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The Best Calzone (Panzerotti) in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / August 15, 2014

Calzone torontoThe 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

See also:

The Best Pizza Slice in Toronto
The Best Italian Restaurants in Toronto

Frank's Pizza House

Frank's Pizza House

In Corso Italia, this pizza parlour does overstuffed calzone or panzerotti for $8. Upgrade the gooey cheese filling with a choice of extra pizza toppings ($1-$1.50) and add on a side of the house red sauce for dunking. More »

Bitondo's

Bitondo's

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. More »

Hey Lucy

Hey Lucy

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. More »

King Slice

King Slice

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). More »

Abruzzo

Abruzzo

Fried or baked per your personal preference, the puffy stuffed crescents ($7) at this Richmond Hill pizzeria start with the classic components - sturdy crust, gooey cheese and sweet bright red sauce. Upgrade with additional ingredients for $1 more. More »

Olympic 76

Olympic 76

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. More »

Terrazza

Terrazza

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. More »

Albany Pizza

Albany Pizza

On Lansdowne, tucked into the No Frills plaza, this pizzeria slings puffy, golden-hulled panzos filled with marinara and mozzarella for less than six bucks. Cheese-lovers can double up for an extra dollar, or add in extras for $0.75 to $0.95 more. More »

Discussion

31 Comments

Gonzo / August 15, 2014 at 03:01 pm
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No Cafe Dip? They have a killer calzone and the side of marinara for dipping is garlicky and prettay prettay good.
Franks!! / August 15, 2014 at 03:06 pm
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Agree with FRANKS!!!
Olivia / August 15, 2014 at 03:16 pm
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Diplo is a sure bet. But do not pass Brass Taps on College either. They have a plate size calzone that will rival any. Their whole wheat doesn't have the added cost as some other places charge.
Ryan / August 15, 2014 at 03:33 pm
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Hey Lucy's calzone sucks ass.
It's unique, but it still sucks ass.
joe / August 15, 2014 at 04:23 pm
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God, these maps are awful. Not just this one - the markers move as you zoom in and out.

Why do you list #6 as being in Little Italy when it's on Coxwell? Do you actually know where Little Italy is?
matt / August 15, 2014 at 06:22 pm
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Hey Lucy? Please. Way too small for 12$ eff
Calzone's r tasty / August 15, 2014 at 08:55 pm
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Albany calzone tastiness confirmed. Planned on ordering pizza regardless but after seeing this had to give the calzone a try. Fantastic.
Bekbek / August 16, 2014 at 06:40 am
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Bitondo's! I had an apartment from which I could see the lights of Bitondo's at night--and during that same period I worked on Prince and the Pizza Boy with Joey Lawrence (LOL!) that was partly filmed at Bitondo's. Love that place. I live in Florida and have been craving veal sandwiches, and Bitondo's has the best. But I agree with others that the Dip should be somewhere on this list...
JimVanM / August 16, 2014 at 07:55 pm
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Corrado's on Cosburn (just a couple of blocks West of San Francesco's on Coxwell) does up a baked or fried panzerotti that you'll have trouble finishing it's so huge, filled with the same yummy things as their delicious pizzas.
Shmit / August 16, 2014 at 09:45 pm
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Vesuvio's > King Slice in this neck of the woods any day of the week and twice on Sunday.
DL replying to a comment from joe / August 18, 2014 at 09:34 am
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San Francesco is a small chain like California's. There is a shop right across the street from Bitondos, which is also in Little Italy, so he's not wrong.
Mike / August 18, 2014 at 11:16 am
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PIZZA PINO. http://pizzapino.ca/build-your-own/
Danny / August 21, 2014 at 08:44 am
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Franks Pizza House Best Panzerotti for sure, best way to get them is FRIED
Jumpin / August 24, 2014 at 11:07 am
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Corso Italia has a real Gem Franks Pizza rocks St Clair West. Always great food plus family run business everything made in house Best Ponz
SweetPee / August 25, 2014 at 09:21 pm
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Heaven is how I could describe these Panzerotti from Franks ....P.S the best part of these suckers are the corners DO NOT SHARE your corners
Vanessa Garcia / September 19, 2014 at 06:59 am
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In Italia you can taste the best pizza and pasta of the world. I love italian food. Spanish food is also so good.
Maria Sanchez / September 24, 2014 at 05:23 am
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I love italian food. Thanks for the post
KingSumach_O / December 14, 2014 at 11:49 am
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Totally vouch for Bitondo's panz -- love them! When I lived nearby several years ago, we used to just call them "fried cheese" and then drool. So, so, SO good! :)
Cataldi / January 15, 2015 at 10:12 am
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I love Franks pizza panzerotto one of the best it really takes you back to the roots of Italy, either fried or baked is good for me.
Joe / June 29, 2015 at 10:22 am
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I forgot what a panzerotti was until I moved back to Canada and I wish I still did. What I can say is a panzerotti is NOT a canzone. Are these places that sell canzone or not because I'd like one again and though I haven't looked until now, everywhere I've stumbled across in Ontario sells those awful panzerotti.
Randy / July 16, 2015 at 01:07 am
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Ricci's Pizzeria in Woodbridge, definitely deserves to be on the list, it'd be nice to see a few places in or around Northern Toronto
Anthony / July 16, 2015 at 09:29 am
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Gerrard Spaghetti & Pizza House
1528 Danforth Ave
Toronto, ON M4J 1N4

Should have been on this list!
Phil / July 16, 2015 at 09:52 am
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The wicket On bloor
Andre replying to a comment from JimVanM / July 16, 2015 at 10:16 am
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Corrado's closed that location a few months ago.
Andre replying to a comment from JimVanM / July 16, 2015 at 10:18 am
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#6 The Coxwell location of San Francensco's no longer exists. It's now called Paola's Place. Same food though.
fabio / July 16, 2015 at 12:34 pm
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I've always loved Metro Pizza on Finch Ave just West of Weston Rd. Super awesome people too!
Dambrosio / July 16, 2015 at 02:17 pm
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Bitondo's is the choice of my father, from Bitritto, Bari, Italy. And it was good enough for him, and utterly delicious to me.
G replying to a comment from Randy / July 20, 2015 at 09:26 am
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I agree, RICCI'S is amazing. My buddy comes in from Burlington just so that we can go to RICCI's.
Higzy / January 15, 2016 at 10:09 pm
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Franks may have had the best calzone at one time, but I assure everyone reading this; they most certainly DO NOT now.

My first experience with Franks calzone happened about 10 years ago and from what I recall, it was the damn best calzone I had ever had.

My second experience with Franks Pizza House went like this -- I placed an order for delivery of a calzone. One and a half hours later and my food had not yet been delivered. I called in and they assured me that that the driver had left and would show up within 10 minutes. That was lie #1. Another half hour goes by and still nothing. I called in again to cancel but they said they called the driver and he said he as en route to my place and would be there in less than 5 minutes. That was lie #2. 15 minutes later, still no food. I called and cancelled. I thought, perhaps they were just really really busy, maybe someone didn't show up for their shift or whatever. My second experience would prove this notion to be incorrect.

My third experience with Franks Pizza House went as follows: Again, I ordered the calzone at 8:07pm. It finally arrived at 9:35pm. I had ordered 2 toppings, Italian sausage and hot peppers. I cut open my calzone and discovered it has 2 and a half slices of sausage, and a whopping 6 banana pepper rings. I have to admit, it definitely tasted pretty damn amazing, however, I will NEVER again be ordering from Franks again. I would rather heat up Pilsbury pizza pockets and eat that before dying of starvation and having to deal with this type of dishonesty again.

Franks Pizza House - Get your sh!t together! Actually, I don't care if you do or don't. You will never again get my money. Goodbye!
David / February 22, 2016 at 12:32 pm
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We've getting our Panzerotti / Calzone fix forever at Frank's Pizza we always go back and very generous on the topping. We love the fact the guy makes them right in front of your eyes hey and theirs Pizza is amazing also. We pick up most of the time delivery at Frank's is crazy people order 4 to 5 pizzas per house. We also noticed lot of local families in for dinner great place for kids.
Robbie / March 16, 2016 at 07:37 pm
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I've never been given a hard time by a delivery guy until I ordered a pizza from Frank's Pizza House.

Apparently these folks don't deliver to apartments when they're busy and expect the customer to come down to pick up the meal. Except the restaurant neglected to tell me that when I called in the order. To make a long story short, the delivery guy finally did bring my pizza up to my residence, but he also brought his opinion on 'how Frank's does things'.

Always nice to be read Frank's manifesto just before dinner.

Don't expect door-to-door delivery if you live in an apartment.
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