Recommended pizza spots in Toronto GTA

We had been eyeing Pizza Maru for some time and finally tried the Gerrard and Church location. This is a largish chain with over 600 locations in Korea and a smattering elsewhere, including 3 in Toronto in the last couple of years.

One thing that sets it apart is the dough, made from green tea, chlorella, oats, rye, flax, black rice, barley, corn, sunflower seeds, wheat, sorghum, and millet. This produces a green-tinged, semi-thick crust with lots of nice chew and a nutty flavour.

Although they feature some fairly standard topping combinations, it was the Korean options we went for.

Hot Honey Sweet Potato included pizza sauce, mozzarella, cheddar, corn, onion, sweet potato mousse, cubes of sweet potato, and mayo. We were expecting to be riched out, but this was actually quite a good flavour combination.

Of course we had to try a Korean fried chicken pizza and picked the Seasoned Chicken option with mozzarella, cheddar, onion, mushroom, sweet potato, bell peppers, and fried chicken chunks (moist inside) with a sweet BBQ sauce. Very enjoyable.

And then there was the Korean Bulgogi, with pizza sauce, mozzarella, onion, mushroom, bell peppers, and slightly dried out but still tasty bulgogi beef.

A nice pizza deviation if you are wanting something a bit different.

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Interesting!

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" MAKERS PIZZA " - 16" Tavern S





ize…all these for 6 people! Totally stuffed!

The stand-out was the ’ Napoli Dynamite ', with Organic Tomatoes, Grass fed Mozzarella, Italian sausages, Green Olives, roasted red peppers, Jalapeno and sea salt…sweet, tangy, spicy, savory and salty…so good and perfect with the thin, crispy and chewy crust.

The rest of the Pepperoni, Mushroom and Cheese options were mighty fine and delicious too!

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That crust looks amazing. I’m always looking for healthier options. Can they do thin crust?

Those were 'thin crust ‘!
As for healthier versions, I believe they do offer vegetarian versions. Furthermore, as alluded to, their tomato sauce uses ’ organic’ tomatoes, their Mozzarella came from grass fed buffaloes and crust were sour dough! Unsure how much more healthy you looking for in a pizza?

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Lower crust to toppings ratio to keep the carbs down.

Sorry the question was about pizza Maru crust. Our local Abruzzo doesn’t do whole wheat crust sadly. I love heartier grains for bread and pizza crust if I can get it.

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They don’t advertise a thin-crust option on their menu, so you would have to ask.

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Have you found good multigrain pizza in Toronto?

I’ve mostly seen spelt or multigrain crusts offered at chains.

Casa di Giorgio on Queen E offers a whole wheat option on small and medium pizzas. I haven’t tried it, it came up through Google.

I’ve only had Makers Pizza twice. It seems more decadent, heavy, and less healthy than Badiali’s, Beast Pizza or Libretto to me.

Acute Pizza has been getting good reviews, at College and Lansdowne. It’s a thinner crust pizza, looks a bit like Badiali’s. Not convenient for you, though, obviously!

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No my local fav here in RH doesn’t do whole wheat. That’s why I was so intrigued by pizza Maru’s crust. DrJohns review mentions their crust is made from “green tea, chlorella, oats, rye, flax, black rice, barley, corn, sunflower seeds, wheat, sorghum, and millet”. That’s probably closest to whole grain that I can get other than homemade which I’m not going to attempt.

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Has anyone tried Blondies pizza? There’s a location just down the street from me that I keep forgetting about.

It’s pretty good. I have ordered it twice.

Some of the pizzas are more novelty type, with various drizzles on top.

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Thanks, I think I’ll give it a go next time I’m in the mood for fancy pie

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We tried Blondie’s once and were underwhelmed, but I suspect our pizzas were sitting for awhile before I picked them up. We may try them again at some point, but with so many pizza places, it hasn’t been a priority.

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Yup concur when they opened up nearby I did a pickup and underwhelming imo

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Hmm, underwhelming is not what I’m looking for especially at those prices. The next closest option for fancy pizza(Ave&Lawrence) is Maker Pizza, they sell by the slice so I might wander up there and grab one before I commit to a whole pie.

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There’s also a North of Brooklyn at 1728 Avenue North of Lawrence.
https://www.northofbrooklyn.com/locations

There’s a Via Mercanti for Neapolitan closer to Wilson. 1954 Avenue Rd.

There are several Italian restaurants on Avenue North of Lawrence with apparently some good pizza, too, which I have not tried. I lived fairly close until 2015, and I used to visit one of the restaurants, but I’m out of the loop now.

Da Venizia

Moto Via- this looks good to me

Tutto Pronto

Tutto Pronto looks nice. I often meet a friend who lives nearby, and we usually go to Safari for its patio, but we might try Tutto Pronto one of these days.

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I tried the Blondie’s on Ossington the first time, and the Blondie’s on Davenport the next time.

The Davenport location is a weird location for a restaurant, not really set up for walk-ins or pick-up customers, very much set up for drivers and delivery. It’s more like a ghost kitchen of sorts.

Both times, I was waiting for them to come out of the oven. :joy:

I haven’t been back because I have so many pizzas to try.

The dough was a soft, chewy dough. The dough was the best part for me.

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Thanks :pray:t2:

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North of Brooklyn looks excellent.

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