Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria opened on on June 21st, bringing authentic Neapolitan pizza to the Annex. Famoso is a fast and casual restaurant which already has numerous locations out west. Their first Toronto location also opened recently in Yorkdale, as part of the revamped food selection, Dine on 3.
The menus can be found at the table but guests order at the counter. From then on out, it’s full service – food and beverages are then brought to your table and you can order additional food through your server.
The space is quite large and the food is served quickly, so I don’t think customers will be facing long waits, even if the restaurant is really busy.
The menu consists of appetizers including soup, salads and antipasti dishes, sandwiches and pizzas, of course. The pizza section is broken down into three different categories – Pizza Rossa (red pizza), Pizza Bianca (white pizzas) and New World Pizzas (including sweet bbq chicken, spicy Thai, ham & pineapple).
For those of you looking for an alcoholic drink, Famoso offers a nice selection of cocktails (offered by the glass or by pitcher), beer and wine. Since it was pretty hot out, I opted for the Sangria – fruit-based Italian wine spiked with Grand Marnier and orange Italian soda, garnished with fresh blackberries and blood orange ($9.5 per glass / $24.5 for a pitcher). If you’re looking for a fruity and refreshing drink, this is definitely the drink for you.
We started off with the Roasted Kalamata Olives – marinated, oven roasted kalamata olives garnished with oregano, feta and spicy olive oil ($3) which was served with two slices of warm flatbread. My favourite part was the amazing piece of feta which topped the olives. I also found the warm olives quite enjoyable even though I’m not typically a huge fan of them.
A starter on the menu that caught my eye was the Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella Balls – fresh mozzarella wrapped with prosciutto, baked in Campania tomato sauce, fresh basil and pecorino romano (3 for $10 / 6 for $18). I really enjoyed the salty and chewy prosciutto which was wrapped around the gooey mozzarella. The mozzarella balls were covered in a generous portion of tomato sauce, which we licked up with the flatbread it was served with.
Since I’m a huge mushroom fan, I ordered the Funghi Tartufo – roasted white mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, white truffle oil, reggiano parmesan ($14.50). The pizzas here are around 11 inches but their menu indicates that you can also order a half-size pizza.
Since the funghi tartufo is one of the red pizzas, it was made with Campania tomato sauce, fior-di-latte fresh mozzarella, fresh basil leaves and pecorino romano cheese. Famoso uses a highly refined ‘00’ Caputo flour, from Italy, to make its dough. The pizzas are baked for 90 seconds at 900 degrees in a traditional, fire-roasting Italian pizza oven. The result is a soft and crispy crust. Since the center of the pizzas gets quite soft, it’s recommended that you fold your pizza slices to eat it.
Mike decided to go with the Siciliana – Italian sausage, ham and baked prosciutto ($14.50), which was no surprise since he’s a meat lover. Perhaps there was a little too much happening on the Siciliana but I preferred the funghi tartufo.
For dessert, Famoso has a selection of traditional Italian desserts such as tiramisu, affogato and panna cotta. Although the dessert I went with wasn’t exactly a traditional Italian dessert, I couldn’t pass up the Dolce & Banana – oven-roasted bananas coated in caramelized brown sugar & crushed pecans, caramel sauce, vanilla bean gelato ($7). If you’re a fan of bananas, you’ll love this dessert! The sweetness of the bananas, the caramelized sugar on top with the crunch from the pecans, paired with a scoop of delicious gelato was perfection!
Since Mike was stuffed after the appetizers and pizzas, he decided to go with something a little lighter, the Blueberry Basil Sorbetto – Wild B.C. blueberries macerated in fresh basil and cane sugar ($3.5 for one scoop / $4.5 for two scoops / $5.5 for three scoops). Famoso has a tempting selection of gelato (including key lime graham cracker, burnt sugar banana chocolato and salted caramel) and sorbetto which are hand crafted in small batches.
While the basil flavour was quite subtle, I absolutely loved the sorbetto. It had a very fresh blueberry flavour to it and was a nice, refreshing end to the meal.
We also tried the Mango Pineapple Sorbetto – Alphonso mangoes drenched in cold-pressed pineapple juice. I couldn’t detect much of a pineapple flavour but this sorbetto was another hit.
Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria definitely brings something a little different to the Annex. If you ever drop by, make sure you save room for some of their delicious desserts!
*This was a complimentary meal. The opinions in the post are my own.*
At a glance:
• Located in the Annex; another location in Yorkdale
• Serving up authentic Neapolitan pizza
• Fast, casual
• Save room for the hand-crafted gelato & sorbetto