1402 Queen Street East
Desi and I opted for an early dinner, we arrived around 5:30pm and the restaurant was empty. The have a smaller downstairs area which is more like the bar area and a spacious upstairs with an open pizza pit area. The restaurant is super industrial looking with exposed ceilings, brick walls, and giant windows but incredibly warm and cozy.
We started off with the Grilled Baby Squid served with arugula salad. I felt like the squid was undercooked but our waitress ensured us that was how the texture was supposed to be. It wasn't anything special or memorable.
The Giovanni Pizza, fior di latte, prosciutto di parma, arugula and cherry tomatoes, $19. The prosciutto wasn't overly salty and it was sliced paper thin which I loved. The arugula salad on top cut through the meaty prosciutto, the pizza felt light and healthy.
The Bello Pizza, mushrooms, goat cheese, red pepper, italian sausage, red onions, $17.
Out of the two pizzas, I enjoyed the Bello more. The homemade sausage was tasty and I loved the combination of all the toppings together. The crusts were crispy, light and airy all at the sometime.
For dessert we opted for the Hazelnut Tiramisu, creamy and not too sweet.
The pizzas here are solid and the service is friendly, a great neighbourhood gem. I would probably only make another visit if I was in the neighbourhood, wouldn't make a special trip.