Toronto pizza joints with a cult following

Pizza is ubiquitous in its popularity but very personal when it comes to taste. Whether you prefer a white base or red sauce, veggies or meat, thin crust or thick, you’re sure to fall for a pie at these pizzerias that are winning over the hearts (and stomachs) of Torontonians. That’s amore!

Pizzeria Libretto

221 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z8

Two-hour wait times don’t deter passionate fans of this notorious eatery that has become a fixture along the trendy Ossington strip. Here you’ll find authentic Neapolitan style pizzas that are worth the hype. Forgo the basics and sample the signature specialties like house-made sausage with caramelized onion and chili oil or duck confit and pear. The blistered charred crusts are courtesy of the restaurant’s 900-degree wood burning oven.


57 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1K6

This wildly successful Toronto pizzeria needs no introduction. Local foodies can’t get enough of the traditional southern Italian cuisine and impressive selection of pies. With over two-dozen varieties on the menu, this is a spot that requires multiple visits. Try the Quattro Stagioni for a wide variety or opt for the classic San Giorgio topped with tomato, mozzarella, hot calabrese salame and fresh mushrooms. Visit the Adelaide Street location housed in Toronto’s historic courthouse and marvel at the high ceilings and basement wine cellar where the expensive bottles are kept behind bars inside an old jail cell.

Pizzeria Defina

321 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2M6

This family-friendly joint in Roncesvalles lets diners choose between Neapolitan or Roma style dough so you can satisfy your personal crust preferences. The menu features traditional favourites and inventive new varieties. The Roncy is an obvious neighbourhood favourite topped with fior di latte, Yukon gold potatoes, pancetta, asiago, cracked black pepper and rosemary. Don’t forget to check out the dough-tossing skills on display from the chefs in the open kitchen at the back of the restaurant.

Queen Margherita Pizza

1402 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1C9

This Leslieville stalwart is named for a former Italian Queen, which makes sense since the popular spot is the undisputed ruler of the east end when it comes to pizza. Ingredients here are locally sourced or unfailingly authentic; the San Marzano DOP tomatoes are grown in the rich volcanic soil of Italy’s Campania region. The namesake Margherita pie is fired in a custom-built wood oven (imported from Naples of course) and then topped with tomato, Ontario fior di latte and fresh handpicked basil.

North of Brooklyn Pizzeria

650 1/2 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1E4

Italy meets New York at this hip Queen West pizza joint. The casual spot offers four standard varieties —margherita, pepperoni, puttanesca or white — by the slice or as a full pie. Get creative and jazz up your order with extra toppings like vegan cheese, ’nduja sausage, ricotta or scallions. There are a handful of seats inside but why not take your ’za to go and enjoy it al fresco in nearby Trinity Bellwoods park.

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