Though Spigolo Ristorante specializes in housemade entrees—an authentic approach known as casareccia—its daily specials suggest that "home" might be a thriving woodland. The chef prepares wild game such as boar, bison, and pheasant to supplement the menu’s meat and pasta mainstays. Tender bites of braised rabbit or fresh cod might balance out helpings of housemade gnocchi, which mingles with mushrooms in a cream sauce. Other dishes exhibit a calculated mix of sweet and savoury flavours—seared italian sausage arrives dressed in a wine-and-olive-oil drizzle, and an appetizer of prosciutto derives a honeyed touch from poached pears. Every meal begins with a focaccia pizza for the table to share or use for discus practice amid the burnt-orange walls and rustic stonework of the dining room.
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.
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.
Marinella's Italian-cuisine experts blend together fresh ingredients, local beef, and daily imported fish to cook up a menu of classic Italian entrees. Tomato sauce drips over homemade sausages and meatballs in small ($17) and large ($22) orders of Pappardelle Giovanni pasta made with fresh eggs and 100% durum semolina flour, and diners wrap their mouths and pocket measuring tapes around the circumference of a thin-crust margherita pizza topped with imported extra-virgin olive oil ($15). In the kitchen, chefs prepare locally sourced, prime-grade new york strip-loin steak aged for 28 days ($32) and blend together fresh scallops, shrimp, king crab, and a lobster into a seafood risotto ($32). Meanwhile, candlelight flickers across brick walls as bartenders pour selections from an extensive wine list, and sunlight spills over a patio where diners can practice plate juggling after finishing off one of the eatery's daily selection of in-house-made desserts. Customers may also substitute organic spelt noodles in pasta dishes.
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.
Named after the lore of the original “Margherita Pizza”—wherein Queen Margherita chose a pizza of basil, tomatoes, and mozzarella as her favorite—Queen Margherita Pizza is a lovely pizza shop in downtown Toronto. They serve authentic, fresh, locally sourced Italian dishes. The atmosphere is modern and friendly, much like Toronto itself! The menu includes starters like stuffed eggplant, whipped ricotta and kale, and octopus carpaccio. There are also several snacks and salads from which to choose. But, the main event? The freshest of wood-fired pizzas: Giovanna, Alla Campagnolo, and La Scala… Just to name a few. They’re made with combinations of hot peppers, dried tomatoes, sunflower seeds, goat cheese, sweet pork belly, and more! Of course, if you’re feeling classic you can always have the queen’s choice: Margherita Pizza.