Restaurant: Pizzeria Libretto
Location: Little Italy/Portugal Village
Address: 221 Ossington Ave
Price Range: $10~15
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very Good 5: Excellent
*Closed for Lunch on Sundays
*Famous for authentic, Italian pizza
Everyone in Toronto knows about the famous Pizzeria Libretto- I found out when I started doing some readings up on popular restaurants within Toronto. I never knew it was so far (from where I live)! I passed by Pizzeria Libretto on my way to fishbar (Check out my review here) and since I made it all the way there, I couldn't pass up the chance to try this place. So my friends and I decided to drop by for pizza after happy hour at the fishbar which was just next door.
When we arrived around 6, it was already picking up and the tables were full. Fortunately, we got a table right away when we walked in but I wouldn't be surprised if we got the last table that was avail- because the moment after we sat down, the line started forming near the entrance and it was getting long.
They gave us complimentary bread with balsamic vinegar + chili oil dip. Bread was cold but it was fresh and it went really well with the dip. After half a piece of bread, I had to stop myself to save room for Pizza because I was already half full from my oysters from Fishbar.
Ordered: Cremini Mushroom Pizza 5/5
* Real Neapolitan Pizza made with Buffalo Mozzarella, Gorgonzola, Roasted Garlic, Rosemary, Pecorino and Thyme for $17
* Pizza is huge (enough for 2 people) with thin dough
* They do not hold back on mushroom and garlic
* Despite the dough being thin, it's very chewy with a nice texture
* Flavors of the toppings are not very strong, overall soft and subtle flavor
* Toppings do not overwhelm the bread and there is a nice balance between the two
* Delicious on it's own but I loved it with the chili oil they gave us on the side
* I thought it was interesting how they give you the chili oil (something different)
* It's not spicy and it tastes like chili olive oil (rich chili taste without the heat)
Ordered: Ontario Prosciutto & Arugula 3/5
* Real Neapolitan Pizza made with Garlic, Tomato, Oregano, Shaved Grana Padano for $16
* I've made something like this at home before
* Basically like salad on a pizza
* Refreshing and lighter pizza from their menu
* Strong arugula scent/taste
* Bitter arugula and the salty prosciutto compliments each other with the aftertaste of nutty parmesan cheese
Ordered: Libretto Tiramisu 4/5
* Individual tiramisu for $7
* Served in a jam-glass type of container
* This was so delicious!!
* There is more cream than the bread(lady finger)
* Strong coffee taste
* Very sweet and rich
* Felt more like a mousse which I love
Summary: Many restaurants don't live up to the hype for me, but Pizzeria Libretto did not disappoint. It is actually the closest thing to what I had in Italy and it is damn delicious. Next time, I am dropping by when I am starving- would like to try their calamari, Salumi Board and the duck pizza!