of the West Queen West neighbourhood, the 98-seat eatery strikes a chic and sustainable setting with decor details like chairs made from recycled t-shirts and a feature wall displaying local artwork. The foodie-friendly fare includes two-dozen thin-crust pizzas ($13 to $19), plus an intriguing selection of antipasti, salads and pastas. For a special treat, book a table on the 29th of each month for “lucky gnocchi day,” featuring all the little dumplings you can eat for $14.99. And don’t be afraid to bring the kids: every Sunday in March from noon to 4 p.m., children under 10 can order any item on the restaurant’s kids menu for $6 each.
Zazaza Pizza with Pizazz offers 32 pizza toppings.
How could you not love a restaurant with a dish named The Scary Roommate? (FYI, it’s a pizza with Kraft Dinner and hot dogs). This is the draw at Zazaza Pizza with Pizazz, the brainchild of the original owner of The Works (a local chain of gourmet burger joints). In the same vein, this bistro brings 32 original pizza toppings to the table. Some lean towards traditional (hot Italian sausage, pesto, caramelized onion), while others are more daring (tandoori chicken, twice baked potato, cream cheese). All perch atop a thin cornmeal or honey-oat crust and a healthy dose of homemade sauce. If you still have room, end on dessert pizza. 143 Putman Ave., 613-747-9292.
Darek Wozny is doing something very right.
Without a days-in-advance reservation or last-minute dumb luck, getting a table inside the chef/owner’s Santa Ana Pizzeria & Bistro is a tall order.
Since opening September 2010, the 40-seat restaurant south of St Vital Centre has earned a fierce following. (more…)
Whether your palate is daring or demanding, Toronto’s incredibly diverse dining scene satisfies every craving.
FOR TRUE NORTH TASTERS
With the continuously growing influence of North America’s local- and slow-food movements, it’s only natural that sustainable, regionally appropriate cooking has taken hold in Toronto.
On the menus of many restaurants you’ll now find a profusion of Canadian-sourced and responsibly farmed ingredients, from Alberta’s renowned beef to East Coast seafood to vegetables harvested in Ontario’s fertile “Greenbelt.” And though simple meat and potatoes still offer us comfort on a plate, Canadian cuisine can also be very classy. (more…)