Since it opened on Queen West back in 92, this string of southern Italian trats has become one of Toronto’s favourite pizzerias. Why, there’s even one in West Hollywood. Warning: no reservations unless you book a private room, long lineups at lunch and dinner, and absolutely NO substitutions!
Best: to start, smoky grilled calamari over house greens; mild Cambozola blue with grilled sweet red pepper and toasted pinenuts in honeyed vinaigrette; impressive pastas like house-made papardelle topped with crumbled sausage, wild mushrooms and garden peas; secondi specials like slow-roasted pork shoulder in pan gravy; house-stuffed veal sausage with grilled polenta and sautéed rapini; and the pizza? you decide: 12-inch uncut thin-crusted pies artfully decorated with minimal sauce and cheese, or fewer toppings than found on a slice most elsewhere on a barely there cracker crust? Whatever you do, don’t ask for a knife to cut them. One folds!.
Complete dinners for $40 per person (lunches $25), including tax, tip and a glass of featured wine. Average main $16/$10. No reservations. Licensed. Access: barrier-free (Queen, Victoria, Yonge); two steps at door, washrooms in basement (Adelaide).
Updated Aug 18, 2011