Burgers, Wings, Poutine, Burritos and Sushi. What’s missing? You’ve got it, Pizza. Pizza generally tops the list of people’s favourite comfort food. Filling, inexpensive and delicious, good pizza can make the difference between a good day and a bad day.
So the question is, when in Liberty Village, where does one go for pizza?
Magic Oven (127 Jefferson Ave) Magic Oven specializes in hand-crafted pizza with not-so-standard toppings such as tandoori chicken, organic tofu and roasted coconut. They also offer spelt and gluten-free crusts, and dairy-free and vegan options. When you look at their menu you may actually be convinced that pizza can be good for you.
Panago Pizza (120 Lynn Williams St) Panago Pizza is a relative newcomer in Liberty Village (and Toronto) and originally hails from Abbotsford BC. It has quickly become a popular choice for both Liberty Village employees and local residents. The made-to-order pizza includes an extremely wide-variety of topping combinations but our favourite is still the Panago Classic which has Italian tomato sauce, pepperoni, Canadian ham, red onions, sautéed mushrooms, black olives, green peppers + mozzarella cheese.
CaFfino (1185 King St W). Sure the food is authentic and delicious but the first thing you will notice about this family-run Italian restaurant is the space. The loft-like room oozes character almost as much as their pizza oozes fior di latte. The pizza’s are personal (think Terroni) but ideal for sharing and come in about 7 different varieties. Our go-to is the Quattro Stagione, tomato based topped with artichokes, mushrooms, black olives and prosciutto.
Bar Vespa (Closed) (167 East Liberty St) Bar Vespa opened a few years ago in a beautifully historic building attached to its sister restaurant/pub, Brazen Head. Bar Vespa offers a contemporary Italian menu with 9 different individual pizzas. If you are a little daring we suggest you try their “Diavolo” Pizza. It consists of a fiery blend of hot soppressata, scotch bonnet sauce (!!), mozzarella and roasted red peppers. Not for the faint-of-spice.