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.
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.
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.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a fancier pizza place than Rustica in Toronto: they take the idea of gourmet pizza to a whole new level. Always striving for the absolute best, Rustica goes the extra mile in sourcing the freshest, best, and most authentic ingredients, which are then cooked like-home and served while still piping hot. The general amiability of the atmosphere here makes Rustica the perfect place for a romantic dinner or some quality time with friends or family. Some of their delicious pizza toppings include butter-garlic chicken, fresh spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and goat cheese. They also have gluten-free crust options that are crispy and airy, perfect for those looking who have difficulty digesting.