You might be surprised to hear that Pizzeria Libretto (@PizzaLibretto) is one of my favourite restaurants in the city given that I’ve never posted about them before. It’s our go-to when we’ve got a hankering for pizza or if we just can’t decide where to eat.
I can’t even count the number of times we’ve been to Libretto, which currently has two locations (on Ossington and the Danforth) with a third on its way to the Financial District.
This particular post is about the Danforth location, the sister restaurant to the original Ossington location. The space is significantly larger with a basement for extra seating. They’ve also made some tweaks to this location to fit into the neighborhood including allowing reservations to accommodate the families.
Pizzeria Libretto specializes in Neapolitan pizza…not just any Neapolitan pizza, but VPN certified pizza. According to their website, “Pizzeria Libretto makes VPN certified Pizza,using the guidelines set out by the Verace Pizza Napoletana Association and as set out by the Italian Government and the European Union.” Pretty serious stuff, eh? Chef Rocco Agostino (@ChefRoccoTO) knows what he’s doing here.
While their core menu is pizza, they also offer salads and great sharing appetizers. We usually start with the Libretto Meatballs – spicy bomba tomato sauce, grilled crostino, grana padano ($10) if we’re feeling extra hungry. An order comes with three juicy meatballs which are quite tasty on their own. But the star of the show is definitely the accompanying tomato sauce. We always lick that plate clean – ask for extra bread to soak up every bit of that sauce.
Whenever I come to Libretto, I always order the Nduja Sausage Pizza – tomato, garlic, oregano, basil, mozzarella, straciatella ($17). One bite and you’ll understand why it’s my favourite. The delicious kick from the nduja, strong garlic flavour and tomato sauce… it’s just consistently SO good! The pizzas here are only blistered in their 900 degree wood burning oven for 90 seconds which gives the crust a nice char. The crusts are quite thin which makes it a little messy to eat. I normally take a quarter a fold it in half.
A fan favourite is always the Ontario Prosciutto & Arugula Pizza – garlic, tomato, basil, oregano, shaved grana padano ($16) which Mike often orders. It’s a classic combination with an intense saltiness from the prosciutto and bitterness from the arugula. There’s lots to love about this pizza as well. It’s always a crowd pleaser.
If you want to stick to a true classic, there’s always the Margherita D.O.P. – tomato, basil, mozzarella ($14) which is as basic as it comes here. The simplicity of it all showcases the fantastic ingredients used in building their pizzas. So don’t be fooled. While it’s a simple pizza, it still makes for an incredibly satisfying bite.
What we love about Libretto is their friendly service and the fact that their food is consistently delicious. I often get asked what my favourite restaurants are in Toronto, so now you know one of ‘em. Enjoy!
At a glance:
• Specializing in VPN-certified Neapolitan pizza
• 2 locations (Ossington and the Danforth) with a third on its way to the Financial District
• The Danforth location takes reservations; family friendly
• Take-out available
• One of my go-to restaurants
• Favourites: meatballs and nduja sausage pizza
Ratings (out of 5):
• Food: 4.5 stars
• Service: 4 stars
• Atmosphere: 4 stars