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The Best Pizza Slice in Toronto

Posted by Rick McGinnis / December 10, 2012

pizza slice torontoThe best pizza slice in Toronto is proof that, along with a good coffee shop, no neighbourhood is complete without a decent place to get a slice. Because after all, is there a more perfect food? A fully loaded slice contains starch, dairy, protein and veggies; just add an apple and you've got your whole food pyramid in a meal you can eat while walking.

This list blankets the town, with the downtown thick with slices, a single chain that's on its way to blanketing the city, and a single slice in the far north of Richmond Hill. You'll find the classics everywhere - cheese, pepperoni and veggie - alongside a lot of specialties, some gourmet highlights, and at least one exotic newcomer that could change the way we look at pizza.

Here are the best pizza slices in Toronto.

See also:

The best pizza in Toronto
The best pizza delivery in Toronto
The best calzone in Toronto
The best Italian restaurants in Toronto

North of Brooklyn

North of Brooklyn

Opened by veterans of Pizzeria Libretto, this eatery just north of Queen on Palmerston builds everything on its superb, crispy crust, with fresh toppings and an instinct that sometimes - just sometimes - you want something more than a greasy slice you can fold. There's a margherita and a pepperoni slice, but they're brave enough to make white pizza - ricotta and greens, so refreshing - one of their regular selections. More »

Bitondo

Bitondo

Just off College St., they don't deliver and serve those veal sandwiches that people need before they make their way home after last call. Their slices, in the traditional flavours, are as old school as you want - hefty and cheesy and not even remotely gourmet, but rich with the memories of how slices tasted when they were the best thing you could spend with what was left of the money you'd spent on records or clothes. More »

King Slice

King Slice

King Slice is another old-school pizzeria, just by Dundas West station and famous for a big slice covered in toppings and enough hot melted cheese and garlicky sauce to make you worry about your clothes and the roof of your mouth. The street outside isn't exactly bustling, so make sure you time your visit if you want your slice fresh. More »

Pizzaiolo

Pizzaiolo

The only chain on our list, Pizzaiolo has succeeded where so many others have failed to make gourmet, thin-crust pizzas available almost anywhere. The ingredients are high quality and the crusts come in every thickness, and while many places on the list stick to tried-and-true Italian flavours, Pizzaiolo is where you go when you have a taste for Thai Pie. More »

Pizza Gigi

Pizza Gigi

Thanks to its well-publicized legal troubles, Pizza Gigi is the place you can't mention without the obligatory joke about "the munchies." For U of T students, this is the taste of late night essay-writing and impromptu house parties after someone gets a cheque from home. Chewy and cheesy and greasy in the right way - not gourmet, but you knew that, didn't you? More »

Big Slice (Yonge St.)

Big Slice (Yonge St.)

It always looks like a Stanley Cup party has just left the premises, but this Yonge Strip stalwart serves a good, hearty slice despite the untidy surroundings. It's a no-nonsense, cheese-heavy slice free of gourmet pretentions that you're encouraged to cover in hot sauce, pepper sprinkles and canned parmesan and eat while you argue with a friend. More »

Abruzzo Pizza

Abruzzo Pizza

Way up in Richmond Hill, this pizza factory - the size of the operation extends way beyond the two storefronts it occupies in a mini strip mall - serves a very good, very traditional slice in the usual three varieties to a clientele that mostly travels on wheels. You can also get a good espresso, but they're expanding the little sit-down eatery into the space next door, so Abruzzo's could end up being more than just the place for delivery pizza past the city borders. More »

Falasca SPQR

Falasca SPQR

If you've read your Pliny and your Livy, the name of this place might tip you off that it's Roman pizza - pre-baked and -sliced and sold by the ounce, and featuring interesting toppings like zucchini and chilies and a whole lot of cheeses that aren't mozzarella. It somehow seems wrong to hit this Yonge and Eglinton pizzeria for a quick slice on the go, as what they're cooking demands a moment to savour. More »

Big Slice (St. Clair)

Big Slice (St. Clair)

Run by the family who opened the original Big Slice on Yonge (but sold it almost twenty years ago,) it's the closest Toronto gets to a New York style Famous Ray's battle of the slices. There's a steam table for lunch and dinner but the slices are front and centre, with the three trad choices joined by a daily special, all built around chewy crust and cheese on a slice as big as your face. More »

Il Paesano

Il Paesano

Out at the edge of an old strip mall in Etobicoke, Il Paesano's been in business since 1959 and has a customer loyalty you can only buy in decades. Which is amazing for a place that doesn't go heavy on the cheese, as many folks judge a slice on its ability to turn a shirt translucent. More »

Albany Pizza

Albany Pizza

Tucked into the shoulder of a No Frills at Dundas and Lansdowne, Albany boasts a friendly, colourful owner and a thin, crispy crust that fancier places strive to produce. Toppings are good but space to chow down is limited, so you'll probably end up eating this on your feet or in your car, and likely as a way to prevent yourself from shopping for groceries on an empty stomach. More »

Pizza Pide

Pizza Pide

Turkish pizza, or lahmacun, is probably the best thing to happen to pizza here since Neapolitan thin crust, and Pizza Pide, an unassuming corner storefront near Gerrard Square, is probably the best place to get it. They have regular slices, but you really want to try something like the combos, which combine ingredients like ground and roast beef, feta, spinach, sausage and smoked chicken on a remarkably light, folded crust. More »

Vesuvio Pizzeria

Vesuvio Pizzeria

Once upon a time this was the only game in town, if your town was the Junction, a pizzeria that weathered the liquor license-free dry years in the area until it could expand into its unused annex when the neighbourhood went wet. For many west enders, pizza isn't pizza without Vesuvio's signature crust - thick but somehow airy, with a no smothering if melted cheese can defeat. More »

Arte Gelato

Arte Gelato

This new Bloor Street gelateria doesn't just serve slices as a way to get through the winter. It's a solid, New York-style slice, available in the three classic flavours, in a place where you can get a seat and enjoy the view through walls of glass. More »

Discussion

48 Comments

bob / December 10, 2012 at 11:07 am
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Pizza and Wings in Etobicoke, across from Humber, is absolutely killer
pizza / December 10, 2012 at 11:13 am
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Pizzaiolo sucks
Kent / December 10, 2012 at 11:14 am
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I like that North of Brooklyn.
krs / December 10, 2012 at 11:18 am
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Where's Piola? That place is delish!!
Liz / December 10, 2012 at 11:22 am
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I know the voting happened before the place opened. But I've been loving Gelato Pizza splices in Parkdale. Would recommend!
r / December 10, 2012 at 11:28 am
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i love pizza.
Trevor / December 10, 2012 at 11:52 am
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Where's Papa Ceo?
Jason / December 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm
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Where's Danforth Pizza? THE best old school pizza on the Danforth!
iSkyscraper / December 10, 2012 at 12:34 pm
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As an ex-pat exiled to New York for the past dozen years, please don't rush to make Toronto's pizza more like New York. The typical pizza here is disgusting, so floppy you can't hold it and so greasy it turns napkins and plates clear. They also hate toppings in New York, considering some kind of crime to like lots of stuff other than cheese on a pizza. So you end up with endless floppy greasy cheese pizza everywhere. (Rays, Original Rays, Famous Original Rays and Famous Rays are all terible, by the way).

All of the ones on this Toronto list look like they have managed to make the pizza fresh and tasty and loaded with toppings while still maintaining some kind of strength to the crust. Toronto should aim for its own blend of the New York and Chicago schools with some strong original Italian input - would you agree that's what these selections represent?
mezimeen / December 10, 2012 at 12:35 pm
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Seriously..No Fresh Slice? Originally Vinny Massimo's, that location MADE Massimo's and the guys working there MADE the pizza Massimo's made. Sure, th new Massimo's locations are great but the pizza just isn't what it used to be...because the guys who made the pizza now own and run Fresh Slice. It's freakin good.
kit birchard / December 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm
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Wow Rick, you are a total rookie. I have never met anyone who likes North of Brooklyn (it's expensive and not very good) and Vinny Massimo's (which hasn't been good at any location since his Dad died, Fresca which is run by the old pizza makers in the o.g. location is way better and doesn't even make the list). You have Bintondo's at three which is great yet somehow San Francisco's slices don't make the list. You rate Big Slice on Yonge over Big Slice on St Claire (actually indefensible) and rate Vesuvio's (easily one of the best slices in the whole city) at 14. So ya, I can see that you value the locations over the actually quality of zza. I'm not even trolling, that's my real name, argue with me on facebook if you want but you need to stick to reviewing strip clubs cause you clearly don't know pizza.
George / December 10, 2012 at 01:00 pm
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Why is it so hard for people to understand that these lists are VOTED on, and are not the selections of the author of the post. Maybe there just needs to be a reminder in BIG BOLD capital letters at the top of everyone of these lists that way we save ourselves from the same old comments from people bitching about the author being wrong.

Also, Vesuvio's is WAYYYY to salty.
Brent / December 10, 2012 at 01:01 pm
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Vesuvio, really? Their squares/slices suck, the pepperoni are too small. Your better off saving your 2.50 and heading down the street to Dundas Pizza.
j / December 10, 2012 at 01:10 pm
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Metro pizza counter isn't getting any love?
kg replying to a comment from kit birchard / December 10, 2012 at 01:12 pm
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Wow Kit, another douchebag on the site who doesn't understand that these results are voted on by readers. So instead of calling the person who simple wrote out the results a rookie just call the people of Toronto a rookie and quit hating
Brad / December 10, 2012 at 01:17 pm
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Danforth Pizza
does not sell by the slice
Egg on face replying to a comment from kit birchard / December 10, 2012 at 01:38 pm
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Speaking of rookies...
Mike / December 10, 2012 at 01:49 pm
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Big Slice is only good at 3 in the morning when nothing else is open...
Warren / December 10, 2012 at 03:44 pm
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BITONDO'S FOREVER
v79 / December 10, 2012 at 03:50 pm
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Perhaps BlogTO should begin putting disclaimers up along with the lists indicating that they were voted on by the public so that each Best Of post doesn't have 20 butt-hurt people claiming that the list is horribly wrong. It may also go a long way to getting more accurate lists if their votes were open for more than two or three days. That guarantees that the vote will be skewed by only daily visitors and whatever business can get the most fans out in a short time. And while they're at it, perhaps they could also explain if the 5-star rating system is meant to rate the restaurant or the article. That's never been clear either.
pizza pizza / December 10, 2012 at 04:14 pm
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South of Brooklyn makes some fine pizza!
Laser / December 10, 2012 at 05:02 pm
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Mamma Martino's on the Queensway in Etobicoke makes a fabulous pie!
TSM replying to a comment from Liz / December 10, 2012 at 05:27 pm
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Agreed! Pizza & Gelato in Parkdale (queen n duff) blows my socks right off! Sooo good.
Simon Tarses replying to a comment from Mike / December 10, 2012 at 05:29 pm
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Big Slice is great but ONLY if you walk in; I tried to order from there, and wasn't able to get my pizza delivered to the door of my apartment because the driver didn't or couldn't figure out where the entrance was (I'll bet that they've delivered there before, too.) I'll be sticking with Pizzaiolo for delivery pizza from now on, instead of the crappy Pizza Pizza.

Also, I think that people should be listening to iSkyscraper's sage advice about not wanting Toronto pizza to be like New York pizza (he does live there, after all and would know of what he speaks.
Todd Toronto replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / December 10, 2012 at 06:41 pm
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I'm also an exile in New York, and I find the pizza here much better (generalizing about both cities, of course) precicely because it's greasy and cheesy. But here's what I really appreciate about New York pizza compared to back home: the easy availability.

I can't tell you how many times I've walked into a T.O. pizza shop that didn't have a plain slice. Plain! It's like walking in to Tim Hortons and them not having chocolate glazed (granted, that's also happened). You're right - in New York they do like their plain pizza, which is fine by me. At least you can get them.

iSkyscraper replying to a comment from Todd Toronto / December 10, 2012 at 07:04 pm
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To each his own; I respect your devotion to the plain slice. This NYC-Toronto purity divide also extends to bagels (impossible to find a chocolate chip bagel or similar "travesties" in New York).

One last off-kilter pizza comment -- in New York, the price of a single-ride subway fare usually tracks closely to the price of a cheese slice (currently $2.25, going up to $2.50). What is the Toronto pizza slice-TTC index?
evan / December 10, 2012 at 07:30 pm
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I whole heartedly believe Pizza Cora is better than every single one of those options. Best I've ever had. Love vinny massimo's too though. Not a fan of north of brooklyn, white pizza too salty.
BillyO / December 10, 2012 at 09:22 pm
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North of Brooklyn deserves to be #1 that's all that matters
Me / December 10, 2012 at 09:29 pm
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Pizza Pizza.
asdas replying to a comment from Trevor / December 10, 2012 at 09:29 pm
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you mean cora's
Gabe / December 10, 2012 at 10:48 pm
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Big Slice is awesome when you want that classic pizza taste. LOVE IT! So is Love at First Slice on Gerrard great crust, great sauce.
Gabe replying to a comment from Gabe / December 10, 2012 at 10:51 pm
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Love at first Bite!
http://www.yelp.ca/biz/love-at-first-bite-toronto
Josh / December 10, 2012 at 10:55 pm
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LESSON FOR ALL THOSE WONDERING WHY THEIR NOT ON THE LIST:

Get the basics right
Crust & Sauce

Then make a great cheese pizza, a great pepperoni, a great veggie, a great deluxe. Get those down and your golden. Once you get the basic pizza's down, they you can get into the gourmet pizza's if you wish BUT too many places go straight for the gourmet, then after time to reduce cost they get cheaper ingerdients and it isn't the same, gourmet slice with low quality meat and vegtables...
mc replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / December 11, 2012 at 11:13 am
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"The Toronto pizza slice-TTC index" best comment I've read on BlogTO. IT's about the same: $3.00 for fare, $3.00 for a decent slice.
Jill / December 11, 2012 at 11:52 am
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North of Brooklyn - where it belongs.
lala / December 11, 2012 at 02:43 pm
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Seriously? why not anything west of toronto? some of the best pizza slices I find are in Etobioke and once you try them, you are hooked. Some shoutouts go to: pizza alps-weston and lawrence, noor pizza, (keele and lawrence) pizza pros(islington and dixon) try it for all those pizza aficionados out there you will not be disappointed by trekking out there!!!
kg replying to a comment from lala / December 11, 2012 at 09:00 pm
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You said it, it's WEST OF Toronto, and this is BlogTO (Toronto).
I'm sure people are open to try them if they delivered to the Toronto core, which I doubt any of them do.
Jay / December 11, 2012 at 09:44 pm
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Gelato Pizza in the westend is pretty great. Its way west in Parkdale but if you're out there its good.

http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/gelato-pizza-toronto
andycanuck / December 13, 2012 at 12:16 am
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Who needs pizza when you can get a veal sandwich with hot peppers from any San Francesco's in the GTA?
jay / December 19, 2012 at 02:48 pm
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Why don't they ust go out and actually find the top 10 pizza slices in the city!? People have been arguing for years that this and that should be on the list, and others respond with "its voted by the people" but that obviously doesn't work. Pay some people to go out over the course of a few weeks to try a ton of slices using these lists as a starting point and form some sort of an opinion! then the arguments would at least have some substance.
Jose / December 30, 2012 at 12:52 am
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Someone needs to make a pizza slice that really hits the spot. Like the pizzas in the beginning of Ninja Turtles 2 Secrets of the Ooze.
Dia Diamond / December 31, 2012 at 08:28 am
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I've been to King Slice, Pizzaiolo, and Big Slice on Yonge Street which were all fantastic. I love thin crust pizza, and even though Pizzaiolo is a chain it's fantastic! The whole wheat meat is incredible. I also LOVED king slice, their sauce is amazing. You can really taste the garlic and other ingredients. I also like that they use fennel in their sauce, it makes it taste unique. I look forward to trying the other suggestions.
AA replying to a comment from pizza / January 2, 2013 at 09:21 am
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Pizzaiolo does suck
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Vanessa / February 10, 2014 at 05:21 pm
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Falasca is my number one! The most delicious crusts. And probably the closest to an authentic Roman pizza that I've had. Pizza is sold by weight and definitely worth treking a bit further uptown for. :) I've posted photos of my pizza and pasta on my blog. http://thishungrykitten.com/2013/06/07/pizza-done-right-at-falasca-spqr-an-authentic-roman-style-pizzeria/

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