Many people believe that Libretto holds the crown for best pizza in the city. Queen Margherita Pizza on the East side of Toronto has come to challenge that. While the main card is a $25 prix-fixe, just so you know, you are still able to order by the pie. However, the pizzas are big enough for sharing (if you’re a lighter eater) and with a reasonably-priced glass of wine, it’s a really nice way to spend an evening. Now, I’ll get out of the way and let the photos do their thing.

Roasted beets with goat cheese

Polenta with sausage – this was really good.

Giovanni – tomato sauce, fior di latte cheese, arugula, cherry tomatoes and prosciutto di Parma. Best pizza of the night.

Diavola – tomato sauce, fior di latte cheese, hot sausage and hot peppers.

Rocco – tomato sauce, Gorgonzola, Italian sausage, and red onions.

Margherita – tomato sauce, fior di latte cheese, and fresh basil.

Arugula salad in balsamic reduction topped with parmigiana.

Some conclusions: I didn’t like QMP as much as I did Libretto when it first opened. However, I find the pizza at Libretto not magically tasty as those first few visits and of equal tastiness to QMP right now. However, I give the slight edge to QMP for quick seating and spacious dining area. Given that, I feel it comes down to pizza style (though both tout being “authentic”) and if you like your pizza crispy through-out (Libretto) or just a little softer at its heart (QMP). Either way, both pizzerias use high-quality ingredients and put out some fine pies and each have claimed their territory in Toronto. I call it a draw and am happy for more good pizza in town.

More at QMP

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