Let me cut right to the chase.
Parkdale’s Amico’s Pizza makes the best Panzerotti in the world.
It’s a bold claim, I know. But when I cut open that bursting pocket of deep fried, gooey goodness, I feel it in my heart to be true.
These massive panzerottis come with your choice of any 5 toppings, smothered in tomato or meat sauce. They also come with that sensation of being so full you need to be airlifted out of the restaurant and delivered right to your bed. All for only $9.50!
Amico’s Pizza, at 1648 Queen St. W has been serving up pies, pastas, panzerottis and other Italian dishes since the late 70’s. It’s the quintessential family run, casual Italian restaurant. Nothing fancy, just good food at a good price. They’ve even got black and white checkered table clothes, and serve complimentary baskets of good old-fashioned, buttery garlic bread.
It’s hard for me to order anything off the menu but the panzerotto, but the lasagna here has a pretty solid reputation for being totally delicious. Last year, Now Magazine named Amico’s one of Toronto’s 10 best hidden gems, sharing that the staff from Parkdale’s ultra hip Chantecler head to Amicos after work for a plate of lasagna.
Open until 4 AM, it’s a great spot for late night eats. They also have half price pizza on Wednesdays, and live music on Fridays.
Frank, the owner, is friendly and welcoming and happy to chat about other Parkdalian restaurants and business he champions and supports.
Many have come and go over the years, but I suspect Amico’s will continue to be a Parkdale staple for decades to come.
They do make the world’s best Panzerotti, after all.