For more than 48 years, Rosa's Place Ristorante and Banquets has hosted small family dinners and large events alike in a soothing dining room setting. Diners sit down to tables adorned with cream-coloured tablecloths and napkins or visit an adjoining bar, where, on the weekends, the melodies of a grand piano lull guests into a relaxed state. While listening to notes resounding off the ceiling, diners dig into a menu of classic Italian eats ranging from hearty bruschetta to baked lasagna to grilled Atlantic salmon. Mounds of authentic pasta sate culinary cravings, along with an array of pizza, meats, and daily specials.
Husband and wife Josh and Rhonda Schlueter first discovered their talent for baking pizza together back when they were still dating. Rhonda recalled, "We made the best pizza we ever tasted, and Josh said one day when we own our own pizzeria, we will name it Lotamecheese" for its layers of meat and cheese. Now owners of Lotamecheese Pizza, they oversee a kitchen where regular and gluten-free crusts emerge topped with vegetables from local vendors, real bacon, chicken, feta cheese, and sliced tomato. The Canadian–style stone-baked pizzas pair up with wings, cheesy bread, and potato wedges to fill dinner tables or refrigerated glove boxes for meals on the go.
Made from 100% organic flour, Earth to Table Bread Bar pizzas start with a fresh foundation and feature a plethora of cheese-friendly toppings. A 100-acre farm and plenty of local purveyors ensures that flavourful produce and ingredients are at the root of each artisan creation. The Bread Bar's dough maestros produce an eclectic menu of options—pizza choices include the housemade fennel sausage pizza with mozzarella, red onion, and fried sage ($15 for 11", $30 for 18"), the bacon and scallion pizza sprinkled with garlic and goat cheese ($14 for 11", $28 for 18"), and the classic pepperoni, which contains pepperoni ($12 for 11", $24 for 18"). Your piping hot pies can be picked up at the shop's sleek storefront, which is decked in colourful hues and homemade pepperoni polka dots.
With more than 100 locations, Gino's Pizza delights thousands of happy patron across Ontario with its build-your-own pizzas and zesty chicken wings. Diners dig into cheesy slices of pizza or golden-brown stuffed panzerottos, all dressed with toppings such as sundried tomatoes, pepperoni, red and green peppers, and hot italian sausage. Pizza party planners create a delectable spread by pairing these circular feasts with barbecue buffalo chicken and crisp, fresh salads.
The friendly staffers at Gino's connect with the community around it not only through causes such as school fundraisers, but also through fun stunts and sweepstakes, In the past, they?ve created what was deemed to be the Longest Pizza in the World, and they hold a yearly Slice and Dice Contest that offers such prizes as a trip to Vegas, pizza for life, or full legal ownership of the company.
Skilled spinners wait until daily-made dough ages to the ideal consistency before they fling and stretch it for an onslaught of fresh ingredients devoid of artificial colours or flavours. A menu surpassing 30 chef-inspired creations decodes masterpieces such as the New York Deli, a meatberg of toppling pepperoni, genoa salami, bacon, Canadian ham, and spicy italian sausage ($17.50 for 14"). The pesto shrimp lays Ocean Wise–certified wild pink shrimp, roasted garlic, fire-roasted tomatoes, and black olives onto a layer of pesto sauce ($18.50 for 14"), and the Veggie + Goat Cheese tells of a clandestine meeting of passata tomato sauce, italian mixed grilled vegetables, and a goat-cheese blend ($16.50 for 14"). Every pizza comes with a free dip or shaker, turning crusts into more than cell-phone antennae after they're dunked into jalapeño ranch, cheezy cheddar, or chipotle cilantro (order more $0.50 each).
In their gleaming open-view Hickory VPO Barbecue Oven, Mickey's constructs a pizza Pantheon devoted to superior ingredients, homemade sauce, and a sturdy foundation of daily made crusts. Accessorize a small Chicago–style pizza ($7) with savoury baubles from Mickey’s list of more than 20 toppings ($0.50 each), including barbecue chicken and preservative-free pepperoni. Stuffed crust pies, crammed with hand-grated mozzarella and a gourmet four-cheese blend, are available in spinach ($13) and steak ($16) varieties, while svelte Miami–style pizzas (large $13, toppings $2 each) leave eaters with enough energy to mambo or deep-sea fish the night away. Check out their list of gourmet combos and menu for a complete list of toppings.