I recently had the opportunity to try True True Pizza on King Street, just east of Jarvis. The pizzeria, which recently reopened after re-branding from One Pizza, offers uniquely shaped, oblong, personal sized pizzas with a variety of different toppings where customers can customize to their liking. These toppings include the usual suspects found in North America, such as pepperoni, mushrooms, onions and peppers as well as more specialized ones like falafels and pickled onions. The crusts, available in whole wheat, regular as well as gluten-free, are made at the restaurant, using an in-house recipe, according to owners, Tim Gordon and Andrew Hay. In addition to customizable pies, there are eight a la carte pizzas to choose from ranging from a plainer, Aristocrat (similar to a Margharita) to the unique Hunt & Peck (spicy tomato, fresh mozzarella, spinach, chorizo, eggs, fresh parmesan, chili oil, cracked black pepper) and the restaurant’s best seller, Donnie Brasco (a meat-lover’s dream).
At the visit, my husband and I dined on one from the a la carte menu – the Aristocrat with the addition of some prosciutto – and one customized pizza with fresh mozzarella, falafels, chorizo, roasted red peppers and spinach among the toppings. We also ordered each of the side salads, two on the menu at the moment. One is a kale based Caesar salad and the other, called Side Car, is made with arugula, pears, walnuts, goat cheese and a lemon Dijon vinaigrette. I tried both, and while both were delicious, the Side Car takes the boat. It just tastes fresher and lighter.
Side salads (sidecar on the left, kale caesar on the right)
As for the pizzas, I’d say that it’s a difficult one to decide. I think falafels (the only vegan-friendly protein besides Daiya) on pizzas are definitely “different,” and surprisingly tasty when paired with chorizo and cheese. I think the only thing missing is a bit of tahini (hint, hint) and the Aristocrat was good with the prosciutto. However, if I could only have one pizza, I would pick the customized pizza with falafel bits. It’s definitely more unique – something the owners were looking for to begin with.
Aristocrat with added prosciutto (is it just me or is the arugula missing?)
The pizzas were fast – arrived at our table within minutes (cooking time is about 2 1/2). The pizzas arrived on trays rather than plates and since there were no plates, it made the meal a little more difficult to share. In addition, the pizzas neither had indentations or were sliced. I’d have to say that those were the only two negatives I had – superficial ones.
True True Pizza is not only about pizzas and side salads. The menu also boasts four meal-sized salads with ingredients such as quinoa, pomegranate, pea shoots and more. This is definitely something I would consider trying the next time I go.
True True Pizza is located at 169 King Street East. Hours of operation are 9 AM to 10 PM (M-F) and 8 AM to 10 PM (weekends). You can also order True True Pizza for delivery (in select parts of the city) through Foodora and UberEats. Please note that customized pizzas are unavailable through UberEats.
Note: The complementary meal at True True Pizza was kindly arranged by Nichola Petts