2016 JOANNE KATES 100 BEST RESTAURANTS

The Spend A Little list represents Joanne’s favourite 50 Toronto restaurants at which two people can eat for under $65 excluding taxes, tip and drinks.

#26 Pizzeria Libretto

Pizzeria Libretto

The four best pizzerias in town share the same menu. Marvellous charred blistered crusts issue forth at great speed from the 900° wood-burning ovens that were built for them by a third generation pizza oven maker in Naples. The houses that pizza built are noisy and often frantic, but the crust is always crisp and the toppings impeccable. Yes, you can ask for double (fresh Ontario) mozzarella on your pizza margherita, which is the regulars’ favourite, thanks to rich tomato sauce and fresh basil under the barely melted mozzarella. Pizza with white anchovies, tomato, buffalo mozzarella, chili and roasted garlic give the taste buds a buzzy wake-up call. Also fab are pizzas with Ontario prosciutto, garlic, tomato, oregano and barely wilted arugula. Skip the gourmet pretensions like duck confit on pizza. And skip dessert. Save the carbs for the pizza pies. Danforth, University and King take reservations; Ossington doesn’t.


  • Pizzeria Libretto
  • 221 Ossington Ave., Toronto (map)
  • 416-532-8000
  • www.pizzerialibretto.com

  • Chef: Rocco Agostino
  • Cuisine: Pizza,Italian
  • Cost of dinner for two: $60
  • Hours: Mon. to Sun. 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Reservations: No
  • Meals served: Lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 20+
  • BYOB?: No
  • Patio: No
  • Private party area: No
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Street parking, Green P nearby
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