#84 Queen Margherita Pizza

Queen Margherita Pizza

Margherita is a Leslieville gem with a Neapolitan pizza oven and a traditional Italian menu. Their crust is the anti-cracker, not the anorexic crunch of downtown bars but rather the big mouth-feel of a trad pizzeria in Naples. Same for the toppings, of which the most scrumptious is the restaurant’s namesake pizza Margherita, a deceptively simple combo of sweet fragrant tomato sauce and fior di latte cheese (baby mozzarella so fresh it’s sweet, and tender even when melted). Margherita’s menu is short and changes regularly. Their salads shine, but my favourite app is the polenta with sausage, wherein velvety polenta gets the blessing of spicy tomato sauce thick with high-flavoured pork sausage.

  • Queen Margherita Pizza
  • 1402 Queen St. E., Toronto (map)
  • 416-466-6555
  • www.qmpizza.com

  • Chef: Jonathan Gushue, Jayde Burton
  • Cuisine: Italian,Pizza
  • Cost of dinner for two: $55
  • Hours: Sun. to Thurs. 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fri. to Sat. 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Reservations: Recommended for dinner
  • Meals served: Lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 10+
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $20
  • Patio: No
  • Private party area: Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Street parking available
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