Toronto’s love affair with pizza continues to thrive, and 2023 has proven to be a landmark year with a flurry of new pizza joints popping up across the city. From cosy neighbourhood spots to trendy downtown establishments, Toronto’s pizza scene is evolving and expanding, offering pizza enthusiasts an array of exciting options to indulge in.
Here are Toronto’s 10 best new pizza places of 2023.
Prince Street Pizza
Renowned for its signature “spicy pepperoni squares,” this iconic pizzeria currently calls The Well at 472 Front St. West home, marking its first-ever location in Canada. As a family-run establishment, Prince Street Pizza gained its pizza royalty status since its inception in 2012 in New York’s Nolita neighbourhood. The secret behind their success lies in the use of quality ingredients, including homemade mozzarella and sauces crafted from authentic Sicilian recipes. Their delicious square slices, also known as the Original Soho Squares, are topped with crispy pepperoni and thick crusts and have become a symbol of pizza perfection.
Oswald’s Pizza has opened its first downtown location at Chef’s Hall in the Financial District, following its pandemic debut in the city’s north end. Renowned for their Detroit-style pizza, the menu highlights innovative options like the Mac Daddy, a flavourful combination of focaccia dough, mozza-cheddar blend, ground beef, onions, lettuce, pickles, special sauce and toasted sesame seeds. Savour the ‘za by the slice or as a small or large pie, and be sure to leave room for dessert — Oswald’s colossal trash cookies are the perfect conclusion to your feast, featuring mini Rolos, dark chocolate, pretzel sticks, and crushed potato sticks.
Zula Pizza & Burger
Craving delicious wood-fired pizza that’s also halal? Look no further than Zula, the newest spot in Etobicoke offering scrumptious burgers as well. The menu boasts options like pesto chicken, Greek pesto and unique deluxe choices such as the Sojouk Alaturca pizza, featuring San Marzano tomato sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, roasted peppers, mushrooms and roasted tomato.
Situated at 335 Yonge St., inside World Food Market, right next to TMU, this wallet-friendly pizza joint caters to students. Apart from offering fluffy dough and toppings like creamy cheese, they specialize in unique pies, such as the Tandoori Paneer. This original creation features homemade curry sauce, tandoori paneer, bell pepper, zucchini, cheese, red onion, jalapeños and is topped with fresh coriander.
Big Trouble Pizza
Resurfacing a year and a half after bidding farewell to its Chinatown location, Big Trouble Pizza has reemerged at 191 Geary Ave. Now, they’re back in action, dishing out their signature ‘za and smash burgers. If you’re a fan of delicious pizza with a light and airy crust paired with the perfect combination of toppings, a visit to Big Trouble Pizza is a must!
From the creators of the beloved brunch spot Nord Lyon comes Pizza North, serving up authentic Italian pizza with halal meats on Queen West. Don’t miss the chance to savour the distinct flavours of the Salmon North or the Calzone pizza. We especially like the Quatro Stagioni topped with roasted eggplant, slice olive, roast beef with baby arugula, champignons, parmigiano and mozzarella.
DoughBox Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta
Discover DoughBox Wood-Fired Pizza & Pasta near Union Station, where Tony Visca and Fern Colavecchia, proud Niagara residents, bring decades of experience to their culinary venture. With a focus on community and a passion for artisanal wood-fired pizza and pasta, they offer a quick-service environment with signature freshly stretched dough, homemade sauces, and premium ingredients.
Located at Jarvis and Dundas, Afro’s Pizza is the newest destination for satisfying your Detroit-style pizza cravings. Paying homage to iconic Black musicians and entertainers, their menu boasts creative selections like the Davis Jr., featuring cup and char pepperoni, house-cured sausage, pickled jalapeño, hot honey, Afro’s sugo and crispy basil. Another standout is the Hendrix Experience, a playful twist on chicken and waffles, topped with fried chicken, toasted pecans, compressed watermelon with tequila, maple habanero and fresh cilantro.
Experience the excellence of Renaissance Pizza, where they specialize in crafting “Artisanal Detroit-Style Pizza” using high-quality ingredients and inventive recipes. Explore unique creations like the Ontario raised duck confit with caramelized onions, goat cheese, balsamic aioli glaze and fresh chives. For a dangerously good flavour fusion, try their Indian-inspired option featuring Tandoori paneer, pickled mango chutney, red onion, scallions and cilantro aioli.
Diavola Pizza in midtown is already gaining acclaim for its delicious Roman-style pizza, just weeks after opening. Led by owner Fabiana, whose Brazilian-Italian roots inspire her pizza passion, Diavola is committed to delivering top-quality pizzas with a perfect blend of tradition and innovation. As a sister restaurant to Slayer Burger next door, Diavola brings a rock and roll spirit to the pizza scene, aiming to provide mind-blowing flavours for pizza enthusiasts.