Verdict: Eh…skip. Cold pizza, Libretto wins hands down!
Price: $25+ t&t
Location: 1402 Queen Street E
We picked almost all of the items on the lunch menu – Mac n’ Cheese, the prosciutto platter, and all the pizzas…
On the prosciutto platter, I particularly enjoyed the pickles and peppers that accompanied – we asked if they sold them separately (wish they did!) and my friend chowed down on her Italian Mac n’ Cheese – it’s laden with strong flavours so if you’re a cheese lover you might fall in love :-)
The homemade chilli oil was the real winner - Yum. Definitely added the right heat to the slices.
As always, I decided to try the classic…
Tomato sauce, fresh basil, mozzarella
I love a good, simple margherita pizza – but without the piping hot-fresh-out-of-the-oven cheese and crust it loses a lot of the love. I gave it some thought, and no – while tasty, it’s not up to Libretto’s bar.
Tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, Italian sausage, hot peppers
Interestingly, while the pizzas were great overall, I strongly prefer Pizzeria Libretto for pizza and service. The pizzas came out cold and it made me teeter knowing that they were ready but not delivered – the staff may have been a bit distracted getting ready for the real lunch crowd? (We arrived before 12PM). Either way, the pizzas did not come out fresh or hot – lukewarm at best which was a sore disappointment. While tasty, QM did not live up to its hype.
Mixed mushrooms and prosciutto cotto
I did not try a Libretto equivalent of this, but for a mushroom-laden pizza, I recommend Buca.
I’m really glad we tried their fixed price menu and a variety of options. The pizza was not paper thin, as the rumours suggested, and the fact that they did not come out piping hot (or even kinda hot – just warmish) was very disappointing. While tasty and I certainly loved their chilli oil and prosciutto sides, I don’t feel inclined to return – but wouldn’t adamantly say no if another friend wanted to try
If I returned, would it be snotty to ask the pizzas to come out quickly due to this experience? Do I dare to cross that line and risk becoming one of those customers? Hm.
We finished with a scoop for dessert, which I truthfully don't remember at all, then I hopped my way down Leslieville to pick up a packet of smoked salmon. Good friends, a nice lunch break, and smoked salmon – overall, not a bad day in the life of Cookies & Tomatoes :-)