Pizza Libretto proudly proclaims itself the “only vera pizza napoletana certified experience in Canada,” and although I’m not entirely sure what that means, I’m going to take their word for it. Why? Because Pizza Libretto is so amazingly good that it’s earned a spot on my list of all-time top restaurants in the city, and it's certainly my favourite affordable place to eat. They say they’re the only place to get real pizza Napoletana in Toronto, and I believe them in a heartbeat because no other pizza place compares.
This Ossington pizzeria offers pies from $10-$17 topped with a variety of delicious add-ons: gorgonzola, Buffalo mozzarella, home-made sausage, and caramelized onion, just to name a few. Their bruschetta is another highlight, and a constant surprise, as the chef changes the meat and cheese that tops the crisp bread every day. The best pizza I’ve had in my life was one from Pizza Libretto: their pepperoni special with sausage.
There aren’t words to describe how delicious it was. They also have a great dessert menu, including my personal favourite: vanilla affogatto, a decadent scoop of the best vanilla gelato I’ve ever had drowned in creamy espresso. The atmosphere nicely complements the truly Italian style, with the neighbourhood feel inside the restaurant accentuated by rustic brick walls and friendly, energetic, on-the-ball young servers.
Now, because of the sheer amazing quality of their pizza, word of Pizza Libretto’s has spread throughout the city, such that there are one- to two-hour lineups daily — but don’t get too scared, you can avoid these by following a tip of mine: go late or early, but not in the middle of dinner service. If you like pizza, you just have to try Libretto.