It might be a bit off the beaten path, but this eclectic west end neighbourhood attracts plenty of pizza lovers thanks to its mix of gourmet and casual dining options. From unusual chef-inspired creations to cheap and tasty grab-and-go slices, here are the Junction’s best spots for pizza.
The plates emerging from the kitchen at this upscale eatery look as though they’ve been lifted from the pages of a glossy Italian cookbook. The artisanal stone-baked oval pizzas are topped with authentic ingredients, such as San Marzano D.O.P. tomato sauce and burrata cheese. The menu features seven classic creations, four white pizzas and five unique chef’s creations, including the Milazzo, which is topped with mozzarella, mascarpone, prosciutto and cantaloupe. Multi-grain pizza dough is available upon request, and the pizzas are also available for take out.
This classic Italian eatery has been serving Junction residents for more than 50 years now. With its easygoing, family-friendly vibe, the restaurant is a great spot to take the kids or a big group. The classic margherita pizza is extremely popular (for good reason) and the spicy Volcano pizza offers plenty of fiery toppings that really bring the heat. This neighbourhood pizzeria also does take out and delivery.
This little pizza shop is big on heart, and offers some truly yummy pizzas to go or stay. It’s a small space for dining in, but the chefs are speedy, and the staff and owner are talkative, so it’s a treat to go all the same. The signature “Zen” margherita pizza features pear tomatoes from California, farm-fresh basil, locally made fleur di latte mozzarella and premium extra-virgin olive oil. The bonus? All of the pizza pies are also available on gluten-free crust dough.
If you’re hoping to pair your pizza with a high quality craft beer, check out this neighbourhood microbrewery for the perfect pub experience. The food menu here is a welcome departure from your average pub grub and the pizzas aren’t exactly run of the mill either. Diners can choose from a selection of eight unique pies topped with a variety of unorthodox ingredients. The Blue Pig pizza is topped with tête de cochon and blue cheese, while the Delicata is a sweet mix of roasted squash, ricotta and caramelized onions.
If you’re looking for a quick slice, this casual walk-in joint is sure to cure your appetite. The no-frills space doesn’t offer a lot of seating, but grab-and-go diners will love the oversized slices and affordable prices. They don’t offer delivery, but you can call ahead for takeout and they’ll have your pie ready for you to take away.