Toronto’s newest pizzeria deals in Chicago-style deep dish.
Located a few doors down from Garrard Square, the pizzeria opened last weekend and is dishing out pan pies with high edge crusts that encase a soup of sauce, melted mozzarella and toppings.
The opening menu is singularly focused on pizzas. There’s not a salad or side to occupy yourself with while waiting. And the wait is significant, at the very least, these pizzas require 30 minutes to prepare.
Calling ahead for take-out, or the soon-to-be-added delivery option is likely a smart move, although diners that want to eat-in can opt for ready-made $6 slices and personal pan pies that are exclusively offered on site.
There are three signature pies in three sizes (small, medium, and large) to choose from; the Chicago Classic, Jalapeno Blue, and Farmers Market, plus the option to build your own from over a dozen ingredients.
In the case of the Chicago Classic, the promised pepperoni and Italian sausage are somewhat sparse leaving them to get lost in the dense mass of melted cheese layered with sweet sauce and a sprinkling of parmesan.
Most surprising is the crust. It’s crisp, sturdy, and not at all greasy as anticipated.
Next up, a personal-sized Jalapeno Blue.
It’s the instant winner for me. The pops of pickled hot pepper and pungent blue cheese really stand out against the backdrop of cheese, sauce and crust.
This pizza is like the antithesis of Neapolitan pizza. While the popular Italian style is known for its dainty application of toppings, this pie (and yes, “pie” is an accurate way to describe this pizza) is all about excess and omg it’s delicious.
Knives and forks required.
Address: 1020 Gerrard Street East, Toronto