[Mini Review] Pizzas Party Post

Over the past few weeks, I have been craving for some pizzas. As a result of my cravings, I ordered pizzas from a few places for delivery or pick-up. I will continue to update this page as I don't think any of them really warrants a long review, as they're either deliveries or pick-ups.

Ciccios Pizza Pasta


Ciccio's Pizza and Pasta is a small family-owned Italian restaurant on Dundas Street W. There's a small counter top inside of the restaurant where you can sit, but a majority of their business comes from pick-up and delivery. J lives rather close by, so this place is pretty much our go-to pizza joint. Most often, we ordered delivery as finding parking on his street can be quite difficult after 10 pm. Delivery costs $1.95, and they're usually pretty good with not exceeding 45 minutes.

Our favorite pizza from here is the 14" Ciccio's Special ($16.50) - pepperoni, mushrooms, green peppers, onions, sliced tomatoes, bacon, double cheese. What I like about Ciccio's is their consistency in the quality of their pizzas, and it's very filling (8 slices). The pizza itself is pretty well crafted, has a crispy crust, generous amount of toppings, and well-priced.

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Costco


My local Costco food court is always packed with hungry consumers. A popular item on the menu is their pizza slice which you can also order a whole pie. Costco's pizza is very cost-effective, as a slice is only $1.99 and a whole pizza is a very affordable $9.99. I opted to order a whole pizza for my family one night, and got it cooked (you also have the option of buying it frozen). The pizza was large and more than enough for 4 people. It was perfectly crisp, cheesy, and contained a very good amount of pepperoni per slice. They definitely do not skimp out on the pepperoni.

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Panago




Panago is a Canadian pizza chain with several locations in Toronto. Panago offer regular, thin, multigrain and gluten-free crusts, a variety of sauces, cheeses and toppings. However, the chain has been a hit and miss for me. At times, the pizza can be absolutely tasty, and other times, it arrives with barely any toppings on the pizza. About three weeks ago, I got the walk-in special which was a medium pepperoni pizza ($9.99). I was happy this time as the pizza was delicious and I loved the gooey cheese.

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Pizza Nova


This location in Little Italy is probably one of my favorite Pizza Nova locations. I usually get their medium walk-in special for $8.49 (you can upgrade to a large for an additional $2). The pizza here is very consistent, and the service is friendly.

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Domino's Pizza

I have been ordering from Domino's Pizza for years, as I find their pizzas and service to be consistent. The following locations are the two places where I order the most from (when I am uptown and downtown). What I like about the delivery service is the live-meter so that you can track the progress of the cooking/delivery. I haven't had any problems with late deliveries or cold food before.

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Domino's Pizza on Urbanspoon


Longo's

Longo's has a pretty good food selection, including wood-oven pizzas on their menu.


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A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro

A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro celebrates Winterlicious with a great menu, and Valentine’s Day with two great events!

 Address: A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro, 3rd Floor, Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON, M5S 2C7


Toronto, Ontario – The A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro will be participating in Winterlicious from January 30, 2015-February 12, 2015 offering an $18.00 lunch prix fixe menu.

Some highlights of the Winterlicious Menu include Chef Jonathan Leblanc’s House-Made Butternut Squash Soup with Sage Leaf and Maple Syrup Drizzle, and Poulet Chasseur, a substantial chicken stew with mushrooms, baby potatoes, and tomato ragout. 

The Bistro is also featuring some items unique to the Winterlicious Menu: a vegetarian Mediterranean plate appetizer with warm olives and hummus served with pita bread, and Banana Bread served with Chantilly Cream and fresh strawberries for dessert.

This Winterlicious Menu is an excellent way to try some of our most popular dishes. In addition, A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro will be running its regular lunch and brunch menus during Winterlicious.

On Friday, February 13, the A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro will be hosting an Anti-Valentine’s Mixer featuring a live DJ spinning anything BUT love songs. The event will run from 4:00pm to 8:00pm, and be an excellent way to meet new people. Bring a significant or insignificant other, friends or frienemies, or join us solo to meet a potential Anti-Valentine! Drink specials and the regular dinner menu will be available.

Saturday, 14 February, A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro serves its regular brunch menu, but will feature Valentine’s Day specials, as well as the Mignardises …for Two!

A La Carte at the Gardiner Bistro is open Saturday to Thursday from 11am-3pm and Fridays from 11am-8pm. Please call 416-586-8086 for reservations.

à la Carte at the Gardiner | 111 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON, M5S 2C7 | TEL: (416) 506-4945.

Chatime

Chatime is a Taiwanese franchise bbt chain, and has over 800 stores worldwide. The company opened their first location in Toronto back in 2011, and that spot today is still very popular. Chatime has an extensive menu with lots of different drinks; signature milk tea, fresh tea, mousse, tea latte, QQ jelly drinks, smoothies, and more. It may not be the cheapest place for a cup of bubble tea, as it's a little more than $5 for a drink. However, I'd say that the quality of the products are definitely not lacking and the drinks are good. Customers are able to customize their order(s) to their liking as they're able to choose both the amount of sugar, and ice they want. The toppings are an extra charge (price varies) but they have a good selection of toppings from pearl, grass jelly, coconut jelly, red bean, aloe vera, rainbow jelly, pudding and malt. 

One of my favorite drinks has to be their Chatime Roasted Milk Tea (large is $4.70) with grass jelly. The drink itself is flavorful without being overwhelming strong. I often opt for the chewy tapioca balls, but I have come to like grass jelly quite a bit. I have been to both downtown locations, and I prefer the Annex one over the Dundas location. The one on Dundas (near Chinatown) is always bustling with customers, sometimes it's even through the door. The Annex location has much shorter lines, and the space has more seating.


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For those who like collecting points and rewards cards; Chatime has their very own loyalty program. They have partnered up with Vicinity Rewards Program and you can pick up the card at any Chatime locations. For every drink that you purchase at a participating Chatime location, you would get 1 point. For every 10 points earned, you can redeem for one free regular sized drink with one complimentary topping.

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I met up with a friend for dinner last week, and we ended up going to Chatime afterwards. The North York location looked a lot more hip compared to their downtown counterparts. Despite the cold weather, there were quite a few patrons sitting around and enjoying their drinks. Since that day was an extreme cold alert, I didn't want to drink anything cold. So I opted for the warm version of the Roasted Milk Tea (large is $4.70). The warm version was decent, but I prefer the one with ice a lot more.
 

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Boneyard Grill

Boneyard Grill is a casual BBQ restaurant on Avenue Road; nearby Shoppers Drug Mart and Pusateri's Fine Foods. The new space has less seating than their original location, but the restaurant retains its family style seating. I attended the opening of Boneyard Grill's second location a couple of months ago. They treated a handful of bloggers to a variety of menu items that night.

Boneyard Grill offers the same standard BBQ fare as other similar restaurants serving BBQ and bar food. However, there were two items that stood out to me that I really liked a lot. First off, their coconut shrimp was absolutely delicious. The jumbo sized shrimp was covered in crispy coconut shavings, and served with the tangy and sweet mango and plum dipping sauce. This was probably one of the best coconut shrimps that I have had in a while. Secondly, I really liked the ribs that were available at Boneyard Grill. They were seriously tender, and the meat just fell off the bone. I'd say that judging from the quality and flavor of the ribs; they are worth the re-visit for me. A ½ rack is $18.95 and the full rack is $26.95. All of their ribs and combos are served with coleslaw, and one choice of either fries, signature sauteed vegetables or onion straws.

In addition to ribs, their menu offers a large variety of starters, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and wings. I love chicken wings a lot so I wanted to try the wings. I was not displeased with the flavor of the wings, as I thought that they were decent. However, there was nothing about them that would differentiate them from other establishments offering wings. One of the last items served was the pulled pork sliders, which I tried as well. Since the one on the menu is a full sandwich, I am not too sure of the amount of meat stuffed between the bun. However, there was plenty of pulled pork stuffed into the sliders that were available that night. Overall, this is a good place to check out if you're craving some BBQ. 







Classic Burger - We get it! You like the simple things in life! No problem. Our no fuss Classic burger is perfectly simple and serviced with lettuce, tomato, pickles and red onion ($11.95). This was just a sampler; the burger described on the menu is much larger.



Pulled Pork Sandwich - Open wide! Slow roasted pulled pork tossed in our signature Louisiana style house made BBQ sauce, stacked with our crunchy onion straws ($11.95). This was served as sliders; the sandwich described on the menu is much large in size.


Coconut Shrimps - Delicious lightly coated shavings of coconut, on scrumptious jumbo shrimps, served with a mango and plum dipping sauce ($9.95). 


Boneyard Baby Back Ribs - Our famous finger-licking, fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs, baseted in our signature Boneyyard sauce. A 1/2 rack is $18.95 and the full rack is $26.95. 


Chicken Wings - Sometimes plump is perfect! Hot, BBQ, or Honey Garlic Sauce ($9.95)


Sweet Potato Fries ($4.95)

Address: 1554 Ave Rd Toronto, ON, M5M

Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

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Boneyard Grill on Urbanspoon

SpiritHouse Toronto

** Mini Review **

After finishing up dinner at Beast (review coming soon), a couple of us decided to go to SpiritHouse Toronto for some drinks. It was a Saturday, and the place was completely packed. Since we didn't have a reservation, we were asked to wait at the bar area until a table opened up. Four of the guys decided to try out some of the Whiskey flights. Since I didn't partake in this, I cannot review the individual whiskey but my friends seem to like them. After waiting around for a while, a table opened up and we were quickly seated.

SpiritHouse Toronto is a trendy bar offering reasonably priced food, and an extensive selection of drinks such as whiskey, craft cocktails, beer, etc ... Overall, it's a good place to go on the weekend to relax with some friends. They also have some specials for their weekly "Cocktail Hour" featuring $7 Tall Drinks, $10 2 Classics, and $3 Tacos; perfect for after work.



Beef Sliders - mustard crust, smoked cheddar, bread and butter pickles ($15)


SpiritHouse Nachos - confit duck, taro and corn chips, pico de gallo, scarmorza ($16)


Crispy Calamari - tequilla lime creme fraiche, cilantro ($13).


Churros - tequila dark chocolate and bourbon caramel dip ($5)

Address: 487 Adelaide West Toronto, ON, M5V 1T4 

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