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Not Quite Seaside Sorrento, but Close Enough: Mile End’s Magpie Pizzeria

Delicious things are happening at Mile End’s newest pizzeria, Magpie, located on Maguire just off St-Laurent. With a traditional menu of wood oven-fired, Napoli-style pizza, Magpie offers a fantastic solution to your Sunday night, easy-dining pizza craving.

Wooden tables, large windows, simple rustic décor and brown-paper, placemat menus warmly welcome customers in off the chilly sidewalk; chefs visibly spin dough high into the air behind a tiled wood oven, reminding diners that they will be receiving the freshest of the fresh. The menu consists of charming and surprisingly hefty appetizers, including breadsticks with dip and artichoke hearts, and well-dressed Romaine salad. When it comes to the eight assorted pizzas, the fluffy and crispy-edged crusts (that admittedly do sag a bit in the middle, but in a just-make-a-pizza-roll-out-of-it kind of way) are complemented by an abundance of classic Italian toppings: olives, basil, Italian sausage, mushrooms, roasted red pepper (and much more) are among the choices. All with fresh and light tomato sauce topped with mozzarella, goat cheese or bocconcini. Just stop. I’m drooling.

Pizza’s vary between $11 and $17 and are generally meant as single-person servings; however, following my visit with a friend, I came home with an entire Margherita pizza (and two breadsticks) doggy-bagged. Magpie also has an unexpectedly wide range of wines and beers available, in addition to a small (but very tempting) dessert menu.

Magpie is open six days a week (closed on Mondays), with additional lunch hours available on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

For reservations, call 514-507-2900.

~ Tyler Yank

3 Comments

  1. Sharlanne
    March 19, 2011

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    I actually let out a small squeak when I saw the title of this post and the picture! My boyfriend and I pass our time these days between Toronto and Montreal ( he works for Cirque du Soleil and I am finishing up an undergrad in Toronto). We used to frequent Pizzeria Libretto when we lived in Parkdale and really could not get enough of their crack filled pizza (it must be filled with crack, it’s so addictive!!!) but we have yet to find a comparable pizza in Montreal. I am so excited not to try this place out when I am there next weekend.

    Again, Thank you, Tyler Yank!

  2. Sharlanne
    March 19, 2011

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    I actually let out a small squeak when I saw the title of this post and the picture! My boyfriend and I pass our time these days between Toronto and Montreal ( he works for Cirque du Soleil and I am finishing up an undergrad in Toronto). We used to frequent Pizzeria Libretto when we lived in Parkdale and really could not get enough of their crack filled pizza (it must be filled with crack, it’s so addictive!!!) but we have yet to find a comparable pizza in Montreal. I am so excited not to try this place out when I am there next weekend.

    Again, Thank you, Tyler Yank!

  3. Sharlanne
    March 19, 2011

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    I actually let out a small squeak when I saw the title of this post and the picture! My boyfriend and I pass our time these days between Toronto and Montreal ( he works for Cirque du Soleil and I am finishing up an undergrad in Toronto). We used to frequent Pizzeria Libretto when we lived in Parkdale and really could not get enough of their crack filled pizza (it must be filled with crack, it’s so addictive!!!) but we have yet to find a comparable pizza in Montreal. I am so excited not to try this place out when I am there next weekend.

    Again, Thank you, Tyler Yank!

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