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The Best Calzone (Panzerotti) in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / March 2, 2012

Best Calzone TorontoThe best calzone in Toronto is subject to much variation. It takes a great sauce, a hearty dough, and some fresh cheese to start, but then a myriad of variables are thrown into the calzone equation. The restaurants on this list capitalize in most or all respects, offering the greatest variety of extra toppings (at reasonable prices, one should hope), stretching the pocket to the greatest conceivable size (watch out, waistline), and opting for the best method of preparation.

While some might say the true calzone is the grasp-your-heart deep-fried version (often referred to as panzerotti), many of the Toronto restaurants here have proved that baked (and even, whole-wheat!) can be just as good. Prices vary widely but the concept is still the same — fill it up, fold it over, and make it much too large for any reasonable, diet-conscious human being. Of course, that's what makes them so good.

Here is where to find the best calzone in Toronto.

See also:

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

Frank’s Pizza House

Frank’s Pizza House

Frank’s Pizza House is just about as good as they come. Right in Corsa Italia, this restaurant makes its calzone obtrusively huge (rightfully so), overstuffed with gooey goodness in complete disregard for its white tablecloths, and available either baked or fried. For take-out or delivery, a calzone with cheese and sauce is $6.00 and additional toppings can be thrown in for $0.75 each. More »

The Big Slice (St. Clair West)

The Big Slice (St. Clair West)

They might correct you if you order a calzone here (“you mean panzerotto?”) but only fools let semantics get in the way of deliciousness. Hungry, hungry fools. Another Corsa Italia joint, the panzerotto here is among the cheapest of the best in Toronto, priced at just $5 for basic sauce and cheese, with the option of extra toppings for $0.50 each. More »

King Slice

King Slice

While King Slice is so often lauded for its humungous slices, its baked calzones have garnered their own faithful following. Calzones can be customized starting with a cheese and tomato sauce base ($7.00) and additional toppings ($1.00), though customers are likely better off opting for one of the calzone specialties ($10.00) including the four-cheese Al Formaggi or the Cacciatore with chicken, mushrooms, peppers, and onion. More »

Bitondo’s

Bitondo’s

Like The Big Slice, Bitondo’s makes panzerotti, not calzones (although I’m sure some will argue that there’s little to no difference). Whatever you call it, the sized-for-two pocket comes stuffed with mounds of mozzarella cheese, packed with rich tomato sauce, and deep-fried from a perfect golden brown shell. If you make it through, you’ll probably lie on the couch for two days, then probably start to crave another. $6+ More »

Terrazza

Terrazza

The calzones are a little pricier here (starting at $12 for a make-your-own) but the topping options are much more interesting than run-of-the-mill pepperoni or mushrooms. Albeit, for $1 each, you can opt to add in options such as prosciutto, pine nuts, goat cheese, or pancetta. Customers can also order specialty creations off the menu, which range in price from about $12 to $19. More »

Il Sogno

Il Sogno

Quality calzone exists north of St. Clair and Il Sogno offers the proof. While the restaurant doesn’t offers a lot of room for that post-calzone unbutton and stretch, it does make a serious pizza pocket in several signature varieties. Nonno’s Fave (aptly named “Nonno’s Fave”) is stuffed with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and anchovies, ringing in at the mode price of $12.00. More »

Albany Pizza

Albany Pizza

Not sure if this is how they do them in New York, but Brockton Village residents swear by the panzerotti at Albany Pizza. Starting at about $6.00 for basic sauce and cheese, cheese-lovers can opt to double up for an extra buck, or else add in extra toppings for $0.75-$0.95. The sauce makes all the difference. More »

Ciao Wine Bar

Ciao Wine Bar

Calzones are suddenly upscale with restaurants like Ciao Wine Bar in the best-of running. The Yorkville hotspot offers the option of whole-wheat dough for its baked calzones, which come in roasted veggie and Italian sausage varieties. These calzones are priced at a not-totally-atrocious $16.00 each. More »

Discussion

36 Comments

Tony / March 2, 2012 at 11:15 am
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Gotta head to the 905 for a good panzie. Abruzzo at Yonge and 16th or Nona's on Elgin Mills/Leslie have great panzies!! They are massive!
Geoff / March 2, 2012 at 11:50 am
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Yes Abruzzo at Yonge and 16th is one of the best. Huge too!
CA / March 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm
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I'm surprised the calzones at Gato Nero weren't listed here. The crust is so good!
Not Daniel / March 2, 2012 at 12:20 pm
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Hey Lucy has some killer panzerotti. Hate if you want, but I'm just saying.
Eugee replying to a comment from urea / March 2, 2012 at 01:47 pm
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You should try franks pizza house at 1352 st.Clair ave west the best place for authentic Italian food. I eat there almost every weekend. It's the best
Blogtoustrash / March 2, 2012 at 03:03 pm
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Without Abruzzo and San Franscos on this list it means nothing! Just goes to show you how bias Blogto writers are when it comes to lower west side and loving their little hipster spots.
mike / March 2, 2012 at 03:54 pm
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Big huge fan of Franks pizza house, the best bar none
G / March 2, 2012 at 04:18 pm
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Been going to Frank's for years with my family. Their panzos are incredible and inexpensive. Go there and get a plain cheese and sauce panzo fried, you will not regret it. Get a sauce on the side to dip it in as well. Delicious.
benny beam / March 2, 2012 at 07:35 pm
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danforth pizza house has--and always did--the best ponz in the city. Maybe a little pricey but nothing compares to their quality. This italian family has been pumping them out for 25 years to the east end.
Shairyar / March 2, 2012 at 09:51 pm
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I just ordered from franks pizza for the first time, got 10 panzos and man was it the most delightful panzo I ever had. I had a couple of guests over and they loved it as well. Great job to Franks pizza for serving such fresh and amazing food!
On Point / March 3, 2012 at 02:50 am
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Panz = fried
Calz = baked

Except by those bending the definition...
jameson / March 3, 2012 at 05:54 pm
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After seeing this article, I had to stop at Albany Pizza and get a calzone. Sure was good! I will definitely be going back.
Tory replying to a comment from jameson / March 4, 2012 at 01:34 am
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Yeah Albany is great! A gem in the neighborhood.
Lisa / March 4, 2012 at 09:52 am
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Best panzerott in Toronto we had last night was at Franks Pizza and it was fried. Plus these guys even deliver.
Jesse / March 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm
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Olympic 76 Pizza on Gloucester street has, by far, the best in the city. And they're cheap!
Joe / March 4, 2012 at 08:54 pm
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Frank's pizza house has the best ponzos in Toronto BY FAR, I dare you to compare.
Frank William / March 4, 2012 at 10:18 pm
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I have no idea how Frank's can make a profit on a $6 panzo that is the size it is and filled with the amount of cheese it has. Very tasty and excellent value!
Larry / March 5, 2012 at 01:49 am
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We checked out Franks Pizza House best panzerotti / calzone ever. Frank was going crazy making orders for people inside/ carry-out/ delivery. The panzerotti are all made to order in front of you they really are the best panzerotti in Toronto.
Toni / March 7, 2012 at 02:11 pm
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Frank's Pizza House is the Best! Luv this place! Has the best calzone, pizza and pasta! It puts you into a food coma you do not want to come out of. You will have a food orgasm. By far my favourite place. Everyone should try it!
sue / March 8, 2012 at 09:38 pm
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Franks pizza house by far has the BEST panzerotti in Toronto, and the pizza is also to die for.
kermit / March 16, 2012 at 03:43 pm
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do any of these places offer any deals?
Paullzy / March 16, 2012 at 10:33 pm
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Parkdale Rules and This Place Rules Pizza. Taste like Windsor Pizza..... For Those Who Know.
Jill.P / July 13, 2012 at 02:32 pm
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Yes a vote for Franks Pizza for the Best Panzerotti in Toronto
Dee / September 2, 2012 at 06:11 pm
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Frank's Pizza rocks the west end of Toronto by far.
Cosplay / September 26, 2012 at 09:50 pm
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Best panzerott in Toronto we had last night was at Franks Pizza and it was fried. Plus these guys even deliver.
Sticks / October 13, 2012 at 01:10 am
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Yes Yes we tried Franks Panzerotti at last we got the best Panzerotti in Toronto.
Ail. / February 14, 2013 at 03:28 pm
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Dream of the pazerotti at Franks Pizza House.
Porter / March 19, 2013 at 12:57 pm
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Franks best panzerotti in Toronto try them you will fall in love.
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angela / June 8, 2013 at 01:46 pm
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ABRUZZO! should be on this list.
A.Mart / August 5, 2013 at 12:10 am
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When in Toronto Franks Pizza best Panzerotti you'll taste. Always a family favorite http://Frankspizzahouse.com have one for yourself and see.
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Freescale / October 25, 2013 at 09:55 am
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Panzerotti at its best they bring back old memories your fried panzos are a Big Hit with the crew thanks. Now if we can only get you open a Franks Pizza north of Toronto.
Alvin2013 / November 4, 2013 at 08:55 pm
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Double cheese Panzerotti fried are #1 at Franks Pizza and make sure you get some of their home made marinara sauce on the side to dip that sucker in Enjoy Toronto.
Oren / January 29, 2014 at 04:59 pm
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My buddy introduced me to these Panzerotti at Frank's Pizza mouth watering cheesy goodness is all I have to say. Get it Fried you won't regret
Mus / March 12, 2014 at 12:55 am
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O yes love these panzerottii created by Frank's Pizza, found my Panzerotti fix togo spot!

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