The Best Calzone (Panzerotti) in Toronto
The best calzone in Toronto might not have the same cachet as its brethren, pizza - but in many ways, it's far superior. Whether baked into a calzone, or fried as a panzo, not only are these pizza pockets ultra-filling, but they contain a higher concentration of marinara and gooey cheese - while still being handheld and compact.
Here are the best calzone and panzerotti in Toronto
Off the beaten track in Little Italy, the panzos here are easily as popular as the pizzas or Italian sandwiches. Made of cheese and sauce, you'll find 'em ready-to-eat at the counter, perfect for staving off hunger while you wait 30 minutes for a pizza. Don't forget to order the sweet red sauce on the side. Actually, get two - one is not enough.
At three locations, the Italian turnovers offer a compact meal. Go classic with a pepperoni and mozzarella ($11) or opt for variations stuffed with garden vegetables ($12), roast chicken with caramelized onion and mushrooms ($11), or the Florentine ($13) with chicken, bacon, sundried tomato and spinach.
Best known for huge slices, the calzones at this High Park pizza parlour are equally lauded. Baked in a stone oven, the basic (but beautiful) calzone with crimped shell sells for $7, but trust me, you're going to want to upgrade at least to the four-cheese Al Formaggi ($10) or chunky Bolognese ($10).
Veer off Yonge Street, away from the shiny lights and big chain stores, to find this old school joint where panzerotti ($11) come deep fried or baked, with a choice of any three traditional toppings included. Tomato sauce, or better still, meat sauce on the side goes for an extra buck.
The menu at this charming Harbord restaurant offers the option to fold over any pizza ($14-$17). Choose from a dozen thoughtful combinations on offer, or pick and choose from the provisions on hand when building-your-own perfect pocket. While pricier than most you'll find ingedients like sautéed mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes and prosciutto account for the difference.
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