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Magic Oven

Posted by Tim / Listed on May 23, 2007 / review policy

Magic Oven
Magic Oven serves up some of Toronto's best pizza. Now with five locations in the city, Magic Oven specializes in hand-crafted pizza with toppings that go beyond the standard options such as tandoori chicken, organic tofu and roasted coconut. They also offer spelt and gluten-free crusts, and dairy-free and vegan options.

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brian / March 15, 2008 at 05:12 pm
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UNHAPPY CUSTOMER / April 12, 2008 at 05:57 pm
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I WENT TO THE MAGIC OVEN AT THE CASALOMA LOCATION. THE FOOD WAS HORRIBLE AND EXPENSIVE, I GOT FOOD POISONNNIG THE THE PASTA WITH FIGS, VEGETABLESAND THE BEETS SALAD. ALSO I GOT A FLY IN THE SALAD "I DO NOT RECOMMENT THIS PLACE AND NEVER GO BACK"
Michelle / May 17, 2008 at 02:17 pm
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Lunch at Broadview/Danforth location was gross. It was at the Magic Oven partner - Cafe Next Door. The food tasted contaminated or like the oil was bad. Yuck! Never going back.
J / July 25, 2008 at 03:46 pm
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Over-priced dreck!
Anouk / August 21, 2008 at 11:32 pm
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Magic oven gluten-free pizza pretty good - but overpriced! Not sure how they get away with it. The gluten-free pasta I had was tasteless.
Raphael / January 4, 2009 at 12:24 am
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Not sure what happened with you guys, but I'm glad I had a good experience :) Their $25 deal is definitely worth it for two toppings, choice of sauce and cheese. We couldn't make up our minds about goat cheese, so the waiter suggested that we use that as the cheese of the pizza. So, our entire pizza was loaded with goat cheese (which is quite expensive itself), thai basil pesto, and they definitely delivered on our toppings which we did half and half of (free range chicken and sundried tomatoes/free range chicken and mushrooms). The toppings were fresh, delicious, and plentiful! The waiter brought an entire bottle of olive oil when we asked for some, and we ate to our heart's content. Great pizza, great prices. I'm definitely going back!


Note: I say great prices because of the $25 deal. Definitely wouldn't want to spend any more than that.
Deanna / April 16, 2009 at 09:30 pm
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This place is a joke. They try to come off like they know what they're doing but their pizza is crap. And the prices are absolutely ridiculous. I gave it a shot thinking it must be one of those "get what you pay for" situations. NOT! Never going back.
Kris / August 6, 2009 at 02:03 pm
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I just ate the most over priced and dissapointing sandwich of my life from this place, i should have had a $2 hot dog
Kris / August 6, 2009 at 02:45 pm
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I am actually so disgusted by my sandwich that I would like to elaborate further on my above comment: I'm vegan, (not a super picky vegan, if someone accidently puts cheese in my food I will eat it rather than waste it). I work in liberty village so it's pretty slim pickins for lunch time food around here. I ordered the BBQ tofu ciabatta, which sounded pretty good, with BBQ tofu, and spinach. It's about 9 bucks, so I was expecting something at least a step up for Subway's veggie equivelent. (By they way, Magic Oven's sandwiches are described as being "stuffed" with delicious ingredients and baked to perfection). When I get my sandwich, the bread is soggy, and more like a giant flatbread pita type of thing rather than ciabatta, and I am pretty sure it's not ciabatta as any ciabatta I've had in the past is slightly crispy on the outside, but I may be wrong. Anyway, there are about 15 1cm cubes of cold tofu scattered on the base of the sandwich. There is a quarter cup of barbecue sauce poured on top of the tofu, and globs of mayo which was not listed as being one of the ingredients. On top there are one or two measly spinach leaves. It was a pretty disgusting sight but for 9 bucks I decided to eat it anyway. I might have gone back to complain but one of the employees kept giving me dirty looks between checking his email. This place sounded good with their vegetarian and vegan options but, it's way overpriced and not well made at all, I recommend NEVER eating here.
Rosemarie / September 26, 2009 at 06:17 pm
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I think it might have been the location that's bad because I love the one at Yonge and Wellesley. I've never had any problems and the food was delicious. My favourite is the Vegan Magic (but I always add their organic mozzarella) on the regular crust (crunchy just the way I like it). It is quite expensive, so that's why it's better to go at lunch (You get the same size pizza for a couple dollars cheaper) and I go often but just to treat myself. The service was also very good. I also recommend their raspberry lemonade - delicious!
Rosemarie / September 26, 2009 at 06:19 pm
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Another thing to add...it's better to eat in than take out. I've tried take out and by the time I ate it, my pizza wasn't crunchy anymore.
Timothy / November 21, 2009 at 04:47 pm
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I have eaten at the Broadview Magic Oven and the prices are rediculously expensive. The pesto pasta had way too much oil and it didn't sit well (with my tummy). Never again.
MK / March 16, 2010 at 10:40 pm
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Magic Oven is arguably the last place I'd go for GF food. I'm sure their 'real' pizza is amazing but the gluten free is on par with what I could find in the freezer section at Loblaws. And the stuff found there is AWFUL. The gf pasta is blah, again, it's the same thing I could make at home which isn't saying much. It doesn't take a genius to boil a pot of water, toss in some rice pasta and add sauce. I really, really wanted to like this place especially since I lived steps away from the Dupont location. But I can't. It's just not good.

PS; the gluten free pizza crust at Whole Foods by Whole Foods Bakery is OUTSTANDING. My non-celiac boyfriend has declared it his favourite crust ever and he usually loathes crusts.
tim / September 4, 2010 at 02:44 pm
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magic oven is overpriced and not that good. i dont know how they keep opening new stores...high prices and bad quality is not a sustainable business model. better wise up guys.
Bathroom Review / October 22, 2010 at 10:10 am
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Natasha / February 18, 2011 at 02:46 pm
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I go to the one on Queen St. E all the time and I LOVE it! The food is always great, only once was the waiter rather inattentive (I finally got up and got our menus myself) but other than that it's been fine. I take friends and they all love their food too! I'm totally excited that I can finally eat pizza (wheat allergy) and it's GOOD pizza.
I'd recommend this place to anyone.
Toni Smith / March 6, 2011 at 01:46 am
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The pizza at Magic Oven is alright for the price. Vegetable pizza is definitely my choice. However, it just seems to me that the pizza's at Spadina and College area (Fresca Pizza) are so much better in terms of price and satisfaction.

Magic Oven is too expensive, sure good ingredients might cut but what gives?? just a pizza!
Vinay / October 4, 2012 at 07:32 pm
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We ordered two times from Magic oven. The first time around, the pizza wasn't quite what we expected. It had goat cheese, but a tiny quantity. Our toddler loves pizza and she was a tad overwhelmed with the amount of tomato sauce.

The 2nd time around, they didn't disappoint. We ordered a custom-made pizza with our choice of toppings and crust, and it was delicious! we loved the option of adding flax seeds to it as well. Its on the expensive side; however, we barely eat out and order in maybe one time a week. It was worth it and we will definitely order again. Its the best pizza we've eaten in Toronto (I guess Toronto isn't exactly known for its 'gourmet pizza.' Other pizza we tried was as good as the cardboard box it came in.)
Judy / February 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm
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We ate at magic oven and ordered a classic Mediterranean pizza. We thought it was going to be delicious because of the reviews and organic ingridients but, instead it tasted like card board. Never going back.
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Shaneeka M. / September 28, 2013 at 11:57 pm
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Horrible! Horrible! Horrible!!!!
Keele street location... Here is a summary of my dinning experience from tonight...

- party of 6
-Only 3 tables were seated while we were dining, so resteraunt was not busy
-Time of arrival 7:30 pm

All 6 Guests experience:

1) Took server 20 min., only upon request finally to take first drink orders.
2). Food orders were delivered to table at 9:30, almost a 2 hour wait from when the food was originally ordered
3) Other table had similar issues happening with their meal the entire night.


Guest#1:
Ordered a GF pizza, specifying Celiac to server. Pizza was served and guest ate pizza. Only after looking at the bill realized they had served her whole wheat pizza not GF. When asked the server after meal, server confirmed that it was whole wheat served by accident to celiac guest.

2. Received a rum and coke in a chipped glass. Notified server, who proceeded to pour the same drink from chipped glass into another glass, possibly with glass shards in it. Guest then asked server to make a new drink as possible glass shards contamination, server made a new drink which was served only as coke, without the rum. Server proceeded to charge guest for rum and coke on bill.


Guest#2:
1) Ordered a gluten free appetizer as has Celiac, was told by server this was possible. Received meal, double checked with server it was GF, server agreed. Almost ate a bite but was nervous so asked another server to check with kitchen if really was GF, she came out saying do not eat it as it was not GF.

2). Asked specifically for no tomatoes on salad, received salad with tomatoes

Guest#3: Bottom lip of plate was filthy with stuck on food from previous meal. As it was cheese and this was a no cheese pizza. As well, pizza was served with raw dough in the middle.

Guest#4
1. Ordered pasta, once dinner was finally served they did not receive the pasta. After waiting for ten minutes, we asked server where her food was. Server told us once she checked the kitchen it would be a minute. Sever then told us after 5 minutes that they were just now making the pasta. Pasta finally came out after was cooked with wrong sauce on it.

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