It’s date night, and you’ve only got one thing in your mind — pizza. Whether you’re into Sicilian, Neopolitan, or you’re just not that picky, once you get pizza in your head, nothing else will do. Here a few Toronto pizzerias that will score you points with your sweetheart without compromising your craving.
Terroni Pizzeria kicks it in true Italian fashion: You don’ like? Don’ eat it! The proprietors here take so much pride in their ingredients and recipes that they refuse to make any substitutions. But with more than 20 gourmet pies to choose from, you won’t want to change a thing. The Al Salmone, for example, is the ‘za version of a bagel and schmear, with smoked salmon, capers, and red onion on a white pizza. If the weather is agreeable, enjoy your crispy-crusted work of art at a picnic table in the softly lit garden area.
Queen Margherita Pizza
Neapolitan pizza is made simply with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, and, unsurprisingly, it’s what Queen Margherita is famous for. Its namesake was a 19th Century Italian queen, and legend has it that a local pizza maker once presented her with three different pizzas during a visit to Naples. Of course, she favored the one with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil — red, white, and green, representing the Italian flag. The chic restaurant’s interior is as elegant and classic as its signature pizza, which is baked to bubbly perfection in a wood-fired stove. Order a Margherita to experience Toronto’s best version of this pie, or get a little crazy with La Scala, which spices things up with hot peppers and sweet, tender pork belly.
If your special someone is low-maintenance, skip the dress code and encounter serious ‘za zen at Pizza Libretto. Its thick, authentic Sicilian style pizza will still knock your socks off. Cozy up at a wooden table and sink your teeth into the melty goodness of the cremini mushroom pizza, which features buffalo mozzarella, Gorgonzola, and pecorino cheeses with savory roasted garlic. Crunch up every scrap of crust, then cap off your meal with the thick-enough-for-a-fork chocolate-amaretto budino. In gratitude for accompanying you on your Toronto pizzerias pilgrimage, leave the last bite for your date.