There's a legend that the favorite pizza of Naples-born Queen Margherita of Savoy was one baked for her in 1889 that featured all the colors of the Italian flag (red tomatoes, green basil, and white cheese). That explains the name of this Leslieville neighborhood establishment that features real Neapolitan pizza, appetizers, and desserts. They import their flour and tart San Marzano tomatoes from Italy, and prepare the thin-crusted pizzas in a wood-fired Naples oven. In fact, builders were brought over from Italy to construct the oven, which bakes pizzas in 90 seconds at 900°F. Most of the dining in this moderately priced family restaurant is upstairs in a loft-like setting—a former studio with lots of natural light from huge windows. When crowded it can be loud. They make about 500 pizzas here each week. There's full bar service and wines. The prix-fixe, with starter, pizza, and dessert is good value. Reservations can be made online.
Queen Margherita Pizza
1402 Queen St. East, Unit 8
Our Rating Neighborhood Leslieville Hours Mon–Thurs 5pm–close, Fri–Sun noon–close Transportation Streetcar: Queen to east of Greenwood Phone 416/466-6555 Prices Pies (shareable) are $14–$19 Cuisine Type Italian Web site Queen Margherita Pizza