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Abruzzo Pizza

Posted by Libby Roach / Reviewed on September 1, 2015 / review policy

Abruzzo PizzaAbruzzo Pizza has been one of Richmond Hill's top pizza producers since opening back in 1981. A solid 34 years of tossing pies means owners Sergio and Vince run a well-oiled machine near the corner of Yonge and 16th. A recent renovation extended the dining room and added in a bar, but most of their business comes from delivery and takeout orders.

If you're from the 905 area, Abruzzo Pizza likely supplied your lunches back in the day or sponsored your local soccer team. When asked why they've never expanded south into the city, Vince offers a dismissive "my customers are up here; we like it up here."

Abruzzo PizzaHands on in every aspect of the business, Vince was curt during our little Q and A. Clearly his interest lies elsewhere, like the boast-worthy 600kg of dough he was preoccupied with making. Sourcing ingredients, making the sauce, these are all part of the daily grind at Abruzzo, and he shares these obligations with a massive staff of 116 people - all tucked away in their underground kitchen.

Pretty much everything is made in house, pastas, sauces, doughs and dressings. The only thing outsourced is the cured meats that complete their panzos and pies.

Abruzzo PizzaThe fully licensed bar offers more than just Brios, with a hefty list of red and whites at every price point, including a heavyweight Tignanello for a wallet crushing $158 (though the markup on that is really quite modest). San Pellegrino ($2.50) and a few Coronas ($6) prove too tempting and likely a better match with our lower brow menu choices.

Abruzzo PizzaWhile they do offer plated meals like Veal Milanese and Chicken Parmigiana, our search was for more gluttonous purposes, like the colossal Deep Fried Panzerotto ($8 plus $1.25 per topping). While baked is technically an option, it certainly won't qualify as diet food either way. We stuffed ours with white onions, bacon and pepperoni, and instantly regretted our choices.

The bacon appeared to be raw, or perhaps it just soaked up all the onion sweat and became sweaty and limp. The pepperoni suffered a similar result. The side of meat sauce ($1.50) is all but mandatory and added a beefy layer that mellowed out the sweet doughnut like crust.

Sharing the same base, the Margherita Pizza ($10 for small) has the same slightly bubbly crust. While a little on the thick side, it handles the tomato sauce and cheese well, ensuring a perfectly crispy crust throughout. While nothing is groundbreaking here, the simple ingredients do the job and make for a reliably tasty pizza.

Abruzzo PizzaPizza and wings go together like chicken and waffles and Abruzzo's Wings ($8.50 for 1lb) are top notch and not to be missed. We sauced ours up medium and noticed a few red hot chilli pepper flakes thrown into the mix. While the side of blue cheese sauce never materialized, it didn't much matter, the wings were coated nicely; no dipping required.

Abruzzo PizzaService was attentive and friendly, but expect it to slide a little when the house is packed, which is pretty much every weekend night. And while they may be firm in their suburban roots, they share one trick with their city affiliates: a strict no reservation policy is in effect, so come early or be relegated to the parking lot to wait for your table.

abruzzo pizzaAbruzzo Pizza is not wheelchair accessible. They do offer delivery and takeout, and sometimes deliver to northern 416 parts if the money is right.



Alex / September 1, 2015 at 08:00 pm
My sister lives nearby, so I tried it once while visiting. The pizza was bad, the wings were worse. Luke warm, shitty wings that obviously just came out of a plastic bag from a freezer. Overpriced too. Even a garbage tier chain like Pizza Pizza is better taste and value than Abruzzo. Avoid.
Alex / September 1, 2015 at 08:02 pm
^ This was 4-5 years ago. Maybe they've changed, but otherwise, I don't know what the reviewer is talking about. Does every blogTO review have to be positive? Are they paid for these? Meh.
Toronto / September 1, 2015 at 08:05 pm
This is not in Toronto BlogTo
@Alex / September 1, 2015 at 09:42 pm
The reviewer definetly didn't like the panzerotti, which part of "and instantly regretted our choices" did you not get?. IMO I didn't get a positive feeling from this review at all.I know it may be paid advertising, but "nothing is groundbreaking here" is clearly stating don't bother driving from Toronto.... just saying.
FK / September 1, 2015 at 09:52 pm
I am very surprised at the negative comments about Abruzzo.
This is the place to go in Richmond Hill/Thornhill area. Best pizza, great pastas, and priced well.
milo / September 1, 2015 at 10:01 pm
I've actually been to this place.

It's shit

and really really far.

Not quite sure why you'd review a place that is

a) shitty
b) long distance to call

even the pictures make it look shitty.
Baron von Monocle / September 1, 2015 at 10:53 pm
"If you're from the 905 area, Abruzzo Pizza likely supplied your lunches back in the day or sponsored your local soccer team."

Yeah, because it's not like 905 stretches from Niagara Falls to Oshawa or anything...
ALEX / September 2, 2015 at 12:10 am
YEP this place is good! Yes its way North and that's fine to those of us up here. Big Deal. Great Pizza ENJOY!
F / September 2, 2015 at 08:57 am
Which types of pies do they have?
meatballs / September 2, 2015 at 09:16 am
"Still a winner" =/= owner being curt and dismissive speaking to a food critic, poorly cooked bacon, server forgetting to bring blue cheese dip, sweaty and limp pepperoni, weird dough...
Michelle / September 2, 2015 at 11:01 am
Best damn panzo's ever!!! I currently live in BC where apparently they don't exist!! I often drool dreaming for them!!
101 / September 2, 2015 at 11:40 am
When a critic comes in to review or do a write up for your establishment#1. Don't be dismissive #2. Suggest certain items that are favourites for most customers #3. Make sure service is good #4. Don't forget the blue cheese dip!
Rhill / September 2, 2015 at 12:26 pm
Most of you turds probably haven't been alive for 34 years, yet these guys have been making delicious food and printing money for longer than you have been alive. I'm glad they enjoy serving the local neighborhood rather than spreading themselves thin. More pizza for me.
Warren / September 2, 2015 at 02:38 pm
116 employees?

Either a typo or the reviewer is a moron to believe such a thing.
Frank / September 2, 2015 at 06:14 pm
Terrible tried it a few times..just garbage. Better off buying a frozen pizza for $1.99 ir will taste much bettet.
Think / September 3, 2015 at 11:59 am
I ordered from them about 8-9 yrs back because my neighbour ordered from them on a regular basis. I didn't like it and continued ordering from Pizza Nova.Who knows it may have gotten better over the yrs?
Rebecca / September 3, 2015 at 04:41 pm
So based on this review, the owner doesn't give a sh*t, the food is crappy and soggy, and the service is slow and inaccurate.

They're lucky they're up north, because they'd never survive in Toronto.
Dalia Moreno / September 3, 2015 at 10:07 pm
Pizza Pizza is better???!!!! For fox's safe!!! What are you talking about? What a piece of shit of garbage is Pizza Pizza, abrruzzo is good and better, the real Italian taste
taylor fladgate / September 7, 2015 at 05:18 pm
Vesuvio's Pizzeria has been in business on Dundas Street since 1957.
Stephanie replying to a comment from Ali / September 7, 2015 at 07:34 pm
This actually impresses me. Will try them
Amy / September 8, 2015 at 05:32 pm
They're the best! The owner is always so nice and treat our family with 2 and 4 year old kids super patient. Their food is fresh. We come here for pizza once a month or so, usually after my neice's ballet class is over which is right beside. I've been living in Richmond Hill for 3 years and this place never failed me for take out or dine in.

Alec / September 12, 2015 at 09:51 am
I had the wings and they were so fresh. Tasted like they were ripped right off the chicken. The pizza tasted like a cow came into my mouth and then someone threw bread in at the same time. The service was like my high school girlfriend tending to my untrained heart. Not lying even the water was if a stream in the mountains of France had a direct line to their rusty old city pipes. Lastly the salad was like diving into a jungle and feasting upon ripe earth.

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