Queen Margherita Pizza
Queen Margherita Pizza
1402 Queen Street E
Toronto, ON M4L 1C9
Queen Margherita Pizza (QMP) is the East End's answer to Pizzeria Libretto. Both of these places do a mean Neapolitan style pizza. However, one of them isn't as good as the other...
You'll find this little pizzeria in the heart of Leslieville. The place has a modern rustic look that fits right into the neighborhood. The bar is the first thing you see as you walk in with a small dining room set off to the side. However, up the small set of stairs to your right is the main dining hall (surprisingly bright too) that showcases the giant oven where they are firing up their pizzas.
We ordered a "Rosso" (Red) and "Bianco" (White) pizza each as well as an app and dessert. They have a prix fixe menu where you can get any pizza, app, and dessert for $30, so well worth it, considering most pizzas are around $18-20.
Hungry enough to start, we ordered up the Fried Calamari appetizer ($12). It was pretty mediocre to be honest. The batter didn't hold up and fell apart as you pick it up. The calamari was bland and definitely needed some salt. The marinara sauce that accompanies it didn't seem to help much. Maybe my sodium intake has changed my taste buds... Portion size was small in comparison to other places (especially Libretto) as well. Underwhelming Start.
The red pizza that we ordered was the Dominator (Fennel Sausage, Rapini Smoked Mozzarella, Fried Chili Oil). I want to start with the crust as I thought their crust was perfect. I loved the slightly charred crisp exterior that holds the pizza well. The inside of the dough is chewy and warm, which is amazing. The fennel sausage was good and the rapini adding a bite and bitterness that complemented well with the mozzarella. Didn't really taste the fried chili oil, but they bring extra if you like.
The white pizza we ordered was the Alla Campagnolo (Mushrooms, Asiago, Garlic Goat Cheese, Oregano). I've seen pictures of it where there is a boatload of mushrooms that cover the pizza to where you can't see anything. Unfortunately, this pizza didn't have the amount I thought, but it was still quite a bit. As pictured below, you'll find a great deal of mushrooms so I'll set the greediness aside. The goat cheese were scattered about in large chunks so I wish they broke it down a bit and spread the love over the pie. Good flavor throughout.
The Chocolate Tiramisu was one of their dessert specials for the night. Great little dessert that the girl loved. Strong coffee flavor and a nice little finishing touch to the meal.
While QMP does make a mean pizza, I don't think it even touches Libretto in its execution. Libretto has better tasting food at lower prices, but that doesn't mean QMP isn't worth a visit. They do have some interesting pies that are hard to find elsewhere. The vibe is pretty cool and the pizzas are still pretty good. However, they still have a long way to go to compete with the King.
Ambience: B+ | Service: B | Price: B- | Food: B-