It was a mini Stargate reunion of sorts last night as Robert C. Cooper, Alex Levine, Ivon Bartok and I assembled for a rare culinary journey – specifically, a pizza crawl that took us to four of Toronto’s top pizzerias.
The journey begins!
First stop was Prince Street Pizza, the latest addition to the Toronto pizza scene that, in keeping with its Big Apple roots, uses New York tap water in the preparation of its dough. We went with the slice they’re known for, the square original, as well as the spicy vodka square and the more traditional veggie for Akemi who joined us for our first stop only. Loved the kick of the pepperoni but have to admit I’m not as big a fan of the thicker crusted square cut. The spicy vodka was very subtle in flavor in comparison to its pepperoni partner so it didn’t really leave much of an impression. Akemi loved her veggie slice.
Our second stop was an old favorite, Super Point, where we stuck with the pepperoni theme but also tried the capocollo with hot honey. The latter was, I felt, the tastiest slice of the night.
Our third was Pizzeria Baldiari, a place that tops many of the experts’ and, going in, I had my doubts. We ordered the pepperoni, of course, and Ivon suggested coupling it with the Hawaiian – which I ate first because, as I sad at the time, I wanted to get it over with. BUT, I was pleasantly surprised. It was actually very good. But not as good as the pepperoni. The crust here was airy and crispy, superior to any of the others we had on the night.
Our fourth and final stop was, appropriately enough, Fourth Man in the Fire Pizzeria where we actually broke with tradition by actually sitting down and ordering a whole pepperoni pizza that we split between us. Hot and delicious. We ended our journey with a selection of donuts – an underwhelming chocolate, tasty original and Homer donut, and a terrific apple fritter.
In the end, although the Super Point capocollo with hot honey was my favorite slice of the night, we all agreed that the overall best pizza was Baldiari. But, to be fair, they were all excellent.