Bucking the taco trend, Enzo Pizzabar (646 Queen West, at Palmerston, 416-366-0009, getenzo.com, @enzopizzabar) launched quietly last weekend on the west side. While personal and party-sized pies are also available, it's the $3 rectangular slices that are gaining instant raves: thick, buttery crust topped with such exotica as mozzarella di bufala and sliced Vienna-style würstel sausage. But why open a block away from the original Terroni and around the corner from North of Brooklyn?
"We've tried them out and both of them are great," says Enzo's Lana Cianfrini. "We all have our own clientele, so everyone has something different to offer."
Ritz 'n' bitz
Budget-minded Ritz Caribbean (32 Eglinton West, at Duplex, 647-352-7489, ritzcaribbeanfoods.ca) has just unveiled its latest outpost at Yonge and Eglinton. That makes resto number six for the local chain famed for its $3.99 jerk chicken lunch special. And watch for the launch of Das Gasthaus and its "contemporary German cuisine" at 107 Danforth just east of Broadview later this summer.
Over in Cabbagetown, JAM Café at 195 Carlton has called it quits after a six-year run. Further uptown, gourmet chocolate shop Xococava (1560 Yonge, at Heath, 416-979-9916) will be shuttered for good on May 17. Owner/chef Chris MacDonald
(@CavaChef) of Cava next door promises "25 days of Xoco" specials and giveaways leading up to the closure.
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