November 11th, 2013

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria

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After a long work week, my friends and I like to meet up on Friday nights to eat, drink, and catch up on each others’ lives. Last Friday, we went to our favorite pizza restaurant in Toronto: Famoso.

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It’s a cozy little pizzeria serving up delicious gourmet Italian flavours.

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The perfect spot for a few drinks and a couple of laughs.

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The atmosphere is lively and bustling, and it’s the perfect mix of casual dining with warm, effortless elegance.

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The pizzas are cooked in the traditional style in a bell oven (that big, orange tiled dome on the left.) It’s the same way Italians have been doing it for centuries.

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This is me trying to hide how hungry I was with a smile. Did it work?

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It’s a great spot for a date, or just a get together between friends. (They do have Vino Wednesdays, after all. And a movie deal on Tuesdays!)

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It took us a minute to digest the whole menu. The selection is enormous, and everything sounds incredible. Definitely worth multiple visits to give the many pizza combinations a try.

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They have everything from traditional pizzas to cutting-edge ones, called “New World Pizzas”, like the Spicy Thai and Sweet BBQ Chicken.

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We scoured the menu and each picked a pizza that suited our fancy.

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I chose the seasonal fall/winter selection, called the Moo Shu BBQ Duck.

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It’s made with house-made hoisin sauce, fior-di-latte, pulled duck, green onions, and cilantro.

It was rich, flavourful, and a bit sweet, and completely drool-worthy.

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Monica got the Siciliana, with oven-roasted Italian sausage, Italian ham, baked prosciutto, and pecorino romano.

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Wendy and Daniel both went with the Castato, with roasted cherry tomato sauce with capers and anchovies, fior-di-latte, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, roasted garlic cloves, basil, and caramelized onions.

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We traded each other slices, so that we could all try the different pizza recipes, before digging right into pizza heaven.

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Sorry if this post is a little cheesy.

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The right way to enjoy Neapolitan pizzas is by folding the slice in half with one hand. Allow me to demonstrate my skills:

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So delectable. The duck was moist and luscious, and the sweetness of the hoisin sauce really elevated the flavours. I enjoyed everyone’s picks, but I must say: I liked my pizza best of all.

Though I was stuffed to the brim with pizza, I just couldn’t say no to dessert.

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Plus it was called Dolce & Banana, and lord knows I can’t resist a good pun.

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It’s oven-roasted bananas coated with caramelized brown sugar, crushed pecans, caramel sauce, and vanilla bean gelato. Essentially bliss on a plate.

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They brought it to the table with four spoons, which was three more than necessary, if you ask me. (Just kidding.)

It was a wonderful evening full of my favorite people, delicious food, inappropriate jokes, and raucous laughter. The best kind of night.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! x

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