General Assembly Pizza Toronto

General Assembly Pizza

General Assembly is possibly my favourite pizza place in Toronto. Orders come out within seven to nine minutes, tipping is firmly insisted against, drinks are self-serve and there’s a dedicated takeout area. Perhaps best of all, pies are personal size four-slicers.

It's the brainchild of owner Ali Khan Lalani, Chef Cale Elliot-Armstrong (who came up at the likes of Village Pizza and Terroni) and star international pizza consultant Anthony Falco.

General Assembly Pizza Toronto

Design by Commute is airy, spacious, and accents the long narrow space with hits of teal, metal and texture, a long communal wood table in the centre of the main dining area.

General Assembly Pizza Toronto

Windows lining the walls lend an open feel, and all food is prepared within view of the dining room.

General Assembly Pizza Toronto

This includes a glassed-in area where dough is made.

General Assembly Pizza Toronto

Two beautiful white ovens from Naples blaze away.

General Assembly Pizza Toronto

All pies begin with a sourdough starter Falco’s had for years and brings with him around the world.

General Assembly Pizza Toronto

The pizza here isn’t Neapolitan, it’s kind of its own thing: the dough uses Canadian and Italian flour and olive oil, which is a Neapolitan no-no but gives the crust crunch and a nice browning.

General Assembly Pizza TorontoThe King Shroom ($14) is vegetarian, topped with mozzarella, grana, and funky gorgonzola, with white balsamic, black pepper, and drool-worthy garlic chips.

General Assembly Pizza Toronto

Loving cup ($12) is essentially their pepperoni pizza with aged mozzarella, grana, tomato and wild oregano (cool).

General Assembly Pizza TorontoIt’s got those little pepperonis that get nice and crispy around the edges. Don’t sleep on Elliot-Armstrong’s hot chili oil either.

General Assembly Pizza Toronto

The Don Diego ($13) is where we reach a crossroads of sorts. Basically a taco pizza, this one shows a creative side to Assembly, starting with a whipped cream base that amps everything up. It’s topped with mozzarella, sweet and hot tender chorizo, and some green onion, jalapeno, cilantro and lime that sing beautifully together.

General Assembly Pizza Toronto

Arugula apple salad ($8.5) proves the greenery on the menu is not to be passed up, a filling steal with acidic, crunchy thin shredded apple, sharp parmesan and sweet, woody pecans.

General Assembly Pizza Toronto

Not only beer but wine and cocktails are available on tap.

General Assembly Pizza Toronto

Wines from Norman Hardie (a crisp white blend, $10 for 5 oz), Tawse ($9 for the Gamay, great with the pizza) and Big Head ($9.50, a punchy Bordeaux blend) class up your pizza game.

General Assembly Pizza Toronto

A Moscow Mule ($8) is one of several tap cocktails, refreshing, dangerously downable and great with the Don Diego, the kick of ginger marrying nicely with the spice and lime.

General Assembly Pizza TorontoOrder online and pick up from the separate takeout area.

General Assembly Pizza Toronto

I’d also really recommend the Falco Sausage ($12.50) which Falco does a version of pretty much everywhere he goes, and the craveworthy General Bread ($7). Pizza lovers, assemble.

General Assembly Pizza Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


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