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FBI Pizza

Posted by Derek Flack / Reviewed on February 10, 2012 / review policy

FBI Pizza TorontoFBI Pizza might just be the answer to the prayers of the west ender who believes that Toronto is sorely lacking in quality delivery pizza options. Counting myself amongst this group, I was nearly ecstatic to learn that the folks behind Leslieville's Queen Margherita Pizza were set to open a delivery-focused sister restaurant in Mimico. Despite the rise of quality Neapolitan pizza joints in Toronto over the last few years, places like Pizzeria Libretto and Pizza e Pazzi don't deliver. Even if they did, the thin, flashed-cooked crusts that make these pizzas so good probably wouldn't fare so well soaking up steam for 20 minutes on route to your door.

Not everyone will share my disillusionment with the city's delivery options. Even I'll admit that places like Vesuvio's, Buddha Pie and King Slice can turn out decent pies, but they all have their faults. Vesuvio's tends to be light on sauce, Buddha Pie's crust can be bland and King Slice pushes the envelope on cheese levels. The latter isn't always a bad thing, but it underscores the lack of a solid all-around option — at least for folks like me who've sworn off places like Magic Oven and the commercial chains.

FBI Pizza TorontoThat's where FBI Pizza comes in. Despite its ties to Queen Margherita Pizza, FBI (which stands for full-blooded Italian) serves a more hefty pizza that's better built to handle home delivery. Don't get me wrong, compared to many of Toronto's other delivery options FBI pizzas still have a relatively thin crust, but you can at least bring a piece from plate to mouth by gripping only the end crust. Available in two sizes — big ($9.95) and bigger ($13.95) — if one doesn't go bananas on toppings, the pizzas aren't particularly expensive either.

What sets FBI's product apart from its competitors for me is the quality of the ingredients, specifically the San Marzano based tomato sauce and the fior di latte mozzarella. I tend to keep things fairly basic as far as toppings go, which makes these base components even more noticeable. Those who are interested in what I might call fancier toppings will, however, be happy to see items like Prosciutto Di Parma DOP, Porchetta, Pancetta and Gorgonzola on offer.

FBI Pizza TorontoEach occasion that I've ordered from FBI (I'm up to three now), I've been thoroughly impressed by the balance the restaurant has achieved between a traditional Neapolitan pizza and the more doughy options that used to arrive at my door when ordering from elsewhere. The sauce has that ideal balance of sweetness and acidity, the cheese is creamier than standard mozzarella, and toppings like caramelized onions offer a subtle bit of sophistication that has me reaching for a wine glass shortly after opening the box. In other words, this is furtherest thing from Pizza Pizza that you could imagine.

FBI Pizza TorontoIn addition to pizza, FBI offers Porchetta ($8.00) and Prosciutto & Provolone ($7.00) sandwiches. The former survives the the delivery process mostly intact, though slightly soggy. While not a standout to the same degree as FBI's speciality, the generous portion of pork is as moist as it should be and marked by a garlicky undertone that goes wonderfully with the Caesar salad.

FBI Pizza TorontoOn the subject of salads, both options on the menu are solid accompaniments to the main fare — the real bacon in the Caesar is a welcome touch — but it would probably make sense to provide the dressing on the side rather than letting the greenery marinate during the trip to customers' homes.

I suppose there is one big catch to all this, and that's the geographic limitations of FBI's reach. Located near Lake Shore and Park Lawn, the delivery range extends to an area in which the restaurant believes it can get an order out in about 45 minutes. Having recently opened, the exact coordinates are still TBA, but if you're east of Spadina and north of Bloor, then you're probably out of luck. Still, it's best to call and confirm just in case they're able to accomodate more easterly requests. Given how good the food is, it might even be worth the trip to Mimico for east enders keen on trying out what is surely one Toronto's best new pizza options.

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Discussion

46 Comments

Mandy / February 10, 2012 at 01:25 pm
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OMG this place looks AMAZING! I wonder if they deliver as far as Parkdale???
yazflute replying to a comment from Mandy / February 10, 2012 at 01:26 pm
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They do! It's pretty great.
muffin / February 10, 2012 at 01:30 pm
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I told them we lived in Parkdale, and they were more than willing to make the trek out so that we could experience their superior pie.
Every interaction I've had with these guys has been pleasant - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!
pizzagal / February 10, 2012 at 02:11 pm
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NO PINEAPPLE? heart breaks.
Rachel / February 10, 2012 at 03:06 pm
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Is it possible to get white pizza anywhere else? I grew up eating the stuff but I have given up almost entirely on pizza in Toronto and therefore don't know if white pizza exists elsewher.
Grant / February 10, 2012 at 03:13 pm
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I actually like Domino's pizza. It might be a bit bland but it is fresh and not too cheesy
jane / February 10, 2012 at 03:18 pm
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a foodie friend raved about this place to me and i thought it was the godsend we needed. but unfortunately i was disappointed. guy on the phone was nice and delivery was prompt but i found the pizza lacked flavour. i know they use quality ingredients but the taste wasn't worth the price i paid when i can get cheaper delivery from cici's at queen/roncy. sorry i wish them the best and hope they get more fans. i'd order from them again to give them another try but i don't think they will be a regular for me.
James / February 10, 2012 at 03:27 pm
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Regina Trattoria on College St. Old school and fabulous!
JIm / February 10, 2012 at 04:52 pm
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I wish these folks much success. But let's hope they don't fall in the the same rut most other places fall into with the Quantity eventually taking a toll over the quality.. I wonder if they deliver to Scarborough?? =)P
mike / February 10, 2012 at 07:31 pm
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do they deliver to north york?
jan / February 10, 2012 at 07:36 pm
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i wonder if they'd stretch to the east side of spadina if it's on the corner? i'd love a decent pizza delivery.
SANJAY / February 11, 2012 at 02:45 am
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elledee / February 11, 2012 at 05:09 pm
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furtherest is definitely not a word.
Sandman / February 12, 2012 at 01:11 pm
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The area sorely needs more options.

Looking forward to checking it out.
Probably drop by for a slice, then a sandwich next, to test it out.
kevin / February 12, 2012 at 02:22 pm
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Ordered from a here a few times already, awesome pizza, and excellent service! They had no issue with delivering to Liberty Village on a Friday night even when they were slammed!
olrak / February 12, 2012 at 07:31 pm
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Had pizza delivered to Bathurst & Lakeshore with these guys a few weeks back. The pizza's were really good but the dipping sauces were not good at all imo (we tried both the asiago and the tomato).

I will def order from these guys again, but me I will skip out on the dipping sauces next time.
lou / February 12, 2012 at 11:30 pm
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Best delivery pizza i've had . Real Italian flavour , not all that spicy , salty stuff you get on most delivery pizza, just honest , real taste. I love the dipping sauces. can't wait to order again.
Ilya / February 13, 2012 at 08:16 am
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i had FBI pizza in palm springs in california, it was amazing and so cheap, this seems to continue the tradition.
Mrs. Shabana / February 14, 2012 at 12:07 am
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(905) 814-5031

Cooler by the Lake / February 18, 2012 at 09:58 pm
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I'm a HUGE FAN of Queen Margherita, and it doesn't take much to convince me to trek all the way east from the west end for their pizza.
You can imagine the thrill when I read these guys have moved in only two kilometers away from me!!
Sadly, I don't see any similarity between this pizza and what is coming out of Margherita's oven. The FBI boys were so wonderfully polite on the phone, I literally waited at the door, mouth watering, for my authentic San Marzano tomato sauced pizza. The delivery guy arrived in minutes with a big smile and incredibly pleasant manner. Finally, a quality business opens in Lake Shore Village, I was thinking.
The crust lacks any flavour at all - certainly not the subtle tang that makes Queen Margherita a smidgen better than Libretto. Ingredients may be fresh, but again, where was the flavour in the tomato or the creaminess of the cheese. Nothing. I regretted not saying yes to a dipping sauce, but I thought that would be sacrilegious.
There was a time I swore I would only move into a house within Vesuvio's delivery range. Then I discovered Dino's Wood Burning Pizza on the Queensway (www.dinos-pizza.ca) less than 4km away. This serves me well when the trek to Queen Margherita is not possible.
I still hope... REALLY hope FBI makes the adjustments to create a pizza that really does answer the prayers of us west enders.
That was the only thing this review got right: We are begging for quality food options.
shakti Roy / February 19, 2012 at 07:03 am
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looks good another reason to be fat
Anna / March 14, 2012 at 02:29 pm
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I'm an east ender also in need of decent pizza delivery. We need an FBI in the east!
Jim / March 18, 2012 at 03:41 pm
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The individual slices they sell aren't very good unless the pizza just came out of the oven. Ordering a pizza fresh is the way to go
bobby / March 20, 2012 at 12:58 am
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they should open up on yonge street and go head to head with the big slice. These slices at a higher volume locaton would kill it
Sophie / April 2, 2012 at 10:02 pm
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I wouldn't go out of your way people. I asked for Parma Ham on my pizza and the guy goes "Is that the one that looks like ham?"

Considering they also have Prosciutto Cotto, Soppresata, Porchetta, Mortadella, and Panchetta on the menu, I wasn't sure which one this guy thought "looked" like ham.

I didn't get it in the end, no ham, plus I got the wrong kind of olives. The pizza was ok, not bad really, but don't get too excited.
memphie / April 7, 2012 at 10:03 pm
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not as good as i expected, and the delivery guy = bad service
Ledene / April 21, 2012 at 09:37 am
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What a joke, $35.00 for a medium pizza, 4 basic toppings and ceasar salad.
This pizza should have been outstanding, it was average to say the least and the caesar, why bother. The delivery guy? Overall a waste of money for an average pizza and a lousy salad, there are better options for South Etobicoke for sure.
julia / May 31, 2012 at 01:01 am
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This might be a stretch, but do they deliver to the Distillery District at Parliament and Lakeshore area?
Tiffany / June 1, 2012 at 09:57 pm
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After looking for a new pizza place to tried this looked promising
After waiting two hours for our barely warm pizza
My boyfriend and I both of whom eat pizza religiously were very disappointed.
The pizza was dry and tasteless... Except for the olives which were way too salty.
Will never buy pizza from there again

Alas the search for actual good pizza continues.
s / June 28, 2012 at 11:06 am
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boring flavour the dipping sauces are like the most flavour tho
berto / August 12, 2012 at 08:43 pm
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Have ordered from FBI three times, maybe each time trying to believe that it's the next Jesus of pies. But each time it failed. Expensive, soggy, waxy cheese, and utterly devoid of taste. Try Frank's, which BlogTo also recommends...
Jimmy replying to a comment from Grant / August 25, 2012 at 07:27 pm
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Grant, you liking Domino I hope you are not comparing it to FBI. The pizza at FBI is a real pizza, not fast food junk as Domino's. So you either work at Domino or you have no taste.
Jimmy replying to a comment from Grant / August 25, 2012 at 07:33 pm
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Next to Queen Margherita Pizza, which is the same owner but made in a wood burning oven, is my favorite. I try to pick it up myself to get the pizza and bring it home to eat it when it still hot and steaming. It is great, you have to try it. The people who run it are awesome!
Anthony / February 9, 2013 at 08:37 am
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The pizza is certainly not bad however the service is terrible. It is amazing to me that they can even orchestrate the delivery. Rude phone service, put on hold for 5 min, hung up on and then when i called back to tell them they hung up on me they said it was impossible. I'd rather go pick up from Terroni.
steve / March 19, 2013 at 01:20 pm
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i ordered from them last night after reading the chef's profile on this site. had gorgonzola and italian sausage on thin crust with a peppericino dipping sauce. fantastic. they delivered to dupont and lansdowne, and it came in 50 minutes as promised, the guy on the phone was amazingly polite and ended the call with a "ciao". (which i've never heard of when i've ordered pizza). i do like vesuvio's but the last few delivery guys, one in particular was hostile and rude. like brutally rude.

i'd order from FBI again. definitely. has more options than other pizza places.
Tom / April 4, 2013 at 08:10 pm
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Wow, wow and wow. I am now ordering, for the second of what will be an immeasurable number of times, this amazing pie... you can taste the love in their pizza... think, hand-cut green olives and you might get the picture... these guys rock, from the dude who answers the phone to the guy who brings this awesomeness to your home! Don't forget to tip.
james / May 2, 2013 at 12:35 pm
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this place a ripp off and the fat bastard who is in there is rude all i wanna put A fkin bullet up his throat or shit down his throat i am not going there again!!!!!!
Chris / May 10, 2013 at 07:33 pm
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This place is a complete rip off. Blog TO must've gone to the wrong address when they did this review, I was insulted and overcharged. Service absolutely stinks, not to mention the Pizza was average. Since this review was done in 2012, it obviously went to their heads.
Frank Rizzo / June 6, 2013 at 10:26 am
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Finally made my way over to FBI last night and was very excited. Ended up choosing the bigger 18" with 3 toppings (red onion, roasted red pepper and tomatoes) with a jalapeno dip and a lemonade soda. Total was $33. It took a slow 35 minutes to prepare, toppings were sparse to say the least and the pie was just average at best. Lots of hype on this place but to be brutally honest I would have no hesitation saying I enjoy Domino's over FBI. Disappointed results for an overly pricey pizza.
Tristan / July 3, 2013 at 07:22 pm
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I see some have been complaining about flavour and I assure you, this pizza does not lack that at all. Whenever I order from a new place I always order something super simple so I get a good taste of the sauce, the cheese and the crust. All of these were very flavourful. My pizza did however arrive cold which was a bummer. The driver was too nervous to stop on my street because of the traffic so drove around looking for somewhere to park. From start to end, everyone was friendly and helpful to my requests and I will give this place another go because I wasn't disappointed in the flavour but was sad to have a cold pizza and a not-so well done crust that I requested. Please do try them I don't think they disappoint
Tristan / July 3, 2013 at 07:28 pm
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Oh and as a last thought, I do agree that they were skimpy on toppings but again the flavour made up for it. I got what I was craving even though it was cold :) still one of the best I've had. Dominos has nothing on this place and I add it to one of my faves in etobicoke. I'm a Dino's and FBI girl now :)
Dave / January 27, 2014 at 09:14 am
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Best tasting pizza in the city! They got premium toppings that most pizza places don't carry plus their always adding more. The guys working there are really cool. Ya it costs a little bit more than other places but I have no problem paying for quality. You will notice a difference on your first bite. Plus they delivery almost anywhere. I've been coming here for months now and I can't go anywhere else after eating here.
Not impressed / February 19, 2014 at 08:07 am
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This was my first and last time I'll ever deal with FBI. First off I was told that my pick up order will be ready in 20min. I got there in 20min and they told me it wasn't ready so I had to wait another 20min! I ordered and paid extra for caramalized onions since it was a "premium" topping. When I got home I opened the box and found REGULAR red onions! Wtf it WASN'T an order taking mistake because they show the toppings you ordered on the bill and it clearly says caramalized onions. Never again!
Satisfied / February 20, 2014 at 09:55 am
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We've been ordering from Vesuvio's for years, but I've found the delivery slow, and the pizza nothing special for the price. Decided to give FBI a try and was pleasantly surprised. Ordered white, regular crust w/ red onions, capers, prosciutto di Parma, roasted red peppers and asiago. Delivery was prompt and polite. The thin, crispy pizza crust was excellent, as was the San Marzano sauce and cheeses. The premium toppings were all well and generously distributed and made for a delicious meal. I will be ordering from them again.
Jason / March 3, 2014 at 09:52 am
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Pretty good pizza, with awful service.

My time is worth more than the second consecutive time I was offered a 50% off my next order. I ordered from FBI 4 times. The first 2 times went well. I order on-line at 4 PM and pick it up on my way home. The 3rd and 4th time I received awful service. I usually arrive 30 minutes after ordering. There was one occasion where the cook admitted to "forgetting to start the order"... The second time I approached the counter after waiting 15 minutes (45 minutes after placing the order) to ask if my pizza was close to being ready. I was told it wasn't started yet because they had a large order of 22 pizzas. The staff needs to inform you, it shouldn't be up to the client. There was another woman in the restaurant that also only received her pizza after an hour and 15 minutes which was the amount of time I waited. 5:15 with pizza in hand after ordering it at 4... I will never go back.
Jeff / May 18, 2014 at 05:39 pm
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Just moved to the area and picked up the pizza. The stale-date on the bottom of the dipping sauces was over a week old.... Keep Calm, and carry on.

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