Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pizza e Pazzi: Authentic Neapolitan Pizza on St Clair

Pizza e Pazzi is an authentic Neapolitan Pizzeria located in the heart of Toronto's Wychwood neighbourhood on St. Clair Avenue West, and one of a handful of pizzerias in the city that can claim VPN certification from the Associazone Verace Pizza Napoletana. With two locations, this family-run Italian Trattoria from husband and wife team Danilo and Sandrelle Scimo, will taste familiar to fans of Queen Margherita and Pizzeria Libretto, but it has so much more to offer with an inspired menu that sets it a world apart from the others, with appetizers such as Arancini, Frittura Mista, and Polpette della Nonna to heavenly Bufala e Parma which comes as a whole ball of fresh creamy Buffalo Mozzarella nestled on a mountain of thinly sliced Prosciutto di Parma — heaven!

Then there are is the pizza, loyal to what real pizza is, that truly captures the spirit of Naples. The restaurant uses only San Marzano tomatoes and fresh Fiore di Latte Mozzarella brought in fresh daily. The dough is made with naturally leavened Italian Caputo dopio zero flour, then Pizza e Pazzi's 
Neapolitan pizzaiolo Lorenzo, slides each dressed pizza into the wood-fired oven and cooks it over extremely high heat to achieve a perfect charred and blistered, soft and crispy crust, fragrant with natural woodsmoke. It’s the passion behind the pizza, and the ingredients that are laid on top, that makes all of the difference. Simple, honest, and natural. Just the way it’s supposed to be.

Pizza e Pazzi Pizzaiolo Lorenzo busy creating some of the best pizzas in the city 

The warm and inviting interior with weathered wood finishes, white tile walls and quirky black and white framed food-themed photographs 

Exposed bulb lighting and exposed brick walls add an industrial chic ambiance to the space 

The Italian-inspired menu at Pizza e Pazzi

A glass of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Frittura Mista with deep fried calamari, shrimp and sole with fresh lemon

Insalata di Rucola: Arugula dressed wirth olive oi, balsamic vinegar and halved grape tomatoes

Braised Chicory with Italian Mozzarella di Bufala Campana dressed with extra virgin olive oil 
— an outstanding dish!

Insalata di Tonno with mixed greens topped with tuna, boiled eggs, capers 
and dressed with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Pizza Boscaiola with extra virgin olive oil, fresh fior di latte, ham, mushrooms and basil

Pizza Napoletana with anchovies, black olives, fresh fior di latte and basil

Pizza Margherita Verace with extra virgin olive oil, Mozzarella di Bufala D.O.P. and basil

Cannoli — a sweet finish to a great lunch