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.
Since its humble beginnings in Edmonton, Alberta in 1964, Boston Pizza has grown into Canada-wide franchise that serves more than 20 gourmet pizzas. The menu boasts more than 100 items, ranging from crispy chicken wings dressed in spicy to sweet sauces and rubs to succulent burgers and sandwiches. Big-screen TVs broadcast hockey or prime ministers' wrestling matches as guests dig into hearty pastas or dive into desserts such as the Chocolate Doughcano.
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).
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.
Pizza forms the cornerstone of the menu at Papa Leo’s. The award-winning pies come in varieties such as chicken cordon blue, Meteor Meat Lovers, veggie garden, and philly cheesesteak. There’s even a pizza covered with buffalo-chicken fingers, the culinary equivalent of scoring a touchdown while simultaneously hitting a home run.
Despite its inventiveness with pies, Papa Leo’s menu branches out beyond pizza. From deli specialties such as a hot BLT or cheesesteak hoagie sub to seafood such as Icelandic haddock, the food roster has something for everyone. There’s even a Mexican bent to the menu—beef, chicken, and steak tacos come with cheese and veggies.