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Windsor-style pizza in Toronto?

horbal | Mar 17, 2007 04:05 PM

First of all, for those who haven't had the pleasure of tasting Windsor-style pizza, I'll describe it as best I can. Maybe it's known by another name I'm unaware of.

Windsor-style is usually a heavy dough crust, baked in a wood-burning stove (or at the very least on a stone tablet). The crust need not be "thick", but it's more substantial than your typical thin-crust pizzas. Although it rises a little and the bottom chars from the heat, it is not generally crisp. Instead, it's quite chewy and stays that way, even after refrigeration. Actually, come to think of it, the crust they use at places like Cora or Amato's used to be fairly close, from what I remember.

The sauce is tangy, so generally it's applied modestly. The cheeses, if only I knew what cheeses they use... my guess is that it's a blend of mozzarella, asiago and parmesan.

What makes it truly great is the liberal application of cheese and toppings. Not quite deep dish style stacked toppings, but just a healthy layer of cheese and toppings, all mixed together. The pepperoni isn't in round slices, rather it's in small strips. The cheese diffuses through everything. Every bite is a juicy flavour explosion.

It's even delicious cold. The cheese keeps it from hardening too much and it remains chewy and tasty.

For comparison purposes, I have yet to find anything that comes close. The closest I've found on flavour is maybe Mamma's pizza when you get asiago cheese, but it's just a pale imitation and the crust is too different, to boot.

I've attached a (tiny) picture from the website of one of the better Windsor places, to give a better idea.

So does anything like this exist in Toronto? I live downtown, but I'd be willing to make the trip once in a while for something like this.

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