The margherita slice at North of Brooklyn is among the city's best.
Since landing on Queen West in 2014, NOB has built its success by reimagining what would otherwise be artisanal, fork-and-knife thin-crust pizza for the broke-ass bar crowd. Take their margherita, the star of their short slice menu: The crust is so thin it’s almost translucent, yet it somehow manages to avoid becoming soggy; the sauce is bright; the mozzarella is smooth and rich. And you can get that slice for $4.20 (har) – meaning you can tack on a tall can of brew and an order of garlic knots.
650-1/2 Queen West, at Palmerston, 647-352-5700; 469 Church, at Maitland, 647-980-7990; 1181 Dundas West, at Ossington, 647-927-5200; northofbrooklyn.com
Square off with a slice at Sud Forno.
Ask any Italian: The deli counter / bakery / gelateria is just as much a cornerstone of Italian life as the neighbourhood pizzeria. The folks behind Terroni opened this grab-and-go spot on Queen West a few years back. Since then, they've begun supplying several restaurants with their panino buns (and the whole neighbourhood with gelato). Naturally, with that kind of pedigree, their pizza slices (actually squares, $4.25 to $5.50) are a uniformly great grab-and-go bet. Options include the Ndujana, which comes topped with big (if sparse) hunks of its namesake sausage, and the Boris, blanketed in salami slices and artichoke hearts. Look for those slices to come to the Financial District by the end of 2016 as the bakery plans an expansion to Temperance St.
716 Queen, at Claremont, 416-504-7667, terroni.com.
The pepperoni slice at Bitondo's.
For better or worse, this Little Italy hole-in-the-wall has remained precisely the same for decades: the red-and-white tiles covering the walls (time has created a few gaps), the brown plastic menu sign behind the cash, the flour-dusted Mrs. Pac-Man arcade table which, miraculously, still works. And even though hipper, newer, arguably cleaner places have sprung up in the years since, Bitondo's still routinely sees long waits for pies and slices thanks to a following of locals loyal to their doughy, pale-crusted, greasy slices ($3.50) – not to mention the panzerottis and sandwiches.
11 Clinton, at Henderson, 416-533-4101
Previously known as Massimo's, this corner pizzeria on College (long a favourite of the late-night crowd at spots like the Silver Dollar and our dearly departed Rancho Relaxo) was taken over by delivery driver-turned-pizzaiolo Vien Huynh in 2011. He's making the slices ($3.50) just as original owner Vinny Massimo did for decades: big, flat, soft-crusted beasts available with a small handful of topping choices, including a locally-legendary margherita. Brushing on garlic oil from the bin on the counter is mandatory.
302 College, at Robert, 416-922-9555, frescapizzapasta.com
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