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5 Best Pizza Spots in Toronto

Best Pizza Spots in Toronto
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In a city known for its rich culinary scene, one thing unites Torontonians: our love for a slice of perfection. So, whether you’re a die-hard thin-crust fan or someone who believes in a thick, doughy bite, Toronto’s pizza scene has something for everyone!

From cozy neighborhood joints to trendy pizza joints, we’ve scoured the city to bring you the lowdown on the absolute best pizza spots. Join us as we discover saucy secrets, cheesy wonders, and crusts that’ll keep you coming back for more.

How We Chose the Best Pizza Spots in Toronto

Dough Mastery: We’ve chosen pizzerias that excel in crafting the perfect dough —whether it’s a crispy thin crust, a fluffy thick crust, or anything in between.
Topping Selection: We picked pizza spots that offer an array of toppings, from classic pepperoni to unique and innovative combinations.
Creativity: Innovation is key, so we’ve highlighted pizzerias that aren’t afraid to push the boundaries, introducing creative and unexpected flavor combinations.
Cooking Method: For those who appreciate the smoky aroma and distinct flavor of wood-fired pizzas, we’ve selected spots that use the traditional woodfire cooking method.
Quality of Ingredients: We’ve prioritized pizza joints that source high-quality, locally produced ingredients, ensuring a fresh and delicious slice every time.
Consistency of Service: We chose restaurants known for maintaining a consistent level of excellence, reflected in their online reviews and feedback.

1. Pizzeria Badiali 

Pizzeria Badiali
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WEBSITEhttps://pizzeriabadiali.com/
ADDRESS181 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto, ON M6J 3C6
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CONTACT DETAILS(416) 531-5555

OPERATING HOURSMon-Sun: 11:30 AM–10 PM

Founded by Toronto chef Ryan Baddeley, along with his two friends, Pizzeria Badiali arose from their obsession with crafting the perfect pizza. They joined forces after being inspired by the classic by-the-slice shops of Brooklyn.

They offer carefully sourced and house-made ingredients to provide an authentic New York slice. These include California-style tomato sauce, three-day-aged dough from Italian flour, and a blend of pecorino and grana Padano cheese.

Their bestseller is their classic pepperoni, boasting American pepperoni and whole milk mozzarella. You can take it by the slice for $6 or go all-in with a 16-inch pie for $26. 

To cut through your pizza’s rich flavors, pair it with a refreshing bottle of Brio, available in lemon, blood orange, and bitter orange flavors.

For the health-conscious, they also offer a selection of fresh salads.

Pros

  • Based on by-the-slice shops in Brooklyn
  • Specializes in authentic New York flavors
  • Offers fresh salads
  • Offers catering services
  • Has outdoor seating
  • Ideal for groups

Cons

  • Closed on Tuesdays
  • Not wheelchair-accessible

This is the best damn pizza I’ve ever had

“This is the best damn pizza I’ve ever had. Yes it’s kinda expensive, kinda out of the way, and the lines are super long, but none of that matters because it’s just so good. The best tomatoes, high quality olive oil, fresh cheese, crispy dough that folds well and doesn’t flop, huge slices. I’ll definitely come and wait 40 minutes in line again, or just order a whole pie. I do wish they had some of their more unusual pies available at the counter though.”

Jeff Hsu, Google Review

Best crust in the city for sure!

“Amazing all around! Perfect sauce/cheese ratio, and the crust is thin, crispy, but chewy and delicious…  Best crust in the city for sure!  Had the Margherita and Pepperoni. 1/2 wait to grab slices on a late Saturday afternoon around 4-4:30ish..  Not bad at all for what you’re gonna enjoy 👌  Friendly staff, they don’t rush you while ordering and they have a good system down with fresh slices being consistently pumped out.. you’re not gonna get anything old and dried out..  Hugely recommend!  Enjoy!”

Greg Higgins, Google Review

2. Descendant Detroit Style Pizza 

Descendant Detroit Style Pizza
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WEBSITEhttps://descendantdsp.com/
ADDRESS1168 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1L4
SOCIAL MEDIAINSTAGRAM
CONTACT DETAILS(647) 347-1168

OPERATING HOURSTue-Sun: 11:30 AM–10 PM

Descendant Detroit Style Pizza claims to be Canada’s first Detroit-style pizzeria. Co-owner Ike Tzakis, a seasoned restaurateur shaped by childhood memories in his parents’ pizzeria in Boston, brings his dough expertise to Descendant. 

The pizza joint’s two-day fermented dough, a culinary secret, is the canvas for their Detroit-style fare. Toppings like Jamaican jerk, mango chutney, and truffle aioli also reflect Toronto’s multicultural flair.

True to Motor City style, their pizza is baked in square blue steel automotive parts pans, creating caramelized corners.  

We recommend their Soppressata Marmalade –  a tasty blend of smoked mozzarella and caciocavallo cheese, topped with salami. Another must-have is their double pepperoni, a flavourful mix of Dolce Lucano and Venetian pepperonis.

To sweeten the deal, try their Vernor’s Affogato, a dessert featuring Detroit’s creamy ginger ale.

Pros

  • Specializes in Detroit-style pizza
  • Has a secret recipe for their two-day fermented dough
  • Baked in square blue steel pans
  • Also carries desserts
  • Has a TV and waiter service
  • Offers bike and street parking

Cons

  • Reports of overly chewy dough
  • A bit pricey

Among the most unique and best pizzas I’ve ever had

“I finally got around to trying Descendant a few days ago, and I came away with one question – what took me me so long?  I ordered the Daddy’s Favourite, and it was one hell of a pizza.  It was such a symphony of flavour, covered with toppings edge to edge, beautifully crispy on the edges and bottom, had a great chew to it and, for a thick crust pizza, surprisingly light and airy.  I’m not usually a thick crust kind of guy, but Descendant gets two thumbs up from me.  Among the most unique and best pizzas I’ve ever had; not just thick crust / Detroit style, but any pizza. If you haven’t been to Descendant yet, I highly recommend it, even if you’re not usually a fan of thick crust pizza.  It’s among the best in Toronto, and anywhere, hands down.”

D, Google Review

Every pizza I’ve tried here is amazing

“I come here way too often, and for good reason. Service is always super friendly, and the deep dish cheese crust is fantastic. Every pizza I’ve tried here is amazing. Especially recc the Truff Guy, Gat Daddy, and Electric Avenue. One small pizza is more than enough for one person, you will have a food coma!”

Trevor Lau, Google Review

3. One Night Only Pizza

One Night Only Pizza
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WEBSITEhttps://ono.pizza/
ADDRESS581 Pape Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 3R5
SOCIAL MEDIAINSTAGRAM
CONTACT DETAILS

https://ono.pizza/pages/the-story

OPERATING HOURSWed-Thurs: 11:30 AM–8:30 PM

Fri-Sat: 11:30 AM–9 PM

Husband and wife team Luke and Brianna Skye transformed their Friday night pizza tradition into a passion project. 

Influenced by the homemade pies of Luke’s mom, they hosted “One Night Only Pizza” weekly for their friends, and when the pandemic hit, they started offering their pizzas for pickup. Word spread on Instagram, and the rest is history!

Their pizza dough undergoes a 72-hour fermentation process using organic Canadian flour. The long fermentation process breaks down carbs, making the dough easier to digest and giving it a deeper flavor.

Their pepperoni is a must-try – a perfect blend of a cheesy, greasy New York slice with a crispy, chewy Italian thin crust. Pair it with their house dip for an added kick.

They offer vegetarian options like the mushroom pie, the spicy potato white pie, the 6ix, and the Cheese.

Pros

  • Dough undergoes a 72-hour fermentation process
  • Offers vegetarian options
  • Known for their dipping sauces
  • Carries official ONO merch
  • Uses plastic-free packaging
  • Has street parking

Cons

  • Only open 4 days a week
  • Reports of bland pizza

The pizza always tastes fresh

“Amazing pizza and super tasty wings! I typically get the pepperoni slices and lemon pepper wings. A garlic dip is typically included at no extra charge. At most pizza places, the pizza is way too salty, but this isn’t the case at One Night Only. The service is always friendly and the pizza always tastes fresh. Great dough too! Highly recommend stopping by!”

Tim Wong, Google Review

Phenomenal pizza, some of the best I have had

“Phenomenal pizza, some of the best I have had in the city. Very good value for money – pizzas tend to be on the more expensive side (around $30 for a pizza) but comfortably feeds 2 people. The feature pizzas are a very nice change up (really love the goat cheese ones in particular). The regular ones are also amazing (really like the pepperoni and jalapeno as well as the spicy potato ones). The crust is an incredibly important part to me and their crust is on point – not chewy but not too crunchy. The dip included in the pizzas also adds a nice extra dimension.”

Mike Shaw, Google Review

4. The Fourth Man in the Fire 

The Fourth Man in the Fire
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WEBSITEhttps://thefourthmaninthefirepizzeria.com/
ADDRESS832 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1V3
SOCIAL MEDIAINSTAGRAM
CONTACT DETAILS(416) 792-3473

OPERATING HOURSTue-Thurs, Sat: 12 PM–9:30 PM

Fri-Sat: 12 PM–10:30 PM

The Fourth Man in the Fire, owned by Shant Mardirosian, provides four Toronto staples: pizza, donuts, tacos, and burgers. Its Bible-themed name symbolizes a commitment to saving patrons from high dinner bills, like the 4th man saved from scorching flames.

It’s known for 18-inch Neapolitan pies, crafted with top-notch ingredients like Caputo flour, San Marzano tomatoes, and in-house-made Italian sausage. Varieties like BBQ Chicken, Veggie, and Hawaiian showcase their diverse menu.

You should try their pepperoni and mushroom pizza – don’t forget to add lots of hot honey! The balance of salt, sweet, and spicy is incredible.

Beyond pizzas, the menu offers calzones, sandwiches, salads, and appetizers. Don’t miss their takeout donuts from Harry and Heels California Donuts or Kawartha Dairy ice cream pints, celebrating local Ontario brands. 

Pros

  • Known for 18-inch Neapolitan pies
  • Also offers calzones, sandwiches, salads, and appetizers
  • Carries Ontario-brand donuts and ice cream pints
  • Competitively-priced
  • Has outdoor seating
  • Has vegetarian options

Cons

  • Some customer service lapses
  • Reports of food quality issues

Easily the best pizza in the city

“EASILYYYY the best pizza in the city. Best heros. Best meatball subs. And the buttermilk bar is the best donut you’ve ever had in your life.”

Jeremy Potvin, Google Review

This place never disappoints! 

“This place never disappoints! Dine in and you’ll get a fresh pizza out of the oven with a solid undercarriage, a tangy sauce and  tasty toppings. Our go-to is the Pepperoni Mushroom Pizza. Eating it hot right out of the oven is materially better in our experience (the crust softens as it cools in the box). Their salad is super fresh as well. Yum. $34 for a large pie and $17 for a Caesar salad (+ tax). Their donuts are pretty good too if you have room in your stomach. Their service is cafeteria style. Scan the code, order and pay on your phone, and your food will be brought to your table. Their staff are friendly and the space has a chill atmosphere. Good stop for a casual bite to eat!”

Hannah R, Google Review

5. North of Brooklyn Pizzeria

North of Brooklyn Pizzeria
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WEBSITEhttps://www.northofbrooklyn.com/
ADDRESS650 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1E4
SOCIAL MEDIAINSTAGRAM
CONTACT DETAILS(647) 352-5700

OPERATING HOURSMon-Wed, Sun: 11:30 AM–10 PM

Thurs-Sat: 11:30 AM–11 PM

North of Brooklyn Pizzeria, as its name suggests, is inspired by Brooklyn’s pizza culture. It’s the brainchild of university friends Josh Spatz and Alex Potter (of Pizzeria Libretto fame), joined by Frank Pinello of Best Pizza. 

The trio aims to deliver the thin-crust pizza experience of Brooklyn in a casual grab-and-go setting. To do this, they transformed a former ice cream shop in Kensington Market into a rustic yet inviting space.

Endorsed by Food Network Canada producer Jules Miller as her favorite pizza in Toronto, North of Brooklyn has carved a niche with must-try creations like the Killer Bee, featuring calabrese sausage, jalapenos, pickled red onions, and honey.

We also recommend their Maui Wowie, an elevated Hawaiian pizza with double-smoked bacon and pineapple glaze on a cream base.

The pizzeria is also famous for its garlic knots, made with butter, Grana Padano, and parsley.

Pros

  • Specializes in Brooklyn-style pizza 
  • Endorsed by Food Network Canada producer
  • Also known for their garlic knots
  • Also carries salads
  • Offers catering services
  • Has street and bike parking

Cons

  • Long wait times
  • Does not accept cash

One of the best pizzas I’ve had

“This place is stated to be one of the best in the city and I had to come check it out for myself! There was luckily no line when we went and so we were able to order our pizzas fairly quickly. Within around 45 minutes, our two pizzas were ready! There is also the option of delivery and pick up which is convenient. Starting with the vodka verde – wow. This has to be one of the best pizzas I’ve had. The pesto on the pizza combined with the rest of the flavors on the pizza was out of this world. Combined with the creamy garlic dip, it was amazing! The garlic flavour was extremely prominent in the dip, which is ironically something I find quite lacking throughout the garlic dips I’ve had previously. With the Killer Bee, it’s a little bit more of a sweeter pizza (which makes sense considering the honey on top). I still preferred the Vodka Verde since I’m a huge fan of pesto and vodka pizzas, but the Killer Bee was still yummy nonetheless! Not to mention, the undercarriage of these pizzas were amazing and the the thickness was perfect. The atmosphere of this quaint place was a little disappointing as there was a lack of seating, a lot of flies, and dark lighting. To be honest, this isn’t a huge deal for me as the pizza was so good that it made up for all of it + most people do order the pizza to-go. Overall, this place knocked it out of the park for me and is definitely one of my favourite pizza places in Toronto now!”

 Valerie Phu, Google Review

One of the best pizzas I have had in the city

“One of the best pizza’s I have had in the city. We ordered the Vodka Verde and the Truffle Shuffle. Both were great. But the Vodka Verde was amazing! We went on a Friday night around 7pm and the place was swamped with orders. It took about an hour for two pizzas. There’s not many seats, it’s more of a take-out place. The pizza is made fresh, it’s worth the wait trust me. Also got 2 sauces, the creamy garlic and the donair dip. Something about that donair dip made it amazing. Highly recommended trying this place out.”

 Elora Tanna, Google Review


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