Pizza you can bank on in Toronto's Financial District

Pizza is one of the world’s most satisfying foods. It’s hot, dressed in delicious toppings and, best of all, can be held in one hand. Avoid the grab-and-go takeout joints in the downtown core and check out one of these eateries for a seriously good slice.

Locale Mercatto

1
330 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5H 2S8

There are multiple Mercatto locations in Toronto, but the one at Bay and Adelaide is the most hoppin’. You'll find a full lineup of authentic Italian food with options like misticanza, polpette or grilled calamari to whet your appetite for the main course – piping hot pizza. One of the best experiences you can have is with the Agnello which features ingredients that’ll make you feel like you’re dining on the Mediterranean coast.

TERRONI

2
57 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1K6

When atmosphere matters just as much as the quality of food, head east on Adelaide, a couple of blocks past Yonge, for a truly authentic southern Italian experience. The pizza shop is inside the remodeled Adelaide courthouse – one of the few historic buildings in Toronto that hasn’t been razed to make room for a condo. Once inside, dig into the San Nicola di Bari pizza and see how Italian tuna, red onion and capers create magic together.

Pizzeria Libretto

3
155 University Ave, Toronto, ON M5H 3B7

Downtown fans of this well known Toronto pizza parlor can now get their thin-crust fix at the restaurant’s newly opened University Avenue location. This beloved indie joint serves up authentic Neapolitan-style pizzas that are flash-baked for 90 seconds to give the crust a distinct charred appearance. Pop in for lunch during the week and enjoy a $15 prix fixe menu, which features a salad to start, a traditional Margherita or Marinara pizza and a biscotti or gelato for dessert.

Beer Bistro

4
18 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4

If Toronto has signature foods other than poutine, it’s gotta be pizza and craft beer. You can fill up on both here, with their small-but-comprehensive pizza menu. Choose from the bruschetta pizza (lavender oil, balsamic stout glaze, fried basil), short rib pizza (parmesan, caramelized onions, arugula, chives and maudite braised), or Hog Wild (beer cured bacon, oregano, smoked sausage, Berkshire pulled pork, mozzarellaand garlic confit). You'll definitely find the perfect beer pairing.

Bannock

5
401 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5H 2Y4

Pizza can either be played safe or wild and experimental. Bannock does a bit of both. You can opt for an old-world pie like the Margherita which comes with just mozzarella and basil, or make your tastebuds explode with a roast duck poutine pizza. And if you really want something that rivals the food tasks on The Amazing Race, go for the “Caesar Salad + Magic BBQ Squid” pie.

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