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The Best Pide in Toronto

Posted by Guest Contributor / April 23, 2012

Pide TorontoThe best pide is usually found in the homes of Turkish families but in recent years the canoe-shaped wonders have slowly surfaced in restaurants across Toronto. Pide (Turkish pizza pronounced pea-deh) is oblong, about the length of a laptop keyboard, and is made with thinner dough than pizza. Its edges are folded over, scooping the toppings into its centre. No tomato sauce is required. Instead, brilliant herbs and spices form its flavour along with a crust brushed with butter and egg before sinking off into the oven.

Varieties of pide are plentiful, with the most common toppings being feta or mozzarella cheese paired with spinach, chicken strips, ground beef, pastrami, cured sausage (sucuk), lamb, or eggs. Any of these ingredients can be combined, and for those not sure what to order there's always the mixed (karişik) pide where the dish is split into different quadrants.

Pide only comes in one size and isn't expensive. Prices generally range from $6.99 to $10.99 for an individual serving and always comes with onion, tomatoes, parsley, and lemon. To drink? You'd be crazy not to order a cup of Ayran (yogurt drink) or the fruity soda, Uludağ Gazoz, along with the meal.

Here are my picks for the best pide in Toronto.

Writing by Erin Pehlivan. Top photo by Justin on Flickr

Pizza Pide

Pizza Pide

Mustafa Ozkan, owner of Pizza Pide, comes from Konya (the Anatolian city known for its whirling dervishes) to open up the mother of all pide joints in 2003. Ever since, locals have lusted after the pide cooked in his ancient gas oven. Staffer Mahmut Mustafa relishes the positive remarks as food reviews pepper the salon quietly. As one customer was leaving, he said to Mahmut, "We're going to get to know each other very well." That is the power of Pizza Pide. More »

Mustafa

Mustafa

Mustafa, the original gangsta of Turkish pide, not only owns Pizza Pide but also has another restaurant on Wilson Avenue aptly named after himself. Known by the Turkish community to make the richest, cheesiest, most voluptuous pide known to mankind, Mustafa serves pide among other delights to guests sitting on long couches (sedirler) draped in traditional Turkish textiles. The walls here are carved like the caves of Cappadocia, with plants and the occasional evil eye (nazarlik) lining its rigid angles. More »

Sofra Istanbul

Sofra Istanbul

Tucked away in North York's identical concrete plazas, Sofra Istanbul seems easy to miss despite its generous size. Although Sofra could use a little decorating to reduce the endless amounts of beige, their Konya-style pide won't disappoint with its divinely rich dough and supreme mozzarella-to-beef ratio. Beware of Sofra's swinging glass doors; the place gets as hot as Istanbul in July with its ovens and doner machines running, but the trek (and the sweat) is worth it. More »

Dino's Wood Burning Pizza

Dino's Wood Burning Pizza

Dino's appears to be the only Turkish restaurant with a wood-burning oven in the GTA, which is a big deal if you want righteous pide. Dino's also serves stellar Italian-style pizzas which are great for delivery. The tiny Etobicoke hangout heats up as Dino Ari kindles his precious fire to create the perfect, firm, chewy pizza with just enough crunch and flexibility. This place doesn't disappoint with its friendly service and passion for quality. More »

Pidza

Pidza

You'd never expect to see Turkish people hanging out at Bloor and Ossington. But Pidza, the tangerine-painted restaurant barely a year old, is gaining some steam. The owners have lived in Canada for the past 23 years and already they're known for their Adana-style lahmacun, a cuffless, flat bread spread with spicy beef, red pepper paste, onions, garlic and herbs. More »

Mr. Pide

Mr. Pide

In its three years of existence, Mr. Pide has drawn the Danforth crowd to its thin-crusted pide. Recommended here is mevlana, a sacred pide believed to be named after the Sufi mystic Rumi, with ground beef, vegetables, spices and feta cheese. Overall good service and colourful walls make this place a real winner safe for newbies, not to mention, they have customary Turkish lemon hand sanitizer at the front (limon kolonya). The only qualm is that the menu uses Papyrus typeface. More »

Discussion

14 Comments

la la lady / April 23, 2012 at 02:50 pm
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don't forget babos on eglinton! http://www.babos.ca/
i mean, they call it "lahmachun pizza" but it's the same thing. one of my favs! :)
Cyril / April 23, 2012 at 03:53 pm
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Jesus christ who gives a crap where some (version of) food was invented (modified from even earlier recipies). Mind boggling.
Angry Foodie replying to a comment from Cyril / April 23, 2012 at 04:22 pm
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Some people on BlogTO tend to get really worked up over food blogs. I'm not sure what it is. I like food, sometimes I don't like food. I've never worked myself up into such a tizzy that I stroked out and died though, as it appears some on here do.
the lemur replying to a comment from natalie / April 23, 2012 at 04:29 pm
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Khachapuri is made with phyllo.
charalique / April 23, 2012 at 11:03 pm
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i've never heard of pide and now i'm drooling to try it!!!
say what?? / April 24, 2012 at 01:56 pm
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"only qualm is that the menu uses Papyrus typeface"..............has absolutely nothing to do with the actual quality of food but the typeface gets a thumbs down???
Julie Gyatso / April 25, 2012 at 07:28 am
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Why wouldn't Turkish people be hanging out at Bloor and Ossington?
mirfy / April 25, 2012 at 03:46 pm
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yesss pizza pide is the best!!!
Nilgun / April 30, 2012 at 10:30 pm
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it's so infomative, and obviously, each one of them has their own special taste and pizzas!! You described them so well i want pide right at this moment!!!
Hazel / May 1, 2012 at 12:27 am
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They are so tasty, try and see it, and the article is well written.
Suheyla / May 2, 2012 at 11:11 am
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Well written and informative article. I have been to Mustafa Pizza Pide enjoyed it very much but, I wasn't aware of other locations,thank you for the information.
I shared this article with my colleagues in the office, they want me to arrange a day that, we can all go to eat mouth watering PIDE......

SUHEYLA
Emine / May 5, 2012 at 10:24 am
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Erin,

I have been to Mustafa and his pides and lahmacun are delicious. I have been to Pizza Pide and the food there is good too. Sofra Istanbul was good as well. Mustafa's is the best, in my opinion and is worth trying.

Great article :)
Natalie replying to a comment from la la lady / May 25, 2012 at 10:31 am
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Lahmajoon is not the same thing...Lahmajoon is of Armenian origin
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 11:33 pm
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Jesus christ who gives a crap where some (version of) food was invented (modified from even earlier recipies). Mind boggling.

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