There’s something about pizza that makes it special. It’s comforting and delicious, and there’s something innately social about the entire endeavour. And after working in a pizza shop for five months, it’s something I am intimately familiar with.
When searching for pizza on campus, most people head to Blaze Pizza, located at Yonge-Dundas square. They’ve got great pizza, but it’s pretty expensive, and this whole “personal-sized” pizza trend annoys me to no end, as it takes away the entire sharing aspect of this community themed food. But if you’ve got some extra money to spend and want a quality gourmet pizza, Blaze is the place to go.
Pizza Pizza is the usual go-to for people looking for a cheaper alternative. Their garlic sauce may be heavenly, but the actual pizza is dry and doughy and less than mediocre, so I don’t recommend it.
What most people don’t know, however, is that there are other alternatives for affordable pizza. Bocconcini is a quaint little restaurant located at 96 Gerrard, just across the street from Eric Palin Hall.
Their pizzas are pretty good, with an assortment of appealing topping combinations. Prices range from $13 for a small to $25 for an extra large. They also have a few special offers, like a large cheese or pepperoni for $10. The crusts are thin with a delightful crunch, and the toppings are flavourful and well-balanced, if a little on the greasy side.
If you are just looking for a quick meal for yourself, you can get a massive slice of pizza for $4, and even that could honestly feed two people if you aren’t super hungry.
Not to be overlooked is their panzerotti. Oozing with cheese and flavour and wrapped in a pillow of surprisingly delicious dough, this $6 meal could easily feed two people. It’s pretty decadent, so it’s not the best choice if you’re trying to eat healthy, but it’s great for satisfying your cravings on a budget.
Bocconcini’s pizza may not be exceptional or extraordinary, but if you’re looking for a cheap meal that hits the spot and keeps you full for a long time, this is the place to go.