The Best Italian Pizza in Toronto

Pizzeria Libretto

221 Ossington Ave.; 550 Danforth Ave.; 155 University Ave.; 545 King St. W.; 589 College St.;

If you doubt the authenticity of Libretto’s Neapolitan-style pizza, just ask the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana. This Italian non-profit certifies pizzerias that comply with the most rigorous Neapolitan standards, and Libretto gets their stamp of approval. Aside from specifications of size, thickness and softness, a Neapolitan pizza crust must be blistered, the ingredients top-notch and the flavours exquisite. Anyone in search of a taste of Naples right here in Toronto need look no further than Libretto’s classic Margherita, but those with a yen for heat should opt for the Diavola, with spicy salami, chili, onion and kalamata olives.

Classic pepperoni pizza at Libretto


Pizzeria Defina

Woodfired: 1485 Dupont St.; Pizzeria: 321 Roncesvalles Ave.;

While their cozy Roncesvalles location is packed with locals every night, Defina’s newest outpost on Dupont has even more room to accommodate fans of wood-fired Italian cuisine. The custom-built wood-burning pizza oven does wonders for a thin crust, but equally praise-worthy is their pan-baked Roman pizza. Thicker and heartier than its Neapolitan cousin, Defina’s comes topped with fire-roasted tomatoes, pesto, fior de latte and caciovallo cheeses, and is finished with smoked salt and a drizzle of olive oil.   

Woodfired pizza at Defina

Margarita Pizza at Definas

Pizza in the oven at Defina



11 Clinton St.; facebook/Bitondos

Tucked away on a residential block in the heart of Little Italy, this old-school pizza parlour serves up a slice of nostalgia along with its simple menu of pizza, pasta and calzones. A holdout from an era before anyone had heard of kale or artisanal charcuterie, your choices are limited to pepperoni or plain cheese, if you’re ordering by the slice. Add a sprinkle of chili flakes from the shaker by the door and you’ll realize that’s all you really need.


Pepperoni Pizza at Bitondos

Bitondos window


Forno Cultura

609 King St. W.;

Among the most tantalizing creations that spring from this bakery’s ovens are their exquisite pizzas al taglio. These deep-dish squares are delightfully crunchy underneath and loaded with a mouthwatering assortment of traditional Italian toppings that vary by the day. For a truly civilized experience, order your pizza to stay, along with a tumbler of wine from Hinterland or Norman Hardie, and bask in the aroma of fresh-baked goodness.

Forno Cultura


Sud Forno

716 Queen St. W.;

Owned by the same family as Terroni, among the city’s most-loved Italian restaurants, Sud Forno specializes in regional specialities like the Ndujana, a pizza topped with tomato, mozzarella, eggplant, basil and spicy nduja sausage. Whether eating at their large communal table or in nearby Trinity Bellwoods Park, you’ll definitely want to grab a bombolino (an Italian doughnut filled with custard or Nutella) for dessert.

Sud Forno

Enjoy pizza and a doughnut at Sud Forno