Hungry for a little thin-crust action on the sofa tonight? Gourmet delivery doesn’t have to be an oxymoron. These west-end pizza spots serve up the best in authentic tomato sauce and fresh artisan toppings. Order la bella Italia to your front door from these top-tier pizzerias.
Hailing from Corso Italia (Toronto’s other Little Italy), Frank’s is heralded by many as the best pizza in Toronto, and certainly a go-to for delivery on the west side. Thin-crust pizza cooked in a stone pizza oven provides the authentic vibes at this St. Clair spot. This is the type of pizzeria that will have your knees buckling at the sight of their basic margherita or incite stomach rumblings with their jumbo-sized calzones. Little known secret: grab a bag of fresh pizza dough for $2.95 a pop!
If you’re looking for the buzz-worthy of pizzerias in Toronto, this is your stop. Between its three Toronto locations, North of Brooklyn delivers from Roncesvalles across to Parliament and from Bloor down to the Lakeshore (east of University, the southern boundary is King Street). The gist is this: gourmet Neapolitan-style pizza (read: thin-crust, light on the toppings) for dine-in, takeout by the slice or the pie, or on-bike delivery. Toppings are curated and oh-so fresh, the standard veggies and meats plus a few specialties (think arugula, anchovies, ricotta, and pecorino cheese).
Splashed across countless best-of-pizza lists in the city, Za Pizzeria is one of the go-to Annex spots for rustic pizza recipes with a modern spin. The Bloor Street spot’s custom-built pizza oven is a BBQ that’s been retrofitted to cook like a traditional wood-fired oven, for thin-crust pizza worthy of the old country. The Oh Canada intriguingly features maple syrup, mozzarella, bacon and crushed potato chips (trust me, it works), while the Funghi is loaded with sautéed mushrooms and goat cheese and topped with a velvety porcini cream.
You might have passed by this sprawling pizzeria on Dundas West and found your nose swerving toward the delicious scents of fine Italian cooking in the air. Vesuvio is that oh-so-cute Junction spot for a romantic Italian dinner with affordable and perfectly rendered dishes like a traditional spaghetti carbonara, veal scallopini or mushroom risotto. Or opt for delivery from their condensed takeout menu. For an arrabiata option, sample the Vulcano pizza, spiced to perfection with hot peppers, hot capicollo and hot Italian sausage, or bonus, a piping hot panzerotti (watch out, that cheese will be steaming!)
A favourite among nearby UofT and OCAD students, this Harbord spot has earned itself title of best pizza in the Annex for many years running (just make sure you’ve got some bills on hand because Pizza Gigi is completely cash-only). Not only do these pizza pie experts deliver until 4a.m., they also boast huge boundaries for delivery, from Jarvis to Lansdowne, and from St. Clair to King. Pizzas of note: the double mozzarella Hawaiian, and infamous Quattro stagioni (literally translated to “four seasons” and featuring prosciutto, artichoke, mushroom and black olives).
This mom-and-pop pizza shop at the corner of Lansdowne and Dundas might not seem like much from the outside, but it’s one of the favoured west-side spots for quick and delicious pizza delivery every time. The Albany classic will get you an intriguing artichoke pesto sauce, prosciutto, and asiago cheese (among a few additional accoutrements), while the rustic Ortolano features grilled eggplant and zucchini, marinated mushrooms, roasted red peppers and sautéed onions. Late-nighters note: Albany is an ideal spot to get your munchies on, open until 11p.m. during the week and 1a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Choose from veal sandwiches, pasta specials (homemade gnocchi, ricotta-stuffed ravioli, and fettuccine tossed in a shrimp, mushroom and rose sauce), and of course, some expertly rendered thin-crust pizza at this College Street eatery. The delivery pizza menu is divided into the standards and the gourmets, and from the latter, might I suggest the Campagnola (cherry tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, arugula and prosciutto), the Caprese (sliced tomato, bocconcini and fresh basil) or the Patate (a white pizza topped with thinly sliced tomato – trust an Italian: it’s a delicacy). Bonus: gluten-free pizza doughs on offer, as well.
Pour a glass of vino and bring the trendy restaurant vibes into your own kitchen with a delivery pizza from this newcomer to the Entertainment District. The seafood pizza, topped with fresh mussels, shrimps and scallops, is sure to impress your at-home dinner date, while the standard margherita will provide the pizza fix that’s been rustling all week.
These Full-Blooded Italians (the FBI to which the name refers) have quickly ascended as one of the number one pizzerias servicing the Lakeshore West condos. With perpetually changing pizza specials, you can catch a sweet deal or make a spontaneous add-on to your favourite pie. Notable details? San Marzano tomato and fresh pesto sauces, personal pizzettes for $4.50, and hard-to-find Italian ingredients like pancetta, Calabrese cacciatore, and porchetta.
Passionately promised as the best pizza on the Queensway by neighbourhood locals, Dino’s boasts a traditional wood-burning oven for oh-so rustic thin-crust pizza. A series of delivery-deal combos provide an easy option for a quick take-out family dinner, while the gourmet pizzas like the Siciliana (topped with anchovies, sausage and olive oil – hold the cheese), or the mozzarella and chicken Al Polo, perfectly suit a romantic dinner in.
In Italian, “paesan” refers to your close kin, and after a few deliveries, this is how you’ll start to feel about this Etobicoke pizzeria. Serving the west-dwelling suburb and the far-west end of Toronto proper, Il Paesano is one of those old-school Italian restaurants that is a true diamond-in-the-rough. Fresh pasta specials and some of the most affordable delivery pizza around (a 16-inch for just 18 bucks), has made this a neighbourhood fixture since – seriously – 1959.