Wednesday, 7 July 2010

This is the kind of pizza you can find on the prairies. It's crust is big; crunchy on the outside and soft underneath the toppings. The cheese is on thick, mozzarella, the kind that comes in large white blocks. The toppings on this particular pizza were spinach, feta and tomatoes just on one half (mine).

I have yet to find a pizza like this in Toronto. Here, the pizza is thin crust, cooked in a brick oven with sparse cheese and toppings. Don't get me wrong, I love this kind of pizza. It was impossible to find on the prairies and I'm so spoiled to have access to it all the time. Nonetheless, I can't help but dream of the pizzas I grew up with.

So where can I find this pizza in the city?! Help!

What is your favorite kind of pizza?


iris said...

Man. Tell me about it. I'm not sure why, but it appears to be impossible to find "gourmet pizza" in Pittsburgh. A lot of the cheapo pizza places like to call themselves "gourmet" which just throws you off.

If there's not a variety of cheeses, it's not what I'm looking for, and very likely, not "gourmet." Ergh.

Samantha said...

I just moved back to Toronto from Calgary and I have to say I haven't noticed a difference in the kind of pizza, though now I will investigate!

It's very inelegant, but my favourite kind of pizza is, honestly, Little Caesar's cheese pizza. Their cheese melts pretty well. I also love the pizza they made in this pub in Calgary that I can never have again. It had this amazing crispy, flavourful crust.

What a long comment this is! Apparently I can talk pizza for a long time!

anabela / fieldguided said...

This looks like Pizza Pizza / Pizza Hut / Boston Pizza to me. Or those 2 for 1 types of places. I don't know if it's exactly the same, but based on appearances, it looks the same.

I love Italian bakery take-out pizza. There's a place in the Junction called Vezuvio's that does it so well. Straight out of my childhood.

Ayalah said...

That looks so yum right now! I must agree with Anabela - looking at the picture, pizza hut does come to mind.

When I'm not looking for gourmet pizza, I'll go to Pizzaioli, or when in the neighbourhood, Cora's at Harbord and Spadina, though I'm not sure either are what you are looking for..will let you know if I come across anything!

erica-knits said...

iris, I know! Good pizza can be so hard to find! Good luck!

Samantha, oh! Pizza is a very indepth topic! Hope you're liking the city so far and staying out of the heat!

Anabela, yep, it's definitely like a pizza from those chains. But in Manitoba (and other places, I'm sure) small, local shops have perfected it with quality ingredients.
I will be making a trip to Vezuvio's in the near future. The junction is the same neighborhood as Mjolk, right?

Ayalah, Ha! I totally pick up the spinotta pizza from Pizzaioli waay more than I should. It's yummy! I do love Terroni's pizza for gourmet, and there is some place on Ossignton I've been meaning to try. I would love to hear from you if you find a good place!

anabela / fieldguided said...

Yeah, it's across the street from Mjolk. You have to get the take-out kind, though. It's not as good in the actual restaurant for some reason. It's not like any of the pizzas described in this post, but I love it so much.

Juli said...

I was thinking of suggesting Vesuvio's in the Junction too!

katrina said...

oh my gosh! now i'm super hungry.
i love crispy crusts & lots of mushrooms and cheese that leaves strings for miles.

Cara said...

We've got the opposite problem in Saskatchewan: the dough is too big, and there are way too many layers of toppings so you can't even taste the sauce. I would love to find a great thin crust place here! We've been settling for the Sobeys deli pizza, which are actually not too bad!

liza said...

Danforth Pizza House is exactly what you're looking for! It's a small non-descript storefront near Danforth and Donlands with one old man running the joint, making all the pizzas himself, right in front of you. Super simple. Super delicious. You won't be disappointed!

caroline said...

Wow that looks good. I like all types of pizza, thin-crust, thick-crust, deep dish, etc. But my all time favorite topping is tomatoes.

Michelle said...

that pizza looks delicious! I can't help you on the spots to find one like it here in Toronto (except the above mentioned chain stores).
I generally will go for a thinner crust, with fresh toppings, over the cheese laden thicker crust (doesn't help that I am lactose intolerant, so my body can't handle that amount of deliciousness ;))
I actually just went to Pizzeria Libretto (Dundas and Ossington) last week and it was delicious!

Anonymous said...

Oh, my new favorite kind of pizza is this one! So yummy!!!

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erica-knits said...

Juli and Anabela, to the Junction I come!

Katrina, Stringy pizza cheese is the best!

Cara, I'll treat you to some good thin crust when you're here!

Liza, oh my goodness! Thanks, I'll have to try it soon. I will let you know! Those Yelp reviews are so good.

Caroline, yum! Tomatoes on top are my all-time favorite, too.

Michelle, Pizzeria Libretto is the place I was trying to think of in my comment to Anabela! I've been meaning to make a trip there since I moved to the city!

naomemandeflores, Yay! Glad to have a new convert to prairie pizza!

joven, thanks!

Anonymous said...

this looks like a box of heaven.

Lois said...

So funny, I'm from the prairies too and that is the exact kind of pizza I grew up eating- cheese-laden, doughy and thick. It's kind of making me miss home!

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