Italian food

A Slice of Italy in Canada


I don't go to Italy as often as I like so I am always looking for authentic and delicious Napoletana wood oven pizza in Canada.  To assess the pizza I always order a Margherita.  It is a simple pizza with crushed tomatoes, mozzarella and basil.   It allows you to taste the nuances of the pizza and it is a strong indicator to see if I will return and try other pizza selections.

Here are some of my favourite Napoletana wood oven pizzas in Canada:

Pizza Libretto, Toronto – I like to rotate my grains. The best tasting spelt crust pizza that I have ever tasted was Libretto. Don't be afraid to try it; the spelt gives notes of spice.  The house sausage pizza is a favourite.

Pizza e Pazzi, Toronto – Splurge for the buffalo mozzarella on your pizza - it is worth it. For the hot spicy lover try the Diavola - the hot salami is really good.  The wine menu is exceptional and it has on more than one occasion had me hunting for the bottles at the LCBO or wine agencies to repeat the experience at home.

7 Enoteca, Oakville - A great pizza  but maybe (I am too picky) I would like it even more if they removed the semolina dusting to the bottom of the pizza.  They have some of the best tasting salami I have ever tasted and is sliced using a hand powered meat slicer.  Impecciable architecture and great place for a romantic date. 

Pizza via Mercanti, Toronto – They put a lot of loving care into their ingredients.  The bocconcini di pizza are delicious pieces of dough filled with fior di latte, ricotta, hot soppressata and prosciutto cotto.  Not in the mood for pizza? Try one of the many house made pastas or risotto; they will never disappoint.

Norm Hardie Winery, Prince Edward County - It is a simple menu with a handful of pizzas and a salad option. It is an outdoor pizza oven, so it is only open in the summer.  On my last visit, I truly felt I was in Italy.  A favourite is the white cheddar pizza.  Don’t forget to visit the winery! I have a few cases of the some of the best Pinot Noirs in Ontario from there.