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Trio Ristorante Pizzeria

Posted by Libby Roach / Reviewed on January 30, 2013 / review policy

Trio Ristorante PizzeriaTrio Ristorante Pizzeria is a rather unassuming galley-style restaurant in the Yonge and Lawrence area. While unassuming can sometimes mean a hidden gem, other times it's just ho-hum--another restaurant resting on their laurels. While The National Post once crowned them The Winner of the Toronto's Pizza War (in 2008, mind you) their name is virtually unknown in comparison to the Librettos and Margheritas that dominate our distinguished pizza palates.

Owned by Eduardo and Giovanni, two Italian guys who switch between back and front of the house (to keep their creative juices flowing), Trio has been open for 6 years now, taking over from yet another defunct Italian restaurant--Mangia. With a menu that covers pizzas, pastas, salads, seafood and steaks, it's a bit of everything for everyone, which is a popular business model in family friendly neighbourhoods: appeal to everyone, and play it safe.

Trio Ristorante PizzeriaWhile the interior looks like an upscale Italian restaurant, the rocky chairs and uneven tables contradict the implied elegance. With no tablecloths that would formalize the look, the gig is up, although the cloth napkins offer some redemption. The room's focal point goes to the stone-faced wood burning pizza oven, in which the (co) chefs toss one of their 15 signature pizzas (multi-grain crust available) to cook for 2 mins tops at 750-800 degrees Fahrenheit.

Red wines dominate the drink menu, almost entirely from Italy, and few whites and a Prosecco are included for good measure. On tap, there are just three beers; Moretti for those inclined to match culinary tastes and countries, Becks, and Paulaner Weissbier, while a decent cocktail list priced $9 and under offers some good alternatives.

Trio Ristorante PizzeriaAfter an oil-soaked sponge of focaccia greets us, the disappointment continues with the arrival of the Bufala Caprese salad ($14); it's just a big brick of bufala cheese, two (!) basil leaves, a stack of tomatoes, and an artful ring of cucumbers. Three whole black olives complete the circle of neglect. For fourteen bucks, I would expect at least a shot of balsamic or maybe a few more basil leaves, but I would settle for even just a pinch of salt.

Trio Ristorante PizzeriaPenne Salsiccia ($13.50) is a complete departure; a bountiful mound of penne combined with a free (uncased) sausage, then topped with a rich dollop of creamy ricotta cheese, and grated parmesan. With the addition of slivers of onions and the odd spinach leaf, the dish is rustic, satisfying and above all, a good value. I ate half the portion and was stuffed, saving a decent amount for lunch the next day.

Trio Ristorante PizzeriaThe house speciality pizzas are decent ($13.50 for half pepperoni, half cheese), with a crust that was thicker than the true Napoli style that has become the preferred taste of most pizza aficionados, resulting in a stiffer (less soggy) slice.

Trio seeks only to exist, not to impress. Service is friendly enough; the food is edible and the interior sufficient, but that's not enough to distinguish themselves from the legions of other Italian bistros that compete for mediocrity in this part of town.

toronto trio ristorante pizzeriaTrio is wheelchair accessible, and accepts reservations and orders for takeout.



hmmm / January 30, 2013 at 04:17 pm
that's too thin
dd / January 30, 2013 at 06:04 pm
that pizza looks gross
Liza / January 30, 2013 at 06:51 pm
I thought this article was going to be about the pizza? And all you say is that it was "decent" and had a crust "thicker than the true Napoli style"?

Rubbish review.
dee / January 30, 2013 at 07:24 pm
That caprese salad is the saddest one i have ever seen :(
Josh / January 30, 2013 at 08:22 pm
LOOKS OK! But I wouldn't compare anything to Pizza Libreto they ain't that great. Just let them open and do their thing, sure review it but spare the comparison to mediocre Libretto...
Johnny (Wad) Homes / January 30, 2013 at 08:51 pm
Another place for greasy hipsters to hang out and complain about the food and sevice. Charge up your laptops fools and lets eat pizza with a bunch of losers.
Gabe replying to a comment from Josh / January 30, 2013 at 10:10 pm
AGREED. Yeah why compare to Libretto? Maybe it competes with Il Fornelo, or Big Slice or Alice Fazooli's...
SaraT / January 30, 2013 at 10:14 pm
or Frankie Tomattos in Markham some of the best Italian food you'll ever eat. Great experience...
Manuel / January 30, 2013 at 10:52 pm
BlogTO seeks only to exist, not to impress. The reviewers are friendly enough; the writing is readable and the critiques sufficient, but that's not enough to distinguish themselves from the legions of other restaurant critics that compete for mediocrity in this part of town.
SW / January 30, 2013 at 11:24 pm
So... Don't go here is what you're trying to say? I'm just attempting to sift through this mediocre review for a definitive answer.
Northernsoul / January 31, 2013 at 02:01 am
Goodness me, the review was entirely unpalatable, saturated far too heavily in self proclaimed expertise yet paired with predictability & a cliche garnish!

Perhaps review by star...1 to 5, no need to measure the thickness of the crust or absorbency of a bread! Absolutely no mental nutrition to this churned out drivel!

mayor dodge replying to a comment from Liza / January 31, 2013 at 09:35 am
I agree. Liza. What is more "rather unassuming" than the shoddy roach review are the photos of the food. Was it done to turn people off? One might think so.
Bloory replying to a comment from Northernsoul / January 31, 2013 at 10:13 am
Perhaps some soothing sounds of the ocean will calm you down? Either that or try not drinking so much coffee at 2am.
ReboTot / February 1, 2013 at 03:00 pm
I've eaten there a few times with work. You cant do anything to make the food look good. I think Libby was being kind by not tearing the place apart.

That place is just one of dozens of "also ran" entries in the overcrowded Ital-bistro blahhh category on Yonge Street.

john bruger / February 2, 2013 at 07:40 am
caprese salad sucked......

Pizza was fantastic!!!!!! It really was.
Karen / August 27, 2015 at 09:10 pm
I just left Trio and will never go back. I am a local and chose to go to Trio with mY family for my birthday dinner. The food was mediocre and service was horrific. The bus boy was beyond rude and hit me in the face when serving dinner. Instead of an apology, he gave me a dirty look. OUr waitress never even checked on us. When I asked to speak to the manager/owner I was told he was busy cooking in the kitchen. After 20 years of working in the client services industry, I am appalled the the owner would not show his face to deal with a customer service issue. I am not the type to complain but needless to say I will never return and I hope other yonge and lawrence families will do the same. Sal from Bellisima salon was tending bar and is somehow involved with the restaurant. When i spoke to him he was of no help at all. He said food is good but service can be "rough". What kind of response is that?!

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