The ultimate takeout food, pizza has been enjoyed by families dating back thousands of years! We’re not kidding, the first documentation of the word pizza has been historically marked at 877 a.d. But the presence of topped flatbread goes even further back than that!
Whether you want to take your taste buds on a topping-filled adventure of Italy, New York, Asia or enjoy a simple, classic pepperoni and cheese, these 10 restaurants across Canada have a slice of heaven waiting for you.
Piatto Pizzeria + Enoteca (St John’s, NL + Multiple Locations)
Four words you’ll want to hold atop your five fingers; Wood-fired Neapolitan pizza. Providing an authentic international experience right in Newfoundland, Piatto uses Italian association-regulated techniques and ingredients to create their pizzas, so it’s like you’re eating from a kitchen in Naples, without the jetlag or currency exchange.
Try their L’Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana-certified options like the VPN Margherita (San Marzano tomato sauce, Fior di Latte mozzarella, fresh basil*, EVOO and Grana Padano) or the VPN Marinara (San Marzano tomato sauce, garlic, oregano, EVOO and Grana Padano).
Famous Peppers Restaurant (Charlottetown, PE)
Home to a wide array of “inventive pizzas,” Famous Peppers Restaurant has all the add-ons you can think of in terms of veg, meats, cheeses and spices.
For a true PEI-inspired pizza, order their Spud Islander (pictured), complete with house-made maple cream sauce, roasted potato slices, mozzarella, caramelized onions & double-smoked bacon.
For a Famous Peppers nearest you, click here.
Morris East (Halifax, NS)
Voted Best Pizza Pie in the Best of Halifax Readers’ Choice Awards 2019, Morris East offers artisanal pizzas from 4 unique locations ranging from chic urban dining to their to-go slice shop. What really helps to set them apart from neighbouring competitors is their dough which is fermented for days before serving, creating a memorable taste and texture.
For the sweetest slice around, indulge in the perfection that is their Peach Pizza (pictured), made with maple rosemary aioli, peach, shallots, goat cheese and prosciutto.
Pomodori Pizza (Saint John, NB)
“Fresh-made,” “90 seconds,” “super pipin’ hot,” “slow food fast.” These are the phrases that define the hand-stretched, wood-fired pies of Pomodori Pizza.
With a side of salad and their popular gelato, bite into one of their popular creations like the hot, tangy and vegetarian Chaleur (pictured), topped with chili flaked-sauce, pineapple, hot banana peppers, bocconcini and feta cheese.
Pizzeria GEMA (Montreal, QC)
A family-run restaurant that is also an acronym of their children’s names, Pizzeria GEMA is the most authentic Italian pizza you’ll find in the city, right in Montreal’s Little Italy neighbourhood. You just have to taste it to believe it.
Give back to your stomach, and the community, with their Pizza of the Month, The Collective (pictured), a collaborative effort with Pizzeria No. 900 made from local ingredients; GEMA’s pepperoni, Stefano Italian sausage, Riviera cheddar cheese, parsley oil, whipped ricotta and confit tomatoes. $3 from each Collective pizza goes to the MTL Resto Workers Relief Fund.
6827 Rue St-Dominique, Montreal, QC, H2S 3B1. @pizzeriagema
850 Degrees (Toronto, ON)
You know those mornings where you eat your leftover pizza for breakfast? Well, 850 Degrees has a pizza made specifically for breakfast!
Pledge your allegiance to the wonderful morning-after pie with the O’ Canada (pictured), created with maple bacon, fior di latte cheese, tomato sauce and an egg.
O’ Canada is also available in a gluten-free version. Hurray!
3455 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto, ON, M8W 1N2. @850degrees
Diana’s Cucina (Winnipeg, MB)
Winner of such prestigious international pizza awards that she only stopped winning because she became the judge, Diana of Diana’s Cucina invites you to taste the gold standard of pies by ordering her winning pizzas, available right in Winnipeg itself.
A local favourite add-on is the Moosehead dough, made with over half a bottle of Moosehead beer per pizza. Try it with the award-winning Diana-Saurus Rex (pictured), complete with marinara, cajun chicken, dry-cured pepperoni, capicola ham, strip bacon, all-beef salami, cajun BBQ pulled pork, spicy Italian sausage, extra mozzarella and Monterey jack cheese.
Unit R-730 St. Anne’s Road Winnipeg, MB R2N 0A2
Thirteen Pies Pizza + Bar (Saskatoon, SK)
Start spreading the news, you can taste New York right at home in Saskatoon thanks to the creators at Thirteen Pies Pizza + Bar. Bringing you Brooklyn-style with a side of island-inspired cocktails, it’s like a trip across the border without a passport, and you can enjoy it on your couch without the hundred honking taxis outside.
Now available, but not seen on the menu, is The Killer Mac (pictured)! Made when asked for, this not-so-secret pie doesn’t have ingredients listed (because it’s not listed, silly) but we know you’ll love it. Get it before it’s gone!
243 2nd Avenue South, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 1K8. @13piespizza
Pulcinella (Calgary, AB)
Are you one of those people who eats pizza with a knife and fork? Good, Pulcinella wants you to! Makers of authentic, certified Napoletana pizza, it’s a taste of Naples that should be enjoyed as the people of Naples do, so grab the utensils!
First time? Order the Verdure Grigliate; Tomato sauce, grilled aubergine, peppers, zucchini, mozzarella, parmigiano, basil and fresh tomato. Mmmm!
1147 Kensington Crescent NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1X7. @lovepulcinella
Sushi Yama (Vancouver, BC)
Never be forced to choose again between sushi and pizza with the wonderful Sushi Pizza made at Sushi Yama!
Deep-fried rice dough, spicy mayo, crab meat, avocado, tuna, salmon, masago, B.B.Q sauce; it’s like solving two cravings at once, making it easier to answer, “what should we order tonight?” (You pick, no you pick).
371 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5T 1W5.
Photo Credit: Quinn Dombrowsk