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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

18 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! :)

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