Thursday, May 2, 2013

Pizza e Pazze, Toronto

Controversy follows claims for the best pizza in Toronto. Everyone has their faves. A very well experienced friend staked his claim on Pizza e Pazze so I was encouraged to try it out.

The nicely arranged bread starter with 3 condiments: mushrooms, caramelized onions and sun dried tomato mix. 

Pizza bianca with rosemary, sea salt and olive oil. Lovely presentation. The dough was very light and had good flavour with a pleasing texture. Despite the fact that the thin crust was not crispy overall, it did not sag in the centre. The wood oven charred crust provided extra flavour. This is very good pizza.

Polpetta de la nonna: meatballs in a very tasty San marzano based tomato sauce. The meatballs were light in texture with good flavour.

 A well presented mixed green salad.

Spaghetti alla carbonara, with creamy egg sauce, grana padano cheese, pancetta and black pepper.  Good, well flavoured pasta, but not up to my gold standard of this dish, experienced at Campangnolo.

Pizza with fresh fior di latte cheese, olive oil, grilled eggplant, zucchini and sweet red peppers with basil and San Marzano based tomato sauce. This delicious pizza had the flavour and texture characteristics of the pizza described above, but the centre was a bit soggy.

The canoli we had for dessert were a bit disappointing, lacking crispiness and possessing a heavy crust. Skip this dessert.

The service here is highly attentive and ingratiating. But, was this the best pizza in Toronto.....well, in my opinion, I prefer Buca and Pizza Libretto and, recently, L'Unita. Maybe it ranks next in line?

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