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Angelo’s Coal Fired Pizza: Toronto, Ontario

Angelo’s Coal Fired Pizza: Toronto, Ontario

Name: Angelo’s Coal Fired Pizza
Address: 106 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1E1, Canada
Website: Website
Phone: (647) 347-2625
Wifi: No
Tender: Debit, Credit, Cash
Neighbourhood: King East, Toronto
Type: Italian

Originally from Boston, Angelo’s Coal Fired Pizza is the first and only restaurant in Toronto to serve coal-fired pizza. Located in the King East area of Toronto just across from St. Lawrence Market the interior is large with long communal tables for family-style dining and outdoor patio seating to enjoy the summer heat.

Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza: Interior
Angelo’s Coal Fired Pizza: Interior

We start off with a few appetizers including Polenta Fries ($8 CDN + tax), Stuffed Arancini ($8 CDN + tax), House Made Bread ($8 CDN + tax), and a Caprese Salad ($14 CDN + tax).

The polenta fries are served with fontina cheese, crispy mushrooms, and then drizzled with truffle aioli. The presentation is adorable with the polenta fries stacked into a square shape and then dotted with the crispy mushrooms and truffle aioli. I did think this dish could have been crispier and slightly more seasoning would be welcomed as well.

Then there was the House Made Bread, which included slices of rosemary focaccia both plain and some that had ham and cheese baked into the center. It’s baked fresh and served warm and then drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. Normally I’d be less than impressed at the idea of paying for bread at a restaurant. Isn’t the bread basket supposed to be complimentary? It’s basically a right as far as I’m concerned and when I do see a charge for what is labelled as a ‘bread basket’ on a menu I’m typically quick to dismiss it as an option. I do think that the quality of this bread warrants a price tag though, especially the focaccia with ham and cheese baked into it. Yes, this was bread worth paying for.

The caprese salad is served with marinated cherry tomatoes, mozzarella di bufala, and basil pesto. It’s fresh tasting, but what stands out the most about this is the pesto sauce that the cherry tomatoes are marinated in. It’s flavorful and fresh and so good that we end up soaking up the leftovers with the bread.

Finally there was the stuffed arancini balls which consisted of fried basil rice balls stuffed with 4 types of cheese. The cheese oozes with each bite and bursts of basil pop out as you continue to chew. It’s very satisfying, especially when dipped in the accompanying sauce.

 

Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza: Arancini + House made Bread + Polenta Fries + Caprese Salad
Angelo’s Coal Fired Pizza: Arancini + House made Bread + Polenta Fries + Caprese Salad

Next we try the Antipasto Platter, $18 CDN + tax. It’s served with picked vegetables and various cured meats, chunks of parmesan cheese, and olives. I do think that this could have used a wider variety of cheese and cured meats, so I would probably pass on ordering this dish again next time around.

Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza: Antipasto Platter
Angelo’s Coal Fired Pizza: Antipasto Platter

We then move to some of the main courses including a Truffle Pizza ($24 CDN + tax) and the Strozzapreti Pasta ($24 CDN + tax).

The Truffle Pizza is topped with crème fraiche, fior di latte, and fontina. Being coal fried the pizza comes out extra hot and the crust is almost paper thin. The texture of the crust is also very crisp almost bordering on cracker type consistency. It’s nice though, and seems to showcase the toppings well making them the forefront of the meal.

The Strozzapreti Pasta is served directly in the pan it was prepared in with veal ragu, pecorino romano, and garnished with chopped parsley. I found the flavors of this dish to be subdued. Bolder flavors would improve the dish, perhaps the addition of a spicy sausage or mixing in some of the hot chilli sauce that is provided on the table with the salt and pepper.

Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza: Truffle Pizza + Strozzapeti Pasta
Angelo’s Coal Fired Pizza: Truffle Pizza + Strozzapeti Pasta

Finally, we try the desserts including the Tiramisu ($8 CDN + tax), the Soft Cheesecake ($8 CDN + tax) and the Coal Fried Apple Pie ($8 CDN + tax) .

The Tiramisu is served with zabaglione marscapone cream, espresso, lady fingers, and then topped with a lattice of dark chocolate. It’s heavy on the mascarpone cream, and light on the espresso. Stronger espresso flavor would improve this dessert along with some cocoa powder sprinkled on top.

The Soft Cheesecake is served with stracchino mousse, raspberry sorbet in the center, almond semolina crumble as the base, raspberry pieces, and then topped with caramelized sugar. The raspberry sorbet center is a welcome and tasty surprise, but to label this as a cheesecake, soft or not, is a bit of a stretch. It mostly tastes of raspberry sorbet topped with mousse and served with crumble, which is exactly what it is. Labeling it as a cheesecake is a little misleading.

Lastly there was the coal-fired apple pie. A pie crust is topped with apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, and crumble and then coal fired in a cast iron pan. The entire thing is then topped with a scoop of vanilla gelato. It’s classic, and while very tasty I can’t help but think this would be better served galette style given that it is coal-fired.

 

Angelo's Coal Fired Pizza: Coal Fired Apple Pie + Soft Cheesecake + Tiramisu
Angelo’s Coal Fired Pizza: Coal Fired Apple Pie + Soft Cheesecake + Tiramisu

While some dishes were hits and others were misses, the overall experience at Angelo’s was enjoyable. Service was friendly and attentive and the coal fired pizza is good if you prefer a pizza with a thinner crust with a slight smoky flavor.

 

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored, however the meal/items were complimentary. All opinions expressed are my own. All menu offerings and prices are accurate as of time of posting. Please refer to restaurant/shop for most up to date information.

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