You can’t swing a red-checkered tablecloth in uptown Toronto without hitting a fresh, hot pizza being delivered to someone’s front door. Upscale creations with gourmet ingredients and endless options for any diet or taste are a phone call or click away. These are your go-to spots for a cheesy wheel of joy in a part of town that adores its pies. [Image credit: iStock.com/Sasa Dinic]
Let’s be clear: this is not your common pizza chain pie meant for hangover relief. Pizza Del Arte uses gourmet ingredients imported from Italy to set a standard of quality that’s hard to beat. The crust is their canvas, with homemade toppings, herbs and spices forming the tasty edible landscapes. Enjoy one of their dozens of artisan pizzas or opt for a custom creation of your choice. Delivery is free with a minimum $30 (before taxes) order.
Panago makes it easy to order online with a clean, well-designed website and login system that make it easy to set up an account and streamline the ordering process. From there, you’re only a click away from browsing a menu that has something for everyone, including a wide variety of pizzas covered in meat-based toppings, vegetables or shrimp.
Prefer panzerotti - all your traditional pizza toppings stuffed inside a closed crust - to pizza? You can get fresh panzerotti served to your home or office from two of Panzerotto Pizza’s uptown Yonge Street locations, one at Eglinton and another just south of St. Clair. Their signature panzerotto – a sealed pastry crust stuffed with pizza fillings – is the marquee item on a menu that includes a variety of regular pizzas, sandwiches, wings and salads. A typical special features two foot-long panzerotti with two toppings, a dozen wings and two drinks for under $24.
Located in the heart of quaint Forest Hill Village, this independent is a favourite of local residents craving lunch, dinner or a late-night snack. Delivery is available seven days a week until almost midnight and free with a minimum order of $14. This location serves the immediate neighbourhood so check their website for the area code delivery range.
This fast-growing gourmet pizza chain has blanketed uptown Toronto with locations from the south end of Mount Pleasant to St. Clair West and Yonge Street north of Lawrence. All three stores are open from mid-morning to 11 pm. Pizzaiolo offers convenient online ordering from its own list of premium meat, vegetarian and vegan pizzas, or you can customize via the menu on their website.
Those three faces staring back at you from Big Man’s homepage are much warmer and friendlier in person (we hope). But don’t let that giant rolling pin scare you away; delivery is free (minimum $14 order) from their Leaside location at Bayview and Millwood, serving the Eglinton East corridor. The house specialty pizzas come in four sizes and are numbered online for quick reference.
Show your hand if you learned to count by memorizing the phone number; Pizza Pizza is a Toronto institution known to generations, with franchises smothering uptown like the mozzarella that blankets their pizzas. One of their locations is smack in the middle of the Yonge/Eglinton entertainment district, offering pizza that arrives fresh and hot, usually within 40 minutes based on their famous guarantee - or the order is free (some limitations apply).
Magic Oven is known for its healthy pizzas topped with ingredients that are fresh, organic and locally sourced. The magic is in the mouth-watering combinations of exotic greens, gourmet cheeses and assorted meats. The uptown location at Eglinton and Avenue Road is one of six in the city, all of which enable you to order from a health-conscious online menu where most pizzas are under $17. The pizzas may be out of the ordinary but the prices remain firmly inline with traditional pies.