Let’s take it back to the basics! 

The doorbell rings and your mouth starts to water. You do a dance around your house for your wallet, this is before UberEats for the confused kids in the back. You race to the door and swing it open. A lanky geeky kid pulls the box out of his bag and the aroma wafts through your door engulfing your house in a warm greasy hug! Greasy, cheesy, deliciousness, the original take-out food that even when it’s bad somehow still tastes so good! 

Just as take-out food has come a long way so too has its original option. There are so many great places to grab a slice in the city but here are our top five:

5. Gusto 501

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Located in Toronto’s Corktown neighbourhood this Italian restaurant knows their pizza! Taking a new approach to a classic pasta dish, Gusto 501’s Carbonara pizza is the one to try. The Dalmatian spotted crust and cracker-thin pie is topped with fior di latte, guanciale pecorino, a generous amount of egg yolk and a dust of black pepper. 

4. Pizzeria Libretto

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There is a completely different and elevated taste about a wood-fired Neapolitan pizza. Pizzeria Libretto has been around since 2008 and has since opened multiple locations. With vegan and gluten-free options, it’s a safe bet for the whole family. We recommend the Duck Confit topped with duck confit, fior di latte, roasted bosc pear, rosemary, duck fat and parmigiano. 

3. Ciao Roma

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Located in Woodbridge is a portal to Rome where, as is a Roman costume, the slices are sold by weight. The fresh pies are cut into square slices and sold separately by weight giving you the option of trying multiple flavour profiles. Some of their best sellers include the Potato & Hot Salami with mozzarella and the Affumicata with tomato sauce, mixed mushrooms and smoked provolone. 

2. Victory Pizza

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Looking for a modern take on the classic Sicilian square pie? Look no further than Victory Pizza, from the chef that brought us Piano Piano. Victor Barry mixes traditional and foreign toppings unafraid to get creative. The most interesting of the bunch being the Wowie Maui, his spin on the polarizing Hawaiian pizza. Topped with Roasted Pork Shoulder, Compressed Pineapple, Pickled Jalapeños, Valentina’s Mayo, Tajin, Coriander Verde, Australian Mozzarella, Grana Padano, Tomato Sauce. 

1. Maker Pizza 

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Set to open their second location Matty Matheson’s pizza is coming in hot. Combining classic comfort food to create an exciting new experience Maker Pizza’s Frank’s Best and The Impossible Return of The Big Mac are the ones to get. Frank’s Best combines the comfort of a sesame seed bagel and a pizza all in one. Topped with caramelized onions, goat cheese, organic mozzarella, parmesan, rosemary, sea salt, organic honey and sesame crust this one is not for you if you’re lactose intolerant. But who would have thought that the one to take the number one spot would be a vegetarian pizza? The Impossible Return of The Big Mac is topped with Impossible Foods meat, mozzarella, cheddar, dill pickles, shredded iceberg lettuce, white onion and secret sauce!