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Falasca SPQR

Posted by Emily Burke / Reviewed on December 20, 2011 / review policy

Falasca SPQRFalasca SPQR serves up fresh Roman-style pizza, offering a salivating and equally authentic alternative to the Neapolitan-style craze that's sweeping the city with the likes of Pizza Libretto and Queen Margarita Pizza.

Falasca SPQRMy friend and I go by at lunchtime when they serve a wide variety of pizzas that are pre-made and on display, sort of like Pizza Pizza but far more appetizing. In the typical Roman custom, the pizza is cut to order and served by weight, which gives us the option to try a couple different things and to order the exact amount that we want. At dinner they prepare full round pizzas and have table service, but because it's lunch, and they hand us our pizzas at the counter and take a seat.

We order two varieties and it's hard to decide where to start because they both look gooey and wonderful. I reach for the Arrabiata ($2.00/100gr.), topped with tomato sauce, fior di latte, cherry tomatoes and a subtle but poignant hit of chili spice. Classic pizza with a bit of a kick. The crust has a crunchy bottom, contrasted with a light, bready centre. It reminds me of fresh baguette.

Falasca SPQRNext I tried La Numbero 1 ($2.40/100gr.), their award-winning pizza topped with zucchini, brie, parmigiano, fior di latte, and an Italian-style cream cheese called stracchino. It's hard to get it wrong when you're using four types of cheese, but this one really impresses. It's understated, with soft flavours but still manages to be far from boring.

We selected well. The two varieties compliment each other nicely and we're not able to pick a favourite because they're both great. It's worth noting that the pricing is a little confusing, but a person could easily order a tasty, decent sized lunch and a drink for under $10.

Stuffed OlivesAt the owner's recommendation, we also get a side of stuffed olives. He tells us he's surprised more places don't serve them in Toronto because they're very popular back home. They're green olives stuffed with beef pork and chicken liver, then lightly breaded and deep-fried. They're crispy and meaty and go nicely with our meatless pizzas.

We finish with a serving of fagioli e prosciutto ($9), an Italian spin on pork and beans and a popular rural dish. Slow roasted tomato sauce with romano beans and prosciutto, with some nice bread for dipping. We shared a plate of it and it was the perfect dish to get us warm and cozy before heading out on a cold December afternoon.

Pork and BeansWe agree that we should come back soon for dinner though because, according to the staff, it's quite a different experience - less grab-and-go, more fine dining. The dinner menu also offers pasta dishes and full, round, Roman-style pizzas. The owner explains to us that Neapolitan dough is kneaded and stretched with the hands (as is our lunchtime pizza), formed into a rough circle and baked in a piping hot wood fire oven.

Roman dough, on the other hand, is left to rise for anywhere from 36-48 hours, far longer than Neapolitan, and using a rolling pin is then made into a very even, thin, round crust and cooked in an electric oven. The result is that Neapolitan crust is fluffier, making it bubble and char in places, while Roman is something between a flatbread and a pizza, arguably putting more emphasis on the toppings. This pizza lover is keen to try it!

Falasca SPQR

Discussion

16 Comments

Mario / October 31, 2011 at 02:50 pm
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I have only tried this place by day (for lunch) and it's perfection! I recommend the margherita, the zucchini and brie and the sausage and mushroom!! You won't go elsewhere. I recommended it to some friends who tried it out and loved it also - the price by weight is a great roman concept. Try it out!
Lazar / December 20, 2011 at 04:50 pm
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The owner, Alessandro, also owns .Gelato Simply Italian directly across the street. So after filling up on pizza waltz across the street and top yourself off with the best gelato in the city.
stewart / December 20, 2011 at 05:26 pm
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the stuffed olives here are good, but the best in the city are at tavolino hands down.
matt / December 20, 2011 at 10:51 pm
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The pizza is great, just doesn't entirely quench your craving. Bought a slice for $10 at lunch, was still hungry...Same with the dinner portions, you just need another few bites to be content.
Michael / December 21, 2011 at 05:23 pm
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@matt - Still hungry, really? According to the pricing listed here, $10 would get you 500 grams of pizza. Over one pound of pizza left you hungry?
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kobebeef / January 10, 2013 at 05:28 pm
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I ate hear summer of 2012. My pizza was burnt and I too was still hungry. Tried the gnocchi, it was terrible. My husband is Italian and we couldn't believe how bad the food was. Never going back there.
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Elizabeth / August 31, 2013 at 09:48 pm
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I was trying to find the kind of real Italy pizza after travelling back from Rome. It was so disapoointed to come to this Falasca located on Younge/Eglinton. This is the worst pizza I ever ate. too much tomato sause and only little cheese. I won't eat Pizza for some time. We ordered 5 pizza and one pasta, none of them is good. and we still hungry after eating. Is there any real good Pizza in Toronto? Never want to try some other Pizza.
akswun / January 12, 2014 at 10:58 am
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Love this place. Went for dinner and by the suggestions online I got the Margherita and it was delicious. I've tried Libretto and its on par, maybe even better. No 2 hour wait which is the biggest draw along with it being down the street from where I live. My wife and I will be back for sure.
Luise / April 2, 2014 at 06:57 pm
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I tried this pizza for lunch and also for dinner. I prefer the lunch one, because it's more crispy and you have a lot of choice so you can try different flavours which is great in the same meal.

The best pizza in toronto. Way better than libretto
Skatefan / August 10, 2014 at 10:43 pm
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The pizza here is gross - I was there at night so ordered a dinner pizza. I love thin crust pizza but this pizza wasn't even cut and I soon found out why. If it wasn't for the black around the edge and very crunchy crush for first 1.5" all around I would have thought the dough was raw or missing - impossible to cut and crust so thin and soggy I thought I was eating just eggplant without any crust. Service was great but I left hungry even though I ate my entire pizza - fighting to cut it all the way. Also extremely noisy.
sara / August 29, 2014 at 02:53 pm
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I went with my family for dinner and it was amazing. I got the lamb ragu it was the best that i Ever had. My mum got the imperiale pizza was super, the apetizers, simple so fresh and good. for me this is the best pizza in the whole city....service is good and the restaurant looks nice and simple exactly as Italy. for sure I will bring more friends there.

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