The Best Italian Pizza in Toronto

Pizzeria Libretto

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

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.;  pizzeriadefina.com

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

 

Bitondo’s

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.

Bitondos

Pepperoni Pizza at Bitondos

Bitondos window

 

Forno Cultura

609 King St. W.; fornocultura.com

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.; terroni.com/sud-forno

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