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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 »

San Francesco Foods

San Francesco Foods

Fried to create a gold and blistering shell, these puffed-up panzerotti come stuffed with pepperoni, cheese and tomato sauce at multiple locations of this beloved Italian sandwich shop in Little Italy. The basic sells for $6.50, while extras, should you want to get fancy, cost an additional $0.75 each. 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

17 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
Zipster / August 15, 2014 at 06:27 pm
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Cafe dip? Are you effin kidding me? Their whole menu taste like ass. You must be an official with the company or desperate a employee.
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.
Rick / August 18, 2014 at 10:53 am
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San Fran had the best panzo and veal sangwich's anywhere.
The best was a fresh panzo fried, then covered in their home made tomato sauce. The key is to use high quality mozzarella.... But the Italians that once owned the place sold it to non Italians and the food declined. I regretfully haven't been back.

So now its California's on Dixie or the Queensway for me bro.
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

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