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.
Comino’s concocts hand-tossed pizzas that can be accessorized with pre-designed topping trios or customized combinations. The meat lover's pie carefully replicates Lascaux cave drawings of pepperoni, bacon, and ground beef, and the veggie lover's model sounds a sturdy retort in the form of green peppers, onions, and tomatoes. Though pizza as transportation is a poor second to the magic carpet, world travel is feasible through Comino’s Hawaiian and Greek creations, and, for the return trip, a toothsome passport stamp of pepperoni, bacon, and mushrooms returns slice-sailors to Canada.
The chefs at Euro Panini stack a choice of chicken, sausage, meatballs, or veal atop breads to form Italian-inspired panini sandwiches, which are flanked with heaping helpings of fries. Patrons can customize their meat-and-bread sculptures by whittling them into busts of da Vinci or adding their choice of toppings such as hot and sweet peppers, onions, and mushrooms. The restaurant's staff keeps the doors open late on Friday nights, creating a beckoning lighthouse for hungry pub-crawlers or off-duty werewolves.
Although Amaro Pizza's menu boasts an extensive array of traditional finger foods, a selection of familiar and gourmet-inspired pizzas continues to dominate its pages. The cooks can toss together one of their classica pies, such as the margherita classica or the potato alla cream with rosemary and parmesan, or diners can design their own using the 64 available toppings—including smoked salmon, prosciutto, and grilled eggplant—and 19 different polyhedrons of house-made dough. To accompany meals, the kitchen also fries up spicy and savoury orders of wings and layers garlic focaccia bread with extra-virgin olive oil and fresh herbs.
Independently owned and operated, HomeBake takes the concept of take-and-bake pizza to the next level, featuring organic and natural ingredients. Choose from more than 40 toppings, such as fresh oregano or jalapeño sausage, to create a regular ($13.95) or large ($15.95) pizza on organic, unbleached white crust, or upgrade to a multigrain, yeast-free, or gluten-free crust. Eleven specialty HomeBake favourite pizzas—all of which start with a base of shredded mozzarella and either organic tomato sauce, organic-roasted garlic glaze, or pesto sauce—salads, and cookie pies are also available on the menu. Check HomeBake’s website for baking instructions and tips after your grand-slam gastrolith arrives safely at home base.
A staple of the city’s culinary scene since 1965, Frank’s Pizza House has earned the affection of appetistas with a lineup of nearly 20 pizzas. The Toronto pizza ($12.50) brings together pepperoni with its mortal enemies green peppers and mushrooms to forge a tasty truce, and the vegetariana pizza ($13.95) collects broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes, zucchini, mushrooms, and artichoke hearts for herbivore happiness. Pasta dishes include ravioli ($11.95), penne pasta with roasted peppers and grilled chicken ($12.95), and gnocchi with Italian sausage ($12.95). Frank’s Pizza House also offers desserts and drinks fresh from the family dessert farm, with tiramisu and espresso providing a one-two punch of post-entree paradise.