Pizza e Pazzi
Pizza E Pazzi
1182 Saint Clair Avenue W
Toronto, ON M6E 1B4
This small pizza joint in Corso Italia (little Little Italy of Toronto) is a Neapolitan pizzeria that has their name mentioned amongst much of the top pizzerias in all of Toronto. They are one of the only ones in Toronto to be Neapolitan certified (meaning pizzas like this are made exactly as they are in Naples, Italy). They are fairly authentic and the setting is perfectly intimate and hip all in the same.
The menu is focused on many Italian favorites and the choice of pizzas are wide ranging, as well as the pastas. Our server was only 2 weeks on the job, but she was damn near perfect. She knew everything on the menu by heart and was able to describe it so damn well too.
They start every table off with Italian Bread and their homemade "insert the Italian name of dish of which I could not vaguely remember", which was an accompaniment that consisted of chopped eggplant, zucchini, peppers, and chili oil. It was amazing and I could probably have filled up on that alone.
We started with the Frutti di Mare appetizer which is a compilation of fried seafood goodness. There were tiger shrimp, calamari, and thin pieces of fish. The tiger shrimp were nice and plump and lightly battered. The calamari was juicy and firm, but really was the majority of the dish. The thin slices of fish were meh. It comes with a side of lemon and the waitress will not give you a dip (even if you ask) because it is not the custom of Naples. I respected that quite a bit.
Anna ordered the Pappardelle alla Boscaiola, which was their homemade pappardelle tossed in a cream sauce with prosciutto, mushrooms, and green peas. The pasta was done perfectly, while the sauce was creamy and rich. The toppings were all done in perfect balance, and I actually enjoyed the pasta a bit more than their pizza.
I got the N’duja Bianca pizza which is their white pizza with spreadable nduja salami, mozzarella, basil, and cherry tomatoes. The nduja sausage is finely ground and comes in a small cluster that is meant to be spread across your pizza rather than eaten as a chunk. The sausage is very spicy and I loved the kick it gave the pizza. The crust was done so nicely and it was wonderfully chewy.
The last part of our meal was the Angioletti Fritti, which is deep fried pizza dough that's topped with nutella and powdered sugar. Anna loved it, as it was crisp on the outside and warm and chewy on the inside with a nutella spread all across it. The portion size was generous and worth sharing as a dessert amongst a small group of 3-4. Or one fat man like myself.
Overall, the service and the food really make this place a standout. It's nice to have a restaurant that serves such a good Neapolitan pizza without having to drive all the way downtown. Though the location is more Midtown than downtowners will like, it's worth going to for sure. Just picture Pizzeria Libretto without the wait. That's Pizza E Pazzi.
Ambience – A-Service – A-Price – B+Food – B+
OVERALL – B+