Pizza Thick Toronto
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Pizza Thick

Pizza Thick, also known as Milky Way Ice Cream Parlour, specializes in slices of deep dish pizza and scoops of Kawartha Dairy ice cream.

UPDATE: The business is now owned by Amylee Silva and Michael Kolkas. They now serve pizza along with Death in Venice Gelato and Greg's Ice Cream .

The takeout shop is owned by Barry Hayes and his husband Franklin. The pair have introduced Leslieville to a taste of the regional pizza style made famous in Saskatchewan by rival pizzerias Houston and Western .

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What distinguishes these pies from deep dish pizza from south of the border begins with the crust; a hybrid between Chicago-style and a biscuit that is pressed into a special round pan before being layered with an obscene amount of toppings.

Pizza Thick Toronto

I don't dare order a whole pie, so I point to four random slices and take the sampling home to share for dinner.

Pizza Thick Toronto

It's as dense as I'd imagined it to be; the crust is firm and almost crispy forming a shell that holds a thoroughly thick layer of toppings, blankets of sliced meats and a pound of cheese per pizza. There must be sauce in there somewhere because it adds a pleasant tang, but more notable is the cheese for being bubbling, deeply browned and crisped.

Pizza Thick Toronto

In the case of the meat lover's pizza, a thick blanket of ham and pepperoni lie underneath sausage and ground beef packed in tightly before being smothered in cheese.

Pizza Thick Toronto

I have strong feelings against the All Dressed ($5.25), featuring ham, pepperoni, Italian sausage, onions, olives, pineapple and green pepper. It lives up to its name, but does little to overcome my aversion to pineapple on pizza.

Pizza Thick Toronto

My favourite, The T-Chris (named for a regular) is a combination of green peppers, onions, sausage, pepperoni and mushrooms - he requested enough that it became a fixture on the menu.

Pizza can also be customized here. The base with just cheese and sauce starts at $23, while each additional topping costs $3.

Pizza Thick Toronto

On the ice cream front, it's worth noting that all the classic flavours are all accounted for including salted caramel truffle, mint chip, and maple walnut. A single cone sells for $3.29, while a double costs $4.95.

Pizza Thick Toronto

Photos by Jesse Milns


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