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).
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.
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.
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.