When it comes to the title of T.O.'s favourite pupil-popular pizza parlour, nothing matches the heated rivalry between Cora Pizza and Papa Ceo's on Spadina. Since both have their devotees, we employed the cast-iron stomachs of the NOW Test Kitchen crew to determine once and for all who makes the better slice. It was too close to call.
As neither downtown's Terroni (720 Queen West, at Claremont, 416-504-0320, and others) nor uptown's Marcello's (1163 St. Clair West, at Dufferin, 416-656-6159) - arguably the finest 'za makers in the city - deliver their awesome product, let alone offer it by the slice, the race for best delivered pizza is a close one. Near Cora's and Papa Ceo's, Pizza Gigi (189 Harbord, at Borden, 416-535-4444) has been dishing up its old-world Neapolitan pies to hungry student radicals since the 60s, while the Bona Pizza Pasta (431 Donlands, at O'Connor, 416-406-5000) has been serving the east-side since the early 90s.
Just as expected, Peter's Cajun Creole Pizza (181 Parliament, at Queen, 416-368-8099) dresses its pies N'awlins-style with marinated mussels and crawfish, while health-conscious Magic Oven (788 Broadview, at Danforth, 416-466-0111; 127 Jefferson, at King West, 416-539-0555) builds theirs on whole wheat or gluten-free organic spelt crusts before topping them with everything from tandoori chicken to vegan cheese.