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Pizzeria Libretto made me love pizza again!

Some of the best days are usually the unexpected ones! On Family Day, I went to 401 Mini Indy for some spontaneous go-karting and had 22 laps of fun on the track.

401 Mini Indy sells itself on having “Toronto’s fastest go-karts.” While I don’t know if that’s true, their go-karts sure got the job done. My friend didn’t enjoy the bumpy track too much, but he also mentioned that he could smell the burning rubber of my tires as I whipped around a corner in front of him, so maybe there was a hint of competitiveness in that comment! (Just kidding, he ended up beating me by a mere second in our best lap.)

401 Mini Indy

401 Mini Indy track: “No bumping!”

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First position out of the gates! Can’t hold me back!

After we left, there was talk of going to Mr. Greek for dinner, but the second we drove by Pizzeria Libretto (@PizzaLibretto) on Danforth, I knew we had to make the switch.

I mostly know of Pizzeria Libretto from social media, but I’ve heard good things and I’m always up for trying a new restaurant! The second I walked in, I was greeted by the warm, delicious-smelling air and I knew this was going to be a good night.

Pizzeria Libretto - Danforth's upstairs dining room

Pizzeria Libretto – Danforth’s upstairs dining room

Cremini mushroom: Yum. Nduja sausage: Double yum!

Cremini mushroom: Yum. Nduja sausage: Double yum!

After settling into the cozy atmosphere and checking out the wood-fired ovens, I ordered an nduja* sausage pizza (tomato, garlic, oregano, basil, mozzarella, stracciatella) with a glass of Soave Classico “Grisela” 2012 white wine, and my friend got a cremini mushroom pizza (bufala mozzarella, gorgonzola, roasted garlic, rosemary, thyme, pecorino) with a glass of red. I usually don’t eat spicy food, but I’ve been wanting to try nduja sausage for awhile and our server promised that she usually can’t handle spice and these weren’t that spicy, so I made the jump.

It turns out there was still a little too much heat for my tastes…but it all tasted so good, I didn’t even care! The crust was so soft, thin and fresh—that “naturally leavened Italian Caputo dopio zero flour” crust means business! For better or for worse, because of the thinness of the crust, you can’t really eat a slice without folding it over in some way (I didn’t mind, I liked having more to chew on and it put more flavour into each bite). But FYI, even when I did fold it over, it managed to roll apart when my hand shook the slightest bit, and the nduja sausage and mozzarella cheese went splat on my plate.

Of course, I also swapped a slice of my pizza for my friend’s, and I was surprised at the burst of mushroom flavour at first bite, especially when they had to compete with all that burning in my mouth! Best veggie pizza I’ve ever had!

It has only been three days since I was at Pizzeria Libretto, and I’m already craving to go back. I haven’t liked pizza in a long time, so this was a big surprise for my taste buds. Hats off to Chef Rocco Agostino (@ChefRoccoTO)!

I’d love to hear what you think if you have been there before! What should I try next?

*In case you’re wondering, I learned that “nduja” is pronounced as “en-doo-ya.” Just pronounce every letter!

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